About Sylvia Duncan

Sylvia Duncan is an author, speaker and life coach, dedicated to helping people who have experienced adversity, move past the effects of the negative experiences, become Whole in every area of their life and begin to live with purpose on purpose! Her own adversities have equipped her to help others understand that whatever they have experienced does not define them nor does it negate God’s purpose and plan for their life. She is the founder of The Duncan Approach, a series of focused workshops and coaching programs designed to help people discover, Who they are, How they think, Open them to possibilities, encourage them to Let go of the past, and inspire them to, Expect the best in life.

Sylvia believes that what we’ve experienced is meant to be shared to help others realize their purpose and believe that it is possible to live life with purpose on purpose. She knows what it feels like to endure adversity; she grew up in a home with four other siblings, in the Stateway Gardens housing project in Chicago, Illinois, watching the physical abuse of her mother and ultimately the shooting death of her father. Although the violence should have ended after the death of her dad, the reality was that the effects of the violence continued wreaking havoc in her family years after that tragic day– manifesting in low self-esteem, low self-confidence, in addition to continued violence, and eventually, the untimely deaths of other family members. In her home, the often used statement “what happens in this house, stays in this house” kept her trapped in a prison of what she refers to as ‘noisy silence’, because although it was never talked about, the effects and negative manifestations from the violence were always there, screaming loud and clear, hard to ignore and a constant reminder of what she experienced.

For years, the violence she witnessed had her under the belief that she was born to suffer.  One morning, she heard in her spirit, “Do you want to be made whole?” and at that moment, she knew that God had other plans for her life and He also has plans for the lives of others!  From that was born ‘Be Made Whole’ Workshops and Coaching programs. Sylvia believes her mission is to help others move past their past and walk in their destiny.

Sylvia is enrolled at Chicago State University in the Individualized Curriculum Program, working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She has successfully completed a Coach Training Intensive with the CaPP Institute and is enrolled in the CPEC Coaching program for IFC (International Coach Federation) Certification. She has completed training with the National Speakers Association’s NSA-IL Speaker Academy. She has received certification for 40 hours of domestic violence training with Family Rescue and was certified by the Professional Women’s Network in 2009 as a Diversity Trainer, with special emphasis on Women’s issues. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) and a columnist in a neighborhood publication. Women and men have been inspired by her new release, “The Journey Back to You” – A testimonial memoir through adversity.