Sylvia HeplerSylvia 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, and plan/navigate a career transition. Certified and trained by The Rescue Institute in Golden, Colorado and Quantum Endeavors in Chicago, Illinois, she has participated in numerous continuing education opportunities, including private coaching for herself, with experts of national notoriety.

Originally a public school teacher and reading specialist, Sylvia’s professional background includes: extensive nonprofit management/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 PA Department of Health to design and implement several statewide health initiatives.

Launching Lives services encompass both individual and group coaching, live workshops, keynote speeches, teleseminars and webinars, small group facilitation, and retreats. Sylvia also creates products to augment the coaching experience: “ Launching Leaders With Sylvia: 5 Essentials for First Time Managers” ( a tangible audio product) and a downloadable workbook entitled: “Overloaded and Overwhelmed? 10 Strategies for Gaining Control” are two examples. She also 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 one hundred business articles which are published on the internet as well as three special reports for persons in management positions.

An active member of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and West Shore Chamber of Commerce serving on various committees, she is a member of the Central PA Association of Female Executives, the International Coach Federation, The Coaches Exchange, the National Association of Professional Women, The National Association of Female Executives, Human Resources Professionals of Central PA, 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 throughout her life, Sylvia brings great life experience and empathy to both her coaching and speaking engagements.


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"I have had the pleasure of working with Sylvia as a colleague in an executive management tier position. My assessment is that Sylvia's unique, value added effectiveness as a leader and communicator is her innate, genuine, deep respect for the diverse views and opinions of those she works with. Collaboration for Sylvia is simply not a convenient buzz word but the fundamental operating principle for action. Sylvia, I appreciated the opportunity to work with you and our colleagues on the challenging operational, organizational and advocacy issues we all faced. Your leadership in an anemic environment of confused and mistrusted "upper-level" directions empowered us to get real things done!"

--Larry Hochendoner, Founder and Partner, World Health Care Infrastructures