Sylvia Melena


The Professional

Sylvia Melena is the Founder and CEO of Melena Consulting Group, a leadership and management training, consulting, and book coaching company. 

She is also the Founder of the Nonfiction Book Accelerator Network, the international award-winning and best-selling author of Supportive Accountability: How to Inspire People and Improve Performanceand the Vice President of the San Diego Book Awards Association, where she has chaired yearly nonfiction book competitions.

She is also the former Co-Director of Programs for ATD, San Diego Chapter.

Sylvia served three consecutive years as a Judge for the National Association of Hispanic Publications’ José Martí Awards in the areas of writing and marketing.

Her leadership philosophy has been featured by the Society of Human Resources Management HR Today, the Human Performance Association, Entrepreneur, LEADx, My Question for the Best, Fit Small Business, and other outlets.

The Person

Sylvia was born in Los Angeles and raised in San Diego, California, the daughter of Mexican immigrants. She is bilingual and bicultural, unapologetically embracing both her Mexican heritage and her American traditions and seamlessly blending the two.

She loves all people, regardless of their background or status and knows that we’re all equally valuable.

She cares about education, economic empowerment, and social justice.



Sylvia earned a Master of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies from Azusa Pacific University and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism-Advertising Emphasis with a Minor in Sociology from San Diego State University. She is also an Association for Talent Development (ATD) Master Instructional Designer™. 


Professional Affiliations

  • Former Vice President, San Diego Book Awards Association
  • Member, Independent Book Publishers Association
  • Member, International Association of Latino Authors
  • Member, Nonfiction Authors Association
  • Member, Association for Talent Development, San Diego Chapter
  • Member, Association for Talent Development, U.S.
  • Member, San Diego County Hispanic  Chamber of Commerce

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