This week’s Spotlight features Coaching Practice Manager Sara Miller-Paul. Sara joined CFAR in April 2019 when Richard Levin & Associates joined CFAR and became CFAR’s Coaching Practice. As a coach, she prioritizes developing trusting relationships with her clients. She enjoys helping clients find creative solutions that position them for success and believes that learning across organizations and fields can yield strong results. Click here to read her full biography.
First and last name
What is your role at CFAR?
Coaching Practice Manager.
How long have you been with CFAR?
Just over three years.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy all the different “hats” I get to wear and all the different people I encounter on a daily basis—being able to “go deep” into someone’s challenge and help them see the possibilities.
What are three words you would use to describe CFAR?
Supportive, thoughtful, and intentional.
What motivates you to go to work?
Feeling like I’m in a position to help set leaders up for success – “helping the helpers” and being able to impact a broad spectrum of organizations and clients.
What has been your favorite memory at CFAR?
During my first week, we had an offsite/all-staff meeting where I got to meet everyone, and we had Dr. Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute as a guest speaker! (And it was my birthday.) I don’t know if it’s my *favorite* memory, but it’s a good one!
What is your favorite thing about working at CFAR?
The community of practitioners with whom I get to work with!
In five words or less, what advice would you give for others in your profession?
Ask good questions, listen deeply.
What book are you currently reading right now?
Currently, I’m reading Think Again by Adam Grant for the CFAR Manager’s Book Club. Personally, I’ve also recently read Crying in H-Mart.
If you could gain a new skill in 10 minutes, what would it be?
What is one thing that made you smile recently?
A great pun made by a colleague during a team meeting!
What is your favorite book/podcast?
Right now, I can’t get enough of the “American Girls” podcast by Allison Horrocks and Mary Mahoney!
What are your top three publications that you read every morning?
Fortune’s The Broadsheet, eJewishPhilanthropy, and Becker’s Healthcare Review.
What inspires you?
Stories of resilience and growth.