Sarah Hathorn, CEO of Hathorn Consulting Group, Illustra Business Coaching and Illustra Business School, is the expert in working with leaders and companies to create successful corporate DNA. Over the past 30+ years she has developed her own unique Creating Successful Corporate DNA™ approach. Sarah focuses on ensuring that organizations have the right DNA permeating their leadership deck, workplace culture, business strategy, talent pipeline, and departmental teams. She optimizes teams/individuals to reach their highest potential and boost their productivity and level of engagement. The conscientious alignment of those strands of essential value helps to measurably improve and accelerate multiple levels of company productivity, performance, and profitability.
As an executive coach, consultant, and speaker she collaborates globally with clients and brands such as Kimberly-Clark, Sherwin-Williams, Home Depot, and other leading organizations. Sarah is also a world-renowned expert on multifaceted and adaptable corporate and executive leadership communications. Thanks to her consulting, Fortune 500 organizations and leaders dramatically improve their success at communicating with greater influence, efficiency, and persuasive impact. That includes superior communication of vision and inspiration, innovation and collaboration, and key presentations to senior decision makers, external customers, strategic partners, and major stakeholders.
As a former senior level executive in a Fortune 100 company, Sarah has an uncommon depth and breadth of experience. Her vantage point of understanding – and adaptation to the real world challenges of competitive business – gives her full-spectrum knowledge and insight. Working with large and medium-sized organizations, Sarah helps to measurably and quickly increase performance, productivity. and profitability – while creating sustainably successful corporate DNA. Many of her former protégés now occupy the highest positions within Fortune 500 companies, and her client list is a virtual “Who’s Who” of elite companies and top executives.
Sarah’s leadership tips, insights, and advice have been published by the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes.com – as well as many other major publications and media outlets. An active member of the National Speakers Association, Sarah is in high demand as an international keynote presenter for Fortune 500 companies and major conferences. She has delivered inspirational, educational, and engaging talks, presentations, and workshops for a long list of prestigious clients. Those include Home Depot, Kimberly-Clark, LexisNexis, Grant Thornton, Health Dimensions Group, and McDonalds.
She is also one of only 13 people in world to be awarded the Certified Image Master professional designation by the Association of Image Consultants International. That rarified distinction recognizes Sarah’s extraordinary excellence as an executive presence and leadership consultant. Sarah holds a BA in Business Administration from Otterbein University, is a graduate of the Federated Department Stores Leadership Institute, and is an alumnae of Leadership Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. She lives with her family in Atlanta, GA, where she enjoys pursuing her interests in philanthropic work, international travel, gourmet cooking, and music.