Sunnetta “Sunny” Slaughter is the founder and Principal CEO of Sunny Slaughter Consulting, LLC, featured in Women Leadership Magazine USA as
one of DC's's top 25 Women Business Leaders in 2020, a TEDx Alum, Vulnerability Expert, Master-Connector, Law Enforcement Instructor, and Racial Equity Strategist postured in the DEI space. Sunny brings over thirty-five years of executive consultancy, policy compliance, human resource, DE&I tactical guidance, safety preparedness, crisis management, and strategic solutions to voluntary, public, and private sectors.
Sunny is a member of the Women Business Collaborative (WBC) Leaders Advisory Council and serves on the DEI committee. She supports initiatives that uplift, engage, and empower all women but are centered on the advancement of Black women and other women of color in the Boardroom, C-Suite, and pay equity. In furtherance of these efforts in June 2020, Sunny was named the USA Chapter Head for Women Power, a global organization with representation from twenty-one countries focused on the agility, leadership, influence, perspective, empowerment, and diversity of women across the world.
As an External Consultant, Sunny works jointly with the leadership and HR team offering client expertise and flexibility in human resources, employee belonging and engagement, compliance, policy (review, revision, development), workplace safety, risk assessment and mitigation, investigations and training.
As a Racial Equity Expert, Sunny works with Boards, the leadership, and employees to facilitate uncomfortable conversations on Race. CRIED (Culture. Race. Inclusion. Equity. Diversity)™ is a transformative program centered on systemic racism and biases in the workplace. Sunny works with clients to address employee vulnerability, belonging, inclusion, pay equity, leadership accountability, and the impact on employees and external customer services when they choose to do nothing.
As a Law Enforcement Instructor, Consultant, and Expert, Sunny has been responsible for training, crisis coordination and multi-jurisdictional operations for the execution of agency preparedness and initiatives with a focus on safety prevention and intervention. After the murder of George Floyd Sunny released a whitepaper titled 9-Point Priorities for Re-framing Police Culture, outlining the complexities of police culture, (policies and protocols), training, community engagement, de-escalation, and violence against marginalized populations.
As an Intersectional SME, Sunny has served as the National Co-chair of the Opioid Caucus and Region IV Co-chair of the Violence as a Public Health Issue situated under the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, NPA. She has led national policy initiatives and discussions on violence as a public health issue, criminal justice reform, violence against women, and mass incarceration. In 2020, she released a whitepaper titled, Oral Healthcare Professionals: "A Guide for Responding to Human Trafficking, Exploitation, Interpersonal Violence, and Vulnerability Due to Disruption." The document was forwarded by a client and Sunny received a request from the US Assistant Surgeon General, Chief Dental Officer for permission to use and distribute.
Sunny is a global expert and thought leader on human trafficking and exploitation; she has been recognized by the Obama White House, contributed to the drafting of state legislation, national policy, a global research, initiatives, programs, and worked with victims and survivors and their families. In 2016, Sunny was retained by one of the top law firms in the US to Opine an Expert Witness Report in a case involving a missing and trafficked child resulting in a $6-million settlement. Sunny has been deliberate in bringing attention to the racial and cultural biases that exist within the human trafficking movement, in service provision, the criminalization of Black and POC victims, and in the media coverage surrounding their disappearance and stories.
Sunny has benefited from institutional education, certification,
mentorship, training, and years of hands-on experience. Sunny is a certified law enforcement instructor, having trained with the US Department of Homeland Security, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the Drug Enforcement Agency, FBI, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the University
of California at San Bernardino. Sunny attended the University of Alabama
at Birmingham, is a fellow of the Morehouse School of Medicine, Satcher
Health Leadership Institute, Community Health Leadership Program, and continues to be a lifelong learner, researcher, and student.
Sunny has worked as a subject matter expert with news anchors and journalists, developing background information for investigative reports and news stories.
Sunny is a TEDx Speaker and on-camera Crime and Policy Analyst for media outlets, including Newsy, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN/HLN After Dark, and Trinity Broadcast Network.
For media, inquiries - Sunny may be reached through this website or via the SheSource-Women's Media Center directory.
As a young girl, Sunnetta (her birth name) was called bossy, but she got things done. She was called feisty, but she was never afraid to stand up for herself and others. She experienced racism and knew there would be more to come. When pushed, she remembered the words of her mother..."You can do anything, but don't ever run from anyone, take a stand and fight, even if you don't win, at least they will know you've been there!" Those words are etched forever into her spirit.
Sunny has a lot of "first" in her life, including being the youngest African American to receive the NJ Public Service Award for saving two small children thrown from a car when she was 16 years old. At the same time, she was the youngest and first African American woman, working full-time as the second Administrative Assistant to the Director of the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement. She held a dual role serving as an assistant to the Public Information Officer of NJ Attorney General, Cary Edwards. The personal
and professional guidance she received from her colleagues would benefit
her throughout her entire career.
Sunny became the youngest Federal Women's Program Coordinator for the United States Navy, NEXCEN, Norfolk, VA, serving at the direction of a US Naval Captain. She was responsible for the oversight and investigation of EEO and sexual harassment complaints while coordinating collaborative partnerships between the military and community throughout the Tidewater Area. Sunny served a dual role in the Contracts and Acquisitions Department where she received the Superior Accomplishments and Recognition Award (SARA) for a cost savings of more than 1 million dollars. All of these accomplishments occurred before she turned 22.
Sunny can be AGGRESSIVE when necessary; many have called her that more than once, but she is just as comfortable walking through the front door alone or coming through the back door when positioned. Her focus is on ensuring TRUTH and BOLDNESS has seat and voice at the table, and she recognizes that someone must go first so that others can go further.
Sunnetta "Sunny" Slaughter has been tried, tested, transformed, and continuously underestimated, but always SHE RISES like the Phoenix.
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I have been recognized by the White House Obama Administration as a "Changemaker,"and I have written a report on the State of Health included in the Presidential daily briefing of the 44th President of the United States of America. I was "in the room."