Sylvana Coche
Founder & CEO
Gravity Pro Consulting

  • Founded: 2007

  • WBENC-Certified: 2010

  • Headquartered: San Clemente, CA

  • About: Gravity Pro Consulting inspires, builds and delivers leading-edge technology and business process redesign that solves real-world business challenges. From design through implementation, Gravity Pro helps clients realize competitive advantages, create organizational efficiencies and achieve strategic business objectives through the power of SAP enterprise solutions.

Gravity Pro has been serving the technology needs of leading brands worldwide since 2007. Today, it stands unrivaled in the industry as not only the #1 Value-Added Reseller (VAR) for SAP, but also as an SAP Gold partner and North America’s only woman-owned SAP Gold Partner VAR. As a woman-owned company certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and a Small Business Enterprise, Gravity Pro is certified for supplier diversity programs and can help companies both meet goals for achieving strategic advantages with SAP solutions and support diversity spending objectives.

"WBENC Certification took my company to an entirely different level."

Q: Why are you excited about being a part of the Host Committee?

In the technology industry, it’s hard for a small business, especially a small business owned by a woman, to gain the trust of larger entities. This is why I am excited to share my story- so women in the STEM field can see that yes, it is possible to overcome the gender biases and achieve success in this industry. WBENC Certification played a significant role in driving my success and the growth of my company. Gravity Pro Consulting became certified by WBENC and as a women-owned small business in 2010, - a distinction that opened many new doors for us because it provided the entry into new markets including government-regulated industries such as utilities, finance and insurance. Gravity Pro would literally not be the same without this network.

Q: What is your proudest moment thus far in business?

I am most proud of the impact I’m making in helping women further their careers in the STEM field. We need to do more than just tell girls they can be computer programmers, engineers, scientists, and mathematicians. We need mentors to show them! Not just in terms of getting women interested in a STEM career but also in retaining and advancing them in the field. I’m proud to have been recognized for my work: Chosen to lead the STEM Women Entrepreneur National Initiative and Co-Chair the organization to represent the Technology trend and success best practices; recipient of the 2015 Wonder Women Tech Innovator Award by the Mayor of Los Angeles; named 2015 Enterprising Women of the Year by Enterprising Women Magazine; recognized in 2016 in Forbes magazine as one of California's Women's Business Leaders. While I am honored to have received these distinctions, it’s the platform they give me to share my stories as an entrepreneur and woman in the tech field and to serve as a role model for women and girls in STEM careers that I am most proud of.

Q: What advice do you have for a new entrepreneur?

Don't be afraid and don't be too possessive about your work or company. You must surround yourself quickly with people that share your passion for your work and move forward with your ideas. As a new entrepreneur, strive to be influenced by some of the greatest minds in the business industry. Use this knowledge and add your own experiences to build your path.