Sylvia is a an intuitive business coach, author and speaker whose services have been featured on NPR, Oprah.com, BET and Essence magazine, to name a few. She has shared the stage with some of the industry’s biggest coaching gurus, including: Suzanne Evans, Marisa Murgatroyd, Justin Livingston, Jay Fiset, Steve Olsher and more. Sylvia is also 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. 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 make big impact with their calling.
How it started
Sylvia identifies her outstanding courage and willingness to
survive dysfunctional situations including sexual abuse, homelessness, severe clinical depression and overeating.
Tired of letting her past consume her, Sylvia embarked on an aggressive journey of healing that merged energy healing and traditional talk therapy. However, it was a hypnotherapy class she took circa 1999 that would forever change her life. It was there, she read the "The Power of the Subconscious Mind," a book she credits with igniting her healing from her abusive past.
Working with Survivors
As her healing progressed, Sylvia began sharing what she had learned with others throughout the African-American community, which prompted the creation of course for African-American sexual abuse survivors, and later the country's only online support group for African-American sexual abuse survivors. This distinction caught the attention of Oprah.com producers and garnered press from other major media outlets.
In “Creating A New Normal”, Sylvia approaches the concept of repair and recovery with a clever, detailed, and often humorous self-introspection that has enormous ability to inspire us all to change and engage in a reflective self-cleaning.
Remarkably, Sylvia has extraordinarily managed to sculpt a new paradigm of self, while recreating her own new normalcy in a world filled with chaos and confusion.
By simply positioning the magnifying glass on herself, Sylvia shares the potential of life transformation with everyone.
Sylvia now conducts workshops and online courses for entrepreneurs who desire to make big impact with their calling.