To compete in today’s pressure-filled marketplace, businesses want engaged, creative, productive leaders. Those same leaders need to feel mentally focused, emotionally connected and physically energized to deliver their best work. Unfortunately, research clearly shows that businesses aren’t getting what they want, and leaders don’t have what they need.
Sara Ross specializes in closing that gap by translating the science of emotional intelligence into actionable strategies transforming the way people succeed at work and thrive in life.
Sara is a sought-after speaker, executive coach and lecturer and has worked with thousands of leaders from across the globe. She is formally the Vice President and Head of Innovation and Research at the global leadership development firm, the Institute for Health and Human Potential (IHHP), where she continues to serve as a senior advisor and consulting partner.
“I do not say this lightly – Sara is one of the THE MOST engaging speakers I have ever listened to. I have heard her speak three times and every time I learn something new but even more notable, I am taken in by her openness, energy and insight. I promise you can count on Sara to over-deliver.” -Scotiabank
Often called on to work with the most senior, technically sophisticated and equally skeptical audiences, Sara’s credibility comes from integrating cutting-edge research with real-life examples of success and failure. Sara will engage audiences, inspire conversation and most importantly, create a blueprint for change with actionable strategies that immediately shift results, lift relationships to help leaders show-up with a more positive and powerful impact.
Sara’s clients include: Fortune 500 companies such as New York Life Insurance, Rogers and Allstate; tech companies such as Adobe; healthcare organizations like the University Health Network, Sunovion and Edwards Lifesciences; marketing agencies such as Environics; and financial firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Scotiabank, Fidelity and BMO. She works with clients ranging from surgeons, financial traders, lawyers and engineers to government agencies, nonprofits and entrepreneurs providing her broad perspectives and diverse experience. Through IHHP, Sara taught at Smith College’s Women’s Executive Leadership Program and worked with the leadership team of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.
“Within the hour Sara made us laugh, reflect and stirred a deep emotion that won’t be forgotten anytime soon. Sara’s insights were the thread that connected the rest of the conference, it was awesome!” -Women in Engineering Conference Organizer
In her tenure with IHHP as their VP, she helped launch their New York Times bestselling book: Performing Under Pressure, as well as the leadership program for senior female executives – “Women Performing Under Pressure.” Sara remains a head faculty member, designing leadership development programs and certifying enterprise leaders from across the globe in IHHP’s flagship program “The Science of Emotional Intelligence”, as well as IHHP’s other “Performing Under Pressure” programs.
Sara’s training includes a Master’s of Science degree (MSc.), certifications in coaching and as a language and behavioral profiler, as well as a master trained practitioner in Emotional Intelligence.
Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Emotional Intelligence
Performing Under Pressure: Doing Your Best When it Matters Most
Performing Under Pressure: The Three Conversations Of Leadership
Women Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When it Matters Most