We had the good fortune of connecting with Suna Kabadayi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Suna, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Am I a risk-taker? I would define myself as a safe player who looks for certainty, minimizing risk. Yet, several times in my life and career, I have taken the risk. I changed jobs, all we’re potent brands in their field, and finally, at the age of 30, I moved from a corporate dream job to start my own consultancy business when a specific career path was laid before me, Simply because I believed myself and wanted to do more. It allowed me to learn to be an entrepreneur at an early age. I found myself on tv interviews, wrote a book, and then found myself working with people on tv, EoS, and politicians. And then I decided to move to the USA at the age of 41, whereas I was very comfortable by all means and a pioneer consultant. Now I am here with my five-year-old daughter as a single mom. Sometimes, a boss from the past or my family would tell me I was risking my career.” Looking back, those were the moments I learned a lot about myself, and today I am living the life I want because of those decisions. To grow to get better, we have to face the challenges- Playing it safe, we deny ourselves the opportunity to reach what we deserve.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am one of those fortunate people who love what they do. My passion is to help individuals and corporations through refined concepts of professional image and personal branding strategies for a new business attitude. I love building relationships with people I work with and add value to their businesses and lives. My clients are always my focus, how they can benefit more working with me, look better, feel better, present themselves better. Having gained significant national recognition as one of the premier appearance, behavior, and communication consultant in Turkey, where I am originally from, I have worked with every stratum of management, from CEO to young executives, politicians, and news personalities. Yet with my attitude of lifetime learning, I continued to add on my skills and talents. That is crucial for a consultant to be successful. I a Bachelor of Political Science, worked as a marketing professional in the corporate world for ten years and then studied image and communication consultancy to start my business. Then I completed the “executive coaching program” at New York University in 2012 and redesigned my methods; now, I am studying mindfulness and psychology. Getting to know different cultures always excites me, so traveling has always been another passion for me. The most valuable learning for me is that whatever you do, do it with passion. Believe in yourself, invest in yourself and reflect on what you have, be generous when you share, search for meaning in the life you want to live, and live in it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite spots in San Diego. Let’s see, Carolines, for a breakfast and ocean view, we would have a happy hour at Coast Terra in Harbour Island for a beautiful sunset view of downtown SD…I am a nature lover. SD is an excellent city with hidden trails you can find, but the beautiful scenery of Torrey Pines State Reserve would be a must day. Tacos from Taco Stand on Pearl Street, Coffee from Birdrock Coffe Roasters, walk to Tourmaline beach from Birdrock. Beach day Coronado island or Del Mare. Self Realization Temple and garden in Encinitas, art studios in Liberty Station and a walk by Cedros Avenue in Solano beach, walk by OB shops for a goofy vibe of vintage SoCal
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My dad would always encourage me with his presence in my decisions. I lost him very recently. I am grateful for all he taught me about being courageous and confident.