MEET THE OWNERS: SHEREEN & LINDSEY

We’re passionate about guiding you through the gray because we’ve lived it ourselves.

At THREAD, we help individuals and organizations navigate the messy, in-between and gray parts of change. Our main goal as coaches and consultants is to equip our clients with the tools needed to skillfully manage change now and in the future.

SHEREEN SATER

I’m passionate about guiding you through the gray because I’ve lived it myself.

I was standing in my own way for so long. I had come up with every excuse under the sun to not do things. My imposter syndrome was out of control. I spent so much time focusing on fine tuning my “areas of opportunity” instead of leveraging my strengths.

I’ve worked in the market technology industry for my entire career. When I navigated from Individual Contributor to a first-time Manager, I struggled with striking a balance between doing and delegating, growing and leading, and finding my sweet spot and style as a manager.  I quickly realized that, regardless of industry, many in this new position struggled to create and shape their own style. When I took a step back, I realized it was more about the phase of this stage of life that was so stressful – it was the ambiguity and change in getting from one place to the next.

 Any transition can seem messy and lonely. 

But it doesn’t have to be.

LINDSEY THOMAS

I am passionate about guiding you through the gray because I’ve lived it myself. 

As a former Naval Officer, ambiguity, constant change and leadership come second nature to me. But, that didn’t make transition easy or seamless. I wish I’d had the support of a coach during all those moments in life to help bring clarity and calm to my decisions. 

I’m personally committed to telling leaders the truth, because I know firsthand how hard that can be to come by. I spent the last three years of my service working in DC, advising two senior executives in the Navy on personnel and protocol issues before moving to Chicago and becoming the Chief of Staff to the President of a non-profit. In each of those experiences, I watched people shy away from telling these leaders the truth. Whether it was because they simply wanted to impress the Admirals or were uncomfortable having tough conversations – whatever the cause.  

There’s a reason people say it’s lonely at the top. 

But it doesn’t have to be.

We met in 2019 while pursuing our respective Master’s Degrees at Northwestern University in Chicago, where we were placed in a group simulation tasked with leading a team up Mt. Everest. We quickly realized our opposite strengths and leadership styles complemented each other well.

On paper, we’re about as opposite as two people can be — an extrovert and an introvert, a former naval officer and a marketing strategist, a detail-oriented worker, and a big-picture thinker. But our opposite strengths and thought partnership are what allow us to uniquely tackle problems from all angles and thread together endless possibilities.

Through Northwestern University, we are both Certified Leadership Coaches. In 2021, we both graduated from the Master’s of Learning and Organizational Change program, an innovative and multidisciplinary program focused on designing for and developing sustainable change, adult learning, design thinking and leadership development.

Results WE've Helped Create

"The sessions provided a good overview of leadership principles to work in modern and successful organizations and the time and space to consider how you can approach day-to-day processes that result in a more positive impact."
Participant
10-session Management Skill-Building
"I felt a deeper connection to my peers and I left with digestible knowledge of common and impactful issues we all face. My peers and I were excited to get to know one another as we felt freedom and acceptance to be vulnerable in the space created."
Participant
Team Workshop
"Bringing Lindsey & Shereen in to assess our culture took the guesswork out of our retention strategy. It gave us a baseline understanding, identified key issues, and helped us to prioritize our initiatives based on what our talent is really needing at this time."
CEO
Culture Assessment
"One thing I really appreciated about working with Lindsey was how she connected with me on a personal level. She asked great questions, but more importantly, she gave me the space I needed to reflect."
Team Development Leader
Coaching Client, Lindsey
"The techniques provided - for example how to create a safe environment and delegate - have been really impactful because of my current situation, where I need to train a new colleague."
Manager
10-session Management Skill-Building
"Had a great time participating in the Thread CC activities. They made me feel close to my team again after a crazy year apart. I look forward to them coming back and teaching our team again!"
Participant
Team Workshop
"Our sessions were something I looked forward to most, as Shereen had the ability to take my dialogue and filter it down and make me realize, that I actually already had the answers, I just needed someone to help me unpack them. She truly has changed the way I think of myself as a leader and has given me the tools to help me continue to grow."
Senior Director
Coaching Client, Shereen
"I really enjoyed working with people I have not before. It's been really inspiring hearing others' thoughts on topics discussed, which makes you think about aspects that most of the time are underestimated or not considered at all."
Manager
10-session Management Skill-Building
After working with Thread, I felt a deeper connection to my peers and had digestible knowledge of common and impactful issues we all face. My peers and I were excited to get to know one another as we felt freedom and acceptance to be vulnerable in the space created.
Participant
Team Workshops
Our team truly enjoyed the coaching we received from ThreadCC. They were kind and engaging, and the vulnerability exercise opened up helpful conversations that have continued.
Participant
Team Workshops