Sylvie Légère is laser-focused on developing innovative solutions that unite people for the common good and advance the next generation of change makers. An entrepreneur and nonprofit founder, Sylvie’s passion for women’s empowerment and inclusion was motivated by her own experiences stepping out of her comfort zone to seize opportunities.
Sylvie has more than 20 years of experience working in roles in technology, process, and change management at Fortune 500 companies in the United States and Canada including Accenture, JP Morgan Chase, and TD Ameritrade. An avid cyclist, she was the co-owner of the Higher Gear Bike Shops in Chicago’s North Shore (which she later sold) and co-founded Foov Fitness, an app that uses immersive technology to help people with intellectual disabilities stay physically active.
An Advocate for Women in Leadership and Policy Education
As the co-founder of The Policy Circle, Sylvie helps to bring together women in the same community to learn from fact-based research and strengthen their voices in public policy dialogue. By coming together and deepening their understanding of the issues that women face in their communities, their states, and the nation, they feel heard, validated, and energized to come up with ways to influence policy.
While The Policy Circle is a non-profit, non-partisan group, it firmly believes that public policy should foster creativity in an open economy and the government should spend tax dollars responsibly. The Policy Circle calls a truce on divisive social issues. Sylvie also recently joined Poligage’s investment council, the world’s first online marketplace for public policy insights and government affairs services.
A commitment to Economic and Leadership Development
Sylvie is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Chicago Club, American Enterprise Institute National Council and a board member of Solve.is, an online platform that connects job seekers living in disenfranchised communities with the resources they need to overcome barriers to employment. Additionally, Sylvie has collaborated with the National Urban League (Quad County affiliate) and the Minority Business Development Agency, which promotes the growth and expansion of minority-owned businesses, to contribute toward the development of women leaders of color. Most recently Sylvie became an Investor in the First Women’s Bank.