Whether through acting, stand-up comedy or Emcee, Sunny has been exploring new ways to connect with an audience since childhood. He's given talks at schools, businesses conferences, and TEDx events on topics such as leadership, entrepreneurship, and mental health. Calling on ideas rooted in positive psychology and Eastern philosophies, he tells stories that people of all ages and backgrounds can relate to and takeaway applicable life lessons from. Sunny is a Duchossois Scholar who has received full ride scholarship at IIT and he was voted for graduation speaker at Illinois Math and Science Academy. He has won the best speaker award at a national Junior Statesmen of America convention.
Price Range: $200+
Sunny is a Chicago native in his 3rd year at the Illinois Institute of Technology. His major is psychology, and his passion lies in communication. His proficiency
in writing, film, design, and public speaking has allowed him to communicate powerful messages for a variety of projects and organizations in the past.
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2018 Illinois Institute of Technology
Duchossois Leadership Scholar | TEDxIIT Speaker
2014 Illinois Math and Science Academy
Focus on Leadership and Communications
Leadership Education Facilitator | Graduation Speaker
Self Employmentin the Arts · Emcee and Keynote Speaker
Feb 2016 to Current
SEA is an annual 2 day conference in which over 500 students, artists, and
entrepreneurs gather to share in education and fun. I joined the SEA
Director and Advisory Board to help put together content and host the
conference as emcee and keynote speaker.
Exelon Institute · Communications Team Leader
Jun 2015 to Current
The Illinois Institute of Technology hosts a program for freshman to get
extra assistance adjusting to academic and social life as a college student. I
lead a team of 3 student teachers that run communications classes for all
40 students. We teach through hands on activities, practicing
communication through acting, debate, writing, public speaking, and
Packback · Sales Development Representative - Intern
May 2015 to Aug 2015
I was the first sales intern hired at Packback, which is one of Chicago's
fastest growing startups. I had the responsibility of working closely with
the head of sales to design the on-boarding process for new clients. I was
responsible for writing emails, doing sales calls, and demoing our product.
Global Leaders Program · Project Assistant
Sep 2015 to Jun 2016
I worked closely with the project manager of Illinois Tech's Global Leader's
Program. I had a range of responsibilities from creating an educational
video series, to designing our weekly presentation materials, to helping
teach the entire cohort of 90 students and maintaining remote
communication with them.
Future Founders Foundation · Entrepreneurship Teacher
Jan 2015 to Aug 2016
As a member of the Future Founder's Circle, in addition to receiving
entrepreneurship training, I also have the opportunity to lead classroom
workshops in entrepreneurship thinking for Chicago high school students.
Gwalior Special Needs School · English Teacher
I volunteered to teach English communication skills to a class of special
needs students in Mumbai. It was an opportunity for me to both practice
my mother tongue and give back to the community I was staying in.
IIT Unfiltered, Campus News Show
As the founder and anchor, I led a team of 4 students in creating our
university's first campus news show. I gained proficiency in nearly all
aspects of the project, including script writing, directing, speaking, and
editing. The show is intended to be comedic at times, however the primary
motive was to create a channel for important and relevant information to
better circulate campus. The goal of Episode 1 was to clarify issues
regarding campus security.
I gave a talk titled, What's Your Problem, at the annual TEDxIIT conference
in Chicago. I discussed how teachers and students can employ an
entrepreneurial and problem-based mindset in order to enhance learning
opportunities in and out of the classroom. Watch it here.
Graduation Speaker, Illinois Math and Science Academy
I was selected to deliver a speech at my high school graduation ceremony. I
spoke on the topic of luck, and how to maintain a positive and humble
mindset while moving forward in life. Watch it here.
Duchossois Leadership Scholarship
Full tuition scholarship awarded for leadership and service
I was one of two students to be named each year as a Duchossois Scholar.
Our group works to promote leadership education and service
opportunities for IIT and our local community.
First Place at Chicago Techweek Hackathon
I led a team of Chicago college students in creating a platform for students
at our campus to share meals more easily. We prototyped a mobile app
that students could use to post meals they would like to hold. My role was
in design of the app, and giving our pitch presentation.
First Place at Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Pitch Competition
I won the CEO Chicagoland startup pitch competition by presenting my idea
for Gap House, a residential program for students to spend a gap year living
with like minded peers and interning for tech based startups.
INTERPERSONAL: Public Speaking, Leadership, Entreprenuership
TECHNICAL: Video Editting, Graphic Design, Web Development
CREATIVE: Writing, Filming, Acting
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