Sara E. Spiering


Sara Spiering is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Chicago office and a member of the global CEO & Board of Directors and Industrial practices. She focuses on non-executive directors, CEOs, executive and non-executive chairs, presidents, COOs, and operators and on consulting engagements for CEO and board succession planning, pre-IPO board building, and corporate governance best practices. She also leads the Transportation, Logistics & Distribution sector.


Sara has conducted roughly 300 non-executive director searches, primarily for F500 companies. She has deep expertise in diversity board recruiting and has extensive connectivity into diverse and rising star board talent.

Before joining Heidrick & Struggles, Sara worked as an attorney. She spent four years practicing management-focused employment law and commercial litigation with DeWitt Ross & Stevens. 

Sara speaks frequently on governance issues and has done so at multiple NACD Annual Summits.



University of Wisconsin School of Law, JD (Articles Editor, Law Review)

Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, BA in Journalism


Fortune’s Most Powerful Women: Next-Gen, named multiple times

Philanthropy and Service

Sara is a founding member of Chief, a private network for C-Suite female leaders. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum, where she serves on the membership committee and co-chairs the Oak Park Friends School Council.

She has served on the Ambassadors Board of the Chicago Children’s Choir.