Sunny coaches at senior executive and board level, and has a wide range of experience in leadership development and business strategy. With over 25 years’ international experience as an executive coach, Sunny believes there is a strong link between emotional intelligence and business results – she works with executive leaders and their teams to help them achieve individual, team and organizational goals. Sunny has played a leading role in building the emerging profession of coaching, and her passion is to develop the knowledge base for coaching through research and the critical reflective practice of dedicated practitioners. She has developed a range of international programmes for leaders and business coaches in the corporate, legal and education fields.
She is Executive Director of Sunny Stout-Rostron Associates, Advisory Board Member with the Professional Development Foundation UK (PDF), and Founding Fellow and Research Advisor at the Institute of Coaching at Harvard. She completed her doctoral research in Executive Coaching with Middlesex University London, and continues to lecture and supervise research at several graduate schools of business to contribute to the development of executive coaches.
In collaboration with other practitioners, Sunny set up the Manthano Institute of Learning (Pty) Ltd, whose aims included the promotion and development of academic and practitioner coaching research in South Africa. She developed a succession of strategic leadership and management development programs within the corporate sector in South Africa, the UK and USA. Clients included British Airways, Johnson & Johnson, The SAS Institute, Pick n Pay, SASOL, Standard Bank, The Foschini Group, Eskom, Legal Resources Group, Cummins Filtration International and VWSA.
Sunny completed her Professional Doctorate (D.Prof) in Executive Coaching at Middlesex University London in 2006. She is an active member of the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC), an Honorary Life Member of Coaches and Mentors of South Africa (COMENSA), and a founding faculty member in South Africa for the Thinking Environment methodology (developed by Nancy Kline).
Sunny lectures at several universities, including the business schools of the University of California at Berkeley, and in South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of Stellenbosch, and the Da Vinci Institute of Technology. In addition, she frequently speaks at conferences in the USA, UK, Australia and South Africa.
Sunny’s books include: Business Coaching International: Transforming Individuals and Organizations (Karnac, 2009); Business Coaching Wisdom and Practice: Unlocking the Secrets of Business Coaching (Knowres 2009); Accelerating Performance: Powerful New Techniques to Develop People (Kogan Page, 2002) and Managing Training (Kogan Page, 1993).
She is a contributing author to Positive Psychology as Social Change (edited by Robert Biswas-Diener, Springer, 2010); Developing Human Capital (edited by Italia Boninelli), Knowres, 2010; The Sage Handbook of Coaching (edited by Elaine Cox, Tatiana Bachkirova and David Clutterbuck, Sage, 2009); and Sharing the Passion: Conversations with Coaches, (edited by Min McLoughlin, Advanced Human Technologies, 2006).