Endorsements

I have known and worked with Sam as a friend and colleague since I first joined World Vision, some 15 years ago. I have found Sam to be an effective leader, a skilled coach in developing other leaders and a strategic consultant in improving organizational and program effectiveness. I highly recommend his services to leaders and organizations facing today’s challenges of effectively working in a global context.” –  Rich Stearns, President, World Vision-USA

“Dr. Sam Voorhies has been a colleague and friend in World Vision for more than 25 years.  We worked together first in Africa when World Vision still a small humanitarian organization.  Sam was involved in strategic leadership as the organization grew globally to a staff of over 40,000 and a worldwide budget of $2.5 billion.  Pathways to Leadership, our innovative global leadership program was extremely successful as a results of Sam’s involvement.  Sam is an effective leader, a skilled coach and is good at developing future leaders.”  – Dean R Hirsch, President, World Vision International 1996-2010

“As a CEO of several organizations and most recently COO of one of the largest faith- based organizations in the world, I have had the privilege of meeting some outstanding people with great talent.   Few have compared to Sam Voorhies, who brings  many years experience in developing global leaders, assisting organizations in strategy and managing significant change, which has uniquely positioned  him to coach and lead those in leadership to be successful. I am grateful that Sam has journeyed with me as a coach and mentor as well as become a wise and trusted friend to lean on.” –  Glenn Williams, CEO, Outward Looking LLC, Australia

“Sam’s evaluation of and insights into my leadership style helped me focus on areas of development while also capitalizing on my strengths.  Sam’s coaching and consultation was extremely helpful, and timely, as he provided me tools to better navigate the massive changes and downsizing that rocked my industry and profession (IT or Information Technology), during the past decade.”  –  David Kirkland, Senior Executive, Agilent Technologies

“Sam stepped up when we needed him most. He brought his technical skills, rich global experience and relational networks to help us accomplish a leadership transition and equipped us for growth and impact.”  –  Michael J. Mantel, Ph.D., President/CEO, Living Water International

Sam Voorhies served as a consultant with our steering team and Leadership Development task force to help shape our Leadership Competency Framework as it was developed in-house from concept to approved document. He brought  a high-level of leadership and hands-on field experience that was invaluable.  His character reflected graciousness and patience with us as we embarked on a  new project that had never been experienced in our organization before.”  –  Tina Bolding, Chief HR Officer, Food for the Hungry.

Sam has done an outstanding job of leadership training and mentorship for our Africa Regional Leadership team. Through his executive coaching and leadership development for our three regional Directors and their teams, we saw improved performance and effective change leadership.”  – Wilfred Mlay, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Africa, World Vision International

My coaching experience with Sam saved me at least six months of work, and increased my performance by as much as 20% in overall effectiveness, critical thinking and problem solving skills.” – Fabiano Franz, Country Director, Mali

Sam is an exceptional facilitator of leadership development. He connects with leaders at all levels in the organization and aligns his efforts with organizational priorities. He is extremely cross-culturally aware and appreciative of individual differences.” – Joe Macias, Leadership Development Specialist, MultiCare Health System

Sam has been excellent in guiding my team’s growth in terms of professional development, more effective team work and refocusing one’s personal goals for improved performance.” – Dan Ole Shani, Senior Vice President for Governance,  World Vision International

Sam’s work with my senior team helped start a new era with our team. His excellent facilitation skills and solid leadership development experience enabled staff to open up, discuss real issues and develop an action plan which we are implementing.“- Anita Delhaas-van Dijk, National Director, World Vision Romania

“International Needs Network held a Members Conference in Colombo Sri Lanka at which Sam Voorhies was the conference facilitator. Sam managed the conference in a professional and skilful manner in which all 52 multinational attendees became an integral part of the decision-making process, taking ownership of the recommendations developed. His leadership of the five-day conference developed a new enthusiasm and sense of direction for the IN Network for which we are very grateful.”  – David Wilson, IN Network Board Chairman