An experienced public speaker for more than twenty years, Sylvia Hepler offers live workshops, seminars, keynote addresses, and half day retreats that are relevant to your needs. Delivery length varies in accordance with your prescribed time frames, but most workshops and seminars last between one and two hours. All include professionally prepared Power Point slides. The following topics are examples of Sylvia’s presentations available to you upon request. Custom designed presentations are also possible.

Emotional Intelligence (EQ):
How to Use It, Grow It, and Leverage It to Succeed in Business

Ideal for professionals in sales or any type of human services, this interactive workshop explains the difference between emotional intelligence and reason, discusses the value of EQ in daily business activities, and identifies both the personal and business price to pay for under developed emotional intelligence. Content focuses upon the four components of EQ and teaches specific strategies for increasing EQ scores in each area. This workshop, which can be adjusted to relate EQ to creating a viable professional image, includes an assessment and handouts for all participants.

Self Confidence:
Foundation for Personal and Professional Success

This assessment based, interactive workshop explores the benefits to healthy self confidence as well as limitations commonly experienced as a result of low self confidence. Particularly useful to audiences comprised of women, it demonstrates how beliefs formed early in life impact personal and professional performance and satisfaction. The greatest value in this presentation lies in participants learning how to shift their negative, limiting beliefs to a mindset that embraces freedom and possibility. Through exercises and handouts people also gain a variety of strategies for boosting their self confidence FAST.

Modeling and Building Trust:
The Foundation for First Class Leadership

Designed for leaders and managers of corporations, mid sized companies, small businesses, and nonprofits, this workshop focuses upon how to build a culture of trust wherever you are. Utilizing several case studies relevant to your workplace, content includes: the emotional, social, and practical benefits of creating trust; personal and organizational blocks and benefits to building trust; strategies for demonstrating trust in employees; ways to inspire employees to trust their bosses; and the impact of trust—or lack of it-- upon the bottom line. Multiple exercises and handouts are incorporated throughout the session.

Upgrading Your Career:
5 Strategies to Make It Happen

Especially appropriate for community organizations and college alumni groups, this workshop focuses upon the following:
Your current satisfaction with your employment situation.
Actions you can take NOW to enhance your current professional experience.
How to increase your value to your current employer.
Development of a plan for moving from good to great.
Blocks to your efforts to upgrade your career and how to manage them.
Interactive and thought provoking, this workshop includes several assessments and handouts for all participants.

The Language of Leaders:
Leveraging Your Speech and Nonverbals to Get the Results You Need

Created specifically for business and nonprofit executives and managers, this interactive workshop speaks directly to the link between language and leadership. Using various activities, case studies, and handouts, content focuses upon the personal and organizational benefits to effective verbal and nonverbal communication as well as powerful strategies for standing taller in leadership through speech, facial expressions, and body movements. Taking charge of your messaging to influence bottom line results is the running theme throughout this provocative presentation.

Organizations Sylvia Has Served Through Speaking Engagements:

  • Central Penn College
  • Members 1st Federal Credit Union
  • The Department of Health, Commonwealth of PA
  • Hershey Rotary Club
  • REAL Networking Group, Central Penn College
  • Food Marketing Institute, Annual Conference for Future Leaders Connect, Chicago
  • Optum (United Health Care)
  • Providence Place, Dover, PA
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • YWCA of Harrisburg
  • Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce (supplier Diversity Forum, CBW, Re-energize) event
  • Lebanon Valley College
  • Dauphin County Bar Association’s WIP (Women in the Profession)
  • International Facility Management Association
  • PWW
  • Harrisburg Area Community College
  • Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • Family Health Council of Central PA
  • Human Resource Professionals of Central PA
  • GIANT Martins
  • Business Women’s Forum Conference and Trade Show
  • Dress for Success
  • Pinnacle Health Auxiliary
  • Harrisburg Rotary Club
  • Ladies Who Lead, Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • American Business Women’s Association, Yellow Breeches Chapter


If you are interested in learning more about how Sylvia can serve your organization through workshops, seminars, keynotes, and/or retreats, please contact her at:

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Speaking Testimonial

I want to congratulate Sylvia Helper on a very impressive, entertaining, and insightful presentation during our recent EWI meeting.  Clearly she was able to engage the audience with a style and personalization that encouraged attendees to not only participate but to openly share thoughts and concerns without hesitation or fear of embarrassment.  Sylvia was not only polished and professional, but she conveyed a relevant and real desire to help us become more likeable professionals in the work environment.

--Les Weaver, EWI, Harrisburg Chapter