Sonya Hall

I rarely leave good enough alone.  I tinker, I learn and I tinker some more.  My purpose in life is to leave things better than I found them – more functional, more appealing, more meaningful.  I am driven by achieving growth and creating something that never existed before. Combined with an unusually energetic personality, this has led to far ranging creative interests: I cook, quilt, stained glass, crochet, and garden. Gardening was one of the inspirations behind my newest creation, Thrive Village.

 Sonya Hall

The art of espalier (training a tree or vine to grow on a trellis or wall) is a powerful metaphor for business. Supported by a strong and well-designed structure when it is young, a plant is trained to grow into a beautiful form that also produces higher crop yields – a marvelous leveraging of form and function.

I love finding what is working in a system and building on it.  My roles in organizations have always been focused on improvement, quality and planning for the future.  I left the corporate and non-profit world 21 years ago to try my hand at consulting and have never looked back.  I love getting a new challenge everyday and helping teams gain fresh insights to ensure a healthy path to growth. I am always looking for a better approach, a deeper insight and a way to bring out the best in my clients.


  • Assessing Organizational Performance
  • Organizational Lifecycles & Design
  • Culture
  • Metrics
  • Strategy Development & Execution
  • Training

Industries Covered

  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Services
  • Non-profits

My favorite business quotes:

“Every organization is perfectly designed to get what it is getting” – Arthur Jones

“The culture of any organization is shaped by the worst behavior the leader is willing to tolerate.” – Steve Gruenter and Todd Whitaker


Our board and staff enjoyed working with Sonya on a strategic foundation and plan for Dress for Success Cincinnati…

Lisa Nolan
Executive Director

… Several members of our Senior Team and Board of Directors commented that this was the best strategic planning process they had ever been involved with…

Jay Sigler

Sonya’s Posts on Village Voices…

Where is Your Business in its Lifecycle?

Knowledge regarding the lifecycle you are in and the one to come is valuable for leaders seeking to guide their organizations to Prime.

All Organizations Are Perfectly Designed…

Once upon a time, I worked for a fascinating company. This high-performing company had a specific hiring profile that showed in the body of employees. They were young, talented, entrepreneurial and fast paced. They were full of energy and optimism. The leaders…

Is Your Organizational “Tree” Thriving or Decaying?

Village Voices... Thriving means you have made good design decisions and they are bearing fruit. Thriving is never an accident. Decay eventually erodes the root system of the tree. Decay is first seen as friction in the organization. It is possible to measure the...

Why Thrive Village?

Thrive Village is a dream that has been simmering on a back burner for decades, but I didn’t know it. I am a consummate learner, designer and adapter – I take a problem worthy of being solved, find the best thinkers out there and craft a solution weaving the best parts together.

Helping at every stage of your organization's lifecycle...

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