University of Wisconsin–Madison


Legacy Leadership: Creating Lasting Impact

Our goal as leaders is to create positive, lasting impact on the people we serve and the organization we support. Creating a positive impact seems like it should be easy, but sometimes it feels like we spend more time putting out fires than planting seeds. While time is a factor, what we have found is that it is not the main issue. The challenge is that we get stuck in the land of good intentions and having good intentions isn’t the same as taking intentional action. Your intentions are only as good as your impact. To be a great leader, you need to close the gap between what you intend to do and the actual impact you make on others.

So how do we do this? It starts by deepening your self-awareness and examining the internal and external factors that influence your impact. Built on inspiring research, powerful stories, and our model for understanding impact, this presentation will help you become aware. You will leave this provocative presentation with powerful tools to help you honestly examine your intentions and strategies to close the gap between those intentions and your impact.

To help you better align your impact with your intentions we will:

  • Define your impact vision.
  • Deepen awareness of intention vs. impact.
  • Explore the role power plays in perception.
  • Identify the traps of self-awareness.
  • Learn a practice for identifying your impact gap

About the Keynote Speaker

Sarah Noll WilsonSarah Noll Wilson

Sarah Noll Wilson

Sarah Noll Wilson, Inc. is who you call when you’re ready to do the hard work of leading yourself and leading others.

Sarah Noll Wilson, Inc. is on a mission to help leaders build and rebuild teams. Our goal is to empower leaders to understand and honor the beautiful complexity of the humans they serve. We create a safe, honest environment, preparing people to deal with real-world conflict, have more meaningful conversations, and create purposeful relationships. Working with CEO’s, HR leaders, and organizations that care deeply about their employees and understand the connection between employee development, employee satisfaction, and organizational success, Sarah Noll Wilson, Inc. specializes in transforming relationships from good to great.

Through her work as an Executive Coach, an in-demand Keynote Speaker, Researcher, Contributor to Harvard Business Review, and Bestselling Author of “Don’t Feed the Elephants”, Sarah Noll Wilson helps leaders close the gap between what they intend to do and the actual impact they make. She hosts the podcast “Conversations on Conversations”, is certified in Co-Active Coaching, Conversational Intelligence, and is a frequent guest lecturer at universities. In addition to her work with organizations, Sarah is a passionate advocate for mental health.

With 15+ years in leadership development, Sarah earned a Master’s Degree from Drake University in Leadership Development and a BA from the University of Northern Iowa in Theatre Performance and Theatre Education – no wonder clients love the energy she brings to their teams! When she isn’t helping people build and rebuild relationships, she enjoys playing games with her husband Nick and cuddling with their fur baby, Sally.


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