executive coach

Shandell Sosna puts her heart, mind, and vast experience into her work. As an executive coach with over 35 years of leadership development experience in industries ranging from entertainment to healthcare, she strives to build a safe, trusting and respectful relationship with her clients. Her professional background, sense of humor, and commitment to continuous learning combine into a coaching style that provides clients with expertise, connection, and meaningful growth.

Shandell describes her professional background as adventurous: after she began her career as a speech and debate coach at UCLA, she worked in advertising, communications and training, HR, and learning and development across multiple organizations and industries. Following her experience in the retail and entertainment industries, Shandell was inspired by her personal experience with medical caregivers to work within a non-profit healthcare organization as the System Director of talent and organizational effectiveness. Most recently, Shandell has focused on applying her experience-driven lessons in her coaching. She works with large and small organizations, offering leadership coaching, learning and development, and organizational development consulting.

As a coach, Shandell believes in taking an encouraging, data-driven approach. She works with her clients to establish a baseline of 360-degree feedback and a development plan, coming alongside them as a supporter, teacher, and thinking partner. Shandell provides her clients with valuable skills and the opportunity for measurable growth through the comparison of initial and follow-up feedback. She sees coaching as an opportunity not only to teach her clients but to learn from them as well, making her coaching process truly collaborative.

Shandell earned her BA in communications from San Francisco State University, and has certifications in executive coaching, mediation, Toyota lean management systems, storytelling, predictive index assessment, and crucial confrontations/conversations.  She is otherwise consumed by the love of her standard poodles, Gigi and Grace, and friends, art/design, travel and great food!


  • Liberating Structures Designer & Facilitator

  • 30 years of Improvisation Experience

  • Predictive Index, Emotional Intelligence and 360 Degree Review Assessments

  • Top Speaker in the Nation – National Forensics Association

  • Wildly Creative and Innovative

  • National Speaker and Thought Leader in Learning and Development

  • Storytelling Certification

  • Toyota Lean Management Systems Certified