Principal Consultant

Her many years of experience in managing various business functions, building and sustaining relationships and focusing on results are what make Sarah Watson an expert at meeting your company's needs.

 

"I grew up in a family business and have been a partner in business with my husband since 1996.  A great deal of my professional career has been in the public sector.  I am driven by knowing that what I do makes a positive difference for others.  I want local businesses and not-for-profits to thrive," proclaims Sarah.

Sarah Watson

Owner and Principal Consultant of Best In People

 

Background: 

Sarah holds an MA in Workforce Development from the University of Illinois, Springfield and a BS in Education from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

 

Certifications:

  • Illinois teacher's certificate
  • DDI (Development Dimensions International) Instructor - curriculum ranges from leadership development to communication to change management
  • Model-Netics instructor - leadership development course
  • SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) 1998

 

 

Areas of expertise

  • Communication
  • Leadership Development
  • Change Management
  • Non-profit resource development
Business Consultant

 

 

Brief Resume of

SARAH S. WATSON

1929 Parkview Drive

Springfield, Illinois 62704

217-725-2396

sarah@bestinpeople.com

 

EDUCATION

 

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

Springfield, Illinois

MA, Workforce Development, 2003

 

DRAKE UNIVERSITY

Des Moines, Iowa attended 1990 - 1991

Graduate studies, Education and Human Resources

 

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

BS, Education, 1979

 

BATH COLLEGE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Bath, England attended 1978

Studies in Education, including student teaching

 

EXPERIENCE

 

BEST IN PEOPLE  9/10 - present

Springfield, Illinois

PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT

 

SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT #186 7/07 - 3/10

Springfield, Illinois

DIRECTOR, COMMUNITY RELATIONS & COMMUNICATIONS

 

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SPRINGFIELD 3/04 - 7/07

Springfield, Illinois

DIRECTOR, DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING

 

ROBERT'S FOODS 8/03 - 3/04

Springfield, Illinois

DIRECTOR, HUMAN RESOURCES

 

CONSULTANT 1/03 - 3/04

Springfield, Illinois

 

STATE OF ILLINOIS 8/99 - 1/03

Springfield , Illinois

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR, Senior Advisor for Literacy

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, Senior Public Service Administrator, Human Resources Department

 

AMERICAN GENERAL FINANCIAL GROUP 12/94 - 8/99 Springfield, Illinois

MANAGER, HUMAN RESOURCES

CORPORATE TRAINER

 

LINCOLN LAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE 1/86 - 12/94

Springfield, Illinois

DIRECTOR, ADULT LITERACY PROGRAM

 

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS 9/85-12/85

Springfield, Illinois

TEMPORARY STAFF, PRESIDENT'S OFFICE

 

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICE 2/84 - 6/85

Peoria, Illinois

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT OFFICE

 

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER 8/81 - 5/82

Des Moines, Iowa

EARLY CHILDHOOD INSTRUCTOR

 

DRAKE UNIVERSITY 10/80 - 8/81

Des Moines, Iowa

Library Assistant

 

URBANA SCHOOL DISTRICT 8/79 - 5/80

Urbana, Illinois

SECOND GRADE TEACHER