Can you imagine if we looked at each other as human beings first? What kind of world would that be?

Sylvia Bartley talks about being whole and present, improving the quality of others lives, and being deeply involved in the community.

About the speaker

In both her work and her volunteer service, Sylvia Bartley is known for bringing people together and making things happen. In her last 14 years with Medtronic’s Restorative Therapy Group (RTG), she has convened internal and external cross-functional teams across the globe to develop, improve and disseminate world-class neurosurgical techniques and best practices for Deep Brain Stimulation therapy. In her current position, Sylvia leads the charge to deliver a superior educational experience with Medtronic’s RTG therapies to early career physicians. In every position, beginning in sales and progressing to global marketing, Sylvia has exceeded strategic goals and developed high-value, replicable business and training models for the benefit of the company, its patients, and its physician customers.

Sylvia is equally tenacious in her volunteer service. Since moving to Minneapolis in 2010, she has devoted much of her free time to educational initiatives focused on closing the achievement gap for African American students in the Twin Cities and creating educational equity for all children. Sylvia helped to launch, and serves as Board Chair of, the first Charter Management Organization (CMO) in Minnesota called the Harvest Network of Schools. The CMO provides strategic planning and operational services for three high performing public charter schools in North Minneapolis, Harvest Prep, Best Academy and Mastery school. Sylvia serves as co-Chair for The Twin Cities African American Leadership Forum (AALF) whose mission is to create a just and healthy society that works equally well for everyone. She also holds volunteer board positions with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and Achieve Minneapolis. Her service to the community has been recognized with a 2014 Bush Foundation Fellowship, awarded for extraordinary achievement and potential to lead change and strengthen the community. She also received the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Business Journal’s 2013 Diversity in Business Award for her outstanding contribution to education reform in the Twins Cities and her work at Medtronic.

A native of England, Sylvia has since become a true global citizen. She has lived in three countries and has worked in approximately 20 countries supporting the neurosurgical aspects of Deep Brain Stimulation procedures. She is a proud parent of two phenomenal children: Andrew, who resides and works in UK, and Portia, who is a recent graduate from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, College of the Performing Arts, in LA.

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