Tai Esteban Sunnanon
Founder + CEO
Tai Sunnanon is the Founder and CEO of the strategic insights group, the premier mission-driven consulting firm in Los Angeles. Tai has spent 25 years as an international social entrepreneur, university instructor, author and speaker. For the past decade, he has been a master executive coach to Fortune 500 CEOs, nonprofit leaders and elected officials. Tai is also a Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.
Previously, Tai was an instructor at Harvard University, teaching courses on social entrepreneurship and adaptive leadership. He was a founder of the Harvard Innovation Lab and frequent lecturer on social innovation. Tai was also a visiting scholar at American University, Tel Aviv University, UC Berkeley, University of Vienna, and Vanderbilt University.
Tai founded several companies, including:
- Social Good Industries, LLC, a socially conscious product company
- California WISH (Working In Supporting the Homeless), providing education services to homeless and at-risk youth
- SeaVit, combating vitamin deficiency in South East Asia
- General Lighting & Electric, providing eco-sustainable lighting
From 2002-2004, Tai served his country as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Palau, working on sustainable, economic development projects.In addition, Tai has led international development projects and sustainable economic collaborations in over 15 countries, including Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Micronesia, Guam, Saipan, and Solomon Islands, which have honored him with national awards for his work.
Tai speaks 7 languages and is the recipient of several national innovation awards, including: Presidential Scholar, Julius E. Babbitt Fellowship, Ash Fellowship in Innovations, Education Pioneers and U.S. Military Community Service Award. He completed his doctoral coursework at Harvard University, where he also earned two Masters Degrees, and holds a BA from UCLA.
Strategy, Macroeconomics, Social entrepreneurship, Crisis management, Growth/Scale, Executive coaching, and Government relations