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About Aiming High’s Founder

 
 

Sylvia High

Founder and CEO of Aiming High Inc.

Sylvia High, Founder/CEO of Aiming High Inc., is an Author, Master Coach, 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: A Journal in Self-Discovery," 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 change management, sales performance and employee engagement, Sylvia has led transformative corporate seminars around the world; and she delivers The Game Changer Workshop, her signature public training, in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington DC, New York City and Atlanta several times a year.

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, and provides strategies for neutralizing perceived impediments.

 

Widely known as an "Impact Speaker," Sylvia has served as a panelist on Oprah’s The Life You Want Tour and at Bishop TD Jakes’ MEGAFest. She was lauded as a presenter on the main stage at BET Networks’ Leading Women Defined Conference, the Dream Project Symposium, Dr. Lucille Farrell-Scott’s POWER of NOW Conference, CISCO’s Women of Impact and Comcast Coaches Camp. 

Sylvia has an outstanding reputation for inspiring and coaching audiences to develop the mindset required to get them from where they are in their careers, finances and relationships to where they want to be. She is the architect and curator of the one‐of‐a‐kind annual I AM WOMAN Conference, and her most recent new initiative is a unique interactive eLearning empowerment series scheduled to launch in the spring of 2019. Sylvia’s expertise lies in empowering people to think differently; to see beyond the obvious and; to move boldly and confidently toward their intended results... no matter what.

 
 

Meet Sylvia’s Aiming High Team

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Raynae Taylor

After 25 years in management at several major corporations, Raynae decided to reinvent herself.  Her love for learning and helping others to obtain their dreams lead her to Aiming High Inc., a transformational company, that empowers their clients with tools and distinctions to live a life of awareness to reach dreams and goals that they thought were impossible.  She is also a Real Estate Broker and owner of Taylor Made Realty located in Atlanta, Georgia where she consults, coaches, and guides new Real Estate Consultants to become productive in their businesses. As a top producer she became a member of the Million Dollar Club and was awarded the WI4C2TS award.   

Raynae’s love for learning and helping others propelled her to pursue without end ways to impart knowledge and she opened her Real Estate School, Cutting Edge Institute Worldwide in 2010.  The Institute provides top notch training empowering agents with knowledge of the industry and imparting valuable tools and techniques on how to succeed, as well as the importance of providing excellent customer service and building relationships with clients.

Raynae is a HUD certified housing counselor and assist homeowners save their homes from foreclosure and has worked on initiates locating housing for displaced individuals and provide training for prospected home buyers.  


 
 
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Moira Taylor

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 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 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.

 
 

 
 
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Kevin Sledge

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 Aiming High 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.


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Dr. Nandi Shareef

Dr. Nandi Shareef partners with organizations around the world to recognize and actualize dormant talent in the workplace through revolutionary learning, teaching, and coaching. She serves as the Founder and Managing Partner of The Shareef Group, a boutique speaking and coaching firm that ignites the gifts and talents of high potential, high performance leaders to create a transformed world.

 Nandi serves as a People Development Lead at Uber, where she pioneered the tech giant’s first internal coaching system and spearheaded the company’s initial manager onboarding program. Nandi previously worked as People & Change Advisory Manager for KPMG US, as the Learning & Development Manager for The Landings Club, and as the Director of Huntington Learning Centers.  She is also one of the pillars of the Aiming High Community as Aiming High Inc.'s Leadership Coordinator. After graduating college at the age of 19, Nandi received an MBA from Hampton University and continued on to earn a Ph.D. in Organization Development from Benedictine University, authoring a dissertation on how gifted adults survive in today’s workplace.  

She’s delivered two women’s leadership retreats in Africa, and travels there each year to support women and teenage girls in their professional endeavors. Nandi is a member of The Millennial 100 and is featured in NYT Bestseller Dan Schawbel’s book, Back to Human. In 2013, she received the first-ever “One to Watch” Award from the International Association for Talent Development. When she’s not facilitating or coaching, she loves finding time to spend with her 11 nieces and nephews and two godchildren.


 
 
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Mike Mercedes

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.”

 
 

 
 
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Leslie Taylor

Leslie, 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 is Case Manager with La Casa Norte, the largest homeless youth support services organization in Chicago, IL. With more than a decade of experience as a personal development coach, Leslie has supported countless men, women, youth and families in overcoming their own limiting beliefs and breaking through to new levels of engagement and achievement.

A gifted poet, actor, director and playwright, Leslie is known in the entertainment world as ButtaFlySoul. And 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. Leslie focuses on the social and emotional growth of those he serves, and Leslie's students say that his edgy, authentic, funny and compassionate style is unique and engaging. 

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.


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Adrienne Smith

Adrienne Smith serves as the Executive Assistant to Sylvia High. She is also Aiming High's Client Relations Manager, and the owner of FAB Baskets, an Atlanta-based custom gifts company.  Adrienne takes pride in what she calls "continuous human improvement," and the belief that through her own personal development she can impact not only the quality of her own life, but the lives of others as well.

Adrienne loves traveling in order to experience new cultures and perspectives. She is a member of Hillside International Truth Center where she sings in the King Singers Choir. A budding gamer in her leisure time, Adrienne describes herself as a Creative who enjoys writing and styling her own hair. She jokingly adds, however, that she doesn't do both at the same time.

"Tangible achievements are great," she says, "and that's a core focus at Aiming High. But beyond that, I believe the greatest of all achievements is the love that I've been able to develop for myself as a way of being in service to others."

 

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In Memory of Tique Lee Caul

Aiming High’s first Leadership Program Coordinator, passed away in April 2018. It is a loss that has had a profound impact on the Aiming High Community as well as the San Francisco Bay Area. A well-known activist, Tique described herself as a Purpose, Possibility and Prosperity Coach, and her enthusiasm was infectious.

“Leadership speaks to my heart,” Tique used to say. And we’re confident that the work that the Aiming High Community is doing will ensure that Tique’s brilliant beautiful heart continues to brighten the world.


 

The Aiming High Volunteers of Atlanta

The work of Aiming High is empowered by an exceptional team of dedicated graduate-volunteers.

 
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