Sheila Madden

Executive Summary

Sheila is an experienced executive, coach and consultant with a passion for working with individuals and organizations to maximize their leadership capability in order to create the highest levels of performance, impact and value creation. Sheila’s experience as an executive as well as her organization development and talent management expertise make her a uniquely effective coach and advisor to leaders in high growth companies.She is a very strategic business thinker so whether a situation involves a board of directors, a team, an organization or investors, 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 has worked with clients from organizations that include:

  • Adobe
  • BetterWorks
  • Cardinal Health
  • Google
  • Global English
  • HP
  • Hospice
  • IBM
  • Intuit
  • icix
  • Sonos
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • The Learning Company
  • The World Health Organization
  • The University of Chicago
  • Vendavo
  • Wake Forest University

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


  • Voices360 Leadership Architect, Korn/Ferry Lominger
  • Emotional & Social Intelligence Inventory Certification, HayGroup
  • Hogan Leadership Assessments
  • Certified Retirement & Life Options Planning Coach, Retirement Options Corp.
  • Certified Spiritual Intelligence Coach (using the SQi assessment)
  • Certified Yoga & Reiki Instructor

Coaching Philosophy

Sheila coaches leaders who want to be extraordinary and who want to create organizations that are talent magnets and that breed innovation and deliver markedly better business results while also having a lot of fun. She works very effectively with leaders who not only want to invest in their own development in order to access their full wisdom and potential, but who want to lead/coach others to do the same. When working in-house as a talent executive as well externally as a coach/consultant (from Fortune 500 to start-up) Sheila has had the experience of hiring leaders from entry level to the C-Suite.She knows what it takes.Sheila’s coaching is a blend of strategic, analytical and intuitive. She understands, because she has been there, that being a leader (early stage or executive) is a lifestyle choice that can be demanding as well as exhilarating. She coaches her clients on multiple dimensions from strategic and practical business/leadership challenges to work-life integration and personal wellbeing situations. Her coaching is action oriented and results focused.Her number one priority is her clients’ success and working with them to achieve their goals. Her clients know that she is a partner they can always count on for direct, honest, actionable and relevant feedback and coaching.

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