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Sara N. King helps leaders explore their potential and increase their performance through her expertise as an executive coach, speaker, author, workshop designer and facilitator. During 25 years in leadership development, she has served thousands of executives in Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, educational institutions and nonprofits. Throughout two decades at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), a top-ranked, global provider of leadership education and research, she held roles as a global executive, master trainer, program manager and researcher.

Sara began her extensive work in the field of women's leadership in 1986 as a member of CCL's Breaking the Glass Ceiling research team. They studied the career development of executive women in Fortune 100 firms and produced their findings in the 1987 book Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Can Women Reach the Top of America's Largest Corporations? Sara also served on a research team that investigated the choices and tradeoffs facing high-achieving women. Her passion for women's leadership has led to many direct client engagements, including her ongoing twenty year involvement with the national Women in Cable Telecommunications leadership training program.

As a thought leader on leadership development, Sara began publishing books and articles during the 1980s. She has recently revised her book Discovering the Leader in You (originally published in 2001), which offers a groundbreaking framework for developing leadership vision, values and skills. The updated version, co-authored with David G. Altman and Robert J. Lee, is now available as a joint publication of CCL and the Jossey-Bass Business and Management Series. In May of 2011, a workbook on the same topic will be published by King and Altman through CCL and Jossey-Bass as well. Sara also co-edited two other CCL publications, Leadership Education '87: A Source Book and Leadership Education 1992-1993: A Source Book, which highlight leadership education programs and courses in higher-education settings.

Sara earned a B. A. in English from Wake Forest University and an M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Cornell University. She serves on the advisory board of Discovery Learning.

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