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Sylvana R.

Executive Coach, Consultant & Strategist
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Total impact
Ready to Volunteer

Professional Experience

Founder, Coach & Consultant, The Insightful Executive

September, 2013 - Current

My passion lies in optimizing how organizations -and their people- operate, with a focus on sustainability and human-centered approaches.

My strength is in my ability to quickly assess situations, problems, processes, teams and personalities, and then in asking tons of questions and co-creating recommendations for what will make the most impact. That way, the possible paths and solutions begin surfacing, and we can design and implement effective plans for the short and medium term. I provide a holistic approach to management and leadership.

Being a polymath, my approach is informed not only by my education and what’s on my resume, but also by my travels, passions and other studies, including Yoga and meditation.

Associate Director of Programs (Global), Flying Eye Hospital, ORBIS International

July, 2012 - July, 2013

ORBIS International is a nonprofit organization that works in developing countries to save sight worldwide. ORBIS prevents and treats blindness through hands-on training, public health education, improved access to quality eye care, and partnerships with local health care organizations.

Managing Director of HIV prevention program (interim), Center for Comprehensive Care

July, 2011 - July, 2012

  • Carried out a comprehensive assessment of the program's business model ($450K operational budget) and SWOT analysis, to inform future strategy of NiteStar, a HIV prevention and education initiative for underserved youth.
  • Change management: restructured roles of four internal staff following transition period, to maximize the team's skills and efficiency. Accompanied the staff in adopting new responsibilities.
  • Development and donor relations: in charge of grant writing, report writing and cultivation of new and existing donors.
  • Oversaw administrative functioning: payroll oversight, staff evaluations, monthly budgeting meetings.
Steering Committee Member at the Carnegie New Leaders (CNL) Program - Think Tank, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

January, 2010 - Current

According to the "2012 Global Go To Think Tank Index," Carnegie Council ranks number 19 in the list of 55 top think tanks in the USA.
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) institution serving as a nonpartisan, educational resource for international affairs professionals, journalists, educators and students, business people, and the public worldwide.

Certificate, TiasNimbas Business School

January, 2009 - January, 2009

International Programme on the Management of Sustainability

International Program Manager - North Africa and Latin America, Global Health, American Cancer Society

January, 2008 - January, 2011

· Launched and developed the first smokefree “healthy workplace” initiative in North Africa, benefitting 59 companies with smokefree policies to protect the health of over 20,000 employees. Compliance reached 98% at end of program.
· Successfully managed a budget of $1.2M and provided capacity-building to 7 grantee NGOs across North Africa, led regional trainings and provided technical assistance. Performance of program resulted in grant increases and new grants from donors.
· Leveraging media and government contacts, influenced Tunisia’s government to ratify the international Framework Convention on Tobacco Control after two years into the program.
· Provided technical assistance to 14 Latin American NGOs as part of a $6M grant program to improve early detection of cancer (in communities across Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela and Mexico) via advocacy efforts and capacity-building.

Negotiation Trainer and Project Manager, ESSEC Business School, IRENE (European Negotiation Institute)

October, 2006 - February, 2007

Trained high-level officers in Negotiation: taught a 40-hour curriculum to European Commission executives, ENA (Ecole Nationale d'Administration in Strasbourg) students, and to government and NGO staff for the Regional Program for the Management of Sustainability in Senegal.
Supported the development of a social mediation-based initiative for youth in at-risk neighborhoods in Paris.

M.A., New York University in Paris in conjunction with Sciences-Po

September, 2004 - May, 2005

French Civilization with focus on French Foreign Affairs

Team Leader and Trainer, NYU Medical School & city hospitals

January, 2002 - January, 2004

· Created the first Medical Interpreting Department at Woodhull Hospital to provide language services to a low-income, non-English speaking population.
· Designed protocol and trained staff to ensure patient safety, in compliance with gold standards in Medical Interpreting.
· Reduced medical errors due to poor medical interpretation to zero, from the first year.

B.A., Florida International University

January, 1997 - January, 2001

International Relations

Middle and High School, Lycée Français, Cali, Colombia

January, 1989 - January, 1994