Sally Kilbourne – Biographical Summary

Sally Kilbourne - Leadership & Executive CoachFor over 25 years,  Sally  has facilitated the development of executives, leaders and teams through coaching and consulting in a global setting.   She has coached leaders experiencing change in their lives, their organisations and their countries.  She is well-versed to coach expatriate leaders.  She has coached young, middle-aged and mature leaders, men and women, a broad spectrum of  leaders of many  nationalities, creeds and personal orientations.

Sally is noted for her keen insight, warmth and ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with people at all levels,  in all disciplines, in service and manufacturing organisations as well as in government, not-for-profit and non-profit organisations.   She has consulted to organisatons experiencing conflict, including conducting mediations with bargaining units.  She has conducted numerous Human Resource investigations.  Sally has lectured to MBA students in Leadership and related subjects for 16 years in Southern California,  Johannesburg,  South Africa and Brisbane, Australia.

Sally has consulted  in  the fields of   accounting,  advertising, banking,  education,  engineering,  entertainment,  healthcare, hospitality,  information technology,  insurance, manufacturing, media, mining,  manufacturing, and telecommunications.  She has also consulted extensively to government organisations as well as provided services to members of the defence forces.  Sally delivered a presentation on Leadership to the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in Brisbane, Australia.  Sally delivered presentations to audiences of up to 200 Human Resource professionals in South Africa.

Sally holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.  She holds a Master of Arts and Teaching degree from Seton Hall University in South Orange NJ.  Sally was awarded Honours and Masters Degrees in Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg,  South Africa.   Sally completed a 12 month Clinical Internship at a state mental hospital in Johannesburg.

Sally is a member of the International Coaching Federation and the Professional Coaches, Mentors  and Advisors Association (PCMA).   She is currently engaged in a Certification program with IPEC and upon successful completion of the program will become a Certified Professional Coach with the International Coaching Federation in the second half of 2011.

Sally is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  She has been inducted into the Cambridge Registry of Who’s Who for Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs for 2011-2012.  Sally was a Registered Psychologist in South Africa and Australia for 24 years.

Sally  was a Member of the Council of St Pauls Anglican School in Australia for two years. She was a Board Member of the Boys and Girls Club in Brea in California for two years.

Organization Consulting

Sally began her career in NYC in Human Resources for an advertising firm and Bell Telephone Laboratories.

While in Southern Africa for sixteen years,  Sally coached the CEO and his direct reports at Barclays Bank Ltd. during a period of intense socioeconomic and political change prior to when Nelson Mandela came into power.     She coached and trained engineering leaders who managed chemicals factories and the world’s largest dynamite factory in support of the mining industry.   Sally was a sought after speaker at professional meetings of the national Human Resources organisation as well as the national sales organization of  major insurance companies.

Sally lived and consulted to organisations in Southern California for 16 years,  including the Operations Director of the Orange County Transportation Authority and his management team,  Rockwell Collins and California State University -Long Beach.    She consulted to the  Curator and Assistant Curators of The J. Paul Getty Museum and the leadership team of the J. Paul Getty Trust.

Sally relocated to Brisbane, Australia in 2002 where she obtained citizenship.  She is a dual citizen of  the United States and Australia.   In the State of  Queensland,  Sally consulted extensively to executives and leaders in Queensland Health,  a government organisation of 80,000 employees.   She consulted to medical and administrative executives in the major city as well as outlying hospitals.   She coached CEOs, Executive Directors and other directors, including the Director of Information Technology in Queensland Health.

Sally coached executives of the Port of Brisbane as they made the transition from being a government-owned corporation to a privately-held organization.    Sally has done a significant amount of consulting to town councils and regional governing bodies throughout Queensland.   She conducted a team-building exercise with the Brisbane City Council.   Sally conducted workshops focusing on Leadership for over 100 women  participants per workshop  in Leadership in Sydney,  Alice Springs,  and Hervey Bay for an organisation partially funded by the University of Melbourne.

Sally conducted a number of Human Resource investigations in Queensland,  including those focusing  on allegations of sexual harassment.  Organisations she consulted to in this respect  include the Gold Coast City Council, the Queensland Building Services Authority,  a government-owned organisation, the the Anglican Archdiocese of Brisbane and a large private school.   She conducted a team-building exercise with the Brisbane City Council.   Brisbane is the largest city council in the world, servicing 1.5 million people.

Sally has met the requirements for the State of California as a Mediator and has mediated in the Superior Courts of California.    She has conducted countless conflict resolution sessions in Australia,  including mediations with bargaining units present

The highlight of Sally’s life has been to giving birth to two healthy babies, eleven years apart.   Sally enjoyed raising two high-energy children and delights in her three and six-year-old  grandchildren who live in Cambridge, England.   Sally, tragically, lost her daughter, Karen,  to Pancreatic cancer in 2008.   She witnessed her daughter’s heroic 18-month battle to survive the disease and continues to try and display the level of courage she witnessed in Karen and her husband, Simon, in her own life.    Sally has a very high level of regard for her son,  Jason, and daughter-in-law, Sara,  for their accomplishments as adventurers and mountaineers.    She perceives them as inspiring role models as they build a new life structure in the Northwest.

In addition to her business activities,  Sally is an avid skier.  She looks back on skiing off the piste in Davos, Switzerland for two-and-a-half weeks,  skiing off The Wall in Mammoth and over the peak on High Rustler at Alta, Utah with her son as the most exhilarating experience she has ever had.   Sally has wonderful memories of walking in the Chimanimani Mountains in Zimbabwe and the Drakenbsburg Mountains in South Africa.  She enjoys her Rockhopper mountain bike,  and is a Zumba enthusiast.   Sally and a partner explored the Kalahai and Namib deserts for a month in a Volkswagon Kombi Van long before it became a mecca for tourists.

Sally plays pool for relaxation.   In addition to her activities as a Business Psychologist in Brisbane for eight years,  Sally studied piano with Christian Gante,  specializing in Brazilian Tangos and John Field Nocturnes.   Her vacations were spent body-board surfing on pristine Queensland beaches with her Australian partner and visiting her family in the United States,  Mexico and the United Kingdom.   Sally sang in the Johannesburg Bach Choir for many years and was part of major choral performances that were accompanied by the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra.

Sally continues to manage the challenge of balancing high energy levels with periods of rest and relaxation.   She holds as an over-riding value,  the importance of maintaining close relationships with family and friends.   She also advocates the necessity of having a strong support team of professionals at her side in order to reach and maintain career and personal goals.   With the rapid pace of her activities,  Sally has learned the hard way how to maintain work-life balance.   She has learned from the School of Hard Knocks and is dedicated to assisting her clients to examine their own balance in this respect.   Sally has always maintained a strong spiritual connection with nature and receives a great deal of spiritual support and pleasure from her time in the wild as well as from her intimate relationships.  She is committed to being a lifelong learner.


Sally lectured to MBA candidates in Leadership and Management at California State University Long Beach.   She also lectured to MBA and management candidates on International Business,  Conflict Management,  Organizational Behavior,  Management and Leadership and Communication Skills at the University of Redlands and Chapman University in Orange and Manhattan Beach.   She was a Guest Lecturer focusing on Mid-Career management at the the Graduate School of Business Administration,  University of the Witwatersrand,  Johannesburg, South Africa.

Client Organizations

Organizations that Sally has contributed to in the five countries she has lived in include the following:

USA (New York City, New Jersey,  Southern California) (1966-1970; 1986-2002)

Bell Telephone Laboratories,  Bournes,  California State University Long Beach,  Chapman University,  the Claremont Colleges,  County of San Bernardino, Development Dimensions International,  Douglas Aircraft,  First Interstate Bank,  The J. Paul Getty Trust and,  The J. Paul Getty Museum,  Laventhol and Horwath,  The Orange County Transportation Authority,  QLogic, Right Management Consultants,  Rocketdyne,  Rockwell Collins Data Systems,  Shilo Advertising, Teradata,  and the University of Redlands  (1963-1970; 1986-2001; 2010-Present).

Harare, Zimbabwe

Rhodesian Breweries, Rio Tinto Ltd (1971-1972).

London, England

ICI Ltd. (1974)

Brisbane, Australia (2002-2010)

Assure Programs, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Defence Force,  BHP Mining, Boeing Australia,  Bravo Consulting,  Brisbane City Council,  Building Services Authority – Queensland,  Centrelink,   Chandler MacLeod,  Corporate Compass,  Corporate Success Group,  DBM,  Department of Education and Training of Queensland,  EPR Consulting,   Flight Centre,  Gold Coast City Council,  Gold Coast Water,  Incitec Pivot,  KPMG,  Maroochyshire Town Council,  Mater Hospital,  Micreo Engineering,  Model Mining,  McCullough and Robertson,  Nambour City Council,  Nambour Hospital,  Noosa Shire Council,  Port of Brisbane Corporation,  Powerlink (government owned utility),  Prince Charles Hospital,  Queensland Parliamentary Services,  Queensland State Development and Innovation,  Queensland University of Technology, Royal Brisbane Hospital,  Scott Arbuthnot and Associates,  SHL Consulting,  Sinclair Knight Merz,  Suncorp Corporation, The Anglican Church of Australia,  Toowoomba City Council, Toowoomba Hospital,  Trevor Roberts Consulting, Warwick Hospital, and WTAA an organisation focusing on Women in Leadership and partially funded by Melbourne University.

Johannesburg, South Africa (1972-1986)

AECI Limited,  Barclays Bank Limited,   OK Bazaars,  The University of the Witwatersrand – Graduate School of Business Adminsitration.