Sunny grew up in the Appalachian mountains and started playing guitar at the tender age of eight. By the time she was eleven, she was a prominent bluegrass player. Hailing from a long lineage of female storytellers, she was raised on gospel and bluegrass, and spent many summer nights surrounded by music. She describes her upbringing as “poor, but rich, oppressed, but magic.”
Her father was a self-made entrepreneur with humble beginnings in a coal mining camp and her mom was a phenomenal cook who loved to tell stories. They both taught her anything is possible if you give yourself fully to it. Their influence shaped her tremendously. Sunny was a street musician and theatre actor before dropping out of pre-vet school to co-found Motto in her early 20’s. A year later, Sunny enrolled in the prestigious Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) where she pursued an MFA in Design & Visual Communication.
A gifted speaker, storyteller, and wordsmith, Sunny writes for Inc. Magazine in a column called Change Makers & Rule-Breakers. She is also a member and contributor for the YEC, an elite organization comprised of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and a member of the Forbes Agency Council. She was named GDUSA’s Top 25 People to Watch, and is currently co-authoring her first leadership book about how great leaders defy the ordinary to build extraordinary companies.
Sunny is fascinated with humans, instinct, and meaningful conversation. You’ll never see her without a fedora and she loves anyone that can make her laugh or cook the perfect breakfast.
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