Sally Beatty


Office Location: Chicago

Phone: +1 312 4961000

Sally Beatty is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Chicago office and a member of the Social Enterprise, Education and Nonprofit Executive Practice, which is engaged in working globally with a diverse group of mission-driven organizations to support leadership development and talent planning. Sally is responsible for senior-level search assignments across Leadership Consulting.

Sally works with a variety of organizations, including K12 schools, colleges and universities, social justice-driven organizations, health and human services, and arts and culture.  She has experience working on projects for chief executive officer, board, president, chief academic, dean, chief development officer, director, chief marketing officer, and chief information officer roles. She has also worked on financial services projects, conducting placements for chief investment officers.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Sally worked as a consultant specializing in the education sector. She gained significant experience working for a variety of public, private and for-profit education institutions. Additionally, Sally worked with educational technology companies and private equity firms who have an interest in the education space. Early in her career, she participated in higher education and media & entertainment engagements for a global consulting firm. Her other professional experiences included working with a multi-unit specialty retailer and for a publicly traded digital content company. Her notable operational experience was overseeing a number of divisions for a group of 70 college campuses with 45,000 students and 3,000 faculty.

Sally taught graduate and undergraduate students, both online and on ground, as an adjunct and tenure track faculty member.  She was a Higher Learning Commission peer reviewer for eight years and an ACICS peer reviewer for two years. 


Sally holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University. She studied at London School of Economics and completed a fellowship at Northwestern University. 

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