Meet Shella Sylla
FOUNDER OF SISTERGOLF
Growing up, Shella Sylla had never thought about playing golf. She wasn’t interested in the sport and didn’t consider herself athletic - at all. All of that changed early in her banking career. After going through all of the basic sales courses, she realized that referrals, networking with a smile, and a good personality didn’t bring in the numbers. Shella felt like she was falling behind her male counterparts whose numbers were soaring.
One day, a male coworker asked Shella to play golf with him and a client. However, she wasn’t that interested in playing at the time because she felt insecure about never having golfed before. After that missed opportunity, Shella recruited two of her high school girlfriends to take lessons with her and ended up really enjoying it.
After two golfing classes, a charity golf event came up and her male coworker asked her to play in the tournament. Out of the 100 participants, she was the only woman. She stood out, which ended up being a very good thing. Although she played terribly, as did most of the other men around her, she knew the game and was able to participate and network. She ended up connecting with one of her best referral partners at that time and soon became a member of the Million Dollar Club.
After the housing crash and recession of 2008, Shella ended up moving to Charlotte, North Carolina for another banking job, but realized that she had dreams of teaching women how to break down barriers in the networking space through golf. She took a leap of faith of few years later by leaving Charlotte and moving to live with her sister in Birmingham, Alabama to try to make SisterGolf a reality.
Shella Sylla now uses her platform, SisterGolf, to teach women how to use golf as a tool for developing mutually beneficial business relationships, and to create connections for professional advancement in the corporate workplace.