The “go-to” consultant for many
in executive leadership roles.
Sonya Barnes, CEO of Sonya Barnes International, was on the traditional track for her 80’s generation. Graduating from college, getting a good job with benefits but miserable! I had good job with a reputable insurance company and was doing great salary wise but HATED it. I knew in my heart of hearts that this would NOT be my life. After 12 years in corporate, I decided to find out what got my juices flowing and realized communication in every aspect was it. Fashion/Style was at the top of that list. Now, the question was how will or can I make a living. While navigating the web before the world of Google, I located training with the world’s leading Image Masters in style development and image branding to establish credibility as a professional.
With strong leadership skills she is known as the “go-to” consultant for many in executive leadership roles, and often sought out to speak to many private and public organizations providing world class workshops and seminars on visual appearance, verbal and nonverbal communications worldwide.
With an elite repertoire of select influential individual clients, she travels to destinations such as Southeast Asia, Singapore, and France training consultants on key components of image and style consulting.
Her client list includes Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo. During the economic crisis In 2008, Barnes expanded her client base internationally to Asia, Singapore, Vietnam and Hong Kong.
During her membership with AICI (Association Of Image Consultants International; (2001-2011) she held multiple board positions and leadership roles including Founding Member of the Atlanta, GA chapter and VP of Education on the international Board of Directors. In addition She received her CIP, Certified Image Professional, at which time less than 200 consultants were designated worldwide.
Over the past decade she presided as Master Trainer at the world-renowned London Image Institute based in Atlanta, GA and has partnered with the Academy of Image Mastery, Singapore, Singapore teaching advanced communications in image brand strategy, and menswear styling.
A very active Women Executives, Charlotte; and the Greater Charlotte Chamber of Commerce where she was awarded one of Six Generations of Innovators in 2008. She has served as a board member for the Advisory Council of the Art Institute and is a former member of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Sonya is also an alumna of Leadership Charlotte currently serving on the Executive Board as President-Elect for 2015-2016.
Sonya has been featured in several publications including the Charlotte Observer, Greenville News & Press, and several other nationwide media outlets like Good Morning Vietnam. Sonya has been named one of Charlotte's 25 Most Stylish by Charlotte Style Magazine.
She is a graduate of University of Colorado and currently resides in Charlotte, NC where she remains active in community leadership roles with American Heart Association, Hospice Palliative Care Charlotte and a founding Board Member of iThe Lunch Project (TLP) a global non-profit servicing children in Tanzania, East Africa. She is currently continuing her education as a Master's Fine Arts candidate at the renown Savannah College of Art & Design.