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Sandra L. Shullman, PhD

Dr. Shullman is a strategic partner to Cygnet and Managing Partner, Columbus Office, Executive Development Group, LLC. She is internationally known in leadership and executive assessment and development and manages large and long-term corporate clients for the firm.  Sandy teaches leadership at the HEC School of Business for their EMBA and MBA programs in Paris, Doha, Beijing, and Shanghai, and also serves as faculty for the Duke University Fuqua School of Business Global Learning Network.   Her distinguished record of organizational work experience has focused on leadership and executive development, executive coaching, strategic planning and multicultural and diversity initiatives, working with major global organizations and leaders.

She is the co-author of Performance Appraisal on the Line, a groundbreaking book on performance evaluation, and has written numerous articles and book chapters on significant organizational performance issues, including foundational work on harassment and hostile work environments.  Her most recent publications have focused on leadership in ambiguous and uncertain circumstances and the emerging challenges facing global leaders. 

Sandy holds a bachelor’s degree (mathematics) from Dickinson College, a master’s degree from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Ohio State University.  Previously she served as founding faculty in the Cleveland State University Diversity Management Program and lectured and facilitated leadership development programs for over fifteen years at the John Glenn School of Public Management at The Ohio State University.  Previously, she served for seventeen years as President of a behavioral healthcare organization, Organizational Horizons, Inc.  Prior to that, she served as faculty and then Acting Director of the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program at Kent State University and Director of Managerial Effectiveness Programs for the Center for Creative Leadership, where she worked with numerous research projects and leadership development programs. She was awarded the 2012 national Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for Excellence in Education and Inspirational Leadership.

Sandy currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Psychological Association and previously as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Psychological Foundation.  She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and chaired its original APA Workgroup on Executive Coaching.  Sandy is the current Chair of the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology and also serves as a faculty member for a number of leadership development academies, preparing technical and scientific professionals for broader leadership roles. She was honored by the American Psychological Association in 2012 with the APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Practice for her organizational and leadership development work. 

Sandy co-chaired the APA Council of Representatives Work Group on the APA Multicultural Guidelines, chaired the APA Task Force on the World Congress against Racism Report, chaired the BEA/CIRP Task Force on APA’s Role in International Quality Assurance, chaired the APA Board of Professional Affairs, and served as a member of the Policy and Planning Board.  She is a Past President of the Ohio Psychological Association.  Sandy most recently chaired the APA Good Governance Project, a strategic initiative designed to help the American Psychological Association align its governance structure effectively with its strategic plan. She was the 2016 recipient of the Leona Tyler Award for Lifetime of Achievement in Counseling Psychology.

In 2016, Sandy received the Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Practice of Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation, its highest honor.