What our clients are saying

I highly recommend Sarah as an Executive Coach.  Her unassuming yet genuine caring drew me in several months ago and I have benefited from my sessions with her ever since.  Sarah uses her in-depth understanding of Emotional Intelligence to point out opportunities for growth and push me to try valuable new skills.  From her I learned that “responding” in a thoughtful way can be privileged over “reacting”, a practice I can now incorporate in my everyday life and work.  Her sessions are also that much more effective because of her unique style of always going on a hike while we meet instead of sitting in an office or talking on the phone.  Sarah has increased my awareness significantly and for that I am grateful.
— Cory Levenberg, CEO, 42, Inc

I had the great pleasure of spending an amazing and highly insightful time with Sarah Kivel. We kicked off the morning early, and Sarah dove right into experience sharing that helped set a comfortable engaging environment. She was clear and concise, highly educated, and very polished in her communication style; clearly a skilled professional. The ensuing dialogue gave me a great perspective of how the day would roll out, and helped bring my expectations and concerns into alignment. 

Once we had a chance to exchange ideas and get a better understanding of personality types, I felt very comfortable sharing my goals, and some of my personal experiences and perspectives. As we transitioned from initial meeting to the slopes, the time together continued to go very smoothly. With each chair lift ride up, we had a great opportunity to have clear and effective dialogue, followed by a number of exhilarating runs down some of the more aggressive runs at Squaw Valley off of KT-22 on an incredible and rare Sierra powder day.

I have spent a lot of time on personal and career development, and this was truly one of the best sessions I can think of; way better than sitting in a restaurant, conference room, or a typical meeting in a closed up environment. My time was very well spent. I look forward to many more sessions on the slopes with Sarah Kivel.
— Tracy James Van Voorhees, CEO, Pacific Crest Group

We were the National Champions and I honestly believe Sarah played a huge role in this. The girls were mentally prepared and calm before every game. I feel so fortunate to have her as part of our program for our athletes.
— Maureen O'Toole Purcell
Olympic Silver Medalist and Founder of Diablo Water Polo

Before working with Sarah, I will admit I wasn’t sure if coaching was something that I needed.  After making the decision to give it a try, I can tell you without a doubt that working with Sarah was one of the best choices I could have made for myself!  Her expertise in her field shows as she provides keen insight during our sessions.  She is perceptive, attentive, and respectful.  I know that because of the tools I gained from our sessions, I am years ahead of where I would have been personally and professionally had I not been working with Sarah.  I am such a believer in the process after our time together that any chance I get I wholeheartedly recommend the opportunity to work with a Coach and I would 100% recommend that Coach be Sarah!
— J.C.

I enjoy my coaching sessions with Sarah because she is genuine in her concern for me and I always leave with more than I started with at the beginning of our session.
— Dawn McBride, Director, All Leaders Must Serve

Working with Sarah was wonderful.  This was my first experience with coaching, and she made me feel very comfortable in a situation that was far outside my comfort zone.  She has the knowledge and tools to turn thoughts into actionable ideas, and provided the insight that I needed in order to put me on the right path to self-discovery.  I appreciated Sarah’s gentle way of communicating, while still pushing me to set goals and pursue them.  It is clear that Sarah is passionate about both coaching and her clients, and goes above and beyond to provide the best experience possible
— Katy Ryan, Senior Program Manager, PG&E