Sibille Hart Pritchard is an accomplished businesswoman with a professional background in journalism, public and government relations. Her leadership in commercial and tourism development has been an integral component of major Orlando developments, from Bonnet Creek to International Drive, including the Waldorf Astoria Orlando Hotel/Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and South I-Drive/Plaza International.
A native of Guyana, South America, Pritchard received her education in Europe and several parts of the Caribbean. Her career began in journalism, where she spent 15 years as an award-winning women’s ditor for the Guyana Graphic newspaper in Guyana.
An active business figure and arts enthusiast, Pritchard’s expertise and guidance have been sought after for numerous boards and organizations. She currently serves as: chair of the International Drive Improvement.
District, an appointment by the mayor of Orange County since its inception; member of the county mayor’s steering committee for the proposed Orlando/Orange County Convention Center Overlay District; chairperson of the UCF Global Connections Foundation and executive board member for the new, $500 million Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Sibille was recently appointed by the state’s secretary of state to the board of Citizens for the Arts and is also a board member of the UCF Department of Arts, Orlando Museum of Art, African American Chamber of Commerce and the Citrus Club, the private business and social club located in downtown Orlando.
She previously served as: president of the Orlando Ballet; chairperson of the Florida Delegation for the Southeast U.S./Japan and the Southeast U.S./China Associations; chair of the Florida Arts Council, an appointment from Governor Jeb Bush; president and chairperson for United Arts of Central Florida; board president for the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community; board president for Arts for Complete Education; community board member for the Florida State Medical School; board member of the Health Care Center for the Homeless; member, 1,000 Friends of Florida; board member of the Central Florida Efficient Transportation for the Community (ETC) and president of Florida Executive Women. Pritchard was the only female member of the Citizen’s Oversight Committee for the Orlando Convention Center construction project. She sits on numerous conservation committees and was also appointed by Florida’s governor as a Seminole County Housing Authority commissioner.
In addition to her organizational leadership, Pritchard is also heavily involved in international trade missions, promoting business development for the state of Florida to global destinations such as Japan, China and South Korea.
Her sincere commitment to her local, regional and global communities has resulted in numerous honors, awards and recognitions. Among those, she was named one of Central Florida’s Women Who Mean Business, by the Orlando Business Journal and was awarded the Orlando Business Journal Women Who Mean Business Legacy Award. She was awarded the Heart for the Arts award from the Seminole County Council for the Arts. Her leadership awards include recognition for outstanding service from The National Conference for Community and Justice and the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community. Her dynamic personality and unending commitment have been recognized and honored globally. A global traveler, she has visited over 80 countries.
Pritchard is married to Dr. Peter Pritchard, a world-renowned expert in the study, research and preservation of turtles and founder of the regarded Chelonian Research Institute in Oviedo, Florida, who was also named one of Time magazine’s Heroes of the Planet. She manages board and executive affairs for the Institute.
In the corporate, governmental, cultural and civic communities locally, regionally and abroad, Sibille Pritchard is a highly regarded business figure whose dynamic personality and extensive influence continue to blaze a trail of success and noteworthy achievement.