Executive Coaching

building leadership capacity


Leaders set the tone for the entire workplace culture.  Not all Leaders come to the table with the full set of skills they need to scale a successful company.   Executive coaching is a critical part of the leadership journey.

  • Do you have a fierce desire to learn and grow, to reach your full potential?
  • How robust is your inner game, power and influence, resilience?
  • Do you want to thrive in your role and make a difference daily?
  • Need a confidential environment to brainstorm, bounce ideas and grow your leadership capacity?
  • Do you desire to gain a competitive advantage, strengthen your leadership skills and focus your development efforts?
  • Learn to communicate with power and influence.


Becoming aware of your strengths and potential challenges is the first step in developing and refining leadership skills.

During our one-on-one coaching sessions, I will assist you in developing greater confidence and develop your fortitude as a leader.  I will ask insightful questions to help you discover your core values, gifts, talents and purpose, helping you find ways to expand your professional life and leadership.

Do you know that we offer government funded training courses available for adults in all stages of professional development?

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How Sage & Summit Executive Coaching Works:

The focus is your leadership presence and fortitude. We develop your leadership skills the same way we develop a business. We will establish where you are I terms of your own perception, your team’s perception (360 evaluation) and your natural impact (profiles Assessment). We then determine where you want to be and agree upon priorities and pathways to get you there. We schedule regular coaching sessions get to work on developing your skills.

In our one on one coaching sessions, you will choose the focus of the conversation each time we meet. Our job is to listen deeply, and ask you powerful questions that will help you reach new insights and gain clarity. We help you focus and create an awareness of choice so that you can take positive and deliberate actions that will help them get more out of leadership role and your team, and we hold you accountable for your choices.

Executive Coaching should not be viewed as an exercise in academic knowledge, our focus is to build your capacity. It is like going to the gym to build muscles, you actually have to work the muscles to build them. We believe you actually have to lead and practice as you are building your leadership capacity.

Through our professional coaching sessions, we help our clients find deeper satisfaction, achieve greater goal alignment, build resiliency and adaptability.

Our Executive Coaching Frameworks & Tools help clients develop a strong leadership presence as well as habits and practices to be effective leaders without becoming burnt out or losing passion and interest in their careers.

If you choose to work with me, I will help you align the leader you are with the leader you want to be, so you can be more impactful, effective, grounded and reach your highest

I recommend that clients participate in a minimum of four sessions each month for nine months to experience the full benefit of Executive Coaching. I do however have a variety packages that will work around your time and budget.

I also work with entire teams, helping them become more engaged, cohesive and powerful as a group. I help deepen their culture of trust and accountability, which strengthens the team and makes it more productive and effective.

A Consultant:

Provides advice and direction for a particular situation in a specific field.

A Therapist:

Provides assistance to clients that need to resolve deep, personal issues.

A Coach:

Helps clients move from good to great, develop and navigate the roadmap forward.

Learn How Executive Coaching Can Develop Your Fortitude As A Leader


Leadership Development Assessment

The CheckPoint 360°™ helps you:

  • Guide your own professional development
  • Improve employee morale, productivity, and satisfaction
  • Decrease staff turnover

See how the CheckPoint 360°™ Leadership Development assessment works firsthand when you request a demo. It’s easy to get started with a free trial and free consultation. There’s no obligation, no upfront cost, and it’s 100% risk free.

Educational Career Assessment Tool

The Pathway Planner™ Assessment Tool with:

  • Provide an overview of unique strengths, talents, and abilities
  • Helps students choose majors and degrees that match their thinking style, personality traits, and interests
  • Assists adults in transitioning from one career to another
  • Provides a way for people to learn about their abilities and validate their career choices
  • Identifies career possibilities and offers insight into occupations for the highly-skilled, competitive workforce

See how the Pathway Planner™ works firsthand when you request a demo. It’s easy to get started with a free trial and free consultation. There’s no obligation, no upfront cost, and it’s 100% risk free.

ProfileXT® Leadership Approach

The Six Components of Leadership Success:

  • Innovating Strategic Initiatives
  • Maximizing Resources
  • Utilizing Organizational Synergies
  • Producing Quality Results
  • Mentoring Others
  • Maintaining High Personal Standards

See how the ProfileXT® works firsthand when you request a demo. It’s easy to get started with a free trial and free consultation. There’s no obligation, no upfront cost, and it’s 100% risk free.

What our clients say

I received leadership coaching by Mardere Birkill at Sage and Summit Consulting. Mardere is very professional, yet, has a way of making one feel at home. Upon completion of my session, I had learnt ways and strategies to improve my performance at work and reach my goals to become the best I can be within my career. I left feeling empowered and ready to put what I learnt into action. I Highly recommend Sage and Summit.

Tamlyn Sacrey

I had the privilege of working with Marderé at a conference in Sarasota Florida. I utilized her as an executive coach to further explore the development of a coaching niche. Her coaching was impeccable, and I was able to find a viable opportunity I had not explored. Moreover, she was able to insure I held myself accountable for the steps that I needed to take to launch my new product. It was a wonderful experience for me and will without a doubt improve my business. I highly recommend Mardere as a coach and vouch for her skills and experience.


Dr. Michael D. Ikona

It is an absolute delight to work with Marderé. As a coach and advisor to leaders, she brings an incredible range of skills, methods, and tools. She has a robust toolkit to help organizations improve performance and results at all levels. In addition, she is extremely insightful, helping leaders think about problems in new ways and find better solutions than they would working within their organizations or on their own. She is diplomatic in her approach, which allows her to work in complex organizations, including those with lots of politics in play. Her style is also engaging, enthusiastic, and positive. On a side note, she is an excellent public speaker should your organization have needs in addition to coaching, consulting, and facilitation. I have had the opportunity to observe Mardere in a variety of challenging coaching situations and she has gotten results with many different types of leaders and managers, working through a variety of urgent and important leadership challenges. I can't recommend her highly enough.


Andrew Neitlich
Founder and Director / Leading executive, leadership, and business coach training organization

Mardere's leadership coaching skills are exemplary. Her positive energy, approachable demeanor, seemingly endless creativity and intellectual horsepower have made it possible for me to move new levels quickly and effectively. Mardere's coaching is decidedly client-focused which creates an independent growth capability void of reliance on the coach; an important factor for me. Recommending Mardere is an easy choice.

Evan Hendry

Your presentation today was excellent and informative. Look forward to more future meetings.



Thanks to Marderé Birkill for a wonderfully thoughtful and inspiring presentation to Smoky Lake entrepreneurs and supporters.

Cathy Goulety

I had my first meeting with them (Sage & Summit) on Wednesday. Absolutely amazing! I got so much out of one meeting and had my expectations exceeded that I can't wait to go back. Very professional and extremely helpful. I asked a few of their clients before I went as a background check and they all said the same thing I am. Highly recommended.


I have had the pleasure of working with Marderé Birkill, the owner of Sage and Summit for quite some time now. I am receiving personal coaching from her and have also recommended a number of clients over to her program. During this time, Mardere has been very professional. She has helped me in more ways than I can count. Feedback from other Business owners has been the same. She listens and helps you to really understand what you need in order to take your business to the next level. She holds you accountable which for me is important. Her level of integrity is something you don't find often anymore.  I highly recommend her to anyone who is wanting personal or professional growth.

Bianca Cooper

In observing Mardere’s coaching style it was both intuitive and smart. I found her engaging, insightful to work with and her leadership style draws you in and keeps you on point. She is an outstanding coach and consultant. Mardere’ would be an asset for any organization or individual looking to “up their game!” I highly recommend her.

Liz Benson

If you are looking for a public speaker to engage your company with real life guidance for success and growth look no further than Marderé Birkill at Sage & Summit Consulting.


Wayne Ward, Wave Mason Media Inc.

I benefited greatly from hiring Marderé, who helped strengthen my focus by helping me create a clearer plan for my 23-year-old business. As well, I feel like I have a reliable business coach that I can return to at any time for further help and questions. I would highly recommend Sage & Summit and I would say in working with Marderé that I found a knowledgeable professional with an impressive sense of understanding and purpose.


Jack Born