Mon, 11/13/2023 - 12:10
| Written for: DSA News
Phil Sorgen’s (’88, ’90 MBA) road to success began with campus involvement. The former Lambda Chi was recently honored with the University of North Texas Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.
As a UNT student, Sorgen not only worked in the admissions department, he was a member of the Lambda Chi fraternity, a peer counselor (orientation leader), a member of NT40, and what is now known as the Eagle Ambassadors.
Sorgen has been a venture partner at Tola Capital since 2021, having previously worked at Microsoft for 24 years. As a leader at Microsoft, he served as corporate vice president leading Microsoft’s U.S. Enterprise Commercial Group, a global “channel chief” with responsibility for Microsoft’s partner ecosystem, and president of Microsoft Canada. He also served as chief revenue officer for Ring Central before joining Tola Capital.
As he explained in the introductory video for the Distinguished Alumni Award, “When I think about the value that University of North Texas provided me, I came away with an amazing education that was so foundational to my future success.”
Sorgen remains firmly connected to his alma mater. He is dedicated to serving on the UNT Greek Advisory Council and is a Lifetime Member of the UNT Alumni Association and a member of the UNT President’s Council. He and his wife Lea, also a proud UNT graduate, have generously given to the UNT Career Center Excellence Endowment, with Microsoft matching their gift. The Sorgens also established the Phil and Lea Sorgen Career Center Excellence Fund, which serves as internship support for current students.
“Phil has been a constant and consistent partner for us in student affairs, always wanting to give back,” said Dr. Elizabeth With, senior vice president for Student Affairs. “When he comes back to campus, every time he’s here, he asks to be involved with students. He asks to present and to interact. He very much wants to give back.”
Congratulations to Phil Sorgen and all the 2023 Awardees! Read more about the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards to learn how Mean Green Alumni are making a difference in their professions, communities and at the University of North Texas.