Sarah joined Blue Beyond in March of 2016 as a consultant and became our Chief of Staff and Head of Operations in 2018. She’s been working in the areas of change management and communications for more than 10 years and specializes in change and internal communications, engagement, and culture.
Prior to joining Blue Beyond, Sarah served as change management communications lead for HP / Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Global Procurement organization. She also worked as a communications consultant at ROI Communication.
Sarah is recognized most for her ability to foster solid client relations, creativity, commitment to excellence, and dedication to results. She holds a BA from UC Santa Cruz in Modern Literary Studies and an MS in Organizational Development from University of San Francisco.
Early in my career, I was having an informational conversation with a fellow alumni who was an Organization Development (OD) practitioner from my undergraduate alma mater, UCSC, and she mused, “Ah, so you share my love of varied interests? Indeed, you’re a true ‘Jackie of all trades’ with aspirations to master many.” And she was right.
My professional path spans and combines Organization Development, communications and business coaching. While each is a unique focus and discipline, I view the set as inherently and inextricably linked. I find that I’m able to bring ‘all trades’ to bear with each client engagement.
I’m at my best when I can bring to bear the diverse skills I’ve acquired across the years in the varied settings to which I’ve been exposed. Clearly, no two change events are the same, and nor is my approach: I listen deeply, explore openly, and partner closely to raise the likelihood of a stellar outcome. And none of this could be possible if it weren’t for my true passion for people and secretly competitive spirit that spurs me to set the bar even higher.
It’s not enough for me to help others get from A to B. It’s about hearing from our clients that they couldn’t have done it without us, that they genuinely loved working with us, that the results exceeded their best expectations, and that they know they can count on our partnership and guidance. That is the best reward of all.
I participated in what is arguably one of the largest corporate change events in recent history: the separation of Silicon Valley’s iconic Hewlett-Packard Company. Such an unchartered change effort, both with its enormous scale and accelerated timeframe* served as both a phenomenal learning experience and test of professional and personal fortitude. (And I did this at the same time that I became a first-time mom, which is undoubtedly the accomplishment of which I am most proud.)
*HP’s press release announcing separation hit the wire October 6, 2014, and the company split November 1, 2015.
My favorite place is my home. Though I am an avid traveler and willing adventurer who would be content to explore and travel to all corners of the earth for half of each year, it’s equally important to me to have a sanctuary to return to: something familiar, a place that grounds me. Not surprisingly, this reflects my approach to change management. It’s not only about the things that will be changing; it’s equally important to identify what will stay the same. I often ask, “Amidst all that will change, what is it that employees can hold on to? What will remain constant and recognizable, and can help to anchor them when the change feels overwhelming”? Nobody feels comfortable with chronic change, yet change is the new normal. To help balance this, it’s worth remembering to come back to home base when it’s needed.