About Sally Fox, Ph.D.
My grandmother used to tell the story of when I wandered away from home at five and she found me standing on a busy street corner looking around. “What on earth are you doing,” she asked me, suitably alarmed. “Well,” I replied, “You’ve just got to know people.”
I guess I was always an explorer. First Montclair, New Jersey, then the globe. France, Ecuador, Burkina Faso, Japan…for starters. Always learning about people. Always bringing home new ideas. Always looking at how things work. Always looking towards the future we could be creating.
In my very first “corporate job” as a senior in high school, I started observing what makes organizations tick. And how they could make things better. And how the people doing the work often have the most brilliant ideas that can be tapped to make much more effective plans. My fancy training in business school reinforced the message I already knew:
Real innovation starts with participation, engaging others to look into the future and commit, with heart and mind, to working together.
I guess that makes me a bit of an idealist. Quoting my namesake, the fox, in The Little Prince, “It is with the heart that one can see rightly.” In these days of rapid change and cultural confusion, that’s only become more true.
Stories move the heart. That’s why I’m a strategist, a synthesizer and a storyteller. I bring forward-looking insights from many disciplines to my clients to help them design the paths they want to travel.
Life is short. I want my clients to feel inspired by who they are and what they do.
Unlike some of my wonderful clients who don’t like to speak in public, I do. Go figure. Performing or presenting feels like home to me (and I can make it feel more like home for you, too).
My dream: Bringing the wisdom of the heart to the challenges of the future. (I still love my analytic mind—I just temper it a bit!)
What’s the dream that you have? I want to hear it! And then work with you to bring it to the world.
The more official bio
Sally Fox, Ph.D. is an organizational consultant, facilitator and story-coach who guides leaders and teams to create their desired futures through communication, collaboration and the focused use of stories.
Sally has coached hundreds of professionals to be their passionate best, develop their leadership presence, and put their best story forward. She is known for her deep listening, intuition, sense of strategy and ability to help others discover catalytic new possibilities. She has consulted to organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest and abroad.
She offers a unique synthesis of skills that includes an understanding of story-crafting, a doctorate in Organizational Systems from the Fielding Graduate University, an M.B.A. from Yale, and thirty years experience designing and directing innovative leadership programs on a private and university level. Her early career was in international development and she has worked in fourteen countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas.
She lives on an island near Seattle, where, when she’s not writing, planning, coaching clients, or interviewing guests for her regular podcast, you may find her working in her enormous garden or riding her Connemara mare.
A Few Facts:
Principal: Sally Fox
Age: Older than she looks!
Education: A lot:
- Ph.D. Fielding Graduate University. (focus: leadership development)
- MBA Yale
- MA. University of Michigan, Sociology
- B.A. Oberlin College
Home: On a beautiful island a ferry ride from Seattle
Consulting Practice: She began consulting in 1984, providing business development and strategy support for small businesses. Her focused changed to leadership as she discovered that without collaboration and synergy, business development can’t happen. And now she’s bringing in the power of presence and story into her coaching and facilitation.
Sample Employment: Faculty Director of a Master’s program in Management for Antioch University Seattle. Product development manager for an early internet service provider. Photojournalist in Ecuador. Manure picker at the Yale stables.
Primary Clients: Service providers who want a genuine connection with their clients Executive directors, nurses, managers, engineers, scientists, doctors, computer whizzes, project managers, etc.
Most fun at work: Connecting deeply with clients.
Oldest dream come true: Bought her first horse at 42. Loves riding and caring for her inimitable-where’s-my-carrot Connemara mare “Mariah” (aka Miss Personality!)
A few favorite places she’s worked: Cuenca, Ecuador; Oagadougou, Burkina Faso; Tokyo, Japan; Cartagena, Columbia; Berlin, Germany.
Most fun outside of work: Improv, her latest clowning class, meditating, writing and …performing stories!
Her rock: Her husband Steve
I would like to strongly recommend Dr. Sally J. Fox to you as the finest facilitator and leadership/management teacher I have met in my thirty years with the U.S. Army and, now, with Western Washington University.Donald "Tim" Wynn, Col. US Army Ret.
Kate Thompson, RN, CEAP
Nurse, Story Tender, Cultural Artist, Certified Expressive Arts Practitioner.
As a nurse, story tender, cultural change agent, and improvisational actress and story coach. Kate facilitates playful, meaningful and creative programming to empower, engage and innovate participants, communities and organizations. Kate and I partnered on the amazing Nurses Legacy Book Project for Group Health Cooperative, collecting great stories from nurses throughout that system.
Mary Rives, MS
Story coach, facilitator and writer
Mary is a passionate story coach, monologue facilitator, writer, and grassroots community activist. She provides weekly story crafting sessions with elders in her community, and specializes in recording the stories of elders in the early stages of dementia. Together with Sally, Mary facilitated Nurses Speak, a five-day event that brought together a group of nurse monologuists to share their stories on stage in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Claire Bronson, M.A.
Claire Bronson is a visual facilitator and graphic artist who helps clients capture their stories visually. Her graphic recording involves deep listening to highlight the spirit and content of a keynote story or any important conversation. She uses the visioning system developed by The Grove Consultants to help clients understand their current reality, create their vision for the future and develop a plan to bridge the gap. Recently, Claire and I had a blast collaborating on a retreat for a group of science educators!
Diana Wilmar and David Fox
Fox Wilmar Productions
For those interested in developing their stories into a longer HD video, Diana Wilmar and David Fox are an award winning full-service video production company based in Seattle Washington with international experience in broadcast, documentary and corporate productions.
As videographers, producers and editors, their work has taken them around the world and has been shown on every major US television network as well as cable channels including Discovery, HBO, National Geographic, History Channel and A&E. Their corporate work includes projects for companies such as Compaq, Intel, Microsoft and Nintendo. Additional projects include music videos, dramatic films and videos that support non-profit organizations. A bit of disclosure: they are family – but they’re also top of the line when it comes to bringing your story to the screen!
Monroe-Cook and Associates
Liz Monroe-Cook, Ph.D. is a creativity consultant, facilitator and licensed psychologist who serves on the faculty of the Creative Problem Solving Institute. Liz facilitates groups interested in innovation, leading them through the Creative Problem Solving Process. Liz and I teamed up to bring creative problem solving to a group of engineers and planning.
She’s an inspiring communicator, an original thinker, she weaves big ideas and practical examples together to help her clients take their next big step forward. She teaches leadership presence by modeling it.
She is visionary and practical, vulnerable and solid, accessible and real. A perpetual learner herself, she’s not afraid to take risks to develop the talents of her clients.