Sylvia is president and CEO of Going Pro, LLC, a sports management firm specializing in athlete business and lifestyle management, sports marketing, consulting and event management, and sports program and operations management.


Sylvia is currently tasked with structuring and opening The Pro Shop, a one-of-a-kind sports and convenience mart that provides quality sports and fitness centered merchandise and sports expertise and support services to children, adults and families in urban neighborhoods.


Sylvia is also founder/president of HOOP (Help Out Other People), a 501 (c) 3 non- profit community development organization.


An active Sports Mom for nearly two decades, Sylvia has volunteered as coach, fundraiser and event organizer for neighborhood and public school sports teams which gave her three sons refuge from the streets during their formative years. While helping two of her three sons realize their life-long dreams of playing professional basketball in the NBA, Sylvia formed Going Pro, LLC. to lend the knowledge she and her family had gleaned from the sports industry to individuals and organizations interested in pursuing sports careers and business opportunities.


In 2007, Sylvia steered her first clients through internships and entry-level employment opportunities. In 2008, she helped land a client his dream job as Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at a collegiate institution.


In 2013, Sylvia led Going Pro LLC and organizers in producing the 3-day International Hoops Expo co-sponsored by the Detroit Sports Commission, Detroit Historical Society and Joe Dumars Fieldhouse, an event incorporating basketball camps, pro basketball workout and scouting exhibitions and a sports career forum featuring sports industry professionals from both player and executive ranks.


Sylvia believes strongly in the significance of sports to educational and character development and has moved fast and deliberate to ensure educational parity for student athletes in Detroit schools. In response to a school closure plan in 2005 that failed to offer suitable relocation alternatives for student-athletes, Sylvia joined the Local School Coordinating Council for Detroit’s Communication and Media Arts (CMA) High School. She was appointed to the executive board and established and chaired the Save Our School strategy committee. She conceived and executed many key initiatives that proved instrumental in convincing the Detroit school district to abort plans to close CMA, helping snag a $1.5 million grant to fund the school an additional 3 years.


Sylvia is a publicist by trade having serviced individuals, municipal governments, non- profit and corporate clients for nearly 25 years. During 12 years with the City of Detroit as Supervising Publicist over economic and community development concerns, Sylvia prepared formal and editorial remarks delivered by three Detroit mayors and numerous other top City officials.

Sylvia earned a B.S. from Eastern Michigan University with a concentration in speech communications and marketing. After graduating, Sylvia held several elected offices with the EMU Black Alumni Association, including board president. As president, she organized the chapter’s first corporate-sponsored fundraiser, raising nearly $25,000 for undergraduate student scholarships and also raising the bar for the chapter’s future fundraising goals and solidifying an operating budget for the first time in the chapter’s 10-year history.


Sylvia is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and helped charter the sorority’s first Canadian chapter in 2007.


Sylvia is married with three sons. 03-24-16