Sheila Diggs

Sheila Diggs is the founder of Diggs Group, a DC based, minority owned consulting firm. Sheila has over 20 years of experience in developing leaders in public, nonprofit and private sector organizations. With a specialization in executive coaching, leadership and team development, Sheila has worked extensively to support accomplished technical leaders integrate skillful leadership in their organizational roles. Some specific areas of focus for client development include: creating organizational vision and developing strategies to actualize vision; enhancing emotional intelligence, leveraging diverse working environments, building trust and interpersonal communication to create strategic relationships.

Sheila has specifically been committed to working with leaders in international development organizations to support them in their leadership contributions to reduce poverty and increase fairness in gender and child rights.

Selected career highlights include:
  • Leadership development in a non-profit organization, Champions for Change, funded by the Gates Foundation, which focuses on developing Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health Advocacy Leaders in Nigeria. She designed a combination of peer learning groups and leadership coaching supporting yearlong advocacy training.
  • Executive Coach for the World Bank Group for 15 years, where she coaches Managers and Team Leaders to strengthen their leadership skills supporting the reduction of poverty in countries around the world.
  • Executive Coach and leadership development for a non-profit organization that provides fellowships for Global Health Professionals that support USAID efforts.
  • Team facilitation and change management for a non-profit Parks and Conservation organization.
  • Leadership development program for high performing emerging leaders and teams utilized by a World Health Organization division.
  • Team alignment, organizational development and Executive Coaching for Healthcare leaders in a top 10 Teaching Healthcare Organization, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Harvard University) to build trust and initiate difficult conversations within a diverse team environment. Intervention resulted in significant changes in patient satisfaction metrics. Coached Senior Leaders to support trust intervention.
  • Executive Coaching and Organizational Development interventions for United Nations, Food and Agriculture Organization responsible for Gender and Rural Development and Food Statistics. Provided 360 assessments and strategy development for senior managers and their teams. A primary focus was on managing in environments with staff from diverse nationalities.
  • Co-management for an executive coaching program in an international development services organization to support the leadership development for international executives and emerging leaders.

Sheila’s professional background in technology, management, training, and human resources/professional services offers her clients an integrated approach to the strategic and tactical elements essential for succeeding in organizations.

Sheila has also served as Deputy Director, Professional and Organizational Development for Global Health Fellows Program and Lead Coach for the World Bank Group where she led organizational alignment on a strategy to effectively align executive coaching with the organization’s strategic direction. These roles enabled her to understand the opportunities and challenges for leading in organizations that support poverty initiatives.

A partial list of clients include: The World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization - UN, CGIAR, Inter American Development Bank, International Finance Corporation, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, World Health Organization, USAID, State Department, Public Health Institute, National Institutes of Health, National Parks Conservation Association, National Institute for Standards and Technology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Harvard University, MedImmune, National Cooperative Bank, Calvert Investments, Discovery Communications and others.

Sheila resides in Metropolitan Washington DC and received a BS in Mathematics from the University of Maryland and a MS in Organizational Development from The American University. Sheila has received coaching certifications from The Newfield Network, the Executive Coaching Institute and the International Coach Federation. Sheila has been trained and been a practitioner in Mindfulness and Somatic practices for over 30 years.

Sheila is certified in leadership assessments to support developing leaders. These include: The Leadership Circle 360, Hogan, MBTI and FIRO-B, DISC, Bar On EQi 360 and Riso Hudson Enneagram, Drexler Sibbet Team Performance.
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