Sara Lawson

Shorthand Consulting &
Gauge Leadership Lab

My Story

Sara Lawson, MPA, PCC, CPCC brings 20+ years’ leadership experience to support organizations and individuals with big dreams and ambitious goals. Sara is passionate about the role that purpose-inspired leaders, organizations, and companies have in strengthening communities. She also knows that leadership can be fulfilling AND frustrating, even for dedicated, skilled, and creative people. Sara is the creator and facilitator of Gauge Leadership Lab as well as a consultant and executive coach. She is known for fostering an environment that encourages people to reflect deeply, take risks, and expand their sense of what’s possible.

Sara has served as an executive director, interim executive director, front-line volunteer, board chair, program director, and mentor. She draws upon leadership experience in the arts, higher education, health care, and public radio, and has honed her expertise through her work with clients in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Sara’s guidance offers clients the tools and inspiration to address big challenges, do their best work, make a meaningful difference, and have fun doing it.

A dedicated advocate of life-long learning, Sara received her MPA from the University of Alaska Southeast and a BA in Psychology from Trinity College. She has taught graduate-level courses on nonprofit leadership at Seattle University. She received her executive coach training and certification through the ICF-accredited Coaches Training Institute, and she completed their year-long leadership development program. Her commitment to social justice and racial equity has been profoundly shaped by nine years of service on the board of Arts Corps, as well as through workshops with Cultures Connecting and the People’s Institute Northwest. She has also studied peacemaking practices from the Tagish Tlingit tradition of the Yukon Territory, with several circle keepers and restorative justice practitioners in the Pacific Northwest. A workshop enthusiast, she has pursued an eclectic range of interests, including improv comedy, meditation, and marketing. Still on the shortlist: Italian, mediation, yoga teacher training, and metal casting.

Originally from New England, with long stretches in Quebec and Alaska, Sara landed in Seattle in 2007, and currently splits her time between Seattle and Bellingham. In her free time, she can be found biking, reading, dabbling in textiles, binge-watching TV dramas, and delighting in the company of her family and friends.