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’m still that kid who wants to know people, whether I’m teaching, writing a book or blog, or working around the world (France, Ecuador, Burkina Faso, Japan…for starters). When I hear someone’s story, I can’t help but care about them. 

I kicked my people-know-how up a bit by earning a doctorate in Human and Organizational Systems. 

I’m also an explorer, sharing my discoveries as a university faculty, then as a consultant and now as a writer.

I am a mix of many things, idealistic and practical, spiritual and strategic. By crossing boundaries and synthesizing, I can bring more to my clients. 

When I’m not helping clients with their individual story-skills, I try to influence the big stories that influence us.

I want to change the narrative about life post sixty, aka aging. These years have been the most creative of my life.

My own journey has taken me into gardening, writing, improvisational theatre, podcasting, music, sound healing, and now art. I’m a living testament to the idea (and I can support you) that it’s never too late to do what you’re called to do. 





The more official bio

Sally Fox, Ph.D. is a writer, facilitator, performer and story-coach who supports professionals in shaping their futures, communicating with ease, and inspiring others through storytelling.

An expert in leadership with thirty years experience designing and directing innovative leadership programs, Sally has coached hundreds of leaders, from all walks of life, to be their passionate best, develop presence, and have more impact.

She offers a unique synthesis of skills with her understanding of story-crafting, performance skills, and academic credentials that include a doctorate in Organizational Systems from the Fielding Graduate University, and an M.B.A. from Yale.

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.

Her early career was in international development where she worked in fourteen countries in Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

Sally 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

Kate Thompson, RN, CEAP

Nurse, Story Tender, Cultural Artist, Certified Expressive Arts Practitioner.

Flash-Point Creative

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

Mary Rives, MS

Story coach, facilitator and writer

Healing Stories

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, M.A.

Visual Facilitator

Viz Spark
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

Diana Wilmar and David Fox

Full-Service Videographers

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!

Liz Monroe-Cook

Liz Monroe-Cook

Creativity Consultant

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.

Meet Sally

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.

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