In my business I work
with top-tier CEOs and investors in the high tech industry.
When I refer Sandy to them I always preface my recommendation
with, She's not like any coach or consultant you've worked
with because she has actually been in the jobs you're in today,
and she uniquely understands the challenges. She's going to
work with you on your terms and be pragmatic about it-she's
not going to write a term paper before you feel results.Each
time I've referred her over the past 15 years, I get a call
from that individual who tells me that meeting and working with
Sandy was the best thing they've done in a long time. Considering
who my clients are, that's a very rewarding phone call to receive.
Founder, Reed Shay & Company, LLC
What's great about
Sandy is her executive experience. She is a solid thinking partner
and a very practical and effective problem solver. As an executive
coach she brings out the best in me. Her skills and knowledge
help me grow faster.
When I took over
leadership of our company, I realized that I needed to learn
to be a CEO very quickly. I had been a co-founder and very involved,
but had been more behind the scenes. I needed to take over all
aspects of the business and demonstrate our strength externally.
I needed someone with experience and the right style that I
could trust to help me make the right decisions. Sandy was the
right person. She has excellent business background and skills.
Her style is collaborative and forthright. She is an outstanding
Pamela McLean, Ph.D.
CEO, The Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara
are all the rage these days. Let me say that Sandy Smith is
the opposite of a fad-she brings timeless wisdom, absolute integrity
and nitty-gritty experience to her work. Through our coaching
relationship, Sandy has helped elevate me from survival mode
at work to a much stronger place where I can explore and deepen
my leadership skills. No single person has had such a positive
impact on me in my twenty-year work life.
Martha Danly, Ph.D.
VP Marketing, Ventro Corporation
As a member of
our board of directors, Sandy played a significant and strategic
role in helping guide our Institute through a challenging leadership
transition. Her knowledge of our organization, coupled with
her business acumen, played an essential part in our organizational
evolution. The strength and vibrancy of LIOS today is in part
a reflection of Sandy's committed contributions.
Executive Director, Leadership Institute of Seattle and Dean,
School of Applied Behavioral Sciences, Bastyr University
I worked for Sandy
in a software company. I can attest to her management and leadership
skills. She brought us together as a team and helped us to become
excellent individually and as a group. She's a people person
with very strong business skills. She loves to solve problems
collaborating with others.
HR Executive & Consultant, Human Capital Corporation
having Sandy as my coach was remarkable. Her style of deep listening,
asking the tough questions and compassion is a unique blend.
I found myself challenged and inspired to grow and change in
a very supportive and strong environment. I was able to successfully
make some changes that have been sustaining and genuinely improved
the quality of my work. Her keynotes are integrity, quality
Coach, Life Action Coaching
I would highly
recommend Sandy Smith for couples coaching. My partner and I
own and operate a consulting business together. Sandy had been
our business coach for some time, so when we had a major personal
crisis between us, we called her and asked for help. Sandy has
an intelligent, calm, and intuitive style. She has a wonderful
way of making you feel that everything will be OK, even in the
face of disaster. Her unique style helped us find our way through
some deep and sensitive issues. In our work together, we noticed
she could ask the truly hard questions with such grace, we could
see things clearly and truly understand each other's perspective.
At one critical point she dedicated her time to us exclusively
for several days, and we managed to work through major issues
while re-building trust and empathy in our relationship. We
have now been together for 17 years and still work together
successfully. We are deeply grateful for Sandy's skills and