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About

Welcome To A New World Of Learning.

Learning to the People!

We bring educators and students together in a vibrant online community designed to get more students to and through college while giving teachers the tools they need to transform their classrooms.

Sophia is committed to making college accessible and affordable through our Sophia Pathways for College Credit course offering. These courses are self-paced, engaging and cost a fraction of a traditional college course. We also provide a free college readiness curriculum to supplement student success.

Providing an Affordable College Degree

Not only do our online college level courses cost much less than traditional courses, there are also no textbooks to buy and you never have to miss work to take a test or attend class.

Designed to be affordable and accessible to students at every stage of their educational career, our courses make it easy to streamline work, life and education, so you can earn a college degree in a way that works best for you.

Helping Teachers

We know teachers are the heart of a great educational experience. That's why we offer the tools, technology and inspiration you need to keep both your classes and your career vibrant and exciting.

From creative ways to enhance your online courses and flipped classroom/tablet certification programs to Common Core-aligned content and supportive peer forums, Sophia offers a wealth of free resources to help you stay on top of, and get the most out of, online teaching.

Empowering Students

Whether you're preparing for college, looking for refresher courses, or ready to enroll in self-paced college level courses, we have everything you need to take the next step on your educational path.

With amazing teachers, supportive coaches and thousands of free tutorials designed to appeal to all kinds of learning styles, we've created a vibrant online learning environment that listens to individual needs and values every student's success.

Leadership Team

Allison Gage

Allison Gage

President

Allison Gage is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and business leader. Prior to her role with Sophia, she was Executive Vice President with Living Independently Group, a venture-backed health care startup that was acquired by GE Healthcare. Allison was part of the founding team and was instrumental in defining the business and revenue model. In recognition of this work, in 2005, she was recognized by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal as one of the "25 Women Changemakers", a recognition given to women who have influenced catalytic changes in their industry, company, and/or community. Allison was previously a venture capitalist with Coral Ventures and a management consultant at Mercer Management Consulting. Allison received her M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from UCLA.

Mark Flannery

Mark Flannery

Executive Director

Mark is a founding member of Sophia and cares deeply about students and their needs. He is an online education innovator, and led the creation of Sophia Pathways. Mark's product development experience ranges from business start-ups to market leading organizations including Capella University, Mayo Clinics, Deluxe, and Hallmark Cards. Through Mark's leadership, Capella became the first for-profit online university to receive NCATE accreditation. He was a Partner at BORN Information Services, one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. three consecutive years.

Kashif Asdi

Kashif Asdi

Director of Curriculum and Instructional Design

Kashif Asdi has more than 20 years of experience in academic innovation, training and development, and performance-improvement. Previously, Kashif led teams of curriculum specialists and instructional designers to create competency-based, learning-centered curricula for fully online and hybrid programs at Capella University and University of Minnesota. Kashif has also designed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Minnesota and worked to improve adult literacy and health education among the rural population in Pakistan. Kashif holds a Master's of Science degree in design communication from the University of Minnesota, a B.A. in Journalism from the Punjab University in Lahore, Pakistan and a B.F.A. in painting from the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan.

Michael Wood

Michael Wood

Director of Technology

Michael is an accomplished technology director, strategist and architect whose broad technology background is balanced by extensive business and creative experience. He has over 30 years of professional information technology and business management experience, including serving as a global climate modeler on supercomputers at Los Alamos National Laboratories and founding an open university in New York City. He won Apple’s first ever Enterprise Multimedia Award with Anderson Windows, was Director of the National eBusiness Consulting practice for BORN, and held long-term senior-level consulting engagements with Target, Digital River, 3M, HealthPartners, Panasonic, Bank of Tokyo, and Capella University, among others. Michael has a B.A. from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM and a Mini Masters in Electronic Commerce from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

Don Smithmier

Don Smithmier

Founder

Don is the founder of Sophia, which was created on the premise that there are millions of great ideas, methods, lessons and people who can contribute to society's goal of spreading knowledge and making education better and more effective. Previously, Don was an early‐stage employee and ultimately Vice President at Capella University. Don is a winner of the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal's "40 Under 40" and founder of Matter Worldwide, the parent company of multiple successful start‐up companies. Don earned his MBA with honors from the University of Minnesota and his BA from the University of Wisconsin.