Sally Phillips is best known for her outstanding contributions to top-ranked companies both as an internal executive and as a consultant and coach, guiding leaders and transforming human resources into a strategic business partner. Sally works with both large and small clients in all facets of employment consultation, human resource strategies and leadership coaching.
Sally began her legal career as an employment lawyer with Paul, Hastings, but spent the majority of her professional life in the corporate world wearing numerous hats. Sally served as VP & Assistant General Counsel and later as SVP of Human Resources for Pinkerton's, Inc. a company with ultimately over 135,000 employees. Sally also held the position of Chief Administrative Officer for Pinkerton, and then, through acquisition, Securitas, a 2.5 billion dollar service company, where Sally led VPs of legal, human resource, marketing, procurement, real estate and risk. Sally played a vital leadership role reshaping the company as it grew with major acquisitions, a diversification of services, and the dramatic expansion of its customer base. Sally later was the Senior Vice President of Business Affairs for Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Inc, before founding Upside Strategies in 2002. Sally works with clients, large and small, to help them achieve excellence whether through their own leadership or with their people through better management skills, human resource practices, compliance and strategic partnering. She also coaches executives, rising managers and attorneys and conducts corporate leadership workshops, focusing specifically on honing leadership skills and achieving professional growth, goals and aspirations.
Sally’s client list includes both large, public corporations, smaller privately held organizations and not-for profit entities. Sally’s speaking engagements have included the Learning Community, ASTD, YEO and Vistage, among others. Sally sits on the Board of the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu and on the UC Santa Barbara Women in Leadership Advisory Board.
Sally received her B.S. from NYU and her J.D. Cum Laude, from Georgetown.