Aiming High Trainers & Coaches


Sylvia High, CEO/Founder
Principal Trainer

Sylvia High, Founder and CEO of Aiming High Inc., is an Author, Master Coach, Speaker, and Training and Development Strategist with more than 20 years of success, delivering content and context to help businesses and individuals thrive in any competitive environment.

Sylvia is the author of “The Little Book of Big Questions,” which uses pointed questions to guide the reader toward self-introspection, self-discovery and outstanding achievement across all areas of life, including business and education. With extensive experience in diversity training, Sylvia has led corporate and transformational workshops and seminars from coast to coast and in Hong Kong, delivering her signature training,  The GAME CHANGER Basic Workshop, several times a year in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City and Atlanta. As the principal curriculum specialist for Aiming High, Inc. and many of its clients, Sylvia offers training solutions that support participants in identifying their hidden beliefs that either impede or accelerate achievement.

Also widely known as an Impact Speaker, Sylvia recently served as a preferred panelist on Oprah’s The Life You Want Tour and at Bishop TD Jakes’ MEGAFest 2015. She was lauded as a presenter at BET Networks’ Leading Women Defined conference, COMCAST’s COACHES CAMP and CISCO’s WOMEN OF IMPACT. Sylvia has an outstanding reputation for inspiring and coaching audiences to develop the mind set required to get them from where they are in their careers, finances and relationships to where they want to be, and she is the architect of the one-of-a-kind I AM WOMAN Conference. Sylvia’s expertise lies in empowering people to think differently; to see beyond the obvious and; to move boldly toward their intended results.

Aiming High Inc. assists both large and small organizations in areas such as leadership development, change and conflict management, diversity, communication effectiveness, and sales enhancement. The company’s clients include: Bank of America, COMCAST, American Heart Association, CISCO, United Way, AMD Serono, AmeriCorps VISTA, Coller Capital, Momentum Education and Hewlett-Packard Co. among others. Sylvia holds a degree in Communications, and is a participant in the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) and Toastmasters International. Sylvia makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she was the host of “Yes You Can!,” a motivational TV show.

Moira Taylor
Leadership Coordinator

With an outstanding background in real estate and finance, Moira Taylor developed her leadership expertise in an ever-evolving, high-powered, real-world setting. She went on to study ontological principles and breakthrough learning which she parlayed into her current position as one of Aiming High’s Leadership Coordinators.

Moira is co-owner of Cutting Edge Institute Worldwide, a real estate training facility that provides top-notch pre-license, post-license and continuing education for Real Estate Consultants. She also is a partner in Taylor Made Realty, an wholesale nhl jerseys China Atlanta real estate brokerage whose subsidiary, Investment Boutique, has become a sought-after resource for new investors to build, diversify or manage their real estate portfolio. Some of Moira’s clients are graduates of the Aiming High Leadership program as well.

“Helping others achieve their goals wholesale jerseys is exciting to me,” Moira says. “And it doesn’t matter whether it is in business or in the classroom or in some combination of the two. I know that I am fulfilling my purpose when I am empowering others.”

Moira, who holds a degree in Finance and numerous top-level certifications, lives and works in the Atlanta Metro Area.

Kevin Sledge
Leadership Coordinator

With an outstanding reputation for empowering others to produce extraordinary outcomes, Kevin Sledge delivers a unique and individualized experience as one of Aiming High’s Leadership Program Coordinators. He incorporates into every leadership initiative the lessons of his personal journey of transformation. Kevin says, “it’s often those times of being stretched or being uncomfortable where I moved to the next place of success in my life.”  This approach enables participants to create their own opportunities while moving with deliberate haste toward breakthroughs in their ability to bridge the gap between what they say and what they produce.

Kevin describes himself as having be born to do transformational work, and he has dedicated his life to the supporting others in seeing what’s possible and manifesting their dreams. Kevin brings a multi-disciplinary background to the Leadership, and has carved out an uncommon perspective that results in Aiming High clients experiencing their future as a present day reality. He is an energetic facilitator and an inspirational coach whose work engenders passion and rigor in others.

In addition to coordinating the Aiming High Leadership Program, Kevin works in the Public Sector as a specialist in Human Resources. He holds a degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Human Resources Management.  A native of Louisiana, Kevin currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Leslie Taylor
Trainer, Aiming High Teens

Leslie Taylor, the Trainer and Curriculum Coordinator for Aiming High’s sought-after Teen Program, is a multifaceted facilitator who has a stellar reputation as an advocate on behalf of youth and young adults. He has more than a decade of experience as a personal development coach, and has supported countless men, woman, youth and families in overcoming their own limiting beliefs and breaking through to new levels of engagement and achievement.

A gifted poet, actor and playwright, Leslie is known in the entertainment world as ButtaFlySoul. But to the teens and young adults whose lives he has helped transform, Leslie is known as “Uncle Butta,” the teacher who imparts important life lessons through unvarnished truth and healing humor. His focus is always on the social and emotional growth of those he serves. And his students have said that Leslie’s edgy, authentic, and compassionate style holds the power to “move mountains.”

Leslie currently facilitates “Upgrade You,” a workshop that uses the concepts of personal branding and brand management as a mechanism for the redesign of belief systems and behaviors. His premise is that in the digital age, everyone is their own brand and how you manage that can result either in reaching your goals or missing them.

In addition, Leslie has appeared on Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam, hosted a radio program on New York’s WBAI 99.5-FM, presented inspirational entertainment on college campuses across the country, including the University of Maryland University, Rutgers University, Howard University, New York University, and Brooklyn Academy of Music. His work has been published in numerous poetry journals and magazines. And his one-man show, “ButtaFlySoul for President,” received critical acclaim in New York and Washington DC.

Leslie describes himself as a “citizen of the world” who currently resides in the great City of Chicago.


Mike Mercedes
Leadership Coordinator

Mike Mercedes “lives and breathes” excellence. As an Aiming High Leadership Coordinator, he is as meticulous about the delivery of the work of transformation as he is about everything. Mike joined the Aiming High Team within months of completing the Leadership Program.

“I’m a steadfast believer in the power of Aiming High,” he says, “because it has created amazing personal and professional results in my life.”

Mike graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He spent more than a decade working for Fortune 500 companies such as GE and Ecolab where he was responsible for multi-million-dollar budgets and executive teams. Yet when he started his own successful coaching practice after leaving the corporate world, he named his company SYLVAR Solutions, incorporating letters from the names of his mentors: Sylvia High, Vallori Thomas and Robinson Lynn, in acknowledgment of the profound impact that transformational work has had on his life.

With an uncommon commitment to be of service, Mike moved to La Romana, DR, for three years where he became fluent in Spanish, and volunteered as a Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the Universidad Federico Henriquez y Carvajal. In addition, he taught a free introduction-to-computers course.

Mike brings to the Leadership Program a powerful understanding of how a mindset influences an outcome much like Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch post-impressist painter, when he said: “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

Federica Baldan
Advanced Course Trainer

Federica Baldan is an author, speaker, prominent life coach and trainer offering over 20 years of experience delivering trainings designed to uplift and inspire people around the country and around the world. She is the co-author of “You Matter” Seven Practices of Living a Life of Purpose” published by the BBC. “You Matter” is an audiobook with a companion workbook. Together, they are powerful life-changing tools that encourages us to pursue our heartfelt dreams and goals with an understanding that the fulfillment of those goals is possible right now.

With an easy, intuitive style of coaching, Federica supports people in shifting away from ego, and towards a life of purpose grounded in forgiveness, gratitude, and contribution. She has worked with world-renowned trainers and coaches such as Jim Zarvos, Bettie Spruill, Stuart GellesRobin Diane Lynn, and Jim Hellam among others.

Federica contributes at several community-based organizations such as Project Sunshine, GMHC, Habitat for Humanity, Holy Apostle Soup Kitchen and the City Kids Coalition impacting young people throughout New York City.

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Vallori Thomas
Leadership Development

“I sometimes marvel at the simplest things, because I see possibility in everything and everyone. And that’s how the seed for WOW Coaching and Consulting was planted in me. Every time I would experience the potential of the human spirit, I’d say WOW!” (Vallori Thomas)

Vallori Thomas, Founder and Principal Coach of WOW Coaching and Consulting, is an ICF certified coach known for delivering potent results. She has expertise in professional development, leadership and corporate training, team/group dynamics, communication, as well as executive, one-on-one and group coaching. A practitioner of “Context Mastery,” Vallori is adept at vision building and breakthrough learning. She is an enthusiastic and indefatigable keynote speaker and facilitator who has conducted adult and youth leadership development programs in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta for Aiming High Inc. and Momentum Education.

Recently, Vallori began expanding her reach to other countries, traveling first to South Africa and later to Peru to bring a message of empowerment, and to raise money and awareness for indigent social programs there. She focuses largely on women, entrepreneurs, corporate development and youth. Vallori is an Inspirational Speaker who has delivered her signature presentation, WHAT’S YOUR GPS (General Perception of Self), to a wide range of audiences around the globe.

Tique Lee Caul
Leadership Coordinator

Tique Lee Caul, Aiming High Leadership Coordinator (Bay Area), describes herself as a Purpose, Possibility and Prosperity Coach. She has led numerous leadership teams and countless individuals to outstanding results over the years, and she is widely known for her can-do approach to everything.

An innate entrepreneur, Tique has extensive background in real estate as an advisor/consultant and manager. She is the author of “Short Sales,” which examines the sale of real estate in which the net proceeds from selling the property will fall short of the debts secured by liens against the property. She is currently working on her second book, “Bent Not Broken,” which is her personal memoir.

Tique cites Iyanla Vanzant, an author, TV host and life coach, and Aiming High’s own Sylvia High as the chief influences on her life. “Leadership speaks to my heart,” Tique says, “what I love about it is its transformational nature.  An effective leader creates other leaders. And that’s what Sylvia and Iyanla do.” Among her mentors she includes Robin Diane Lynn, Robinson Lynn, Federica Baldan, Betty Spruill and Joel Martin.

A distinguished and award-winning community activist, Tique lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband of 25 years. She has five adult children and nine grandchildren who, Tique says, “never cease to amaze (her).”