Wednesday, August 28, 9:30 AM & 12:45 PM
Sara Ross is a speaker, leadership strategist and researcher but is best described as a vitality advocate on a mission to redefine how we succeed at work and thrive in life; a pursuit earning her a reputation as a fresh and thought-provoking voice in the discussions of work-life balance, sustainable high performance and organizational health. To deliver on this mission, Sara expanded her coaching and strategy firm to include BrainAMPED, a research collaboration hub dedicated to sharing brain-based, vitality-enhancing strategies to create healthier, happier, high performing leaders and workplaces.
Before putting this work at the forefront of her focus, Sara spent a decade with the Institute for Health and Human Potential as the Vice President and Global Head of Leadership Innovation and Training, where she continues to serve as an Advisor Partner. At IHHP Sara led the development and delivery of leadership assessments and award-winning coaching and training programs grounded in the principles and practices of leadership and the neuroscience of emotional intelligence.
Sara has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as; UnitedHealth Group, Verizon and Allstate; tech companies such as Adobe and Salesforce; financial firms such as Scotiabank, BMO and PwC; educational institutes such as Smith College, and the leadership team of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. Her clients have ranged from surgeons, bankers, lawyers, air traffic controllers and engineers to government agencies, nurses, nonprofits, start-ups and entrepreneurs. This broad perspective and diverse experiences explains why she is often called on to work with some of the most senior, technically sophisticated and skeptical audiences.
Balancing relevance and practicality with a contagious energy, Sara integrates cutting-edge science with real-life stories of success and failures. Her approach is guaranteed to challenge the status quo, provide new insights, and most importantly, leave audiences with a blueprint of actionable strategies.
Sara has a Master of Science (MSc.) Graduate Degree from the University of Waterloo, Canada. Outside of work, Sara is a coffee loving, meditation rookie. Her husband describes her career as professional eavesdropping-people-watching. She argues that she is merely a dedicated street scientist doing her professional duty to better understand why people do what they do, and why they don’t do what they know they should!