About Sandra McDowell

Sandra is a sought-after speaker and facilitator on the topic of leadership. She takes complex topics―such as leadership, coaching, neuroleadership, and mindfulness―and explains them in a relatable way that supports leaders to lead with the brain in mind. Attendees of her sessions gain an increased understanding of how to harness the brain for improved productivity, communication, and overall well-being. 

With a Masters in Leadership, a Certified Executive Coach (PCC) designation, a Certificate in Neuroleadership, and her CPHR and SHRM-SCP human resource designations, Sandra has been a driving force for increased leadership and coaching capacity within her executive role with First Credit Union and within the national and international credit union systems. She has served in the roles of COO and acting CEO at First Credit Union¸ and earlier in her career was a recipient of both a national and international young leader award.

Sandra’s passion for supporting the leadership growth of others led her to develop the eLeadership Academy™ in 2014. In addition to founding the Academy, she authored the book Your Mother Was Right: 15 Unexpected Lessons About Leadership and the Brain. Within the book she makes a strong connection between common sense offered universally by mothers, leadership in the workplace—and neuroscience.