Work + News

Work highlights, updates, and endorsements

I kicked off 2017 by co-facilitating a training for parents and teachers on the topics  “Un-learning Racism and Mis-Education in Schools.” The recent US presidential election has generated increased calls for training on racism, diversity, and cultural competency.

My work continues on an oral history project with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History Archives Center on pioneer business leaders. I worked on research assignments for BBC-Radio on US multicultural Shakespeare programs in honor of UK’s Celebrate 400 Years of Shakespeare.

I am currently writing and producing a multimedia pilot based on film From Shanghai to Harlem.

culinary consulting

“For recipe development, we booked Sylvia as our ‘cookie consultant.’ She created Harriet Tubman’s ‘getaway snack’ based on archival African American cookbook recipes. The home-baked treats she developed provided aroma, flavor and drama,” Karen Jones Meadows, Playwright, Actor ‘Harriet’s Return.

I worked on the topics of grief therapy and poverty for the Billy Esposito Foundation and Metlife. I developed multicultural outreach and engagement strategies to promote and publicize mental health resources for bi-lingual and under-served communities. Click here for press conference highlights as featured on NY1 Noticias.

Tea event

I hosted and coordinated two women’s salons – one for black boomer bloggers and the other an intersectional women’s salon on race, gender, age, and privilege. I advised an indie film festival in Brooklyn about titles, judges, crowdfunding, and sponsors.

As an Education and Training Consultant with New Jersey State Department of Education, Newark Public School and Newark Museum, I designed a literacy and media arts program for teacher-training workshops.

 

Intercultural outreach
Intercultural outreach 

I provided social media strategy and digital writing services for the Harlem Fine Arts Show @harlemfinearts national tour. Click here for a link to my work for them. We set up a crowdfunding campaign for an urban garden project in Columbus, Ohio. I was booked as a featured speaker in Columbus, Ohio at an African American church on the topic: Genealogy, Knowing Your Roots and Lessons from the Garden.

We hosted Soulful Network Tea Parties. For highlights from a recent (2016) Smith College Alumnae Association networking event, click here. To see highlights from other tea parties, click here.

Brooklyn-Japan project

“Impressive work! Very creative, talented team combining marketing and communications! You delivered beyond expectations!” Produced two short films with Japanese subtitles; coordinated a press conference, produced a website, brochure, and developed marketing collateral materials. Extensive photography and video work and special event support was delivered to document a global inaugural cultural exchange program, Brooklyn to Japan – Kakehashi Program. “Thank you!” said Osamu Honda, Director General, Japan Foundation, NY.

“Awesome lecture, presentation! Your film From Shanghai to Harlem generated lively discussions and learning opportunities for students in my Chinese History in the Americas course.” Professor Lisa Yun, Binghamton University.

OnKentuckyAvenue
Theater production

“It was our university’s largest and most successful theatrical production for Spring. Thank you for co-producing “On Kentucky Avenue” with City College Center for the Arts.” Dr. Lisa S. Coico, President, The City College of New York.

“Amazing media and events management of our cultural exchange program with the Japan government. Your team went beyond the call of duty with problem solving and program details.” Long Island University, Gale Haynes, Provost.

 

“More than publicity!” Your leadership with our first press conference, press releases and archival research resulted in terrific outcomes. You helped us transform an ordinary traffic triangle into a lovely Tribeca community garden and popular pedestrian plaza!” Victoria Weil, CEO, Friends of Bogardus Garden.

University lecture

“You were a terrific guest lecturer on The Power of Storytelling. The Public Relations-Marketing Media course benefited greatly from your corporate communications knowledge and passionate film!” Donald Singletary, Professor, CUNY/Baruch College.

“Awesome results from your publicity and promotion campaign about our Coming to the Table National Conference. Your efforts led to increased registrations and book sales.” Susan Hutchinson, Eastern Mennonite University.

“Sylvia worked tirelessly to make our New York City book launch a success. She generated a quality audience and media placements–especially an NPR interview, that spread the word of our work exponentially.” Sharon Leslie Morgan and Tom DeWolf, co-authors of Gather at the Table.

“What a difference your leadership made with our micro-loan program for South African women entrepreneurs. We appreciated your development work for our program.” Donna Katzin, CEO, Shared Interest.

“You raised the bar! Your media connections for our Harlem Sakura Cherry Blossom Festival was awesome. The media placement in the New York Times raised the bar. The response was impressive.” Voza Rivers, CEO, New Heritage Theater Group.

“Your team rocked! You delivered a quick turn-around in spreading the word about the Red Tails film screening and the Tuskegee Airmen local chapter fundraiser. Your hard work led to great media and audience turnout, including CBS-TV, NY1, NY Daily News. We achieved impressive fundraising results too.” Patt Terrelongue, CEO, Tuskegee Airmen, Tri-state.

“Ambassadors are influencers who generate high-level buzz. What a terrific ambassador you were for our Broadway theater productions Stick Fly and The Trip to Bountiful. Thank you for audience development that generated major group premium ticket sales.” Nelle Nugent, President,The Foxboro Company, Inc.

Tuskegee Airmen

“A blessing! Your team’s expertise with major public events including Memorial Day ceremonies, 9/11 Memorials, and Veteran’s Day parades and receptions for our employees and retiree vets were a true blessing. Because of you we are the go-to veteran’s group in New York City. Thank you.” Dwight Webster, CEO, MTA-Transit Veterans Association.

 

 

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Media placements: BBC Radio, New York Times, NPR Radio, AP, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, TV-NY1, MSN.com, and more.
Twitter: @sylviawonglewis

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