Didier Sylvain is an experienced life alignment coach and consultant specializing in leadership effectiveness, team facilitation, personal development and thought leadership strategy. Through his private practice, he leverages his training in intentional change theory, appreciative inquiry, adaptive strategy and somatics to develop customized approaches to his client’s individual coaching and leadership development needs.

Didier has coached and served as a leadership consultant in a variety of fields including telecom, media and entertainment, labor, healthcare, electoral politics, education, philanthropy, and the social sector. He has worked with numerous teams to facilitate effective team alignment and capacity building, helping those teams grow and deliver powerfully on their missions. Throughout his career, he has worked with and through Good Wolf Group, Deloitte Consulting, Verizon Media, Echoing Green, The James Beard Foundation, and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Didier has also coached and taught on leadership at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Notre Dame.

Didier holds a B.A. in Economics from Boston College and a M.S. in Public Policy and Management, with a concentration in social entrepreneurship, from Carnegie Mellon University. He has completed post-graduate studies in Adaptive Leadership and Embodied Leadership, was trained in Co-Active Coaching at CTI, is certified to administer and debrief The Leadership Circle 360 assessment, and is a certified practitioner of sound healing and qigong. Didier was also selected for the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs and is currently completing his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at Columbia University.

With a voracious mind and an impactful presence, Didier continues to explore ways to apply his academic and creative background to his work with others. He is committed to advancing collective struggles towards equity and unity worldwide.

Contributions

Emerging Family Leaders Peer Network: Leading Difficult Conversations

Posted on November 14, 2022 by Didier Sylvain

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Navigating difficult conversations is a challenging but critical component of being an effective leader in family philanthropy. In this workshop, explore how to use a powerful and straightforward framework to tackle difficult conversations. Using case studies, exercises, and their own real-life challenges, participants will learn: How to engage in difficult conversations successfully How to transform difficult conversations into opportunities for… Read More

2021 Trustee Education Institute

Posted on March 9, 2021 by Isabel Nogueira, Alyson Wise, Jumi Falusi, Milton Speid, Emily Kaiser, Adrian Ruiz, Lisa Jackson, Priscilla Enriquez, Dorothy Gardner, Regan Pritzker

NCFP’s Trustee Education Institute provides a comprehensive overview of the important legal, investment, ethical, grantmaking, and family dynamics issues facing family foundation board members and CEOs. Featuring the perspectives of innovative donors and a faculty made up of donors, board members, and highly respected philanthropy experts, this virtual seminar covers: Translating values and goals into action Connecting family legacy and… Read More

20th Anniversary Symposium: Imagining the Future of Family Philanthropy

Posted on September 13, 2018 by Virginia M. Esposito, Carol S. Larson, Ayelet Baron, Sierra Clark, A. Sparks, Didier Sylvain, Farhad Ebrahimi, Kelly Chopus, Richard Woo, Mary Mountcastle

In addition to a celebration of NCFP’s 20th Anniversary, the Symposium will explore key themes, trends, and bold ideas generated over the year by the Imagining the Future initiative. We will also unveil several new NCFP research initiatives including Pride of Place, a report exploring how boards stay true to the original geographic focus of the family foundation after trustees have moved away.  … Read More