Sarah Halley

Sarah HalleySarah’s keen understanding of organizations and their people derive from a wide variety of work experiences in both the public and private sectors. An organizational consultant and facilitator for the past 14 years, Sarah’s areas of expertise include: leadership development, executive coaching, meeting design and facilitation, diversity and cultural competence, team building, strategic planning and change management. She is known for her clear-sightedness and effortless ability to teach complex ideas and for bringing creativity and presence to her work with clients.

As an senior associate with The Napier Group, her clients include: British Columbia’s Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance; Sinai Hospital of Baltimore; The Crefeld School; Aramark; Bard Pharmaceuticals Ltd.; Princeton Medical Center; Becton, Dickinson and Company; CoActiv Capital Partners; Amerigreen; The University of Virginia; and LifeBridge Health Services. She is currently working on strategic planning and leadership development at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has also been involved with long-term strategic planning and leadership development at Widener University.

In addition to her practice with TNG, she has worked with The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, The PRIME Institute, Fellowship Farm, and Training for Change. She was also a member of the PRIME Diversity Training Team at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, PA.

Sarah studied Presence Based Coaching with Doug Silsbee PCC and is currently assisting Doug in his coach trainings in Asheville, NC. Her coaching clients range come from corporate, non-profit and higher education sectors.

Sarah uses the theatre to create organizational change in a variety of powerful ways: to surface organizational dynamics, to celebrate successes, to strengthen and clarify vision, to problem solve, and to practice new skills. She has published a chapter on using Playback Theatre in organizational change in The Change Handbook: The Definitive Resource on Today’s Best Methods for Engaging Whole Systems (Second Edition, Revised and Expanded, by Peggy Holman, Tom Devane, and Steven Cady, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2007). Clients include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Continental Airlines, Jefferson Hospital, Bryn Mawr College, Penn State University and the Institute for Inclusion.

Sarah is the founder and director of Playback for Change, a theater troupe that uses Playback Theatre as a vehicle for social change. Playback Theatre is an internationally practiced form of improvisational theatre that turns real life stories from the audience into a theater performance on the spot. In addition, she is a core faculty member of the International School of Playback Theatre. Traveling internationally to train people in Playback Theatre, she most recently taught in Hong Kong in March 2012 and in Germany and Italy in Nov 2011. She is the former president of the Board of the International Playback Theatre Network and was an artist-in-residence with the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts for over 10 years.