Who Am I?

Who I was: A Kid growing up on the streets of Westside Chicago during the great depression, living with a family of eight in a small apartment. A fearless fighter determined that no one would bully my friends or me, step on me or deny me from being. The cauldron I grew up in shaped much of me.

In the military, a brief event on Okinawa showed me that I could do well as a student. I became an Educator, Child Psychologist, Entrepreneur, and lecturer specializing in Leadership, Power, and Dialogue. Over my career, I’m told I became more of myself from whom I was.

Who I am: In 2010, I retired from lecturing, workshops, and extended travel. Still, I knew I needed to continue to study, work and push barriers. So, I began to write a book (Leadership, Power & Consequences), and with the help of a knowledgeable friend, a short handbook on leadership (Navigating Leadership, Growth, And Change) and a Blog (sywords.com) of my one-page essays.

To this day, I continue to be a student and teacher. No question, I owe much of my growth to my loving Lenette and many of the remarkable people I worked with as a mentor, who, in turn, taught me so much. I gave all I had and was given back in kind.


Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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