Shani Syphrett


When I dare to be powerful - to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
— Audre Lorde

About Shani

I am an accomplished brand strategist and expert marketer bringing field-tested brand building, experiential marketing, customer acquisition, and customer retention strategies to B2C brands who want to keep up with their rapidly evolving audiences. My extensive experience includes work for brands like McDonald’s, Samsung, Nike, Master & Dynamic, Refinery29, and Gap. Most recently, I was the Head of Marketing & Brand at a seed-stage, venture-backed startup. I also teach and mentor founders for incubators/accelerators and community orgs like New INC, XRC Labs, and Long Island University's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Check out my LinkedIn for more info on my work experience or visit my contact page to hire me as a consultant or mentor.

My ultimate mission is to inspire honest conversations about process and connection for individuals and brands and I am committed to creating space for high-performing, visionary women of color to thrive.

I am a regular contributor for covering women of color in leadership and innovation. And, I am the founder of Jamila Studio, a launchpad for women of color to own their power stories and do their best work. We provide accessible one-on-one business mentoring and brand coaching and create high-impact products built to foster personal value and valuable connections. Currently, we’re testing/developing: Chat & Chew - a monthly coffee meetup and peer mentoring network in New York City, #TheWhatsHerName - a digital publication on branding and advertising from the perspective of women of color, and for women of color entrepreneurs.

I studied undergraduate biology and psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and graduate interior architecture at the Boston Architectural College. I live in Brooklyn, New York with my equally multi-passionate fiancé and I enjoy traveling, spontaneous dance breaks, making recipes from Pinterest, resharing Beyonce's Instagram posts, and watching movie and tv show ending explainer videos on Youtube.