OWNER & CHIEF GROWTH PARTNER
Sarah Ward, CLF®
Meet Sarah Ward, the dynamic co-founder of Empire Growth Partners. With over 20 years of experience in Executive Leadership Coaching and helping Fortune 500 companies craft sustainable growth strategies, Sarah is a driving force in guiding these firms towards making the right talent choices.
Sarah's commitment to her clients is unmatched, delivering top-tier concierge service fueled by her unwavering passion for nurturing growth through meticulous planning, effective training, and empowering coaching. As a co-founder, she excels in empowering individuals and teams to maximize their productive potential. Her expertise lies in propelling growth through strategic insights, leadership development, and impeccable execution.
Prior to co-founding EGP, Sarah held various positions within Northwestern Mutual, one of Fortune’s Most Admired Financial Planning Companies. As the Director of Development, Sarah served in many capacities: recruiting, hiring, training and professional development of all new full-time advisors, as well as leading a team of financial advisor interns. Sarah advised and coached teams for 10-years as Director of Development. During Sarah's time with Northwestern Mutual's corporate office (Milwaukee, WI), as the Growth Consultant of the Internship Program for the entire country, she partnered with executive leadership to transition Internship Programs into Business Units. Additionally, Sarah partnered with field leadership to develop a national leadership program, and a national training program.
Sarah's unique background, encompassing both field and corporate experience, allows EGP to offer clients a distinct perspective. She earned her BS degree in business administration-public management and held licenses in NYS Life, Accident, and Health, along with Series 6 and Series 63 certifications. Her impressive credentials include the Chartered Leadership Fellowship (CLF®), Master Coaching, and Master Trainer certifications.
An Empire State native, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family in upstate NY. Sarah and her husband, Dylan (who she recruited into the business), reside in sunny St. Petersburg, FL. After many years in upstate NY, and Milwaukee, WI, they decided it was time to trade the snow and cold for fun in the sun. During her downtime, Sarah revels in leisurely summer weekends at her families Lake Ontario cottage, dabbles in drumming, and plays the tourist with Dylan along the Gulf Coast.
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