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I am a PCC certified executive coach who studied I/O Psychology and Behavioral Science. My focus is on leadership development and communication.  I specialize in developing Founders and CEOs to help them grow into more effective leaders, to get clear, and avoid the pitfalls of scaling. My vast global experience in growing teams and scaling businesses makes me a go-to resource for leaders in fast-paced, high-growth environments. Over the past 12+ years, I was certified in NLP, CTI, and OKR coaching and have worked closely with start-up founders, leading VCs, and their portfolio companies, hedge funds, Biotech firms as well as Fortune 500 companies. Clients include DTC brands like Toms Shoes, Smalls, media companies like Genius, biotech firms like Mammoth as well as  Google, Youtube, and BMW among many others.

If that resonates, let’s connect. 

Services

Executive Coaching

Customized coaching for leaders in fast-paced and high-growth environments. This program is for founders, CEO’s and C-suites to grow into more effective leaders, to get clear, develop themselves, and take decisive action

Co-Founder Coaching

Coaching for founders, business partners and any C-suite execs who need mediation or have a desire to grow stronger together as a team. This is for people who want to design a resilient, transparent, and supportive business environment.

 

Executive Team Coaching

Team development for fast-paced, high-growth as well as globally distributed companies. Group coaching and workshops to build on team culture to help you effectively scale without losing your core company values.

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  • Elana Horwich, Author, LA, CA
    “Working with Silvia really helped me get organized for my book launch. She is a true catalyst for you! I highly recommend her if you are looking to develop yourself as a leader and grow your business."
  • Gesche Haas, Founder, DD, New York, NY
    "Silvia has a unique ability to turn challenges into opportunities and supported me in developing an executable growth roadmap. She handed me a GPS system that has exponentially upgraded my ability to lead."
  • Mike Cooke, Partner of a Global Consulting Firm, Chicago, Il
    “Silvia has a unique ability to mix insight with pragmatism and empathy. She has helped me sort through the noise of my professional and personal life and has supported me in design a growth path aligned with my core values."
  • Roxy Rochford, Sales Executive, London, UK
    "Silvia has a wonderful way to simplify everything and get me back into action"
  • Jennie Docherty, LA, CA
    "Silvia gave me a renewed sense of energy and hope. Working with her gave me the clarity I needed to walk confidently in the direction of the future I wanted to build for myself."
  • Jesse Israel, Co-Founder Big Quiet, New York, NY
    “Silvia deeply understands the tools and frameworks to best position leaders for success in business growth – she shifted my mindset around work, relationships and purpose and supported me to create a framework that has become the most powerful new tool in my life."
  • Alexa Maniaci, Founder, AFlutter, New York, NY
    "Her expertise helped me transition from an overworked and anxious small business owner to an entrepreneur able handling multiple national businesses. She wants you to become a truly healthy individual on the inside and out so that you can constantly grow, move forward, and make powerful and profitable decisions."

WHAT TO EXPECT

My clients are impact-driven leaders. They want to cultivate personal, professional, as well as business growth. These are passionate individuals who look to invest in themselves and their teams. As true growth comes through focused attention and a rigorous willingness to examine mindset, behavioral choices, and their effects on the outcome, I require a deep commitment to our work together. We will consistently check in and re-design your growth path to the new challenges that arise. I try to keep my finger on the pulse on what is current for you and your team. No growth effort will last unless you maintain a commitment to self-observation and effective habits. In our work together we might see bursts of growth, and at other times the changes are subtle. Progress will very noticeable over time if you consistently show up and keep doing the work. 

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More Details

This is probably not what you are looking for if…
  • You’re someone who has already achieved high levels of success.
  • You are someone who thinks they have already learned all there is to know.
  • You’re unwilling to be coached and learn powerful time-tested techniques.
  • You don’t have the willingness to persevere when faced with obstacles.
  • You believe that past performance always equals future success.

If you’re relentlessly seeking to elevate your game in all areas of life, now is the time to break through your barriers and take the quantum leap – Then this is for you!

Are you a good fit for Executive Coaching?

Executive Coaching is for people who want it. You’re a good fit if you are…

  • Looking for ways to maximize your leadership skills. You want to make the most of every waking (and sleeping!) moment.
  • Consumed by a deep desire to step into your highest potential, achieve goals, and have breakthroughs in your career.
  • Ready to shift from incremental gains to quantum leaps in your business.
  • Eager to step into your higher ambition and reach your next level of success.

This is for people who are wondering, “How can I be better?” You need clarity, focus, and accountability for this next phase of your development.

How I can take you from where you are to where you want to be?

Achieving anything that is worthwhile, inspiring, and driven by a meaningful desire is HARD! It takes practice, patience, and perseverance. You need someone to support you!

Maybe you feel like you have wasted enough time doing this on your own without making significant changes.

I know, because I’ve been there. I’ve struggled and failed A LOT.

Success hasn’t fallen into my lap. My life is real. I know what it feels like to hit bottom, dead-end roads, and experience disillusionment.

As a result, I also know what it feels like to linger at the plateau of success: feeling bored, stagnant, and stuck in a state of quiet desperation.

I know what it means to have my desires fail me on every level, lose everything, and have to start over.

I’ve faced financial despair and been fortunate enough to learn new levels of success.

I know what it feels like to go from being completely isolated to building the most incredible relationships.

However, I also understand shame, regret, humiliation, failure, and heartbreak.

I know what it feels like to chase a dream like it’s the last train leaving the station, and then realize it wasn’t even the right train!

And I know what it takes to build a business from an idea, all the way over to meeting target ROI without losing your health, sanity, and relationships along the way.

(If you are an entrepreneur, you’ll know what I’m talking about.)

MOST IMPORTANTLY…

I’m deeply committed to doing this work myself every day, and I know how hard it is to actually do it!

Everything I have and everything I do is a direct result of consistently getting back up, taking my chances, and developing a level of joy and gratitude accompanied by mental and emotional fortitude.

I teach from experience and I teach from knowledge. Life itself has been my greatest teacher of all. I can give you insights – not because I’ve spent the last decade obsessively studying, but I also practice what I preach.

As a result, I trust in my knowledge and ability to learn whatever it takes to move myself to the next level. I have the discipline to create a learning journey for myself.

I’d hope you want to work with me because you trust that I KNOW WHAT IT TAKES. Because I live it. I am it and I mean it.

And I want to give you the opportunity to take this journey for yourself!

Why I think people tend to fail on their own

Sometimes, people don’t follow through. They hit that first obstacle or stumbling block, and they give in to frustration. It’s so much easier to stick to the well-worn groove of routine rather than face the obstacles of change.

Sometimes, people aren’t prepared to succeed. They don’t have a social construct of friends, family, and colleagues to support their efforts. Often, people haven’t developed habits for success, so they make excuses rather than finding solutions.

Sometimes, people don’t realize how hard change is going to be. Their past successes lull them into complacency, and they think the same methods that got them where they are can take them to the next level.

Sometimes, people just aren’t willing to commit to discovering their true vision. They get involved in a variety of projects but never see anything through, because they aren’t truly invested in what they’re doing. Those people can keep taking half measures and look for the easy button.

General FAQs

Will I get worksheets and assignments?

Yes! I will give you tools, worksheets, and resources as they apply. Our process together might vary and I won’t overwhelm you with sheets and assignments unrelated to your goals.

But yes, you will have homework assignments and be given resources you can keep as a reference for later.

What happens if progress is slower than expected?

Don’t worry — this happens. We will go and grow at your pace. We’ll work on your individual goals for as long as you need. Also, keep in mind that I’m not just going to leave you. You might consider continuing on like many others after our initial 6 months. Growth takes time. It takes practice, patience, and perseverance. I’m here to teach you techniques and to hold you accountable for as long as you want me to back you up. That is entirely up to you.

What happens after the six months of the program?

That’s up to you. Most people continue to maintain their momentum. We will meet less often, but still check in about progress.

We can easily drop back into old habits if we don’t exercise our attitudinal muscles and mental fitness.

It’s like going to the gym. You don’t just stop when you’ve reached your goal and go back to your old habits – you keep at it! It’s possible you may not need your coach every week, but you may want to check in with me from time to time to do a spot check, attitude adjustment, etc.

Some clients just book a road mapping session every quarter to keep themselves aligned and in check.

That’s what I personally do. Every quarter, I set aside a day to meet with my coach and strategize about what I have accomplished according to what I set out to experience, learn, or create, and how I want to move forward. Is there something that needs to change or did something become redundant? Do I need to pivot or did life just have a completely different plan?

What happens if I have to cancel a session?

Unfortunately, if you cancel your session the same day or are a no-show, I am not able to reschedule and you will lose the session. Please keep in mind I have many clients and cannot accommodate last-minute requests.

I’ll be traveling during our program. Can you work around my schedule?

Good question! I am a traveler and chances are that many of you are road warriors as well. Don’t worry — we will work around your schedule and time zone differences. My clients live all over the world and it’s all workable. I just need you to be a little flexible and open-minded. This might mean we will not always be using video on Zoom and will instead do a call only.

Please note: I do have blackout dates for travel. During those times, I will not be able to book any sessions. Those are your implementation weeks.

What happens before our initial session?

Before our initial deep-dive session, you will receive a questionnaire, which I need you to fill out diligently and in detail. You will then be sent an invite to my calendar to book a time that works for you. After that, you’ll have continued access to this calendar to book your subsequent sessions. I encourage you to book these well in advance, as my calendar fills up quickly with the most popular times. Please be mindful of the times you choose and please don’t commit to a time you cannot keep. I encourage you to book the same time slot every week. It’s good for consistency.

What happens during our session?

I work over zoom video calls or in person. Please make sure you are in a location that is private and quiet. We might discuss some very personal and intimate stuff, so I want you to be in a place that is comfortable to you. Please don’t zoom me in your underwear. Dress appropriately and I’ll do the same for you.

Come prepared for our sessions. Send me assignments well in advance so I have a chance to look them over and give you feedback.

My Approach

I work with people for a minimum of 6 months and then often up to two years or more. We are here to build an authentic relationship to help you grow into the influential leader your team and investors need you to be across every growth stage of your company.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Adjusting your leadership style to any situation
  • Founder/Co-Founder mediation
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Developing your communication style
  • Tools to manage stress management
  • Company values and culture
  • Creating accountability with your team
  • Effective negotiation techniques
  • Emotional resilience for Founders//CEOs
  • Leading difficult conversation
  • And so much more…!

Best profile for me to effectively help:

  • You are a Founder, CEO, or C-suite executive
  • You run a company of 20+ employees
  • You are raising capital or are post capital raise (Series A to IPO)

“Alone you can go fast together we can go far” ~ African Proverb

What we will do: 

  • proactively build the relationship and build on communication skills
  • Build habits and tools to navigate the start-up roller coaster
  • learn how to regularly check in to develop the relationship before problems arise
  • Co- Founder mediation: this would include resolving seemingly irreconcilable conflict
  • ensure that friction between Co-Founders does not effect the team
  • ensure that skillfully facilitated coaching eliminates fears and tension
  • (re)-establish emotional safety for all
  • design better feedback culture for people can express and express productively

“Alone you can go fast together we can go far” ~ African Proverb

Group C-Suite Coaching and Workshops

I work closely with Founders and CEO’s to determine how to best develop their teams and culture.  We develop bespoke programs that give teams the tools they need to build a well functioning team and a culture in which individuals can thrive.

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