We hired Sarah to design and facilitate a staff offsite during a time of tremendous organizational change at The Forward. Sarah quickly took the pulse of our staff, assessed the issues at play, and designed a day that enabled everyone to contribute wholeheartedly in meaningful ways. I left the room feeling energized and connected, and inspired to do more great work together.
Rachel Fishman Feddersen
Publisher & CEO, The Forward
As an organization leaving the start-up phase, we needed guidance to clarify our mission and vision moving forward. From our first phone call with Sarah, where her intuitiveness, strategic thinking and expertise shined through, to the team retreat she expertly and deftly facilitated, it was clear that she was the perfect match for Sixth & I. I couldn’t recommend her more highly and can’t wait to work with her again
Sixth & I
We hired Sarah to run our team retreat, and we were delighted with the way she designed the content, prepped for the meeting, and ran the day. She is the consummate professional, bright and observant-- and at the same time, balanced and caring. We continue to use the tools that she presented to our team, and they have transformed our working relationships.
Jewish Funders Network
I am in the middle of the biggest transition of my life - moving out of the Executive Director role of the organization I founded and my physical home for the last six years.
I didn't even realize how much I needed a coach to help me navigate all the personal aspects of this change but now I can see what a big mess things would be if I didn't have Sarah.
She has helped me face the big things and the small, from writing a mission statement for my next chapter to understanding the financial implications.
She does the most skillful job of slowly pushing me forward while mirroring, tracking and back stitching. It's been a grounding force amidst a lot of uncertainty.
Founder, Stone Circles
Sarah [and her co-facilitator] were really great in creating a supportive and safe environment. You need this environment for this type of introspection.
Leadership Development program participant
You did a terrific and thoughtful job of developing the retreat, consulting with staff, designing the event, delivery, and now follow through. I am very pleased and appreciative.
Prisoner Reentry Institute
After working with Sarah for several months, I began requiring it of all of my staff.
Jewish Farm School
I can’t say enough good things about Sarah From. I’m a huge fan of her thoughtful and deliberate approach to problem solving.
I’ve shared her contact information with the many, many people I encountered in my work who need her guidance to make life more manageable. I have heard glowing reports about how she helped each person get a handle on their particular challenges and to develop systems to be more productive and less stressed in the future.
As I was developing a new initiative I found Sarah to be an invaluable thought partner. She has an ability to see the challenges, but also offer the approach that I needed to do my best work.
Sarah listened well and offered me tools that fit my goals. She kept both the details and the bigger picture of my work in mind and helped me move forward on both levels. It was great to have her on my side!
Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller
Temple Sherith Israel
Sarah is great. She is responsively creative, deliberately methodical, and grounded in the present. Her skills are infectious. I trust Sarah to help me find new ways to do and learn.
S., Justice Reform Advocate
Working with Sarah has helped me grow as a leader and accelerate my career. During the three years I've worked with her, I've tackled some of the biggest challenges of my professional career and I can unequivocally say that she helped me achieve better outcomes for myself, my colleagues, and my organization. I continue to invest in coaching with Sarah because I've seen it return dividends again and again.
Young Nonprofit Professionals Network
Thank you Sarah for helping us break through our barriers to move the work forward. I am feeling all of the feelings everyone expressed yesterday for having had the opportunity to go through this process – hope, privilege, gratefulness, and relief.
Legal advocacy organization staff
Our organization is operating with 5x more staff members than we were a handful of years ago. We had never held a retreat before, but it was clear that we needed to dedicate some time to addressing the challenges of being a larger team: communication, feedback, workflow, accountability, and overall trust and rapport. Sarah is an amazingly skilled facilitator and worked tirelessly in advance of the event to come up with a retreat agenda that would serve our organization’s needs. Nothing was boilerplate – everything felt tailored to us. We would love to work with Sarah again in the future and would recommend her to anyone looking to drive change and growth in their organization.
Sean Pica & Lila McDowell
HudsonLink for Higher Ed. in Prison
Coaching brought me back to my values and helped me find the way back to myself: a person who loves working, and engaging with employers and colleagues, a person who is enthusiastic and proud of the work I do.
This retreat has given me the tools to help my leadership be more focused and has given me more confidence to pursue leadership opportunities.
Leadership Development program participant
Sarah excels at each aspect of what she does - from helping think through how to structure the inner workings of an organization, to coaching staff, to aligning a team and ensuring they are on the same page working towards annual goals --she's truly wonderful.
Sarah and her colleague Amanda Silver designed and facilitated our re-imagined leadership program, the Mandel Course for Advance Leadership (MCAL). Working closely in partnership with us, they brought to life our vision and goals for MCAL, carefully creating and facilitating experiences that allowed participants to gain insight into themselves and experiment with ways to incorporate the concepts and practices into their leadership. Sarah and Amanda’s own leadership and presence garnered openness and respect. They truly “walk the talk,” embodying the skills they teach. Participants were not the only ones to gain knowledge and competence – program chairs and staff who were involved in the first and second cohorts greatly benefited also. It has been, and continues to be, a great pleasure to work with Sarah and Amanda. Their professionalism and warmth are unmatched!
Jewish Federation of Cleveland
The opportunity to reflect and have someone point me to ‘potential’ led to a breakthrough in my thinking.
Sarah is brilliant, personable, and will call you on your B.S.
Sarah helped me articulate the areas that needed work, create goals, and develop plans to execute. She's an incredible listener and coach, whether it was big philosophical questions or brass tacks skills.
The results speak for themselves. I just had a performance review and my boss was incredibly impressed by the progress I had made. I owe much of that to Sarah.
Social Change Professional
Working with Sarah not only produced immediate results in my day-to-day work, but will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on my confidence and professional development as I continue to implement the techniques we discussed during our coaching sessions. Her approach was exactly what I needed: focused, personable and individualized.