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If you’re looking for a speaker who will challenge your audience to think about their life & career in a new way, you’ve found her! Sallie Holder not only understands businesses intellectually, she studied and advised them for more than a decade as an employment lawyer serving as counsel to some of the largest companies in the world, but she also understands the emotional and physical demands of business.  She’s lived, first hand, the difficulties that come from pushing past one’s comfort zone and seeking extraordinary results, especially when the world encourages us to settle once we’ve Hit Rock Middle.   There’s no better speaker to inspire & lead an audience through their “discomfort zone” encourage them to achieve extraordinary potential than Sallie. Her many stories of courage & real life examples of others facing these same difficulties and conquering them will move the most stubborn audience to see a new level of achievement that’s possible themselves too.

Through her signature “BE BOLDER” framework, Sallie helps her clients climb out of Rock Middle so that they can have the success they truly desire…. Not just the benchmarks they’ve been told they SHOULD hit.

Meet Sallie:

Sallie Holder is a nationally recognized public speaker and business coach who will get your company and your life unstuck. Her work — whether one-on-one, in group workshops, or at speaking events — helps people bridge the gap between where they are now and where they want to be. She works with entrepreneurs at every stage and women who are hungry to create something of their own. 


Sallie has spent more than 15 years helping businesses, entrepreneurs, and employees identify what’s getting in their way and breaking down those barriers to success. She provides speaking, coaching, and training services for anyone interested in professional development that brings them closer to be the best version of themselves. Fundamentally, Sallie believes that work doesn’t have to be hard, and everyone deserves to love what they do! 


Her years of personal and professional experience make her uniquely positioned to empathize with everyone from seasoned business owners to brand new employees. After obtaining her degree in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt, Sallie earned her law degree and spent ten years practicing labor and employment law, advising companies of all sizes — from businesses with only a few employees to employers such as FedEx and Michelin. Along the journey, she became passionate about the growth of businesses, encouraging her to move beyond her law practice to become an entrepreneur, starting her own business in sales. By applying her expertise in developing processes and systems along with her understanding of the psychology of human development, Sallie quickly became a top producer in her field. But it was in that role where she discovered her true passion was sharing the steps to business success with others! 


Sallie began coaching other entrepreneurs to start their own businesses, and she’s since trained and coached more than three hundred (300) women around the world on sales strategies and how to effectively build their own business. She’s led workshops, weekend sales retreats, breakout sessions, and more on topics such as time management, business development, leadership, customer service, and the entire sales process. Sallie has been recognized as one of the “Best and Brightest 35 and Under;” received the “Young Professional of the Year” award from her Chamber of Commerce; and was awarded the Jumpstart Award from her previous company for helping the highest number of people to successfully launch their business during the fiscal year. 


Education: J.D., University of South Carolina, 2004 BA., cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 2001 


Honors and Awards: Best and Brightest 35 and under – Greenville, South Carolina Young Professional of the Year – Greenville Chamber of Commerce Jumpstart Award – Helped the highest number of people successfully launch their business during the fiscal year Top 10 in Sales Globally for 5 consecutive years (out of more than 40,000 people) Top 10 in Recruiting Globally for 3 consecutive years (out of more than 40,000 people) 

Sallie Holder's Signature Presentations

Rock Middle: When Success Doesn’t Feel Like Success

Ever checked all the boxes on the road to success, only to discover the destination wasn’t what you’d hoped? So, you’re asking, “Now what? Where do I go from here?” You’ve achieved a certain level of success, but the truth is…you feel miserable. All you want is to love what you do, but you just aren’t sure how get “there” without someone showing you the path. Through the “BE BOLDER” framework you will find your path.


  • Learn how to start dreaming again so that you can create a clear vision for your future;
  • Develop a compass to use for decision making so that you know exactly what to focus on;
  • Redefine your goals and the path to get there; and
  • Create a plan for daily, weekly & monthly actions that create a feeling of happiness.


Ideal Audience: Women

Format: Keynote, Hands on Workshop, or Breakout Session

Leading Your Team Out of Rock Middle

Ever wonder why, despite your best efforts, your team is always stuck in the same place? Are they always in a loop of excitement that fades & then leads to disappointment? These are common problems when your team has hit “Rock Middle.” It’s the place where complacency grows and no matter how many “pep talks” you give you cannot seem to re-energize them about their roles


  • Develop the use of the Company’s Vision & Mission to help employees become unstuck;
  • Help leaders understand their WHY
  • Shift the focus to the Dream Work
  • Create a process for developing the employees WHY and communicating the employee’s role in the company’s future


Ideal Audience: Leaders of any level

Format: Breakout session or Workshop

Your Roadmap from Rock Middle to True Fulfillment

Are you an entrepreneur who wants to scale or someone in corporate America with a dream of starting your own company? Why haven’t you made the changes to create or scale your business in the way you desire? Are you stuck thinking you don’t know “how” to get started? Knowing “how” isn’t the problem – a lack of clarity is! It’s the lack of clarity that’s making you feel like you’re throwing spaghetti at the wall. You waste time and energy trying out different methods, ideas, or even people, and tend to always find yourself back in the same spot.

The Secrets to Convincing Clients You’re a Rockstar instead of stuck in Rock Middle

Are you feeling like it’s getting harder and harder to please your clients? Ever feel like their expectations are always rising? The truth is – they are! 59% of consumers have higher expectations of companies than they did a year ago. While clients’ higher expectations seem like the problem, they’re not the real problem. What if I told you the real problem is that everything we knew about client service is has changed? You might not be surprised because you’re doing all the usual things, but your clients aren’t raving about you.

What Others Are Saying About Sallie...

“Sallie, I was utterly blown away I was by today’s Training . . .You were so professional, so natural, and so knowledgeable. You are 100% at the top of your game. I think this was, quite possibly, the best training I have ever been to in the entire 6.5 years I’ve been with the Company. I want you to know that your efforts were not only greatly appreciated but executed FLAWLESSLY! . . . YOU. FLIPPING. ROCK.”

– Teresa Howard, Esq.


“I can’t tell you how much I got out of today! You were amazing! Thank you for your wisdom, knowledge, and for being gracefully blunt. After listening to you speak today, I know exactly what is holding me back and what I need to do. Knowing that in itself is a huge relief. Thank you, thank you and thank you again!”

– Rosemary Corte, Owner, Harvest Jewels


“Your Presentation Rocked! Wow! Blown Away by you and all I learned. Thank you for being here and sharing all of your amazing expertise with us! It made the day.”

– Berkley DeLaney, Owner, Sway

Previous Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker – Michelin’s Diversity Conference
  • Speaker – Leer Corporation – trained employees at all facilities in North America
  • Speaker – John Deere – annual HR conference
  • Speaker – NOVANT Health Care System – trained physicians and all supervisory staff throughout state of North Carolina
  • Speaker – Greenville Hospital System – trained all staff
  • Keynote Speaker – Stella & Dot North American Conference
  • Keynote Speaker – Stella & Dot North American Director’s Conference
  • Moderator and Speaker – Half Day Workshop – Stella & Dot Southeast Conference
  • Speaker – Human Resources Update Conference – 2005, 2006, 2009
  • Speaker- Risk and Insurance Management Society
  • Speaker- Greenville Tech Certificate Series
  • Speaker- Ogletree Deakins Breakfast Briefings
  • Speaker – Legal Professionals Luncheon
  • Speaker – Association of Legal Administrators, Columbia, SC
  • Moderator and Speaker- Council on Education Management’s annual Family and Medical Leave Act Conference in Columbia, SC, November 29-30, 2007.
  • Published, December 2008, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, An Overview of What All Employment Practitioners need to know about Identity Theft and the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act
  • Published the Winter 2005 issue of Employment & Labor Law, a newsletter for the South Carolina Bar’s Employment and Labor Law Section.

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