Clients & Testimonials

We currently support clients in 8 U.S. states and 4 countries.  A few of the organizations we have had the honor to work with include:

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Testimonials

stonyfield-logo-w-tagline_2013-final“I had the pleasure of working with Sarah Scala on a change management and team building initiative with the Stonyfield Executive Team. In working with our team, Sarah spent the time upfront to really understand our business and organizational strengths and challenges, and then she worked with us to design an approach that made sense within that context. Sarah brings extensive organization development expertise, and I particularly appreciate her openness to applying this expertise in unique ways based on the needs of her specific clients, rather than with a one-size-fits-all program. I find Sarah to be creative and flexible…strong at both program design and facilitation…an organized and straight-forward professional who follows through on her commitments regardless of the challenges and changes along the way.”
– Sue Melvin, Vice President Human Resources, Stonyfield Farm

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“I had the pleasure of being invited to join the Granite State Organization Development Round Table in 2011. During our first gathering facilitated by Sarah, I recognized right away that her energy, skills and personality would be a great fit for our community at King Arthur Flour. Her passion for defining, developing and leading programs has led us further to a culture of learning and change. Her presence brings an eagerness and lightness to business. Sarah has worked with us on the development of our executive team, succession, coaching, company-wide leadership and HR development. I would highly recommend her for any of these projects and other organization development initiatives. We continue to work with Sarah on people development.”
– Suzanne McDowell, Co-CEO/ Chief People Officer, King Arthur Flour

Dong LogoWe had the pleasure of working with Sarah for our away day in the amazing surroundings of Vermont. Sarah worked with us to plan a fantastic programme that really focused on bringing out the importance of teams. We worked hard, learnt a lot and had amazing fun. Throughout the planning, Sarah really listened to us and understood our goals for developing our team. She came up with some great activities which everyone was able to fully engage with and hugely enjoy. I have no doubt we are a better team for her working with us and I would recommend her talents to anyone.
– Thomas Brostrøm, General Manager, DONG Energy Wind (US) Inc

emc_logo_noback6 I had occasion to work with Sarah on a strategic climate assessment project for one of my most valued clients recently. The project was extensive in scope and duration. Sarah was a great partner on the project from start to finish. She was proactive, thorough, highly communicative and offered thoughtful ideas and solutions to keep the project momentum on track. I look forward to working with Sarah again on future projects.
– Trish Jones, Principal, eMentorConnect

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To learn more about the Simon Pearce Apprenticeship Program, see the article in the Boston Globe.

 “Due to a new executive leadership team that has aggressive plans for revenue growth, Simon Pearce needed to develop a well trained workforce at a faster rate.  To support this need, we partnered with Sarah A. Scala Consulting to build our first ever Glassblower Apprenticeship Program. Sarah Scala designed and facilitated the Train the Trainer portion of this project, as well as provided consulting to support and share ideas for training the new apprentices.  The purpose of the Train the Trainer workshop was to build consistent teaching skills and processes with our master glassblowers.  We had participants from all three of our production facilities in this workshop, which also allowed for networking and sharing of best practices.

The two-day Train the Trainer program included an assessment defining people’s learning preferences, as well as lessons on facilitation and teaching skills.  Our master glassblowers became familiar with these new methods and they practiced using new skills practicing through real life scenarios while receiving immediate feedback.  It was quite experiential!  By the end of the two days, the glassblowers were confident in their ability to train, in addition to becoming familiar with the measurement, evaluation, and compensation tools that were being used to support this change.

Our glassblowers are the heart and soul of Simon Pearce. This experience sent a clear message that management is investing in them because we value their hard work and dedication. Feedback from participants and their evaluation of the workshop was very positive and appreciative. The glassblowers connected with Sarah right from the start. Her down-to-earth and humorous teaching style, coupled with her deep knowledge on the subject, quickly earned her credibility. Sarah also strove to understand her audience by spending several hours learning to blow glass herself! The participants walked away from the workshop quite proud, excited and eager to pass on both their passion and their unique skill on to a whole new generation of talent. We have just completed our 8-week Apprenticeship Program which far exceeded both management’s and the glassblower trainers’ expectations. It could simply not have been so successful without Sarah’s deep consultative expertise and enthusiasm for our critical training initiative!”
– Mara Neufeld Rivera, Vice President of Human Resources, Simon Pearce

RSG“I met Sarah a couple of years ago when I joined the Granite State Organizational Development Round Table. Sarah leads this local group of bright and talented OD/ HR professionals with all the passion and intensity of a true OD expert. Sarah clearly loves what she does and that’s why she’s so good at it. I find Sarah to be wicked smart, intuitive, resourceful, highly energetic, funny, approachable and strategic—all with outstanding follow-through. Based on her deep experience in learning, change management, and consulting, I asked Sarah to help me put together RSG’s Board of Regents for our company’s Institute. She has been an amazing and supportive partner in this effort and her excellent facilitation has helped us move our learning initiatives forward and in the right direction. I highly recommend Sarah and will continue to work with her as a valuable professional resource.”
– Mara Rivera, Former Director of Human Resources , Resource Systems Group


“Sarah is a valuable organizational learning partner and advisor to RSG. One of her particularly valuable recent contributions included developing materials and resources that provide the framework for an internal mentoring program. Sarah excels at applying best practices to specific organization learning needs. Her approach includes customized, innovative and practical programs.”
– C. Stacey Falzarano, Senior Director of Human Resources, Resource Systems Group

Enterprise 2“Two years after making significant changes to the way we do business, our development plans stalled. One of our staff met Sarah in a social setting and recommended I talk with her, which I did. Sarah grasped who we are, where we are, and what I was hoping to accomplish in lightning speed. Very impressive. In short order, we organized a company-wide meeting, which went very well, and followed up with a list of action items. Sarah not only listens well, but is highly organized and very good at coaching effective follow through. She’s a great asset to anyone grappling with organizational dynamics and change.”
– Bill Hough, CEO and Editor, The Enterprise – Falmouth Publishing Company

Sarah did an excellent job of teaching my training team about learning objectives, ADDIE, feedback and other tools. The team especially liked the student handbook that she designed for them. They already are making plans to include it in their next courses they develop.
– Amy Couter, Training Manager, Entergy

“Sarah and I have been acquainted for several years and have connected in a variety of ways, but the most memorable and valuable has been in her presentations at the Cape Cod Young Professionals events and most recently facilitating a workshop for the Certified Mentors at our local SCORE chapter. We use a process termed SLATE and Sarah was able to create an interactive workshop to fine-tune our mentors skills in applying the SLATE approach when mentoring small businesses. She is an insightful and skilled trainer and was able to apply her years of change management and leadership training to this valuable workshop. Thanks Sarah!”
-Marc Goldberg, Chapter Chair, SCORE Cape Cod & The Islands

adimab 3“Sarah helped us to design our corporate learning program. I’m glad that we had the opportunity to partner with Sarah on this project. Her extensive experience designing corporate universities and her depth of knowledge in the learning and organizational development field were an asset to our team.”
– Mary Schiavoni, Head of Human Resources, Adimab, LLC

“Sarah provided an excellent leadership skills training for CCIAOR and it was one of the highlight’s of our CCIAOR Leadership Academy.”
– Ryan Castle, CEO, Cape Cod & Islands Association of Realtors

“Thanks for a wealth of information you shared at our Leadership Academy!  You are a gifted speaker – very engaging. It was a delight to experience all that you shared.”
– Program Participant

TuftsLiwen Yang, Administrative Services, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA

“I enjoyed working with Sarah on my business and career coaching. Sarah truly listened and understood what I needed, and also had flexibility to do adjustments. She helped me vastly on goal setting, utilizing resources, and negotiation skills. She brought her expertise on individual coaching with solid industry knowledge to my career building process, for which I highly recommend Sarah to anyone who is starting or accelerating a career, and wants to do it right. “


NYLRiver LaBelle, Financial Services Professional, New York Life Insurance, Cape Cod, MA  

Cape Cod Young Professionals Mentor Program    Video of River’s testimonial 

“Sarah is focused, creative and unflappable. Her committed mentorship has catalyzed my personal growth over the past six months in many areas, but particularly in the area of entrepreneurial mindset and skills. For anyone considering working with Sarah, I recommend her with full confidence.”


downloadMichael S.,  Retail Marketing Leader, Cape Cod, MA

“Since I met Sarah, my ability to build a professional community has blossomed.  I am able to think on my feet, and better understand myself relating to topics such as entrepreneurship, elevator speeches, and community building.  I would highly recommend Sarah for coaching if you want to partner with someone who tells it like it is, has high energy, and is supportive of the professional development of others!”


Curtis, Serrano, Electrical  Engineer, DE-ICE

“Sarah helped me develop a real recipe for success on the job hunt. Her guidance helped me improve my communication skills, focus my career goals, and develop a large professional network. Her coaching boosted my confidence in my technical abilities, communication and negotiating skills. Sarahs insight helped me find a role I can thrive in today!”


Patty Miske, MBA, Marketing Executive, Exeter, NH

“Sarah is very focused on supporting me to achieve my goals. She recognizes the importance of finding your values and aligning values with the best opportunities. Sarah listens to all of my insights and provides a fresh perspective from a neutral position. Sarah shows genuine compassion and new ideas to move forward towards my goals.”


Cape Cod CommissionPatrick Tierney, Civil Engineer, Cape Cod Commission, Cape Cod, MA

If you are looking for someone to be enthusiastic about your career or company personnel needs, look no further than Sarah Scala. Under her guidance, my goals were shaped with confidence. She helped me developed a stronger network and management skills. In addition to the professional direction she provides her clients, her active lifestyle is a reminder that it is possible to have great success, health and wellness.


James H., Entertainment Industry Leader, Los Angeles, California

It is with pleasure and gratitude that I share comments on my experience with Sarah Scala. I met Sarah through a friend at King Arthur Flour, in Norwich Vermont, where Sarah’s consulting is well know and respected.

I am a business and arts professional, gainfully employed, who needed an update to both my resume, as well as guidance as to how to migrate my professional information into a virtual platform. After an initial, informal conversation, Sarah and I agreed to work together to polish my professional presentation.

Sarah approaches her work as collaboration, and encourages you to work diligently to achieve your desired results. Every step of the process Sarah is clear, concise and gently diplomatic in her suggestions. With enthusiasm, intelligence, and perseverance Sarah guided me expertly to achieve my desired results. I now have a much higher level of confidence in my professional profile.

I am very happy to give Sarah my highest recommendation for anyone seeking professional consultations and career guidance. 


Gretchen Gurr, Instructional Designer, Naples, FL

Sarah’s coaching has provided me with the unique opportunity to be actively listened to and asked catalyzing questions that have inspired me to think differently and ultimately, become more mindful of ways I can grow in my career, relationships, and personal goals.

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YMCA of Greater Hartford – Womens’ Leadership Forum. Topic: Building Skills and Confidence

“Your presentation was right on point. The information you share resonated well with the women in the forum.  I look forward to working with you again on future endeavors.”
– Deborah Evans, Chief Human Resources Officer, The YMCA of Greater Hartford


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Cape Cod Human Ressources Association. Topic: Mentoring: Formal, Informal, Impactful

“Sarah Scala presented to membership of Cape Cod Human Resources Association on the topic of Mentoring: Formal, Informal, and Impactful. Sarah helped define and frame how mentoring programs work and how to develop a program to fit the needs of your individual organization. She shared her experience and expertise, offering many examples from her work with companies over the years and generated a great discussion on mentoring vs. coaching. CCHRA has a diverse membership representing different industries of different sizes, Sarah was able to present in such a way that there was valuable information to all attendees.”
– Vicki Morris, President, Cape Cod Human Resources Assoc.


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WECAN – Pathmaker Mentor Program. Topic: Sustaining Success with Optimism, Resilience, and Grit

“Sarah ‘s fast-paced, interactive style of presentation, laced with just the right amount of humor, held the attention of the participants, with minimal lecture and lots of time for small-group discussion. Sarah was well-informed and backed up her information with documentation and a list of resources for further reference. At the end of a long day, during a busy holiday season, Sarah’s workshop was a perfect anecdote that left the participants feeling energized and uplifted.
Some comments from participants included: Sarah Scala was fantastic! The questions made you think and opened up conversation. Information with a lot of humor. Perfect presentation. I’ve been part of this program for five years and this is probably the best presentation ever!
– Mary Jaynes, Program Director, WE CAN Corp.


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Green Mountain College – Business Class. Topic: Connecting with Leaders

“Sarah did a fantastic job leading a career workshop in my business course, Mastering Self Leadership. She engaged the students in several hands-on activities that developed their networking and LinkedIn skills. She also took extra time to work with a student doing an independent project to create a peer advising program in our Office of Career and Personal Development. The students and I all appreciated Sarah’s humor, clarity and generosity as she shared her professional skills and experience with us. Thank you, Sarah!”
– Matt Mayberry, Professor of Business, Green Mountain College