You know that person in your network who is the star in every room? Or someone who always has a unique perspective on something, to whom people love to go for advice? That friend who seems to win everything they do?
How about that team who crushes goals every quarter? That organization everyone wants to work for?
These people, teams & companies are all luminaries, and the inspiration for our company and identity. We believe the world needs more of these standouts and that creating more of them helps inspire others to grow, too. We also believe that most of us (people, teams, companies) have a huge amount of untapped potential.
Our goal is to help people, teams and companies reach their potential. To create a world FULL of luminaries!
Sara Black and Holly LaBoda are Partners and Co-Founders of Luminaries Consulting, specializing in helping organizations get, keep, and grow their ideal clients. Separately, they have shaped organizational strategy, enhanced skill sets and improved performance of leading organizations such as C.H. Robinson, Emirates Group, Land O’Lakes, and Coca-Cola Enterprises. Together, they leverage their unique skillset, combined with a deep understanding of some complex industries (including transportation & logistics, food & beverage, and produce) to jump right into their clients' organizations and make an impact.
I've always been curious about people… seeking to understand how they behave, the relationships they have, and how each person contributes to the world we live in. This curiosity lead me to pursue a B.A. in Sociology and minor in Human Relations from St Cloud State University. I landed my first HR job at a large casino with five restaurants, a hotel and event center, a full gaming floor and the back of house staff that made it all come to life. A few years learning about a complex organization, recruiting new talent & onboarding new employees and I was hooked!
I spent the last 15+ years working for Fortune 300 Companies in helping them to do more with less, achieve their business goals, and ultimately align their talent with the direction of the organization. From the U.S. to Europe, Sales Training to Leadership Development, Process Improvement to Strategy Development Sessions - it's been an exciting adventure! Helping others to solve their "people puzzle" is what I love!
Other passions in life include spending time outdoors with friends and family… likely at a concert, playing tennis, kayaking, camping or enjoying good food!
My mission in life is to help organizations, teams and individuals realize their potential; both understanding what they are capable of and making it a reality. I am a strategy and organizational development professional with 15 year’s progressive experience leading organizations through addressing their most complex opportunities.
I partner with executives to help them define their goals and devise the most effective path to achieve them. My expertise in strategy, learning, organizational development, and change management make me uniquely qualified to collaboratively build the right strategies and execute them to best achieve organizational objectives.
I have a BA in International Relations from St. Cloud State University and MS in Training & Performance Improvement from Capella University.
I love to spend free time at our cabin in northern MN or on adventures with my family. An avid reader, I can often be found buried in a book and love to zone out with an audio book or great podcast while I run!