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Stephanie Sylvestre


Avatar Buddy, LLC


Stephanie Sylvestre is a beacon of leadership and innovation, whose career is marked by a series of transformative roles that have significantly impacted both the private and public sectors. With a unique blend of technological acumen and a deep commitment to social progress, Stephanie has consistently excelled in creating high-performance teams and delivering results that resonate with communities and organizations alike.

In 2022, Stephanie was a fellow at Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative, where she developed a framework for Asset-based Black wealth creation in Miami-Dade County. This framework focuses on empowering Black professionals, diversifying income streams, and fostering introspective conversations that challenge self-rejection narratives. Her approach intertwines social emotional wellness with
economic empowerment, a testament to her holistic vision for community development.

Stephanie's entrepreneurial spirit shines through her co-founding of Avatar Buddy, LLC, an artificial intelligence company that harnesses generative AI to uplift marginalized communities. Avatar Buddy is dedicated to helping individuals realize their full potential by providing emotional and academic support to students and job and emotional support to employees. This venture reflects Stephanie's passion for
leveraging technology to foster self-awareness and self-esteem, which she believes are the cornerstones of self-development.

Her tenure as Chief Programs Officer/Chief Information Officer at The Children’s Trust of Miami-Dade County is marked by numerous achievements, including the transformation of IT infrastructure which led to a flawless transition to remote work during the COVID-19 lockdown, and the expansion of The Children’s Trust Book Club, which saw a tenfold increase in membership while reducing operational costs by 75%. These initiatives underscore her ability to drive innovation and efficiency in service of community needs.

Stephanie's volunteer work is equally impressive, having served on the boards of several organizations, including Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, where she led a team of women volunteers to build 7 homes in 3 1⁄2 years. Her commitment to civic engagement is further highlighted by her role as the Honorary Consul of Belize for Southeastern U.S., where she brought greater awareness of the Belizean
diaspora, a position she held for nine years. 

In conclusion, Stephanie Sylvestre's life is a testament to her unwavering dedication to ensuring that everyone has the support they need to become the best version of themselves. Her work across various sectors and her volunteer experiences reflect a deep-seated belief in the transformative power of leadership, technology, and community engagement. Stephanie continues to inspire and empower individuals and communities, leaving an indelible mark on the world.

AIC 2024 Presentation

AI Uncovered: A CIO's Journey into the Future of IT

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