Sydney Lepora is a communications professional with nearly a decade of experience in multiple Fortune 500 companies, working in both external and internal capacities. Skilled in executive communications and media coaching, she has more than 15 years of both public speaking and coaching experience and is skilled in speaker training, scripting, and presentation development. She believes in artful communication that is ethical, transparent, and focused.
In January 2022, Sydney joined The Shyft Group, an innovative automotive technology company that is driven to deliver goods and services today and tomorrow, sustainably as the Corporate Communications Manager. Before joining Shyft, she worked as the Director of Client Experience for corporate business at Current Global, a global communications agency. She also served as the Special Events Communications Manager at Hilton, where she created and executed multiple communications strategies for special events internal team practices, as well as communication activities for large, internal conferences, inclusive of C-suite message and presentation development.
Prior to joining Hilton, Sydney worked at Ford Motor company as a Senior Project Manager for Organizational Change Management Communications, supporting the corporation during an intense IT transformation. She began her career at Valeo, a Tier 1 automotive supplier, as the Region Communications Coordinator, then Region Communications Manager. She was responsible for managing the external narrative of the North American business portfolio, internal communications, and working to place industry thought leaders with tech, automotive and tradeshow media.
She attended Wayne State University, earning a BA in public relations, a BFA in theater arts, and a minor in English. While at Wayne State, she competed on the collegiate speech team, earning a national championship in Persuasive Speaking, which led her team to place in the top ten speech schools in the nation – a first in the University’s history. She was also named the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League’s best speaker for two consecutive years.