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Sandra Davis

Dr. Sandra Davis, chief executive officer of Minneapolis-based MDA Leadership Consulting. Davis founded MDA in 1981. As CEO of the firm, she is widely known and respected as an executive coach and thought leader in the industry. Over the past 23 years, her client list has grown to include top corporations headquartered in the Midwest and beyond.

Sandra Davis is a courageous executive who knows how to influence powerful leaders. She is charming, persuasive, and savvy in the time-tested business practices of talent management, leadership development, and organizational change consulting. As the founder of the firm, she has built a culture based on real-world experience, client intimacy, and customized solutions for leaders who demand results.

Sandra’s success as an entrepreneur helps her identify with risk-taking leaders. After earning the role of vice president in the assessment services area of PDI, she, along with a partner, started MDA Leadership Consulting in 1981 and hasn’t looked back since. As CEO of the firm, she is widely known and respected as an executive coach and thought leader in the industry. Her client list spanning the past 23 years reads like the “who’s who” of top corporations headquartered in the Midwest and beyond. Her client work today involves strategic succession planning, CEO selection, senior executive talent evaluation, corporate and non-profit board selection and development, and senior executive coaching.

In 2004, Sandra was selected as a “Women Change Maker” by The Business Journal. Other accomplishments include co-writing the book Reinventing Yourself: Life Planning After 50. She is an internationally known expert in the use of the California Psychological Inventory (CPI) and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). She earned her BS from Iowa State University and her PhD from the University of Minnesota, working at the latter as a member of the faculty for 4 years.