Speaking

Sara’s keynote speeches are insightful and masterfully told.

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Leadership

Sara’s distinctive leadership-based curriculum is engaging and yet practical.

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Coaching

Sara has helped hundreds of leaders achieve higher levels of performance and success.

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Author, Speaker and Consultant

Meet Sara Potecha

Sara is an accomplished author, speaker and consultant who has led cultural transformation initiatives for Fortune 100 and 200 companies and coached hundreds of leaders to higher levels of performance. A masterful story teller, Sara is a sought-after speaker on such topics as women in leadership, veteran employment, emotional intelligence, change, resilience and leadership competency.

Sought out by Fortune 100 & 200 Companies

Speaking & Coaching

Speaking

Sara’s keynote speeches are insightful and masterfully told. They will inspire, transport and enable you and your organization to achieve more.

Leadership Training

Sara’s distinctive leadership-based curriculum is engaging and yet practical. Sara will dive more deeply into timely subjects your organization needs.

Coaching

As an experienced professional coach, Sara has helped hundreds of leaders in Fortune 100 and 200 companies to higher levels of performance and success.

Trusted By The Best

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SunTrust Bank

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Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads (VAVRS)

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CBIZ

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PNC Bank

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Virginia Manufacturers Association

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Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services

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UPS

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Manufacturing Skills Institute

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Virginia Department of Veteran Services

Testimonials

“Captivating stories capture how Sara’s experiences were molded into a leadership philosophy and helped transform her into a highly sought after corporate management consultant. Think you’re having a bad day? Stuck in the mud? West Point Woman will help you see things through a different lens and broaden your leadership perspective along the way.

Houston Mills, Former F/A-18 Fighter Pilot, Airline Executive

“Sara, one of the top rated speakers for an Apex training program, is an expert storyteller who captivates her audience with stories from her wealth of experiences. She is relatable and inspirational as she teaches lessons on leadership that are applicable in the professional and personal dimensions. She is soft spoken but impactful as she allows the audience to see challenges through a different lens. I highly recommend Sara as a speaker.”

Michele McCauley, SVP HR, Apex Systems/Apex Life Sciences

“Sara is dynamic.  Recently, I heard her present at a Fortune 500 company in Richmond, Virginia.  Her unique perspectives as a West Point Cadet, Army Officer and corporate leader provided practical advice relevant in today’s work environment.  She challenged management to actively recognize, develop and utilize oft overlooked diverse talent.”

Catherine M. Hundley, Colonel (Retired), US Army Nurse; Past President, Families of the Wounded Fund, Inc.

“We had the opportunity to have Sara Potecha Keynote our annual Leadership Summit. As an event producer, working with Sara was a delight. Her industry research leading up to the event was impressive. She was able to customize the message with her focus on the audience needs. She took all the complexity out of designing a memorable experience for our national audience. People left our summit inspired to do more. We look forward to working with Sara again on future projects.”

Patrick Antrim, Founder & CEO Multifamily Leadership 

“As part of Dominion Energy’s  Employee Resource Groups and our Diversity and Inclusion team, we are always looking for dynamic speakers to offer leadership examples and professional development experiences for our employees.  Sara did just that.  Sara presented to the 1,700 members of our Women’s and Veteran’s employee resource groups offering her expertise on topics of leadership (both military and corporate) and change management.  Sara customized her content to fit a company theme and initiative of “embracing change”.  We continued to build on her one-time event by incorporating book clubs of her book, West Point Woman throughout the Company, which continued the learning, conversations, and growth of others.  I enjoyed reading Sara’s book.  The thoughtfulness she put into her writing is the same level of thoughtfulness that went into her presentation.”

Alison M. Kaufmann, Communication Consultant, Dominion Energy

“Sara recently spoke at our 5th Annual IWL Women’s Leadership Conference in Louisville, and we heard such great feedback that we invited her to come up to our 10th Annual Conference in Indianapolis this fall. We heard personal comments from attendees that her session was not only engaging, but gave them the confidence and tools to take the next step in writing their own life story. If you book Sara for an event, you can be sure that she will not just deliver a fabulous session, but do everything in her power to support the mission of your organization as well.”

Anna Rauh, Marketing Communications and Event Coordinator, IWL Foundation

“Sara combined a powerfully relevant mix of personal growth and development during a period of great transition in an institution steeped heavily in tradition along with timely examples, data and metrics highlighting the value of driving diversity and inclusion in today’s leading organizations. We are grateful for her tailored approach to the presentation as well as the book itself, with a forward from our CEO. Take a moment to run in her shoes!”

Shane Olson, Chair, Dominion Energy Veterans Resource Group

Leadership

West Point Woman

The best leaders in the world have come out of West Point® — the likes of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, General George S. Patton, and corporate leaders, such as Marsh Carter, former Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, and Alex Gorsky, CEO of Johnson & Johnson. In many ways, the United States Military Academy (USMA) — West Point® — is synonymous with leadership. Notably, however, the names that most people associate with this venerable institution have included only men.

The first few classes of women at West Point® faced numerous obstacles to graduate, yet through the cauldron of that experience they developed a formidable hardiness that might surprise you.

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Fail Fast

Have you ever felt like you are working up hill for a very long time? You don’t get that promotion, or the performance rating you desired. Or perhaps you have seized a deal and delivered but despite all your best efforts, your client is still not satisfied.  Life is about learning to overcome setbacks and disappointments. We often forget in those times to see failure as transient but rather a step toward success. And I have certainly learned a great deal about failure during my West Point experience.

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