Sarah Carlsen


An engineer brain with an empathic heart, Sarah Carlsen loves getting human systems to work—the more complex the better.

Her specialty is integrating the close details of individual skills, talents and motivations with the wide perspective of dynamic organizations. Leveraging proven tools, she helps teams build shared visions, healthy cultures, self-awareness and responsibility. Sarah has helped the most challenged teams use their talents to create a greater good that lasts. 

Empowering this kind of successful and sustainable individual and organizational change has defined Sarah’s career. Since founding Carlsen Coaching & Consulting in 2005, Sarah has been a catalyst and facilitator for change, helping people and teams unlock their potential by working together better, using their strengths with intention and developing effective new behaviors. Sarah is particularly adept at creating courageous client partnerships, enabling clients to identify what’s working, what’s in the way, and what’s needed to get to the desired outcome.

As an advocate for helping her clients learn, stretch and grow, she herself is driven by a curiosity to find ever-better ways forward.

"I really enjoy Sarah’s supportive, deliberative approach, and would recommend her to anybody who’s struggling either to handle growth, or to determine the long-term direction for their company – and their role as its leader."


– Jim Tincher

Owner, Heart of the Customer

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  • 20+ years leading cross-functional change initiatives
  • Equity and inclusion workshops for leaders in higher education 
  • Leadership development coaching for business owners as well has highly technical professionals
  • Transition coaching for mid-career professionals 
  • Mentoring/coaching groups for professional women in technical industries 
  • Custom 10-month leadership development programs for mid- and senior-level leaders


  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) 
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC), The International Coach Federation (ICF) 
  • ACE Certified Coach, Accelerating Coach Excellence
  • Organization and Relationship System (ORSC) trained, CRR Global
  • Leadership Program graduate and assistant, The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) 
  • Leadership Circle Profile 360 Assessment (LCP) and Culture Survey Practitioner, The Leadership Circle
  • Integrative9 (iEQ9) Certified Practitioner, Integrative Enneagram Solutions
  • Enneagram Certification through Full Circle Enneagram Training and Certification
  • B.A. in Mathematics, St. Olaf College 

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