Business Management

Years in Practice

25 years +


White Haven PA 18661 - United States



Additional Expertise

Author, Business Coach, Career Coach, Career Counselor, Consultant, Psychologist, Speaker/Presenter, YourTango Expert Partner

I Practice in

All areas, please inquire



I Believe

"Our Stories are both personal and universal, and in sharing them we help each other grow." - Sylvia Lafair from "Leadership Quotes: Bumper Stickers for the Brain"

About Sylvia Lafair

Sylvia has hiked the Inca Trail into Machu Picchu, eaten indiscernible stew in the Amazon, and bungee jumped in New Zealand. When she lands long enough, she writes books, gives speeches, and leads seminars. Sylvia, ever the pioneer, retooled her skills as a noted family therapist to become a leadership education and development expert and executive coach. In the workplace, she helps teams find the sweet spot of cooperation and productivity.

Dr. Lafair’s programs and executive coaching help decrease conflict and increase cooperation in the workplace. Her award winning book Don’t Bring It to Work (Jossey-Bass 2009) is listed as one of the top nine books for every boss to read and as one of the top twenty books for emerging leaders. It has also won ten awards nationally and internationally.

As a noted authority on leadership and a consultant to family firms, Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs, her message is unique and timely; her insights universal and relevant. Office drama and politics, human resource issues, absenteeism, and litigation often increase when stress is high in companies.

Sylvia engages audiences with her natural storytelling ability. She weaves her knowledge about personal relationships and business culture into easily understood messages, using both humor and suspense, leaving audiences with information to take back to the office and immediately put into practice.

Sylvia Lafair Success Stories

Scott Kelly - VP of Anesthesiology, Gainsville FL

"Sylvia's coaching style is friendly, approachable and down to earth. She helped me to become a more authentic version of myself, and therefore more self-confident. Other's noticed the positive transformation and I am more effective in my relationships at work and at home. Sylvia is an excellent mentor/coach and her techniques have empowered me to take my career to a higher level."

Matthew Emmens - Retired CEO and Chairman Shire Pharmaceuticals

"Sylvia's consulting work is powerful.  She teaches employees to look at situations from a holistic perspective rather than from a place of blaming. Conflicts can be settled quicker and that leaves more time for productivity and collaboration. I only wish I had known about how patterns from family show up at work when I began my career. Her book Don't Bring It to Work is a must for leaders at every level."

Joanne LaMarca - Producer TODAY, NBC, New York, NY

"Dr. Lafair's Total Leadership Connections program has awakened my awareness and has caused me to become more confident in my decision making, and more assertive in situations that call for leadership."

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