Sheila Madden

Executive Summary

Sheila Madden is an experienced executive, coach and consultant with a passion for working with individuals and organizations to maximize their leadership capabilities in order to create impact and value. Her experience as an executive in companies from the Fortune 500 to start ups make her a uniquely effective coach and advisor to leaders in high growth firms. She is a strategic business thinker, so whether a situation involves accelerating leadership development, an organization issue or working effectively with the Board, she is able to provide sound advice and counsel for clear and effective outcomes. Sheila is described by her clients as a trusted confidant and strategic business advisor.

Client Summary

Sheila client’s include leaders from Technology, Healthcare, Higher Education, Consumer Goods, Hospice and various other non-profits:

  • Adobe
  • Cardinal Health
  • Cisco
  • Front
  • Google
  • Global English
  • Handshake
  • IBM
  • Intuit
  • Linkedin
  • Luna
  • Kendall-Jackson
  • Pebble Beach Resorts
  • Sentient Technologies
  • San Francisco 49ers (football team)
  • SiTime
  • Sonos
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Starbucks
  • Walmart
  • Williams Sonoma
  • World Health Organization
  • Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management
  • Wake Forest University
  • Zendrive

Education and Credentials

  • BA, Sociology, California State University, Chico
  • Graduate, Coach University
  • Graduate work in Organization Development, University of San Francisco


  • CEO, Madden Coaching & Consulting, Pebble Beach, CA
  • Senior Vice President of Global Talent Management, GlobalEnglish Corporation, Brisbane, CA
  • Vice President of Human Resources, The Learning Company, Fremont, CA
  • Corporate Staffing & EEO/Diversity Manager, Tandem Computers (HP), Cupertino, CA
  • IBM Corporation: Various Leadership roles in areas of: Management Development, OD, Employee Relations, Compensation, Recruiting, Materials Management, California and New York


  • Emotional & Social Intelligence Inventory Certification, HayGroup
  • Voices360 Leadership Architect, Korn/Ferry Lominger
  • Hogan Leadership Assessment Suite
  • Certified Yoga & Reiki Instructor

Coaching Philosophy

Sheila partners with leaders who want to create organizations that are talent magnets and that foster innovation and deliver markedly better business results. She works very effectively with leaders who are motivated to invest in their own development and who want to lead/coach others to do the same.  Her coaching is pragmatic, action oriented and results focused and always done within the context of current strategic and operational goals. Her clients know that she is a partner they can always count on for direct, honest and relevant coaching delivered with kindness and empathy.

Sheila’s organization development background enables her to help leaders develop an adaptive leadership tool box in order to successfully lead during the different stages of the organization’s life cycle. While certified in many leadership tools, Sheila believes that highly developed emotional intelligence is the essential foundation from which leaders can build success.

Community Activities and Personal Interests

  • Hiking beach trails along the Pacific coast
  • Meditation and yoga
  • Writing
  • Cooking and wine (translation: eating and drinking)
  • Spending time with our expanding family
  • Volunteer career coach at The Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • Volunteer at Animal Friends Rescue Project
  • Music