Our Team

Jocelyn Carbonara, President and Founder

Jocelyn started SCI in 1998. Over the past 20 years, her clientele has included organizations ranging from one-man operations to those on the Fortune 50. Jocelyn is passionate about creating and clarifying communications, especially to inspire positive behaviors and outcomes in organizations and communities. She is a Prosci-certified change management professional. She has served as culture consultant and executive coach; editor-in-chief, interviewing celebrities such as Dr. Maya Angelou and Coach Tony Dungy; book agent to publishers including McGraw Hill and Jon Wiley & Sons; editor; publicist; project manager; and friend. She has managed start-ups and served as CEO for a successful training company. She has edited and ghostwritten books and employee engagement manuals, and written diverse marketing copy for nearly every communications channel in existence. Her passion lies in aligning leaders and organizations to their core values and vision, and helping them dig deep to communicate the messages that matter most. She thrives on finding the perfect words to reflect a client’s vision, and optimizing plans to include a greater set of possibilities. Her writing and leadership principles have been written into several books with major publishers. In her free time, Jocelyn values spending time with her family, engaging in the arts, travel, and enjoying nearly every outdoor sport known to mankind.

Scott Carbonara, CEO

Scott Carbonara joined SCI in 2011. With a masters degree in psychology and communications, Scott is a keynote speaker, author, and executive consultant who brings authentic leadership to life from the boardroom to the family room. Scott’s professional portfolio is diverse.

He started his career in crisis counseling, where he worked with some of the most troubled families to find solutions–garnering him a Family Therapist of the Year award for the State of Michigan. From there, he moved on to corporate America, serving as executive director of strategic communications and change management at the nation’s largest non-investor-owned health insurance company, to eventually operating as chief-of-staff of internal operations. While there, he directed a staff through mergers, led the team that reduced a skyrocketing attrition rate from 38% to 6.5%, and created internal and external branding campaigns that are still in use many years later.

Scott is a highly-skilled, passionate communicator and problem solver who provides management consulting and leadership direction to teams ranging in size from 1 to 13,000. He is also an international speaker on leadership topics, and the the author of four books–including two employee engagement books published in 2012 with major publishers. Scott brings vast corporate leadership experience to SCI, as well as an ability to pinpoint the behaviors that motivate people to act positively. His passion lies in helping organizations and individuals tap into their greatest asset: their people. In his free time, he enjoys photography, hiking, and family.

For more on Scott’s speaking and training, visit LeadershipTherapist.com.

Leslie Ann Yell, Client Relations Manager

Leslie Ann markets and manages Spiritus’ speaking engagements as well as performs research and editing projects. She loves serving people and helping them transform their dream events into reality by walking them through the details of engaging a speaker.

Leslie Ann has worked in the realms of both communications and education. She was a copy editor and page/layout designer at a local newspaper in SC as well as a reading specialist and ESL specialist in NC public schools. She earned a BA in journalism with a specialty in PR from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MEd from UNC-Greensboro.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with loved ones, and exploring our wide and wonderful world! Most of all, she loves going on outdoor adventures with family and friends — hiking, paddling, cycling, camping, backpacking, playing catch or tennis, running trails, sightseeing, and chasing fun!


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