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Michael D. Sgro is a educator, minister, coach and recruiter of superheroes. He coaches professionals to improve their overall effectiveness, leadership skills, career readiness, digital savvy and so much more. Michael's vision for himself is to help people achieve their human potential through relationship building, developing emotional intelligence and understanding "people math". 

Sgro, born, raised and educated in Syracuse, had ascended the ranks in higher education at several institutions in New York state, earning a stellar reputation for his work with constituent engagement, program management, professional networking and digital marketing. He spent 20- years on college campuses in New York City and the Central New York region before coming home to Syracuse to start his own coaching practice. 

Michael has earned several honors through the years, including the NYU Advocate for Change Award, the SUNYCUAD award for best alumni program, the Downtown Syracuse Committee Perfect Partner award, the Le Moyne College Ignatian Award for Service and a two time Champion of Learning from the Association of Talent Development of CNY.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Le Moyne College, a certificate in business coaching from the Professional Business Coaches Alliance of North America, a certificate in project management from the American Management Association, is a certified facilitator of Extended DISC and an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church.

Michael lives, works and participates actively in the historic downtown Syracuse community with his maltipoo, Jonah. He created OUT Syracuse, a community program to increase the visibility and economic empowerment of local LGBTQ people, is a member of the Armory Square Business Association, is on the New York State Leadership team of the Victory Fund and also is the founding member of LGBTQ City of Syracuse Advisory and the Secretary of the Downtown Syracuse Foundation, Inc..



  • Le Moyne College, BA Psychology

  • AMA, Project Management Certification

  • Highland Consulting Group, Leading with Impact

  • PBCA, Business Coaching Certification

  • Extended DISC by FinxS, Certified Facilitator

  • BASWC, I Can't Breathe Cultural Sensitivity Summit


  • Emotional Intelligence and the human condition

  • Leadership and analytical psychology

  • Teamwork, communication and collaboration

  • Workplace culture, values and expecations



Michael Sgro Leadership Coaching operates an office in historic Downtown Syracuse. The business is dedicated to Caterina and Biagio Squadrito. (pictured here with little Michael)


The Squadrito's were Italian immigrants who brought their three daughters to the United States over 60 years ago by boat from Sicily. They settled in Syracuse where they worked in area factories to support their family.


Michael Sgro is their eldest grandchild and does his work with empathy, in their honor.


Our Syracuse office is located on 211 West Jefferson Street, 2nd Floor in the Mower Agency suite at the Armory Square area of Downtown Syracuse. Clients and guests enjoy the comfortable space and it is ideal setting for leadership development. Metered parking is available street side and there are several parking garages in the area. Hours are by appointment only.


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