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Optimum Insights

Founded in 2009 by leadership development expert Sara King, Optimum Insights, Inc. works with growth-minded executives looking for solutions to their most vexing problems and loftiest challenges. We understand that the bigger your role, the more complex your problems – but you don’t have to go it alone. With over three decades of experience and knowledge in leadership development, we know how to help you navigate the highs and lows that come with leading.

We work with corporate, higher education, and non-profit leaders, as well as owners of small and/or family businesses. Whether you need one-to-one coaching, are looking for help creating and facilitating custom programs to spur your team’s growth, or are a woman in leadership seeking to connect with a network of your peers, Optimum Insights provides exactly what you need.

Is this you? If so, you’re in the right place.

Learn about our leadership development services

Sara King

Founder & Principal | Leadership Development Expert | Executive Coach

My guiding statement is, ‘Build trust. Unleash the positive. Solve the pain.’ I believe that accomplishing these three things in that order is what unlocks my clients' true leadership abilities and opens up a wider range of choices. My favorite thing is hearing the sound of their "aha” moment..

Sara founded Optimum Insights, Inc., a private leadership development firm devoted to the study and practice of leadership development, in 2009. As executive coach, author, program designer and facilitator, she has served hundreds of executive leaders with national and multinational organizations, helping them explore their potential and increase their performance. Whatever the context, Sara is devoted to helping leaders identify the roots of critical issues and build a plan for their future effectiveness as leaders.

Education & Early Career

Sara’s roots in leadership development started early. A North Carolina native, her last two years of high school were spent at an all-girls school where she held a variety of leadership positions, initiated the development of a soccer team, and worked for the head of the chemistry department. It was these experiences that taught Sara the value of and personal satisfaction in making things happen.

After earning a B. A. in English from Wake Forest University, Sara attended Cornell University where she focused her research on women’s choice of careers.  After graduating with an M.S. in Higher Education Administration, Sara took a position at the Center for Creative Leadership, a top-ranked, global provider of leadership education and research. There, she was part of the Breaking the Glass Ceiling research team which studied the career development of executive women in Fortune 100 firms.

Experience

Sara spent 23 years in a variety of roles at CCL. The most personally rewarding was a 10-year stint leading their largest global line of business. She and the team she headed (located in Asia, Europe, and North America) ultimately grew it into a $32 million operation. For Sara, the most satisfying achievement was developing others to excel, stretch, and see themselves as part of a successful team.

Since 2009, in tandem with her work at Optimum Insights, Sara has continued working with CCL in a lead faculty capacity for select client engagements. One example is her work with the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute, a partnership between Women in Cable Telecommunications and CCL. Sara’s work with this group pre-dates Optimum Insights, starting with the program’s launch in 1994. To date the program has graduated over 1,000 senior executive women from its year-long program.

Sara’s commitment to quality and excellence in client service frequently results in long-term relationships with her clients. In one instance, she coached over 100 partners in a firm’s leadership development programs for ten years running. She has also worked on an ongoing basis with the president, executive team, and other top leaders of a well-known higher education institution since 2009. This work has entailed team development, 360-degree feedback, executive coaching, and in-depth interviews with team members.

Sara holds certifications in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, WorkPlace Big Five, Conflict Dynamics Profile, CPI-260, SYMLOG, CCL’s suite of 360 assessments, VOICES, Leadership Versatility Index, Influence Style Indicator, and Change Style Indicator.

Publications

As a thought leader on leadership development, Sara began publishing books and articles in the 1980’s. In 2011, she published a revised version of her book Discovering the Leader in You, which highlights the importance of a conscious decision to lead and offers a framework for developing leadership vision, values and skills. This 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 was published by Sara and David G. Altman through CCL and Jossey-Bass, as well.

Sara’s writings on leadership development also appear in white papers and articles, and she continues to share her insights via webinars, speaking engagements, and interviews.

Home Life

Sara lives in North Carolina with her husband, Craig. They have three sons who are each launching their post-college careers. Sara and Craig love traveling internationally, spending time at the lake, taking long walks, and attending professional soccer matches. They have recently rediscovered their mutual love of attending live concerts (Fleetwood Mac and Sting top Sara’s list of favorites).

Mindy Warguez

Client Relations & Creative Design Director

I find building relationships with our clients to be the most rewarding part of what I do. Creating effective processes and designing unique materials to match the leadership initiatives allows me to also flex my creativity muscles. I love being a part of this important work..

Mindy joined Optimum Insights when a mutual friend introduced her to Sara. Mindy knew immediately that she wanted to be a part of what Sara was doing. Imagine her surprise when she learned she and Sara also lived in the same neighborhood!

As a key point of contact for OI clients, Mindy ensures the work they do with Sara continues to advance by staying on top of communications and scheduling. She also brings her graphic design prowess to the table by creating visuals to enhance the leadership development content Sara develops and shares in coaching and group program contexts.

Mindy grew up in the mountains of Utah, where she learned to love the outdoors in all seasons.  She and her husband actually first met on a Salt Lake City ski lift back in their college days.

Prior to working with Sara, Mindy and her husband were assigned as diplomats to the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines. Here Mindy developed a passion for travel and cultural immersion, and learned a little about being adaptable. Her warm, relationship-oriented nature and inherent ability to build trust quickly with others made her a perfect fit for her dual roles in customer relations and as a community liaison. Her efforts developing networks of resources within the community to connect people and solve pain points earned several merit awards and is what she is most proud of in her time there.

More recently (despite her role as mom to four kids aged 8 to 18 and her busy work schedule) Mindy went back to school, earning her bachelor’s degree in Integrated Professional Studies from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She’s deservedly proud of having graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA.

Together, Mindy and her husband have checked off travel to 21 countries in 20 years of marriage. When they’re not on a plane or taxiing kids to sports, they’re likely outside with their dog or watching the kids play in the ocean. Their eventual dream is to own a villa in Italy and run a coffee shop together, sharing Mindy’s baked-from-scratch treats, enjoying good food together, and (hopefully!) learning to speak the language fluently.