Sylvia Hepler, owner and president of Launching Lives, LLC, is a career development specialist for managers and executives. She supports clients as they upgrade their current job performance, seek a job promotion, or plan and navigate a career transition.
After earning a BS in education from Lebanon Valley College, Sylvia originally served as a public school teacher and reading specialist. Her professional background includes extensive nonprofit management and leadership, public speaking, HIV/AIDS community program start-up, HIV/AIDS program evaluation, business writing, and retail sales. For five years she partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to design and implement several statewide health initiatives that are still being used today.
Sylvia provides both individual and group coaching, live workshops, keynote speeches, teleseminars and webinars, small group facilitation, and retreats. She writes a regular feature column for the Sunday edition of the Harrisburg Patriot News Business/Money section and a monthly ezine distributed across the country. She has authored over 150 business articles that are published on the internet and three special reports for persons in management positions.
Sylvia is an active member of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and the West Shore Chamber of Commerce, serving on various committees for each, and she is a member of Executive Women International, The National Association of Female Executives, Human Resources Professionals of Central Pennsylvania, the Women’s Leadership Network affiliated with the United Way of the Capital Region, and Toastmasters International. A 2010 MS Leadership Award recipient and Central Pennsylvania MS Society board member, Sylvia believes strongly in serving her community.
Having successfully navigated several significant personal tragedies and challenges in her life, Sylvia brings great life experience and empathy to both her coaching and speaking engagements.