About Sylvia Duncan


Sylvia Duncan is an Author, Life Coach, Inspirational Speaker and CEO of The Duncan Approach and founder of Detox Your Life with Sylvia, a series of life changing workshops and coaching programs.

A surviving witness of Domestic Violence, Sylvia believes that what we’ve experienced is meant to be shared to help others realize their purpose in life. That belief has inspired her to help those who are struggling in life to believe that it is possible to live a life of purpose in spite of any adverse circumstances. She knows what it feels like to endure adversity; growing up 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, addiction as well as 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. Through her Detox Your Life with Sylvia and Be Made Whole workshops, Sylvia has encouraged both men and women to move past the adverse circumstances of their past and successfully walk in their destiny. While working as co-director of the “Love Teaching Youth” Leadership group, she mentored teen girls in Chicago’s Englewood Community, in the S.H.I.N.E (Sharing Hope Initiates a New Enlightenment) program. She also worked as a program co-facilitator for the “Golden Nuggets”, girls’ leadership program for Teamwork Englewood.

Sylvia has successfully completed a Coach Training Intensive with the CaPP Institute, receiving Certification as a personal and Executive Coach.  Sylvia completed speakers training with the National Speakers Association’s NSA-IL Speaker Academy and 40 hours of domestic violence training with Family Rescue.  She is a regular columnist in The Neighbor, a local publication, has appeared on Straight No Chaser Intellectual Radio with host Rai Rai Harris as well as The Let’s Stay Together Radio Show with hosts Rick and Brenda McCain.

Author of The Journey Back to You, a testimonial journey through adversity, Sylvia takes you on a “journey” of turning her past experiences into a mission to help others overcome adversity from the past and live with purpose. Readers, will appreciate the message of hope Sylvia provides in showing that one’s past can become a meaningful building block to their future.