Sara C. Smith



Sara Smith, executive coach and consultant, spent nearly 30 years with IBM in sales and sales leadership then as an internal consultant and coach. You can count on her to bring that broad range of experience to her coaching.

Early in her IBM career, Sara became a recognized leader in sales. That success opened the door to management and leadership positions. In her final 7 years with IBM, Sara’s experience and expertise allowed her to become a part of IBM’s global transformation team. That was the group that orchestrated the rapid evolution of IBM into a premiere services company. It was during that time she became an executive coach, consultant and professional change agent.

Sara’s experiences as a leader, combined with her abilities as a coach and leadership trainer, positioned her to work with IBM leaders and executives to refine their leadership skills and improve business results. Her clients experienced growth in themselves, their leadership teams, organizations and business results.

Since leaving IBM, Sara has continued to help organizations and individuals transform. Her clients include executives of global firms and small companies, professional athletes and nonprofit organizations. She specializes in helping individuals and organizations accelerate success – whatever that means to them. Sara distinguishes herself through the variety of approaches, tools and the practical experience she brings. She is a master at helping people change, increase their effectiveness as leaders and reinvent their organizations.

Sara has served as an adjunct professor at the SMU, Cox School of Business where she taught Leader as Coach in their MBA program. She currently serves as a guest instructor at Phillips Theological Seminary and Brite Divinity School teaching the fundamentals of leadership and emotional intelligence to doctoral students.

Sara earned both bachelor and masters degrees from Texas Christian University and is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) through the International Coach Federation. Sara received coach training and holds credentials through The Coaches Training Institute (CPCC) and Teleos Leadership Executive Coaching. She is certified in the use of the Tilt365 Influence Predictor, HayGroup Emotional Social Competencies Intelligence and The Bigger Game.