As an author, speaker, and community builder, Sona talks about improving health outcomes through the power of social support.

Sona Mehring is the founder of CaringBridge, the first and most widely used nonprofit social network dedicated to helping family and friends communicate with and support loved ones during a health journey through the use of free personal websites. Throughout her successful career as a computer programmer, website developer and business owner, Sona found her joy in making the Internet easy to navigate for the average person. In 1997 when close friends experienced a health crisis and needed to quickly share the devastating news with their family and friends, Sona’s web developer skills were put to the test. She was inspired to create a website, and CaringBridge was born. In 2016, after nearly two decadesas CEO, Sona transitioned into the role of founder and chief ambassador.