Sylvia Coleman, BA, CMT, is an professional author, speaker and consultant, who shows entrepreneurs how to get out of their comfort zone so that they can monetize their passion. She is also a professional speaker with the RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) Speaker's Bureau, the country's largest organization for sexual abuse survivors. Her online support group, www.blacksurvivors.org is an official component of the Oprah.com Sexual Abuse Resource Center. An award-winning writer, Coleman is the Bestselling author of "Creating a New Normal: Cleaning Up a Dysfunctional Life," a book that chronicles her recovery from sexual abuse, homelessness and clinical depression.
Formerly a journalist and editor, she has interviewed the likes of Jill Scott, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, to name a few. Coleman has also been featured on: NPR, Essence Magazine, "Wake Up Live" in Boston, Ebony Magazine, Temple University, Praise 103.9, 107.9 WRNB and Borders Bookstore, to name a few. During her career, Sylvia received several distinct writing awards:
• 2007 Leeway Foundation Art & Change Grant
• 2003 Merion Publications’ Writers Excellence Awards: First Place, Editorial Division
• 2001 Merion Publications’ Writers Excellence Awards: First Place, Feature Division
• 2000 National Newspaper Association Award for Best Youth Section
• 1995 Golf Writer’s Schripp Award in writing
• 1994 Mary Alice Rowdenhosier Award in writing
• 1994 Alan R. Yoffee Award in writing
Sylvia now conducts workshops and telecourses for those who desire to break from their comfort zone in life and in business.