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Sarah Hathorn

Corporate Predictable Promotion™ Expert & Mentor

Sarah HathornI’m Sarah Hathorn, creator of the Predictable Promotion™ System.

I am a former senior level executive for a Fortune 100 company who now specializes in preparing leaders for multidimensional mobility, whether they are moving upward or zigzagging their way to greater success through lateral and diagonal promotions. I accomplish this through my own proprietary 10-step process, the Predictable Promotion™ System. The system also provides recently promoted executives with the performance skills, psychological mindset, and sustainable confidence to guarantee that they thrive and excel

All work is done privately and because I do the work personally I am only able to accept a limited number of clients each year. But I do also offer corporate workshops and speaking engagements.

Whether in private or group settings, the focus is always the same – I teach practical steps and innovative methods for securing promotions faster to earn higher salaries and get more leadership responsibility – regardless of how fierce the competition is or how challenging the economic environment happens to be.

What’s this Predictable Promotion™ concept all about?

You want to get promoted and make more money. You want to provide a higher quality of life for you and your family – whether that means tuition for your kids, health care for elderly parents, or a nicer home in a more prestigious neighborhood and earlier retirement. You’d like a chance to prove yourself and earn the kind of praise, recognition, visibility, and respect you yearn for within the company, your industry, and your community. At the end of life you want to look back knowing that you created and left behind a legacy of which you and your loved ones can be proud.

But the truth is that most people will never make it to the top – or even to the next level – because they will miss out on at least one key promotion. That’s all it takes to sidetrack your entire career. Despite your burning desire, hard work, admirable intentions, and extensive educational background and business qualifications you may have to watch your career languish while others ascend the corporate ladder with the wind at their backs and increasing financial momentum.

That’s where I come in, because I know effective, efficient ways to win promotions despite all obstacles. That’s what I’m really good at, and I will map out a 10-step process for securing your promotion in record time. If you choose not to work with me then you may never know what opportunities you missed out on by not leveraging this process to your advantage. Until you unlock that door you can try all kinds of formulas and systems from A to Z and get nowhere.

Oftentimes you only get one shot at a promotion, and if you don’t succeed then your career hits a plateau or even a solid brick wall. Companies are reorganizing, streamlining, and downsizing. You might get laid off while someone else takes your future job and lives your dream. Don’t wake up next year to find yourself overqualified but underutilized because you didn’t know exactly how to secure that all-important promotion in time. Being passed over is a source of extreme frustration and humiliation, and it can be a difficult experience to recover from – both personally and professionally.

I know, because it happened to me – which was why I created the Predictable Promotion System™ in the first place to save my own career and ensure that I didn’t get passed over for my dream job. I’ve been doing this kind of work for more than 30 years and many of my former colleagues, protégés, and clients are in top positions because they applied my methods.

How long have you been doing what you do and how did you become a Predictable Promotion™ Leadership Mentor?

Early in my career I was told by well-meaning, candid bosses that I did not have the prerequisite skills for executive level management or even a suitable personality to be a leader. They were not wrong and weren’t exaggerating. In retrospect I believe they were exactly right.

Their intention was not to criticize me but to help me understand the reality of why I was rejected for a promotion that meant the world to me and was my career dream. They were just trying to be honest and help me deal with the devastation of professional loss and personal embarrassment, and I appreciated their candor and insightful evaluation.

What they did not know how to explain to me, however, was what I needed to do to develop those qualities and skills that I lacked. They had no system or process for shaping me into a leader and preparing me for a promotion to the top of the company.

I was born a shy person and it was never in my nature to step into the limelight, toot my own horn, or stand up in front of a team and take charge. But beneath my introverted personality there has always been a lion of determination who firmly believes that we can be whatever we want in life if we have an intense desire. So I picked myself up, dusted myself off, and made up my mind to prove to everyone – especially myself – that I could earn that promotion.

I studied, analyzed, brainstormed, and experimented and came up with my own innovative system for ensuring a fast promotion against all odds. The next thing I knew I was in a higher position of leadership than I had ever imagined, and it was suddenly my job to identify top talent, get them on the succession list, and develop them into Fortune 100 leaders. I shared my system with colleagues and protégés, and that is how the Predictable Promotion System™ was created.

Designing and implementing the Predictable Promotion System™ accomplished two important things for me.

First of all it established my reputation for identifying top talent and developing high-performance teams – which is one of the keys to upward mobility in any organization. I became known for developing leaders at all levels, both within and outside of the organization, and that gave me tremendous value so that I could command higher salaries with better benefits.

Secondly, when my colleagues and protégés applied the same concepts and strategies I had designed for myself they also got quickly promoted into top level management positions. That convinced me that I had a powerful system and that I needed to further develop it so that I could share my insights and techniques with people everywhere.

Who exactly are your individual and corporate clients?

We work with individual leaders like you in large corporations who are really good at what they do but aren’t getting the results they yearn for in terms of exponential career growth and promotion potential. We’ve worked with fast-tracking senior managers, directors, vice-presidents, presidents, and chief executive officers.

We also offer corporate services such as leadership coaching and developmental workshops to small to large Fortune 500 companies – in preparing their leaders for greater promotional success.

Our partial client list includes both individual and groups from the following companies or organizations where we have offered professional presence and leadership developmental workshops:

    • Accenture
    • Allstate Insurance
    • Bain & Company
    • Bard Medical
    • CareerBuilders
    • Cox Enterprises
    • CR Bard
    • McDonald's Corporation
    • Health Dimensions Group
    • Dixon Hughes Goodman
    • Georgia Trust Bank
    • General Electric
    • Genesis Biosciences International
    • Georgia School Superintendents
    • The Home Depot
    • KPMG
    • McKesson
    • NAPA- Genuine Auto Parts
    • National Oil Varco
    • Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
    • Omni Hotel CNN
    • Primrose Schools
    • Progress Container and Display
    • Sherwin-Williams
    • Teradata
    • The Arbor Company
    • The Scheduling Institute


What types of industries do you serve?

We have provided executive coaching and leadership development seminars in a variety of different industries including:

    • Accounting
    • Architecture
    • Automotive
    • Banking
    • Biosciences
    • Career Management
    • Consumer Goods
    • Data Warehousing
    • Dental
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Energy
    • Financial Services
    • Franchise Management
    • Global Management Consulting
    • Government
    • Healthcare
    • Education
    • Hospitality
    • Technology
    • Insurance
    • Legal
    • Leadership Institute
    • Manufacturing
    • Media
    • Medical Technology
    • Oil & Gas
    • Political
    • Professional Services
    • Retail
    • Senior Housing
    • Staffing
    • Travel
    • Utilities


Do you offer professional development seminars and keynote speeches?

I am a member of the National Speakers Association and provide keynote speeches, professional development workshops, and breakout sessions for all types of business leaders and industries. I specialize in global leadership conferences and conventions where I share my expertise and personal experiences in dynamic, interactive ways to advance leaders through my Predictable Promotion™ System.

But what if you haven’t yet worked with people in my particular field?

I’ve worked with hundreds of clients in a wide diversity of professional fields through my private coaching and consulting practice – while leading dozens of corporate workshops – and also during my previous corporate career. So chances are I’ve worked with someone in your industry or profession. But if your particular field is new to me then you not at a disadvantage – quite the contrary. Here’s why:

People in your field are probably ALL doing essentially the same things to get promoted. I’ll guess this creates a lot of repetition and overlap. But what my current and former clients have found exceedingly helpful is that I bring a uniquely fresh perspective to their Predictable Promotion™ process to set them apart from their peers and competitors. I give them candid feedback, support, and empowerment to leverage their assets and positions in a fresh, proactive way that gets the attention of senior level decision makers – so that even in an overcrowded marketplace they are the ones who win the prized promotions.

How are you different from other leadership or executive coaches?

Although we occasionally touch upon leadership skills and other topics common to traditional executive coaching, my primary relationship with each client revolves around being their personal Predictable Promotion™ expert and consultant. I ONLY work with corporate leaders. I don’t consult with people in small companies, for instance, and I’m not a Jill-of-All Trades coach. I refer individuals or businesses requiring those services to other coaches. Lots of leaders need coaches; I use them myself. But I’m the person to call when you specifically want to know exactly how to nail a promotion – regardless of the competition or the economic climate.

What that means to you is that I am entirely and exclusively concentrated on what works to advance the corporate leader and accelerate his or her career. Because my focus is very narrow, what you get with me is no-nonsense, undiluted expertise in how to secure fast, predictable promotions for corporate professionals who are ambitious to move up to a higher level of accomplishment and income. Thanks to my unique background and experience I’ve evolved into an expert within this specific niche and that’s why my individual clients as well as corporations, groups, and other customers get outstanding value-added results. I’ve also been there myself and overcome the same challenges you now face so I bring a healthy dose of compassion, inspiration, encouragement, and personal empowerment to each of my client relationships – and that genuine authenticity and understanding ALWAYS helps.

What type of personality do you work best with and what is expected of me?

The Predictable Promotion™ workshops, products, and programs were created for individuals who are absolutely excited and really serious about getting promoted and taking their career aspirations from vision to reality. We also cater to corporations that need to prepare their top talent to quickly and effectively shoulder greater responsibility, increase their leadership visibility, and achieve higher performance that drives profitability in measurable ways.

Being a high-achieving, ambitious go-getter myself, I typically work best with other driven visionaries who are super-ready for promotion and just want to know exactly what steps to take to get there right away. I see the most rewarding and immediate results when working with clients who are already successful, who have invested heavily in their professional development, and who have a burning desire to be promoted and become the superstar in their industry. Clients who trust my guidance and suggestions to help them progressively reinvent, evolve, and think BIG – and who are committed to stepping out of their comfort zones and rolling up their sleeves to reach their ultimate potential – get the most from our personalized collaboration.

The Predictable Promotion™ System is a dynamic, high-intensity action-learning course. You will be expected to take serious and consistent developmental steps with no excuses. In exchange I promise to provide full support, a very different way of thinking, and the tools and resources you need to finally reach an incredibly rewarding and thrilling goal. The formula is really quite simple. You devote yourself to the process and do the work. I provide the blueprint, encouragement, insight, and expertise. You use these proven strategies to get noticed and promoted in record time.

For what type of professional is this program NOT going to work?

Please know that I’m quite selective and I use great care in choosing my clients. If I determine that my programs are not appropriate for someone then I refer them elsewhere. Otherwise it would not be fair to them or to my other clients who deserve my undivided attention.

The Predictable Promotion™ programs are NOT for those who have a poor attitude, are financially desperate, or are in the habit of invoking excuses for their lack of success or who blame the economy and corporate culture for inhibiting their career advancement. It’s been my experience that people with defeatist attitudes who are skeptical that they can actually get promoted in this difficult economy do not trust the recommendations I give them. They are also reluctant to do the necessary work – perhaps because so much of their precious time and vital energy is devoted to worrying about how they are not going to get promoted. This system is designed for those who dwell on what is ultimately possible and have a positive attitude about leveraging their inherent value to gain the promotions they want and deserve.

But believe me, I have also had my share of career detours and disappointments and those can certainly make you feel temporarily skeptical about the prospect of attaining that next promotion. If you find yourself within this category right now it’s absolutely okay and understandable! So please do yourself two favors that are guaranteed to get you rejuvenated, motivate you to restart your progress toward those important goals, and help get you ready to work with me one-on-one to catapult you to the next level.

    1. Register to receive my FREE Audio CD entitled 10 Steps to a Fast, Predictable Promotion™ (Click here to get your FREE CD)

Just taking advantage of these two dynamic resources will really give you a boost and get you primed for our work. As soon as you feel ready, call me and we’ll get you started.

(I’m in no rush, am eager to hear from those who register with me and have questions or feedback, and I will always be here when you need me!)

Another type of person I won’t work with (without exception) is the adamantly negative individual or the chronic skeptic, as well as those who consistently make excuses for not getting their assignments done or who challenge every aspect of the program. If you are one of these people, I gently and respectfully ask that you not call and I hope you understand why. We probably will not work well together because we come at this from such completely different perspectives, and I wouldn’t want you to waste your time or money. That’s only fair to both of us, wouldn’t you agree?

What exactly is the Predictable Promotion™ System and what does it include?

Readiness to step-up and seize the leadership spotlight and be promoted in record time begins with an understanding of all the facets that go into developing a powerful and professional executive presence. You must consistently communicate with positive, authentic impact through your overall leadership presence – because in life the way you do anything is a direct indication and expression of how you do everything. How we live our minutes and hours is how we live our lives.

During this process we will overcome your hesitations or limitations, play to your strengths and strengthen your weaknesses, discover your unique personal and corporate brand messaging, develop your charismatic leadership presence, and polish and hone your professional behavior. You will embrace a winning attitude, master influential communication skills, manage and sell your attributes upwardly to increase your visibility, build high performance teams, and recognize and cultivate top talent. Through it all you will fully commit to playing and winning your biggest game – with the goal of getting your targeted promotion in record time.

1. Think Bigger About the Big Picture

We will begin by assessing your BIG career aspirations to determine what self-imposed beliefs, barriers, excuses, irrational justifications, or fears are preventing you from achieving your wildest dreams. Next we’ll determine what psychological or internalized obstacles need to be addressed and overcome so that you can succeed far beyond the familiar but limited boundaries of your comfort zone. Accomplish that important personal transformation and you will suddenly experience much higher confidence and drive to succeed – without any hesitation or watering down of your enterprising spirit and creative ambition.

2. Master the Winning Attitude

In this section you will master the keys to positive attitude and learn to train your subconscious mind to deal with personal and professional setbacks by reinterpreting situations from a healthier perspective. Even in difficult economic times of mergers, layoffs, and downsizings it is possible to persevere with an optimistic outlook that magnetically attracts new and different career opportunities and promotions.

3. Create an Authentic and Unique Leadership Brand

Together we will dig deep to uncover and emphasize those unique value-adding attributes, skills, and talents that distinguish you from your competitors. We will then use a 360 Branding Assessment tool to compare your own self-perception of your leadership brand to the way that trusted clients, colleagues, peers, and family members actually view you and your brand. Doing so ensures that your leadership brand is authentic, congruent, and also resonates with your company’s overall brand, culture, and set of values. That will, in turn, optimize your own high potential as an exemplary representative of your organization and profession – to help you attain celebrity status within your industry.

4. Look the Part

We will spend considerable time reviewing your professional visual presence and analyzing ways to uplevel your physical attributes to reflect your authentic brand as it relates to your company’s brand and image. We will examine everything you need to do from A to Z to ensure that you consistently project the presence of a highly successful and polished leader as a great role model for your team.

5. Exude Executive Presence

In this module we explore professional behaviors step-by-step with the goal of implementing and practicing them in ways that build rapport and become so internalized by you that they convey natural charisma. When you exude distinctive leadership charisma people want to work hard for you because they are personally and professionally inspired by your overall presence.

As your career accelerates you will find yourself under the microscope, where you become the role model for everyone around you to follow. Everything you do, say, and wear will be critiqued – 24/7. But we will prepare you for that higher level of responsibility and limelight exposure through a strategic process of transformation. You will transition from someone who fits in and conforms to the conventions and examples set by others into an innovative inspirational leader who proactively sets company standards as a role model, teacher, or industry icon.

6. Communicate to Influence

All leaders must master the fine art and science of communication. Considerable time will be invested in both verbal and non-verbal communication skills to give you empowering tools of persuasive influence. Learn how to handle difficult employee conversations and interactions with grace and poise. Give more compelling and convincing corporate and client presentations. Communicate up the organizational ladder or chain of command with powerful influence; address the media with confidence; or clearly communicate with team members to avoid misunderstandings. Implement appropriate strategies depending upon each specific audience. Successfully communicate your way to the top of the high potential list.

7. Manage and Sell Up

We will share proven techniques to help you manage your superiors and develop positive rapport with the persons in charge of your next promotion. Learn new ways to sincerely sell yourself to senior management by leveraging your authentic leadership brand, generating high performance results, and building teams as you skillfully identify and develop top talent. Read your environment like a chess board and know what moves to make by interpreting the subtle clues. Leverage your fine-tuned observations into golden opportunities. Capitalize on key moments of prime impact that others fail to recognize. Become noticed and earn a fast track promotion.

8. Build Synergetic Teams

You’ll learn innovative ways to build, manage, and lead synergistic high performance teams. Share your vision, select the best people, review your team’s successes and challenges, and play to the strengths of people while you strengthen their areas of weakness to give them added confidence in themselves and in your leadership ability. Adopt the “everyone wins” mode of operation because teams are your ticket to the top. Leaders who consistently deliver strong results – without doing it at the expense of team members – are positioned for rapid promotion.

9. Find Diamonds in the Rough

As the economy improves, every organization needs leaders who can assess the best raw talent and then develop those new hires into high potentials that contribute sustainable stability and create a competitively rich pipeline of human resources. In this section you’ll learn to mentor others and then sell their value to high level executives to boost their careers, make you shine as a brilliant leader, and distinguish yourself as a “talent master” deserving senior level power and influence.

10. Commit to Your Biggest Game

Every successful leader has invested heavily and wisely in personal growth and development to reach the pinnacle of success. When you commit to a high stakes game, however, there will be some personal sacrifices involved. All of the steps in the system lead to this kind of commitment to S-T-R-E-T-C-H yourself beyond your comfort zone and broaden your expertise. But they also emphasize doing it with healthy balance so that you become a sustainable asset – not just a shooting star about to burn out and crash. You’ll learn to develop yourself in those high-value intangible ways that companies seek in innovative, proactive, self-motivated top leaders – so you will be sought out and solicited for promotions, salary increases, and prized positions.

It is impossible to describe the entire Predictable Promotion System™ in a few pages of text, because it is an intensive, accelerated program that is customized to fit the specific needs and objectives of each individual client and the leadership qualities that their particular organization seeks. So in addition to these 10 categories which have only been briefly touched upon you will learn hundreds of other tips, strategies, and techniques to accelerate your career and win promotions in record time. You’ll have an entire blueprint for becoming the architect of your own destiny. Together we will build from that one-of-a-kind plan to make your visions and dreams a solid reality that starts with nailing down fast promotions one after another.

Does this really work?

Yes! The results of our work are not theoretical; they are measurable in real time. Starting from a baseline you will hit every benchmark and realize your full potential. All it takes is your dedication to this intensive process and a passionate commitment to winning your next promotion.

    • Elimination of negative mindsets that hinder career progress.
  • Developmental goals and benchmarks with clear, concise focus.
  • Leveraging of your leadership brand to become an industry superstar.
  • Incorporation of a work/life balance that supports an extraordinary life.
  • Cultivation of a confident, enterprising spirit that takes calculated risks to bet on your success and win as you play a much bigger high stakes game.
  • Successful seizing of hidden golden opportunities to easily sell yourself up the ladder in an authentic, credible, poised, and memorable fashion.
  • Discovery of your unique leadership attributes, strengths, and talents that add value and distinguish you from the competition to optimize your brand.
  • Establishment of a strong professional network with highly capable resources to market your brand and powerfully support your career goals.
  • Utilization of leading edge verbal and nonverbal messaging to communicate with influence to employees, colleagues, clients, and senior executives.
  • Development of people and teams to gain a reputation as a “talent master.”
  • Visionary team leadership skills that inspire respect, loyalty, and synergistic high performance as they help you avoid time-wasting micro-management.
  • Strategies to distinguish yourself as a celebrity within your industry and profession – which invites higher compensation and other lucrative perks.
  • Fine-tuning of your radar to read people and situations and take advantage of your astute observations in ways that move you up the corporate ladder.
  • Techniques to work smarter, not harder, for that prized promotion.
  • Insights that allow you to adopt and adapt essentials of the Predictable Promotion System™ to create your own one-of-a-kind promotion system.
  • Specific tools for upleveling your professional leadership presence.
  • Enhancement of your visibility and exposure to put you into the limelight and spotlight for greater recognition that contributes to faster promotions.
  • Implementation of easy, intuitive systems that transform you into a highly valuable leader seen as a model, example, and innovative standard bearer.
  • Leadership presence perceived by top management as excellent for the company because you are an exemplary role model, teacher, and mentor.
  • Mastery of highly innovative processes that ensure continual development and sustainable value-added growth as you ascend the career ladder.


Can I contact some of your former clients for references?

I maintain the strictest level of confidentiality for several important reasons. Many clients want to feel free to share with me their personal challenges – including highly sensitive issues – so whatever is spoken between us or happens in this professional relationship remains absolutely private.

Many high potentials work with me while scouting out promotions at other organizations or while working on a major promotion that might be jeopardized if their colleagues find out they are in line for it. Sometimes two colleagues from the same company will work with me, and they need to know that I will not reveal the fact that I am working with either one of them because they do not want the word to get out within the organization or the industry.

Because of the nature of this work I promise a high level of confidentiality and nondisclosure. Of course my clients are free to share as much information as they want with others – including you – but I am bound by professional ethics and cannot reveal specific names to anyone.

As a result I also have to maintain a policy of not giving out individual client name references. But I do provide actual case studies for you to read – where the names have been changed or omitted to protect identities. I can also give you an extensive list of other types of clients – including many well known companies within the Fortune 500 – for whom I have done less confidential or sensitive work.

How quickly can I expect results?

Obviously this depends on your starting point, career objectives, and level of commitment to the process. Notwithstanding those considerations, however, virtually all clients see results within the first eight weeks in the form of tangible personal and professional growth. Those who work with me over longer periods of time overcome greater obstacles, so their results typically manifest through higher compensation as a result of accelerated career progression.

How can I guarantee that I will get promoted in record time?

You must be willing to accept personal responsibility for completing your assignments between our work sessions. Understand that this system is not a “quick fix” or magic bullet. It is a personal process that involves planting seeds and cultivating them for up to a year in order to harvest the fruits of your labor in the form a promotion. But all of my clients who diligently applied every step of the Predictable Promotion System™ successfully leveraged their career advancement and earned higher salaries – much faster than they ever expected to do on their own.

What are my options?

I currently offer these three highly accelerated intensive programs:

1. Platinum
My most popular package, this program is custom-designed for upper level executives or high potentials. Among other things this package includes three hours per month of consultation plus two intensive 7-hour face-to-face consultation days; VIP scheduling flexibility; and a powerful branding assessment tool.
2. Gold Plus
Designed for high achieving managers and directors, this is an intensive program for those who want to take deliberate, strategic action to upgrade their executive presence and qualify for a promotion in record time. Features include (but are not limited to) three hours per month of consultation, an intensive 7-hour face-to-face consultation day, and a copy of my Professional Presence Manual.
3. Gold

Designed for the manager who is looking to quickly upgrade her or his professional presence, this package focuses on gaining the corporate image, personal brand, and executive leadership skills needed to enhance confidence, effectiveness, and the kind of practical value that leads to rapid promotion up the corporate ladder. Among other features this package includes three 30-minute consultations per month, MP3 recordings of each session, a copy of my Professional Presence Manual, and other proprietary career acceleration materials and resources.

Private 1-Day VIP Intensive

High-achievers can also fast-track their careers by taking advantage of the one-on-one, face-to-face, Predictable Promotion™ Private 1-Day Intensive. The entire day is focused on customized and personalized value-adding strategies to get you promoted fast.

By the end of the day you will have a practical blueprint for success and a 12- month Predictable Promotion System™ roadmap to a quick promotion, having gained in a matter of hours what would typically take 6-12 months to accomplish on your own.

Because of the highly accelerated nature of this program I can only accept a few clients per year, but if this sounds like what you have been looking for I’d love to hear from you. To get more information and an application form please email my team at info@illustraconsulting.com and we will be in touch ASAP.

OK I know which program I want. How do we get started?

Great! Did you know that one of the most prominent characteristics of successful people is that they are proactive, decisive, and trust their gut instincts? Congratulations!

Please click on the info page links above, give my support team a call at 1-800-267-3245, or email my team at info@illustraconsulting.com We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. I can’t wait to speak with you and discuss ways to get you on the fast track to promotions, higher income, and a dynamic work/life balance!

If I’m not sure can I sample your work to see if it’s the right solution for me?

A great way to sample the Predictable Promotion System™ is by subscribing to the weekly email newsletter, which provides you with proven tips, the latest tools, and powerful techniques from our Predictable Promotion™ Coaching Programs. It is a must for anyone who wants to attract exponential career growth, and you can subscribe for free just by clicking here: (link)

I still have a couple of questions. May I call you?

Yes, I would love to hear from you. Please email my team at info@illustraconsulting.com or call us directly at 1-800-267-3245 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions and walk you through your different options to see which one is the best fit for you. I can’t wait to see you succeed and am honored to be the one to help you accelerate your career, so let’s get going!