Sonja Rasula, Founder & Creative Director
Driven by the idea that creativity can change the world and by the Martin Luther King Jr. quote, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is What are you doing for others?," Sonja has dedicated herself to creating businesses that foster entrepreneurship, spread creative thinking, and grow community. She was recently named '1 of 30 Women Entrepreneurs Changing the World' by fashion mogul Eileen Fisher, and Los Angeles Magazine honored her as one of LA's Top 10 Most Inspiring Women. Sonja is best known for her Unique Market shopping events that she started in 2008 as a large-scale solution to bring together and support local designers, allow the public to discover quality design and support their local economy, and inspire people to tap into creativity. Fueled by her passion for seeing people grow and become more successful through play and being creative, Sonja launched CAMP, a creative business conference, in 2013. After witnessing the amazing success and positive results of CAMP, Sonja decided to create a permanent place for entrepreneurs and creative thinkers... And so The Unique Space was born - an 18,000 sq ft building in downtown LA's Arts District that houses 18 private offices and an event space.
As a motivational speaker, teacher and consultant, Sonja has worked with a variety of organizations including Nike, Square, Soho House, Disney Imagineers group, Squarespace, Adobe, and West Elm, and she has spoken at HOW Design, AIGA, General Assembly, Art Center and more. Sonja also sits on the Board of non-profit 826LA. Her diverse media background before becoming an entrepreneur includes being a former interior designer and star on HGTV, an online content director, being featured on television (ABC, CBS, HGTV, MuchMusic), and being a writer and editor for a variety of print publications including Azure, Style Ideas, Canadian Living and The Toronto Star.
Kara Barlow, CAMP Director & COO of Unique Inc.
A storyteller and community-builder at heart, Kara has created compelling narratives and curated unique experiences for some of the world’s most successful brands and startups including The Walt Disney Company, Roxy, and NationBuilder. With more than 12 years of in-house and agency experience developing communication strategies, creating employee engagement programs, and producing large-scale events, Kara knows how to capture the hearts and minds of employees and consumers. Most recently Kara served as Acting Vice President of Marketing at NationBuilder, a software platform for building communities used by Airbnb, Amnesty International, and the campaigns of California Governor Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
With an MBA in Sustainable Business & Social Entrepreneurship from Presidio Graduate School, Kara is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and small business tell their stories and grow their reach. At The Walt Disney Company, she helped communicate the impact of the beloved entertainment institution’s philanthropic and environmental efforts as part of the Corporate Responsibility team. While at NationBuilder, Kara managed a team of 17 creatives on original content development, product launches, and conferences. She is excited to bring her expertise to CAMP and Unique Inc.. Kara lives among the staircases of Silver Lake and is currently training for her third triathlon—that is, when her full attention is not demanded by her energetic cat, Lola.
Kate Stewart, Director of Sponsorship & Partnering for CAMP & Unique Inc.
Surefire, cool-under-pressure Kate has built out the events program of The Unique Space from its inception. Kate is a seasoned event planner and talent lightning rod. And it's by no mistake. Kate's event cred comes from 10+ years of event production and partnerships. A smooth operator on the outside, and a wild wanderlusting creative on the inside, Kate is a lover of life, spontaneity, travel, and human connection. In her spare time spends as much time as possible surrounded by friends, family, Jolene her ginger beast and good music.