Sonya Hairston

Senior Consultant

As a Senior Consultant, Sonya Hairston brings Lindauer and its clients a wealth of experience working with both non-profit and for-profit companies. She is an experienced executive with demonstrated success in financial management, staff and board development, production, sales, marketing, strategic planning, and negotiation. Her management background includes reorganizing and integrating new operations, team building, budget creation and management, and establishing strategic alliances and joint ventures. Sonya is an expert at building high-impact approaches and teams, identifying pivot points, managing numerous priorities simultaneously, creating innovative outcomes, and establishing strategic alliances and joint ventures. She is the former Founder and CEO of her own companies, Classic Affairs, Inc. and Noteably Nashville, LLC.

A Nashville resident, Sonya is very active in her community spending time on the boards and committees of several organizations, including the Frist Center for Visual Arts, Marketing Council; Books from Birth of Middle Tennessee, Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Communication and Outreach Committee; Williamson County Child Advocacy Center, Legacy Ball Chair of Entertainment Committee and Printing Committee; the Junior League of Nashville Strategic Planning Committee, Public Relations Chair-elect, Chair Diversity Awareness; Celebration of Women Event Chair; and the Ronald McDonald House. Sonya also has been a member of several civic groups, including the Senet Society of the United Way, the Nashville Downtown Rotary Club, Young Leaders, and Andrea Walks.

Demonstrating a passion for women’s issues, Sonya served as one of the founding leaders of All About Women, an annual two-day event designed to connect women with the different services provided in Middle Tennessee and to educate women about health issues. In its first year, the event raised over $200,000 in monies and in-kind donations. Sonya also has a passion for youth and social justice issues, having volunteered with the GAP Youth Training Services, Junior Achievement, and the youth ministry at her church. Sonya has served as a mentor for inner city teen girls and has given her time to several other youth-related organizations in both volunteer and fundraising capacities.

Hairston grew up in Connecticut. After high school, she attended the University of Virginia graduating with a BS with a History, English and Government concentration.