Silvia is a certified executive coach and leadership expert with a background in I/O Psychology and Behavioral Science. She works with Founders, CEOs and their C-Suite teams in high-growth environments. Silvia helps leaders avoid pitfalls and uncover blind spots, giving them clarity and focus to help them navigate the daily leadership challenges in fast-paced companies.
Over the past 14+ years, she has worked closely with CEO’s and start-up founders backed by leading VC’s, like Andreessen Horowitz, Thrive Cap, Sequoia, Menlo Ventures and Y Combinator as well as C-Suite executives at hedge funds. Past and present clients include DTC brands like Toms Shoes, Smalls, media companies like Genius, SAAS models, biotech firms like Mammoth as well as Google, Youtube, and BMW among many others.
As a former tech executive, Silvia intimately understands the demands and constant changes Founders face when growing from Series A+ to IPO. She combines her knowledge of stress management, effective communication, and processes for productivity with her passion for neuroscience and behavioral psychology. Her work is focused on leadership development, Founder mediation, building stakeholder alignments while learning how to effectively lead at different growth stages.
Silvia was born in Germany and raised across Europe. She holds a BA in Communication and is currently finishing her Masters at Harvard in Organizational Psychology and Behavioral Science. She is a PCC certified coach through CTI . She is also certified in NLP coaching, mindfulness coaching, yogic psychology as well as OKR coaching. Silvia has worked with tech start-ups and companies in more than seven international markets. She’s cultivated a high level of cross-cultural competence, is bilingual, and often works with international teams.
Her mission is to maximize global impact by creating the future leaders of this world. She works with people who dare to care, challenge dated systems, and transform the status quo. Her clients are visionaries and change-makers, driven to create the change they want to see in this world; building innovative, successful businesses while changing the landscape of what it means to lead today. The goal is to give leaders the opportunity to bring out the best in them and adjust their leadership style to any situation.
Before starting her boutique coaching practice in 2012, she a tech exec and responsible for scaling three startups, two real estate marketing agencies, and MediaRadar, a leading Adtech firm in NYC that sold for $83 million. She was part of the Series A-C rounds and scaled each company from 4-80 people while growing the revenue from zero to the first million in sales.
Silvia is a frequent speaker on the “Working with Millennials” and “The Future of Leadership” at conferences around the world, has taught leadership workshops at Columbia University, Fortune 100 companies, and has been featured in INC., Forbes, and Entrepreneur magazine.
My Origin Story
(In full length)
I have learned everything I know from a balance of experience, missteps, and good judgment. By constantly expanding my horizons, cultivating a global perspective, and relentlessly sharing my passion over the years, I have created my own path in life. My infectious enthusiasm for life and unending drive to create change have led to my unique position in the global economy.
Before starting my boutique practice in 2011, I was focused on building startups. I’ve had the privilege to learn from very successful serial entrepreneurs – true visionaries; evaders of convention; people who believe that a great idea can be born out of frustration, a need in the marketplace, and a true desire to create change through innovation.
Building startups quickly taught me how to wear many hats. I became extremely resourceful and fast on my feet, with a keen ability to explore alternatives and options while simultaneously evaluating long-term goals. One could say: I’ve been building companies and growing teams my entire professional career.
I mostly worked in the tech startup ecosystem of innovation, with a preferred focus on the media, travel, social impact, and real estate verticals; I specialized in business development, product market fit, and transforming teams during periods of rapid growth.
This work was enjoyable for me for a very long time. It wasn’t until I turned 30 that something wasn’t fully aligned with the totality of me.
Through continuous personal development work with coaches and mentors, I became increasingly aware that my life path and mission needed to be aligned with a certain set of core values:
- Driving change in this world (social and economic impact);
- A need for personal freedom and adventure;
- A desire to build and create things (my love for entrepreneurship);
- My comfort in constantly changing environments and challenges;
- Leveraging wellness as a key driver for success (learned this from suffering from burnout).
From this clarity and insight, I developed unconventional frameworks that served as a catalyst in reorienting my life: both harnessing and amplifying my biggest strengths while turning my weaknesses into valuable assets I could leverage for further growth and success.
2010 marked a big turning point in my life. After years of burning the candle at both ends, I made the terrifying decision to put my core values first. I needed to reevaluate what was important in life, the role I wanted to play as a leader in this world, and how I wanted to feel.
The foundation of this change was a fundamental lifestyle shift in 2004, during which I discovered the yogic path and a more mindful way of living. It laid the groundwork that began to fundamentally change my perspective on life, and with it, my priorities.
I acted fearlessly on my desire to immerse myself in the study of different spiritual modalities and metaphysical principles. To do so, I had to lighten my load and rid myself of worldly responsibilities and possessions. I gave up my apartment and everything I owned so I could study with teachers all around the world, freely and without interruption.
It was simultaneously the most enriching and challenging time in my life. I explored radical new ways of thinking—the fact is, you can retrain your brain to simply see things differently. I sat in ashrams and monasteries, and I visited many holy sites. I learned ‘the art of living” from eccentric beings, enlightened Gurus, and very controversial teachers leading unconventional lives whom I met along my path.
During this time, I became certified in Jivamukti Yoga, Thai Vedic Bodywork, Kundalini Tantra, Ayurvedic Nutrition and Vedic meditation. I embraced the Kundalini Yoga practice as my teaching specialty while Ashtanga Yoga became my personal practice. My work today is based on the connection between the body, mental habits, diet, lifestyle choices, and energy levels. I find cathartic practices instrumental to overcoming trauma and the deeply-rooted limiting beliefs that keep us from moving forward.
These principles lead me to enroll in the Course in Miracles and spend many months in the Osho Ashram in Pune, India—I was fascinated by his teachings. Additionally, I took courses in EFT, NLP, CTM, Enneagram, Human Design, and the Art of Sacred Ceremony and Rituals, to name a few, along with more traditional coaching and leadership development modalities accredited by ICF.
I traveled across India and Sri Lanka on a motorcycle, letting the wind take me from one adventure to the next, and allowing my need for personal freedom to drive my ambitions. It was a very necessary process to break the shackles of convention and join my visionaries on a road to an unconventional life that’s fully aligned with my values.
With this adventure, new opportunities began to emerge very naturally. Not only did people want my help building businesses, they also wanted to know what drove my instincts and ambitions. They wanted to know how to live in a fearless, yet grounded pursuit of goals while maintaining a sense of freedom.
I was being approached to consult on various projects, setting up business development strategies for startups across different verticals. I helped drive annual sales from $1 million to $4 million at a financial services company. I spearheaded a new market entrance strategy for an edtech startup in Asia. I established partnerships and licensing agreements within the beauty and fashion verticals. I’ve been advising many entrepreneurs since then, but have been sworn to secrecy (you know, the NDA thing).
Simultaneously, I started utilizing my growth experiences to guide others through the process of creating dynamic frameworks in which they can also thrive. I began helping individuals stay motivated while giving them necessary psychological enablers to navigate the landscape of change and move away from the dictates of convention.
A nomad at heart, I have lived and worked in more than seven countries and taught in both German and English. I’m based in New York but essentially live everywhere and nowhere, working with people and companies across the US, Europe, and Asia.
Today, I’m happy to say that my life and work today are aligned with who I’ve always been. I am a hustler by nature, a yogi, and a meditator. On every level, I am truly living my purpose. Ultimately, I want people to discover their greatness, and I have had the honor to help catalyze extraordinary leaders since 2011. I am privileged to sit across from greatness every day, working with extraordinary people. I transform lives and businesses, and with that, I aim to change the world.