When I heard your British accent I thought you were going to be Mary Poppins, but actually you're very real and down to earth.

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Sarah Steele MBA

If you're thinking of working with me, then it's quite reasonable that you'd want to know a bit about my background and experience.

I am a successful and empowering international speaker, trainer and change agent with more than two decades of business experience across a range of industries and countries.

A born-n-raised Brit, I grew up on the outskirts of London and now split my time between home in Florida and Europe where my parents still live.

 

From the non-stop frenzy in the media industry, to the more subdued world of the banking industry, to the hustle of start-ups, my corporate career took a number of twists and turns that saw me work in London, New York, Los Angeles and Miami. I've also worked with clients across Continental Europe including Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Austria, and Hungary.

It was as Head of Human Resources for DirecTV (Latin America), based in Miami, that I first gained invaluable experience in team dynamics within a multi-cultural environment, bringing individuals from the UK, USA and across the Latin American region together to work as a high performing team.

As Global Head of Human Resources for a multinational recruitment and advertising company in London, I sat on the Mergers and Acquisition team responsible for pre-purchase due diligence as well as post-acquisition change management and culture integration issues across the UK, USA and Europe.

With over 20 years of business experience in both Human Resources and Operational Management, some initiatives I have been involved in include:

  • Recruiting, mentoring and coaching senior management

  • Change agent

  • Psychometrics and testing including DiSC, Social Style, Five Dysfunctions of a Team

  • Strategic leadership and planning

  • Facilitator of large multi-day conferences

  • Global cultural-awareness leader

  • Overseeing major lay-off and hiring programs

  • Cross-functional project delivery

  • Introducing Emotional Intelligence awareness across all levels of organizations

  • Stakeholder and partnership management

  • Creating Centers of Excellence

  • Team dynamics

  • Experience of leading culturally diverse teams across the UK, Western and Eastern Europe, USA and Latin America

  • Mergers and Acquisitions team member

  • Conflict-management intervention and negotiation

Professional Qualifications:
  • MBA from Durham University (UK)

  • Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

  • Meta-State Practitioner with the Society of Neuro-Semantics

  • Certified SOCIAL STYLE Trainer via TRACOM Group

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK) and Open University - Diplomacy in the 21st Century Certificate

  • The Change Cycle Certified Trainer and Leader

  • Certified TeleClass Leader

 

Giving back:

In London I spent five years working with Prince Charles’ charity, the Prince's Trust, mentoring young dynamic entrepreneurs overcome hardships and barriers in almost every area of life. One of my proudest moments was being able to take my mother to a Buckingham Palace Garden Party. I was invited in recognition of all the work I undertook with these amazing entrepreneurs – the reality is that I learned so much from them.

 

Lately I have been an advisor on ACP AdvisorNet, a non-profit helping returning military find their next career. 

If you’re ready for your organization to achieve outstanding results with a trainer or speaker who is engaging, experienced and listens to your needs, then contact me here.

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