Hi! My name is Sophie Beren and at my core I am a unifier. I want to make the world feel smaller by bringing people together and I want every person to understand the power of human connection through conversation. I’m originally from Wichita, Kansas, and I was the only Jewish student in my grade in high school. I followed the yellow brick road all the way to the University of Pennsylvania for college, ready to immerse myself in Jewish life on campus. Before I knew it, I was surrounded by Jews in all aspects of my college life, and still something was missing. I realized that I had taken for granted the environment I had grown up in, when I was exposed to people from all walks of life in Wichita. Currently, the walls of ignorance built up between us draw us further away from one another, causing us to revert to echo chambers of like minded individuals. This epiphany led me to eventually become the Founder and the Conversationalist Executive Officer of TableTalk.
I believe that if every voice is heard, shared, and valued, then we can unify the world. I founded TableTalk to help empower students to discover their unique voices, through the exploration of others, outside of the classroom. By helping students develop leadership skills as well as social and emotional learning skills, TableTalk prepares students for the world beyond their campuses so they can thrive in our diverse society. TableTalk is now working to package a comprehensive curriculum to energize our student leaders to design new spaces on campus to have substantive conversations, rather than reverting to social media or silence. In our hyper-connected world, TableTalk is giving a whole new meaning to word “FaceTime” as we reinvigorate the essence of face-to-face conversation. We are grateful to help students start the conversation. I look forward to connecting with you as we make the world feel smaller, together!
Founder, Tabletalk, present
At TableTalk, we believe that if every voice is heard, shared, and valued, then we can successfully unify the world. TableTalk is on a mission to celebrate every young adult’s unique voice by creating avenues for meaningful conversation, that did not previously exist. Today’s world is often segmented into echo chambers of like minded individuals, both on and offline, and TableTalk hopes to break open these echo chambers by helping young adults and community members alike make meaningful connections outside of their typical groups.
JUST SAY HELLO /// SOPHIE BEREN
Listen to the latest More In Common Podcast episode to hear more about my story
EMPATHY, RELATIONSHIPS, & THE BIG PICTURE /// EPISODE #22
Listen to MY EPISODE ON THE dream big & co. Podcast to hear ABOUT the evolution of tabletalk
ADVISORY BOARD, NATIONAL CONVERSATION PROJECT, 2018-PRESENT
The NCP seeks to mainstream conversations across divides in which we #ListenFirst to understand. The advisory board is comprised of pioneers and leaders in the field who will shepherd this national platform to mainstream conversations across divides.
RECOGNIZED MEMBER, FEMALE FOUNDER COLLECTIVE, 2018-PRESENT
The Female Founder Collective is a network of businesses led by women, supporting women. The FFC's mission is to enable and empower female owned and led businesses to positively impact our communities, both socially and economically. I was accepted to the FFC in Dec, 2018.
COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEMBER, NEXT GEN SUMMIT, 2018-PRESENT
The Next Gen Summit Community Council is comprised of Next Gen's top 1% of members in terms of their engagement. The council will enhance Next Gen's ability to support young entrepreneurs and will guide community development. inspiring young entrepreneurs.
THE HUFFINGTON POST | NOV 22, 2017
"Food connects us. Time connects us. Humanity connects us. In thinking about your own personal Thanksgiving, I encourage you to try a “strangegiving” of sorts in the coming weeks. Open yourself up to creating spaces imbued with new perspectives and new individuals who could contribute so much to your world."
WHEN THE UNTHINKABLE BECOMES THINKABLE
THE HUFFINGTON POST | AUG 16, 2017
"Let’s start conversations. Let’s talk with others who might think differently than ourselves. Let’s talk with those across the aisle, from both the right and the left, who are currently being tuned out by the violent. Let’s not lose faith that human beings have the capacity for love and human kindness. And let’s try to slowly lower our fingers and point towards our shared humanity, because we have way more in common than we might currently believe."
It’s Time To Strengthen Our Own Belief Systems Through The Exploration Of Others’
THE HUFFINGTON POST | NOV 9, 2016
"I realized that social media are oftentimes polarizing. Social media are a vehicle through which most of us re-inculcate ourselves with the same ideologies every day. Right now, as you are scrolling down your newsfeeds, you might not even realize, but you are internalizing, and sometimes adopting, everything you read and “like.” With this in mind, I decided that this could be the start of something new."
LET'S PLAY A CONNECTION GAME
The huffington Post | aug 17, 2016
"Want to play? I think you’d readily be shocked and happily surprised by the little we truly know about the people around us. Once you play, then the next person will, and before we know it – eyes across the world will start opening to the people around us and those eyes will be quickly inspired to find out more."
SOPHIE BEREN /// Just Say Hello /// e034
more in common | keith & rodney | DECEMBER 20, 2018
Sophie Beren is the Founder and Executive Director of TableTalk. In this conversation we explore Sophie's background as a Jewish student in a predominately Christian community and how that developed her framework of connecting with others. She gives some amazing conversation tips and insights into how electronic communication is breaking down our abilities to connect with each other.
SPOTLIGHT ON SOPHIE BEREN
NEXT GEN SUMMIT | HALEY SMITH | DECEMBER 20, 2018
Meet Sophie Beren - A Wichita, Kansas native who used her passion for human connection to found TableTalk.
Your Personal Bible (Book, Magazine): Heart Talk by Cleo Wade
Words you live by: The moment when you realize that the rest of the world doesn't think like you, that's when you grow.
NO AGENDA OTHER THAN TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER
THRIVE GLOBAL | YITZI WEINER | JUNE 19, 2018
I wake up every day with the excitement of empowering young people to make a difference and to believe that they have the potential to leave their mark on campus in a meaningful way. Within our increasingly disconnected, yet interconnected world, I believe that TableTalk has begun to reinvigorate face-to-face conversation and to channel a mentality that we can truly change the world through better conversation.”
TableTalk hosts discussion on mental health following student suicide
The Daily Pennsylvanian | Genevieve Glatsky | April 20, 2016
"In a beautiful way it really galvanized all of the mental health and Penn Wellness groups together to really do something about what has been happening on campus,' TableTalk Penn founder and College junior Sophie Beren said."
Penn Junior Sophie Beren Has People Singing and Talking
Penn News Today | Jill Disanto | JANUARY 15, 2016
"Sophie Beren, a junior communications major at the University of Pennsylvania, is a natural connector. Beren, from Wichita, Kan., is minoring in music, while also earning her master’s in non-profit leadership from the School of Social Policy & Practice."
Couches on campus take the awkward out of meeting new people
USA today college | Kristi Cook | September 12, 2015
"Sophie Beren, the founder of Penn's Table Talk, brought it to her campus to fill what she says was a void at the school and to 'provide a framework for all types of students to have the opportunity to meet individuals both alike and unlike themselves.'"
TableTalk encourages students to meet new people
THE DAILY PENNSYLVANIAN | Zoe Stern | aPRIL 14, 2015
"Many believe that come second semester of freshman year, few people branch out. For this reason, College sophomore Sophie Beren brought TableTalk to Penn. The club’s mission is to start and increase dialogue between students, particularly those who would never interact under ordinary circumstances."