Sarah is a Principal at ghSMART serving executives and investors in executive assessment, coaching, leadership development and organizational effectiveness. She is sought after for her experience helping organizations to take a strategic and data-driven approach to talent. Sarah is passionate about helping individuals and teams reach their full potential.
Prior to joining ghSMART, Sarah was SVP, People at WeWork, the disruptor of the modern Real Estate landscape. Sarah was responsible for global HR functions including Recruitment, Learning and Development, and overall People Strategy. Her accomplishments include implementing a technology-enabled recruiting model; scaling the organization from 4,500 to 10,000 people, and designing and rolling out the first end-to-end performance management process across 27 countries.
Prior to WeWork, Sarah was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company, where for eight years she supported senior executives of Fortune 500 companies and major private equity players to make more strategic decisions around people, talent and operating models. She led large-scale transformation and change efforts at clients including major pharmaceuticals, technology, and financial services companies. Over her career she has been based in New York and in London, and has served clients throughout the US, UK, and in Bahrain, Singapore and Bermuda. Sarah was a leader within McKinsey’s global Organization practice, and regularly published on talent topics including Linking Talent to Value, and how to create high performing organizations. Sarah created and lead the Linking Talent to Value service line globally, and was a sought-after thought-leader and speaker for executive teams, investors and boards on this subject. She was also Master Faculty for McKinsey’s Global Talent Leaders Forum, and convened the quarterly CHRO Roundtable for Heads of HR across Europe. Beyond her client work, Sarah led an internal mentorship and coaching initiative, and was actively involved in candidate assessment, development and coaching.
In her early career, Sarah lead Business Development at the Guardian Media Group, a diversified media group in the UK, and was a Broadcast Journalist/ News Desk Planner at the BBC World Service. Sarah holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge, UK. Sarah grew up in Southwest England, is a dual UK and US citizen, and currently splits time between New York and Washington D.C.