Sara joined the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) in 1986. Her work has included research, writing, training, designing, client relationship management, and the management of both people and products. She is in a newly created role of Organizational Practice Partner that is designed to help clients develop organizational leadership systems that will improve organizational performance and align the leadership talent necessary for effective change.
Sara has held a number of management and leadership positions at CCL. Her latest role was Director of the Global Markets Portfolio overseeing various products, programs and services offered across North America, Europe and Asia. Her previous role was running one of the Center’s largest business units as the Group Director of Global Open Enrollment programs. These programs were offered at all five Center locations in the United States, Europe and Asia. She was also the Group Director for the Individual Leader Development practice area, Worldwide Director of the Leadership Development Program (LDP®) and Program Manager for both Foundations of Leadership and The Women’s Leadership Program.
Sara’s expertise in women and leadership has spanned her twenty-three year history at CCL. She joined CCL as part of the research team for the Breaking the Glass Ceiling research, which studied executive women’s career development in Fortune 100 firms. This research was published in 1987 in Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Can Women Reach the Top of America’s Largest Corporations? by Morrison, White and Van Velsor. Sara also served on the research team that investigated tradeoffs and choices facing high achieving women. This research has been incorporated into articles, a book, and various program designs.
As a thought leader in the field of leadership development, Sara has published several books and articles. She is currently revising her latest book, Discovering the Leader in You (2001) which offers a planful approach to understanding how aspects of vision, values, and skills match with essential leadership choices. This, book, co-authored with Robert J. Lee, is a joint publication of the Jossey-Bass Business and Management Series and CCL. Sara was also co-editor of two other Center publications, Leadership Education ’87: A Source Book, and Leadership Education 1992-1993: A Source Book. These publications highlight leadership education programs and courses in higher education settings.
Sara received a B. A. in English from Wake Forest University and a M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Cornell University.