Helping Leaders Expand

Sara Harvey Yao


Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach in Seattle, WA

Sara Harvey Yao is the founder of Yao Consulting Group and has personally developed more than 4,000 leaders across the globe and specializes in the area of executive leadership and presence. Sara’s skills are favored by countless executives from leading companies – among them Microsoft, Brooks Athletics and Coinstar. Whether working one-on-one with clients, as a team facilitator or as an inspiring speaker, Sara is deeply committed to guiding clients to deeper awareness and clarity about unconscious behaviors, ego tactics and communication styles that hamper aware leadership.

Clients Report Impressive Results

Sara’s clarity, presence, and ability to build trust with her direct, truth-telling style, creates an environment in which clients can speak openly and receive feedback and perspective they wouldn’t hear from anyone else. Sara has honed her abilities by coupling her natural intuitive senses with her deep curiosity about the human condition. Promotions, company growth and stronger leadership teams are among the results clients achieve while working with Sara.

Professional Guidance Leads to Personal Growth

Clients not only thrive professionally but personally as well. Their work often begins in the office, yet under Sara’s skillful direction, clients notice invigoration in all areas – home life, relationships, spirituality and emotional development. Overall, stress gives way to energy, foggy thinking shifts to clarity, and interactions with others improve. Most importantly, clients report soul-level growth as they gain a deeper sense of connection to their natural state of presence.

Sara’s Background and Education

In 2002, Sara left her decade-long career as a Leadership Development Director for several technology and communications firms. During her role as an internal consultant and coach, she earned her frequent flyer gold status on dozens of trips to work with leaders in places as far-flung as London, Lubbock, Seoul and St. Paul. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communications and a master’s degree in Organizational Management.

Creator of Impactful Tools:

Sara is the author of two books: Drop In: Lead with Deeper Presence and Courage and Get Present: Simple Strategies to Get Out of Your Head and Lead More Powerfully. She also hosts “The Whole Leader” podcast show where thought leaders from around the world come together and explore how to lead and live with stronger presence and impact.  Her work has been seen on multiple national media outlets including CNBC, MSN, NPR, Elle and SELF Magazine.

Business and Intuitive Skills Started Young

Growing up in Spokane, WA, Sara was exposed to conversations about business over the dinner table, and when she was 10, her parents introduced her to the teachings of self-development guru, Lou Tice. As a teenager, Sara regularly observed leadership team meetings held by her father, who was president of a public company. Even then, Sara made observations about people’s behavior in the group, revealing a keen ability to tune into unspoken dynamics.

The Making of a Meaningful Life

Today, dedicated to the same level of growth she asks of clients, Sara’s life is marked by depth, meaning and joy. She married Jesse in 1998 and has two school aged sons, Ethan and Logan. In addition, Gus, their mini-Golden-Doodle, most definitely has her heart. Dance is her passion and as a former competitive ballroom dancer and lover of Latin music, both of remind her there’s a distinct rhythm and flow to life.

To learn more about Sara or discuss your company’s needs, please contact us or call 206-686-3670.