Sarah Dillard is an executive and coach, passionate about the craft of management.
After starting her career at Bain & Company, Sarah has gone on to leadership roles in government, non-profit, and business. She has run strategy, operations, marketing, sales, analytics, and student services functions and been deeply involved in HR, business development, program evaluation, policy, and finance ones. Across these roles, she has hired and fired, coached and managed, set priorities and triaged, scaled small organizations into bigger ones and found paths to effectively navigate in large organizations. She has both built to excellence from the start and executed turnarounds of underperforming functions. In any setting, Sarah is obsessed with how to do things better, faster, and more effectively.
Through these experiences, Sarah became passionate about the craft of management. She has read all the books, tried a number of the resources, and built some of her own. In addition to her coaching practice, Sarah has led professional development on management skills for emerging leaders and has worked with a leading tech company to create resources to scale their core management and leadership practices with the business.
Sarah has a BA in economics magna cum laude from Duke University where she was an A.B. Duke Scholar, an MBA from the Harvard Business School where she was a George Fellow, and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School where she was a Reynolds Fellow. She’s a trustee at Capital City Public Charter School and on the alumni advisory council at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. With Tom Eisenmann and Eric Ries, she’s the author of the Harvard Business School note, “Hypothesis-Driven Entrepreneurship” and plans to eventually author The Field Guide to Management.