Testimonials

What others are saying

Empire Growth Partners is passionate about helping organizations not only coach current leadership and talent, but provides acquisition teams with tools and resources to help them with the selection process. Here are what teams and individuals have said:

"Sarah is one of the most influential consultants I have ever worked with, and I am grateful to have worked with her for the last five years. Sarah has developed incredible leaders and as financial advisors given her focus on development, expectations and her extensive knowledge of the industry. Her passion for coaching team members is infectious and her greatest talent is in growing new leaders and producers to achieve their goals. Anyone who works with Sarah will attest to her brilliance in the industry and her commitment to helping others succeed."​

- JEANNIE ANDRESEN - CHICAGO, IL

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"Our mission is to help as many people as possible create financial security for themselves and their family. My role as a talent acquisition leader is absolutely critical to our ability to achieve that mission. Empire Growth Partners have played a key role in our success. Our team secured 5 full-time contracts in my first 5 months with Northwestern Mutual because Charity quickly identified my learning style and my strengths, and she designed a strategic training plan to ensure I would be able to provide value to our network office, our candidates, and my centers of influence immediately.  She continues to provide tools, resources, and learning opportunities that enable us to capitalize on our strengths and develop into a high performing talent acquisition team.  I would recommend Empire Growth Partners to all network or district offices that want to improve upon their talent acquisition efforts." 

 

- LARISSA MARTINEAU - BOISE, ID

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"During my time being coached by Sarah Ward, she was most effective in helping me realize the types of goals that were most important to me at not only a professional level but also personally.

 

Upon working with her, I found her wealth of knowledge, expertise, and connection to the other bright minds in the industry to be highly useful in my practice. She provided both logical and realistic means to solve the organizational and process-oriented tasks for creating not just a part-time program, but a year-round internship unit! With her help, we finished top 10 in the CUD competition for the first time in several years, as well as having a top 5 Mike Gish award winner in Jacob Cook for the  Awards Year. 

 

I would highly recommend her to any advisor at any point in their career."

- MICHAEL GRAVELYN - GRAND RAPIDS, MI

"Empire Growth Partners is a huge asset to our organization. They have helped on-board and train new recruiters, enhanced leadership’s understanding of the activity required to achieve acquisition goals, provided resources to enrich our college internship program, and connected us to resources to improve our new representative development.  Empire Growth Partners is a true partner in our success. And any organization would be well served by their passion and commitment to their clients." 

 

- HELEN JARDINE, CLU, ChFC, CFP, CASL, RICP, CLF - ST. LOUIS, MO

 

"Working with Sarah and Empire Growth Partners has transformed the way our firm does onboarding, training and the internship program. EGP has helped us streamline our processes and become more efficient and effective in what we do. Not only has our firm greatly benefitted from EGP’s expertise, but I personally have had a tremendous amount of personal development and growth through the time and learning spent with Sarah and Charity."

- CAITIE STONEBACK - TAMPA, FL

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"Charity has done a fantastic job of partnering with us throughout one of our most challenging seasons in both leadership and recruiting in our office. Charity shares information, expertise and her perspective freely, which helps greatly as I am learning the numbers, expectations, and goals, but also how to interpret what is actually happening and how to pivot. I am truly grateful for Charity’s guidance and subject matter expertise in recruiting and internship and excited to see what we can do together!" 

 

- DANIELLE BRADSTREET - SEATTLE, WA

 

"You create a safe environment for us to hold ourselves accountable and empower us to identify and solve our own problems. YOU ROCK!" 

 

- LARISSA MARTINEAU - BOISE, ID

 

"Thank you for all of your help this past year, Empire Growth Partners. With your coaching and encouragement, we were able to achieve our recruiting goals for the year!" 

 

- TAYLORE JOHNSON, M.A. - ST. LOUIS, MO

 

"Charity, the work you are doing today is going to change so many lives that pass through this soon to be well oiled internship. Thank you for all of your resources and especially your time and intentionality."

- Hailey Golden - Jackson, TN

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