Bill Sanford, M.S.
Bell Leadership, Trainer & Speaker

Recognized as an impactful trainer, stand-out speaker and insightful coach, Bill Sanford embodies a unique combination of substantial credibility with a down-to-earth approach. Bill has worked with executives, leadership teams and organizations globally, developing business relationships that span the decades. Companies such as Extraco Banks, Citrix, U.S. Polo Association, Ply Gem, Oberweis Dairy and Heartland Dental repeatedly call on Bill to design and facilitate programs that lead to higher organizational performance.

Bill devoted the first part of his career to resolving ethnic conflicts and complex public disputes in Central Europe and Central Asia. Bill has built leaders in a wide range of industries– from tech, manufacturing and healthcare to banking, government and education. His extensive work in athletics ranges from national champion college sports teams to the National Basketball Association (NBA). With expertise in conflict resolution and a keen ability to help break down barriers, Bill leads clients to clarity, alignment and highly productive teamwork. Bill has solidified his reputation as a leadership expert who holds your attention, gives you practical steps to improve your performance and makes you laugh along the way.

Bill is a native Tar Heel who continues to call North Carolina home. In addition to spending time with his wife and three sons and attending as many Carolina games as he can, Bill loves making playlists for all occasions.

  • M.S. in Comparative Politics from London School of Economics and Political Science
  • M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) at George Mason University
  • Morehead Scholar recipient from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill