Sarah Kivel

Sarah Kivel


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Sarah Kivel ICF ACC
At UC Davis, Sarah earned her BA along with her Professional Coaching for Life and Work Certification. After graduating, she landed her dream job in international trade at The North Face where she worked in production with overseas vendors, US Customs, and national sales accounts.

Sarah has coached for more than fifteen years and has provided services for such entities as steel businesses, investment planners, utilities, real estate, non-profits and entrepreneurs.  As an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation, Sarah specializes in coaching and training in Emotional Intelligence + High Performance.  She will guide you to be an extraordinary leader; not simply a good one.  Her coaching, based on deep insight, science, and experience, focuses on the key elements of Emotional Intelligence.  Identify your core values. Learn how to make your emotions work for you, and not against you.  Learn to respond and not react.  Be effective and productive in your organization. Be extraordinary.

Collegiate soccer was part of Sarah’s experience while studying at UC Davis.  Now, she loves to travel and has skied throughout France, Switzerland, Chile, and Austria.  She is also a triathlete and mountain biker and loves Airstream adventures.  She is fascinated with the science of health, happiness and mindfulness and loves spending time with her three teenagers.

Education & Certifications
BA UC Davis


Certified ROI Institute  (Spring 2018)

Certified in Emotional Intelligence: Learning in Action Technologies

Associate Certified Coach: ICF

Certified Professional Coaching for Life and Work, UC Davis

Certified in Emotional Intelligence: Learning in Action Technologies

Associate Certified Coach: ICF

Certified Professional Coaching for Life and Work, UC Davis

Coaching Specializations
Sarah specializes in coaching and training in Emotional Intelligence + High Performance.

Career Management Coaching

Executive Coaching

Organizational Development & Change Management Coaching

Performance Improvement Coaching

“Before working with Sarah, I will admit I wasn’t sure if coaching was something that I needed.  After making the decision to give it a try, I can tell you without a doubt that working with Sarah was one of the best choices I could have made for myself!  Her expertise in her field shows as she provides keen insight during our sessions.  She is perceptive, attentive, and respectful.  I know that because of the tools I gained from our sessions, I am years ahead of where I would have been personally and professionally had I not been working with Sarah.  I am such a believer in the process after our time together that any chance I get I wholeheartedly recommend the opportunity to work with a Coach and I would 100% recommend that Coach be Sarah!”- J.C.    Executive Coaching

“Working with Sarah was wonderful.  This was my first experience with coaching, and she made me feel very comfortable in a situation that was far outside my comfort zone.  She has the knowledge and tools to turn thoughts into actionable ideas and provided the insight that I needed in order to put me on the right path to self-discovery.  I appreciated Sarah’s gentle way of communicating, while still pushing me to set goals and pursue them.  It is clear that Sarah is passionate about both coaching and her clients, and goes above and beyond to provide the best experience possible.”  Katy Ryan, Senior Program Manager, PG&E       Executive Coaching
Workshops & Assessments

Emotional Intelligence + High Performance:  What distinguishes great leaders from simply good ones? The answer: Emotional Intelligence. Emotional Intelligence is the ability to be aware of our own emotions, to be conscious of the emotions of the people around us, and to manage our emotions effectively in professional and personal relationships, even when those relationships become difficult.   According to research, Emotional Intelligence matters twice as much as technical expertise or IQ. Emotional Intelligence accounts for 67% of the abilities necessary for superior performance. And, Emotional Intelligence is the primary determinant of the quality of our relationships, at work and in our personal lives. The great news is that through focused and disciplined practice, we can improve our Emotional Intelligence.   Objectives:  In this workshop, you will get a greater understanding of the impact of Emotional Intelligence on workplace performance. You will learn specific techniques to improve your own Emotional Intelligence, which include:   -building self-awareness  -developing empathy  -effectively managing yourself in relationships

Mindful Leadership: Emotional Intelligence ties directly into our ability to practice mindful leadership. With increases in technology, we have become responders and reactors rather than thoughtful or strategic planners. In order to make complex decisions, we need to be able to think clearly and with intentional focus. In this workshop, learn mindfulness practices that will improve your focus, clear the mind of clutter, and allow you as a leader to be more effective and creative.

Assessments:  Please contact us for rate information

EQP        Emotional Quotient reflects a person’s ability to empathize with others: identify, evaluate, control and express emotions one’s own emotions; perceive and assess others’ emotions; use emotions to facilitate thinking, and understand emotional meanings. This emotional intelligence assessment will evaluate several aspects of your emotional intelligence and will suggest ways to improve it.

360 Degree Feedback     The 360 Degree Feedback solicits feedback regarding an employee’s behavior from a variety of points of view (subordinate, lateral, and supervisory). Organizations have most commonly utilized 360-degree feedback for developmental purposes, providing it to employees to assist them in developing work skills and behaviors. However, organizations are increasingly using 360-degree feedback in performance evaluations and employment decisions.

Values Assessment   The Values Assessment helps you identify your “Why”.  When you are clear about what your values are, it is easy to understand your drivers and motivations for doing things.  You can actively build your decisions, actions, and vision for a better you, a better career or life around them.  Through a facilitated process, you will discover knowing your values can act as your compass to help give direction to what, how and why you do what you do every day.

Career & Life Wheel      Commonly used by professional life & career coaches, it helps you consider each area of your life or work and assess where you are at.  It helps you identify where you would like to give priority and areas that need more attention. The Wheel is a powerful tool to give you a vivid visual representation of the way your life or work is currently, compared to what you’d ideally like it to be.  Our professionally certified coaches can help you identify gaps in the wheel, and map out action plans to get you where you want or need to be.


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