About Shockingly Different Leadership

Shockingly Different Leadership develops individuals to become even stronger leaders who “lead at the top of their game” in their organization or industry.  We both sponsor our own development experiences as well as partner with organizations to create or improve their internal talent development programs.  We also consult with leaders, as they put leadership into action by implementing major initiatives within their organizations- like realignments, leader transitions, mergers, and special projects.

SDL is renowned for curating cross-industry best practices for developing ambitious, savvy, high performing professionals who are frequently labeled in their organizations as “high potential”, “top talent”, “key talent”, and/or “promotion-ready” – those in the quest to demonstrate their acumen, potential and readiness for roles of larger scope and responsibility.

We’re a rare breed of consultancy. We’re a nimble, focused, and feisty group of leadership transformation innovators who raise the bar of performance and motivate teams to deliver more innovation and impact than ever thought possible.

From our headquarters in Atlanta, our consultants travel the globe helping companies inspire and empower their employee ranks –  by developing an unstoppable army of leaders who are energized to exceed the boldest of business objectives.

“Leading at the top of your game” isn’t something you can wait for, wish for, or delegate. You have to have the guts to make it happen. You and your team’s next best contribution hasn’t likely been conceived yet, but we want to see you challenge convention and see it come to life.

We want to support you in that journey to see the magic of what individuals performing at “the top of their game” can do.

 >>That is why we come to work every day.

MEET OUR PROJECT LEADS:  A few of our feisty group of leadership transformation innovators!

They and our support staff are ready to kick-start your next initiative!  Make an appointment to discuss the possibilities.

Karan Ferrell-Rhodes
Founder & CEO - Atlanta, GA
Leadership Strategist -Facilitation - Program/Workshop Design - Coach
Shian Chuan
Seattle, WA
Career Coach, Workshop Facilitation, Job Transitions
Cherry Collier
Atlanta, GA
Executive Coach - Leadership Trainer - Inclusion Strategist
Tony Crabb
Leadership Consultant - Leadership Researcher - Curriculum Designer
Anthony Dorsett
Fort Lauderdale, FL
K-12 Educational Leadership - Teacher & Administration Coach
Jan Gelman
Seattle, WA
Facilitator - Leadership Coach - Change Management
Laurie Genevish
Atlanta, GA
Expert on Harrison Assessments - Performance Improvement Consultant
James Hayase
Tokyo, Japan
Executive Coach - Workshop Facilitator - Japanese Translator
Rhonda Hight
Atlanta, GA
Workshop Facilitator - DiSC Expert - Diversity and Inclusion
Karen Hilton
Atlanta, GA
Executive Coach - Workshop Facilitator - HR Generalist
Dorris Hollingsworth
Atlanta, GA
Manager and Team Coaching - Recruiting/ Improved Hiring Decisions
Mel Mitchell
Dallas, TX
Curriculum Design - Rotational Programs - Leadership Strategy
Sabina Nawaz
Vancouver, Canada
CEO Coach - Keynote Speaker - Leadership Facilitation
Alicia Newton
Atlanta, GA
eLearning - Diversity & Inclusion - Workshop Facilitation
Clare Norman
United Kingdom
Executive Coaching - Action Learning - Leadership Transitions
Paul O'Beirne
Seattle, WA
Executive Coach - Workshop Facilitator - Assessments
Erin Lockhart O'Connell
Seattle, WA
Coaching - Leadership Development - Culture Evolution - Change Management
Heather Parks
Atlanta, GA
Talent Development - Leadership Coach - OE Consultant
Carol Rice
Atlanta, GA
Operations Manager - Meeting Logistics - Data Analysis
Monique Russell
Atlanta, GA
Public Speaking - Leadership Coaching - Meeting Facilitation
Angie Smith
Southern California
Organizational Development - Leadership Development - Action Learning
Mike Saporito
San Francisco, CA
Strategic advisory - Coaching - Facilitation - Workplace analytics
Al Sullivan
Raleigh Durham, NC
Organizational Development - Diversity & Inclusion - Facilitation
McKieva Sullivan
Atlanta, GA
Training and Facilitation - Instructional Design - Web-based Training
Shannon Wallace
Seattle, WA
Leadership Development - Organizational Change Consultant - Coach