Helping Leaders & Organizations Achieve Breakthrough Performance
20+ years as an internal and external consultant
Passionate about Leadership Development, Organizational Development & Culture Change
Superpower: Large Group Facilitation and Offsites
Lives in San Francisco but travels as needed
Sarah Larson is Co-Founder of Larson and Associates, a boutique consulting firm focused on developing effective leaders, healthy organizational systems, and high-performing teams to drive breakthrough performance.
Sarah’s approach is highly collaborative, inquiry based, and process oriented. She leverages her 20+ years of internal and external consulting experience as a leadership strategist and organizational architect to provide practical, personal and affordable consulting.
Sarah is not a “plug and play” consultant—she creates custom frameworks, systems, and programs that optimize a company’s leadership and organizational performance. She is committed to designing and delivering sustainable solutions that make a difference in how people work and how companies perform.
Clients hire Sarah to help build leadership capabilities, architect change strategies, engage and align the organization, accelerate execution, and realize the business benefits of change. Her work with clients ranges from designing and implementing large-scale organization effectiveness efforts to working directly with executive leaders to improve team and individual performance.
Prior to running her own firm, Sarah was the Director, Worldwide Leadership Development for Levi Strauss & Co. She has an MBA with a concentration in Organization Development from The Anderson School at UCLA and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Brown University. Sarah has industry experience in food and beverage, consumer products, technology, healthcare, entertainment-media, and apparel.
For more information on Sarah, please visit her website.
When she isn’t working you can usually find Sarah curating playlists for the spin classes she teaches at RIDE Oakland, or snuggling with her two kids and two pets.
“Sarah has a stellar combination of high IQ, EQ, and positive energy. She’s one of those rare consulting partners who is both strategic and tactical. She can help you craft your vision, see the connection points with other business processes, then bring it to life."
~ Rob-Ollander Crane – Talent Planning and Performance at Gap Inc.
Suzanne Rumsey – Senior Director, Talent and Performance, Blue Shield of California
“I had the pleasure of partnering with Sarah on developing the second installment our Leadership Development program at Blue Shield, and also on a few other, smaller projects. Sarah brought boundless energy, deep curiosity, and relentless focus on results to our projects. She offered excellent ideas and suggestions, accepted and integrated feedback into revisions, and procured high quality research sources and analyses. Sarah also was just downright fun to work with! Her humor and grace were always present, and always welcome. I welcome the opportunity to collaborate with Sarah any time.”
Gary Marino – Chief Commercial Officer, PayPal
“Sarah is a great asset for leaders seeking to build agile organizations while retaining the DNA of an executional culture. Sarah is a wonderful partner and collaborator with Sr. execs. She is wickedly smart, highly skilled in use of O&D techniques; both very thoughtful and instinctive; engages well at all levels; and is a tireless partner. Her work was instrumental in my ability to put in place a nimble org structure that showcases the top talent of my division.”
Ryan Bricker – Sr. Director, Global Leadership & Executive Development, Gap Inc.
“I had the opportunity to work with Sarah on multiple engagements at Gap Inc. and cannot say enough positive things about her ability to blend both the strategic nature of Talent Development along with the drive to get things done and truly make a difference. Sarah brings with her such deep thought-leadership around the best practices in all of HR and is able to pivot from high-level thinking to the tactical execution flawlessly. She's a credible and authentic Talent Management leader!”
Anne Robie – Head of People, StubHub
“Sarah possesses that unique dynamic that balances brilliant strategy development with maniacal focus on execution. She owns a room when she stands up to deliver material and is a fantastic thought partner. I highly recommend engaging with Sarah on anything from people strategy to human capital development to organizational change. She is a star.”
Jeff Smith – CEO, Tilt 365
“Sarah facilitates excellence in others like few people I have ever met. She balances positivity, engagement, knowledge, and organization in everything she does and I would recommend her to any leader, team, or organization that wants to demonstrably and rapidly change for the better.”
Jane Munagian – Head of Leadership Development, Electronic Arts
“Sarah joined us at a time of great organizational transition and ambiguity. The project she was on was constantly in flux, and she rolled with every punch - with a great degree of professionalism and a positive attitude. The work she produced was thoughtful, and she had strong relationship management and presentation skills. I look forward to working with Sarah again - she's a pleasure!”
Jesset Sidore – HR Director, Athleta
“Sarah partnered with us on setting our strategic direction. During the prep call, she assessed our situation and knew what needed to happen in order for us to achieve what we wanted. She was focused and led discussions that were not easy given the strong opinions of the leaders. She provided us with tools and the leadership team was able to identify the overall strategy and priorities. Feedback from her involvement was extremely positive and we want her to come back next year and help us again.”
Cathy Unruh -- Former CHRO for Levi Strauss & Co.
“Sarah has consulted to LS&Co. over many years and is our go-to consultant for our OD and Change needs because of her versatility, exceptional partnering skills, and her ability to produce meaningful results. I've come to appreciate Sarah's breadth of skills and her deep knowledge of, and passion for, her work. I know that I'm speaking for many of her clients here at Levi's when I say that she is a real pleasure to work with. I endorse Sarah with my highest recommendation.”