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Sylvia Bartley

Health Equity| Visionary Leader | Operational Excellence | Philanthropy | Advocate & Champion of Social Change

Sylvia Bartley

Executive, Leader, Author and recognized advocate and champion of social change, dedicated to eliminating economic, health and education disparities. Sylvia’s work is guided by a greater spiritual purpose, one rooted in mindfulness and intentionality.

A Senior Director of the Medtronic Foundation, she oversees employee volunteer engagement for 90,000 employees, as well as Disaster Relief and Patient Empowerment strategies. A role that allows Sylvia to use her genuine leadership style to foster an environment of compassion and humanity.

As a true globe trotter spanning across continents and cultures, Sylvia draws from a unique foundation of scientific research in neurophysiology, medical device sales and marketing. She is a respected strategic executive able to shape and operationalize ideas and sustainable industry-leading solutions.

Sylvia is equally passionate in her volunteer involvement devoted to improving the health, education and economic status of underserved communities. She has made an impact as a board member and leader for prominent non-profit organizations including the African American Leadership Forum, the Association of Black Foundation Executives and The Black Women’s Health Imperative. She is an advisory member for the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Co-Chair of the Conference Board Philanthropy & Engagement Council and a Regent for Augsburg University.

Sylvia is recognized as an impactful leader inspiring change and strengthening communities, exemplified through numerous awards including the Top 100 Most Influential and Powerful Black Briton in 2021, 2020 and 2019, the Women in Business Award and Diversity in Business Awards from Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. A 2014 Bush Fellow and AARP/Pollen’s 50 over 50 award recipient.

Sylvia took her work to a new platform when she published her first book “Turning the Tide: Neuroscience, Spirituality and My Path Toward Emotional Health” which outlines the links between our brains and our souls while inspiring readers to change the world with that knowledge.

Sylvia Bartley

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Marsha Gray, Training Specialist

Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd

We have been partnered with LSAA for several years now which has enabled our team members to develop their competencies and capabilities.

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Paul Runeckles, Director of Execution Excellence


Frontier Medical has fully implemented, Life Science Access Academy allowing Sales and Marketing to utilise the system. Maximising on line learning for all remote staff stimulates a culture of self-development giving individuals the accountability and responsibility to broaden their skills set.

Life Science Access Academy training is topical and a good fit for the faced paced healthcare market.

Simon Warden, National Sales Manager

Frontier Medical Group

I have found the training via the Life Science Access Academy to be excellent and I know many of my colleagues have as well.

The content is always kept up to date and there is huge and interesting variety of topics covered. The site is curated in a way that makes it clear and easy to navigate. Also, the staff at Life Science access Academy are friendly and responsive and all the experts are always knowledgeable in their areas.

Richard Edmonds

Gedeon Richter Women's Health

The variety and relevancy of content brings value to many different roles across the healthcare industry.

I have also been overwhelmed by the way the Life Science Access Academy team have accommodated our own business needs, being sensitive yet responsive to helping us since its formation.

Robb Sayers, UK Capability Lead

ViiV Healthcare