About

Sylvia Wong Lewis, owner, director, Narrative Network
Sylvia Wong Lewis, founder, director, Narrative Network

We’re about storytelling! We’re about helping changemakers, artists, and peace builders! Whether it’s developing a communications strategy, handling a crisis, or launching something new, we bring passion and commitment.

We’re all about history and food too!

Communications strategies:  By-lined news articles, op-ed pieces, media placements, media interviews, honors and awards, launching story series, solicitation letters, speeches, scripts, direct response, social media, blogging, advertising and marketing messages; photo, video, multimedia, productions, events, and exhibits.

Over 25 years professional corporate communications, media marketing and journalism experience.

About my Business awards: Woman of the Year, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce; Caribbean Chamber of Commerce as founder-publisher of Caribbean American News, New York’s largest free community newspaper (pre- internet), with nearly a million readers. New York State Governor’s Public Service Award for Leadership and Excellence at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Certification: I am a  certified woman-owned business.

Media awards: Hear me tell an award-winning story on British radio about a Mississippi lynching in my family. Produced by Maggie Ayre, the show Strange Fruit  won UK’s highest journalism awards– BBC-Radio’s Academy Award and the Prix Europa.

I won two Telly Awards and an AVA Gold Digital Award for producing, directing and writing several documentaries including – From Shanghai to Harlem and Granville T. Woods.

I won two Videographer Awards for Healing Game: Brooklyn-Japan Baseball (Part 1 and 2). The two short films documented a culture exchange program. We explored the healing power of baseball as youth from two cultures recovered from two different natural disasters – NYC’s Hurricane Sandy and Japan’s Tsunami.

History & Food: Besides being a home-cooking, food justice activist, genealogy is a lifelong passion. Genealogy is where family stories and history intersect. Happiness is discovering a lost archive and solving a family mystery. My specialties are African Americans, Caribbeans, and slavery–American and British Triangle Slave Trade.

Genealogy: My cousins danced at Club Harlem, 1950s.

 My Brooklyn roots: The idea for this combo storytelling boutique-food business started in childhood at my parent’s Brooklyn kitchen table. That’s where I witnessed America’s largest migration. It’s also where I learned the power of words, history, and connecting through food!

“Who are those people living in your house?” my nosy neighbors asked. My Caribbean mother and Southern father taught me how to write the script and stay on message. Regardless of nationality, color or creed, every house ‘guest’ was ‘family.’ The rest is history.

About Narrative Network, Sylvia Wong Lewis

Click here for more testimonials about my work:

“For more than a decade Sylvia has been a trusted partner, helping us to raise the profile and support our anti-apartheid South Africa reinvestment programs. We appreciate her development strategies for our sustainable investment projects.” Donna Katzin, founder, Shared Interest.

“Sylvia’s press connections for our Harlem Sakura Cherry Blossom Festival were awesome. The New York Times media placement raised the bar. The response was inspiring and impressive.” Voza Rivers, CEO, New Heritage Theater Group.

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