Coaching & Culture Chief
Global Speaker

Professional Bio

Sunny’s mission is to inspire others to live BIG by being true to themselves and following their purpose. She is passionate about realizing this through positive work cultures.

Through her diverse journey Sunny has been a wellness researcher, saké trainer, ultra-runner, one of the world’s first happiness coaches and, finally, a global culture consultant.

She held key developmental roles in several business startups before becoming a founding member of the Delivering Happiness (DH) consulting team, co-founded by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com.

As the Culture Chief at DH, Sunny co-built the model, developed the approach and led the services team. She is one of the few Core Coaches and is personally responsible for improving the culture at hundreds of organizations around the world.

Internally at DH, Sunny is known as the Culture Godmother, applying the science of happiness with real-time guidance to continually evolve their culture. This has been an especially key role since DH shifted to an innovative structure based on Holacracy where the team is self-managed and purpose driven.

A global speaker, ORSC (Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching) and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) trained coach with a BA in psychology, Sunny’s got the credentials.

But her street cred comes from her role as one of the world’s first happiness consultants and a Zappos culture expert. She has been an impassioned thought leader in the culture movement and featured in books such as The Decoded Company and publications like Fast Company.

Today, Sunny is a sought-after speaker appearing at events such as “Good to Great” where she inspires groups around the world with her bright and unique brand of coach-sulting [coaching + consulting]. As one client noted: Sunny is more than a name, it’s how she lives.

You’ll see when you meet her : ).

Clients include:

  • BH Management
  • Cigna Healthspring
  • Crunch Fitness
  • Digital Telepathy
  • Downtown Project
  • Google
  • McDonald’s
  • New Evolution Ventures
  • Real Truck
  • Sprinkles

Speaking includes:

  • Confucius Entrepreneurs, China
  • Dubai Airports, United Arab Emirates
  • Endeavor, Colombia
  • Good to Great 3.0, Korea
  • Group Delos, Venezuela
  • Winning the Hearts, Moscow

Fun Facts

  • Sunny has visited 24 countries and run the streets of every one
  • She has loved sports since she was kicked off the cheerleading team in high school
  • She has worked as both a wine buyer and sake sommelier

Inspired By

Sunny is inspired by unlikely heroes, the smell of deep woods, dreamers, and doers.

Something Weird That Makes Her Happy

Sunny melts around big gentle dogs with floppy jowls.

Catch Her Online

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