Shelia Neidert

Founder/Owner, SGN Professional Training

Shelia Neidert

Workshop: Emotional Intelligence For Leaders

Company:Savos Training Associates

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About Speaker

I am passionate about teaching, coaching, and mentoring professionals and teams. During my 17 years in the public and private sectors, 10 of which I spent in the CIA, I honed my skills in people, communication, presenting, analysis, and leadership. My career was never traditional. I had the pleasure of working in multiple disciplines, and the breadth of experiences I gained allows me to appreciate and reflect on the lessons I am committed to passing on to others. At CIA, I served in both the Directorate of Analysis and Directorate of Operations. I spent almost half of my Agency career as an executive briefer, serving as one of 16 President’s Daily Briefers before dual-hatting as the Chief of the Research Branch and CIA Director’s briefer for an operational unit. As a counterterrorism analyst, I wrote dozens of strategic and analytic papers for the president and senior policymakers and interacted with multiple international liaison partners. I enjoyed a unique relationship with the US military while serving as a CIA military liaison officer and had the privilege of traveling all over the world, to include a combat zone.
In 2016, I left the Agency to gain experience in the corporate sector and grow a family. From 2016 to 2020, I worked at the international healthcare organization Mayo Clinic. I led Mayo’s Executive Office for two years and then developed a first-ever intelligence function while assisting with the design and build of a Global Security Operations Center. I also served as faculty for a leadership training program teaching best practices in executive briefing, effective communication, and executive presence. It was not until I started teaching that I knew I had found my true passion.
In 2020, I decided to pursue training and coaching as a career, and enrolled in Penn State University’s Psychology of Leadership master’s program. In 2021, I joined Chris Savos as Vice President of Savos Training Associates to teach leadership and critical professional skills to the public and private sectors. I also founded SGN Professional Training, LLC in February 2022 to provide 1:1 leadership and skills coaching to clients in the Midwest. I grew up in Los Angeles, California, and attended Washington State University where I earned my BA in Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Psychology. Having grown up on the West Coast, started my career on the East Coast, and now cemented my family roots in the Midwest, I truly love exploring all corners of the US and diverse cultures throughout the world. My husband and I have two young children and live in Rochester, Minnesota. We are an active family that loves to bear the below-freezing temperatures on cross-country skis or sleds in the winter and spend the summer hiking, running, and cycling. We are also committed to growing as dedicated members of and volunteers in our community.

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