Meet Sunny & Ashleigh

Authors, entrepreneurs, speakers, and hosts, dedicated to empowering you to take parts of yourself other people criticize and turn them into your superpowers.

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“When Sunny and Ashleigh walk into a room, the air changes. They’ve got an undeniable magic. They’ll give you goosebumps. And, you want in.” 

— IVY

Hi, we’re Sunny and Ashleigh, the fiery redhead and fedora-rocking duo behind the new book Rare Breed: A Guide to Success for the Defiant, Dangerous and Different (HarperCollins 2019). Our book explores seven so-called “vices” society condemns as counterintuitive to success—Rebellious, Audacious, Obsessed, Hot-Blooded, Weird, Hypnotic, Emotional—and reframes them as virtues that lead to breakout success.

We’re also hosts of a brazen new YouTube series featuring one-of-a-kind interviews with Rare Breeds like audacious Charlamagne Tha God, hot-blooded beauty influencer Bretman Rock, and obsessed YouTube star Dodie.

This site, our book, and our show, are focused on one thing — awakening the parts of yourself you’ve made invisible because everyone told you success was only attainable if you ground down your prickly points, so you would in that awful phrase, “fit in.”

“Mark our words, Rare Breed will be one of the best books of the year.”

— DisruptTV

After dropping out of college together in our early twenties, we started Motto, a ruckus-making branding agency with just $250 against a sea of doubt. We were told we were “too young, too broke, too inexperience, too female” to succeed in a world where sixtyish admen made the rules. Fifteen years later, high on creative spirit and rule-breaking, the press, media, and beloved brands like 20th Century Fox, Hershey’s, E&J Gallo Wines, and more, seek us out for our audacious point of view on how to tap into the “rare breed” within.

“We run a huge Summit that brings people from all over the world. (When you’re choosing speakers, every person on stage is either a boon or burden to your cred.) Sunny and Ashleigh received the highest speaker rankings for any event. They change people’s lives.”

— Small Giants

We’ve graced lists such as GDUSA’s Top 25 People to Watch, DMA, and Inc. 30 Under 30 America’s Coolest Young Entrepreneurs. We were also the youngest women to win the Make Mine a Million $ Business Award.

In true Rare Breed fashion, we believe in the power of going against conventional thinking, punching the status quo with brass knuckles, and illuminating the pieces of ourselves that are uniquely our own.

To the Rare Breed in you,

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Rare Breed Series

A Show for the Defiant, Dangerous & Different. In this brazen video series Rare Breed, authors Sunny Bonnell and Ashleigh Hansberger sit down for exclusive interviews with some of today’s most polarizing and magnetic guests celebrities like, Charlamagne Tha God, Dodie, PJ Morton, Bretman Rock and more — those who are tired of playing by the rules.

The series explores seven traits that conventional wisdom regards as counterintuitive to your success — some call them vices, we called them virtues. And they are the keys to being a Rare Breed: Rebellious / Audacious / Obsessed / Hot-Blooded / Weird / Hypnotic / Emotional Discover how they underpin the success of the disruptors who have trail-blazed their own unique path.

Season 1 Trailer

Virtue: Audacity

In our pilot episode, we sit down with the king of polarization, Charlamagne Tha God, to discuss how audacity has put him in the ring, but not without a few black eyes.

EP1: Charlamagne Tha God

Virtue: Audacity

In our pilot episode, we sit down with the king of polarization, Charlamagne Tha God, to discuss how audacity has put him in the ring, but not without a few black eyes.

EP2: Jon Batiste

Virtue: Hypnotic

Sunny and Ashleigh sit down with one of the world’s most magnetic musicians and bandleaders from the Late Show with Stephen Colbert to talk about the virtue “Hypnotic.”

EP3: Dodie

Virtue: Obsession

Get ready to dive in deep on Obsession with Dodie (@doddleoddle), a 24 year old UK singer-songwriter, author, and YouTuber known for her emotionally complex lyrics. Her latest EP, Human, has amassed over 28.2 M streams on Spotify.

Print & Online

New York Times
Forbes
Wall Street Journal
Inc.
Entrepreneur
Bloomberg
American Express
Chicago Tribune
99u

Yahoo!
HuffingtonPost
AdWeek
Shutterstock
Killer Startups
SUCCESS
Women 2.0
Behance
Print Magazine

CBS
The Next Web
Business Interviews
Print
HOW
GDUSA
Brandfolder
Small Biz Trends
Under 30 CEO

NBC
AMEX
Awwwards
YHP
Startup Nation
SCAD
IdeaMensch
Quick Sprout
LinkedIn Pulse

Speaking

Fossil
The DEC
IVY
Small Giants
Inc. Growco

The Art Institute
Indiana Women’s
DSVC
IdeaWorks
How Design

NYU Books
WeWork
IdeaWorks
The DEC

National Student Show
DSCV
IdeaWorks
How Design LIVE
Clarity

Podcasts & Media

The Breakfast Club
Wharton Women
Entrepreneur on Fire
DisrupTV
BoldTV

Cheddar
Breakfast Leadership
Profit Express
Trend Following
Brand New You

NBC Better
EOFire
School for Startups
Marketing Leadership
Trend Following
Intrepid

Yahoo Finance!
Get Real Bob & Stacey
Creative Warriors
CEO Mojo
Finding Brave

Speaking & Workshops

Sunny and Ashleigh teach workshops for leaders, teams, and organizations and speak around the world sharing the message of Rare Breed. Here’s a snapshot of some of the places they’ve taught or spoken at:

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