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Sunny Bates

Sunny Bates

Sunny Bates

CEO, Sunny Bates Associates

Sunny Bates explores the threads, people, and organizations that are working at the edge and shaping the future. For over 20 years, she has been a guide for an increasingly networked age, bringing together entrepreneurs, intellectuals, creators, innovators, artists, and executives from around the globe to tackle some of our most pressing questions. Focusing on topics from alternative currencies to genomic technologies, Bates exercises her network development expertise on behalf of GE, TED, Credit Suisse, Guardian Insurance, and many other established enterprises. In addition, she engages a wide array of organizations, from startups like Kickstarter and Jawbone, to nonprofits like the Acumen Fund and Creative Capital, to help them uncover and maximize potential. She is well known for her popular initiatives like Connect and Conspire, Standard Talks at The Standard Hotels, monthly Cereal Entrepreneurs breakfast, and other transformational gatherings for the people and organizations innovating their way into the future. Her unique talent is finding the threads that exist all around us and weaving them together in new and imaginative ways. Her approach to unleashing potential is unique: it recognizes people and idea exchange as the raw material for unlimited growth.