Sylvie Leotin is a cancer survivor, patient advocate, and polymath straddling the worlds of entrepreneurship, health, and technology. She started her career in France as a gold medal ballerina, later moving to Silicon Valley as one of the first women to research at Stanford Robotics Laboratory.

Sylvie’s unconventional career path crosses industries, disciplines, continents, and cultures. Equally at ease in multiple fields and industries, Sylvie has held positions in engineering, product management, human-centered design, leadership, consumer research, marketing, and communication.

She is the founder and CEO of Tech Atelier, a multidisciplinary consultancy advising startups and beyond. A contributor to media, academic, and literary publications, Sylvie holds an MS in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University, as well as an MS in Computer Science. After a 20-year career, however, she became something else entirely: a cancer patient.

Distressed by the lack of understanding of human needs in cancer care, Sylvie began to write about her experience. A new voice emerged, and her transformation led her to patient advocacy. A creative intellectual, her gift has always been in understanding the unvoiced needs of people, and that’s what she does in her blog and work. Her blog has become one of the most successful blogs on the cancer experience.

Follow Sylvie on Twitter @sleotin