In 2007, SaraLiz's life took a drastic turn when it became clear that her marriage was ending. For the first time in her adult life, she would soon have to depend solely on herself. Though she had significant work experience, she only had a high school education. She married early at only 21 years of age and realized she had always chosen to please others as opposed to following her dreams. Born Sara-elizabeth Phillips, as the youngest in a family of ten and accustomed to trying to live the perfect life by “going with the flow,” she had never seized the opportunity to live her personal best life. SaraLiz realized the end of her marriage provided a perfect opportunity to shift.
SaraLiz knew if she tapped into her genius and made some new choices, she could provide herself with the lifestyle to which she had become accustomed. She embarked on a journey of change. Early in her journey, the book, One Day My Soul Just Opened Up, by Iyanla Vanzant, inspired a new journey of self-discovery, revealing challenges from denying her truth and making choices to please others. As she shifted to a desire to make self-honoring choices, she began to affirm a positive transformation in her life, and the lives of those she supported as a mentor and coach.
As SaraLiz took control of her life, she went back to school, and her career accelerated from an operations assistant to a manager in just four years at one of the world leaders in the biopharmaceutical industry, while she continuously maintained her vision to support others. As a mentor and coach for over 20 years, Saraliz formed Inner Horizons Life Consultants to make a more personal impact on her community. Identifying the need to make self-honoring choices to foster her desire to serve others, she decided to apply for the Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development’s Spiritual Life Coaching Certification Program. It provided an opportunity for her to be her first client, ascertain levels of healing, and practice the business of coaching as well.
SaraLiz delved into her Spiritual Life Coaching training with a vision for success. As a certified Spiritual Life Coach, SaraLiz can now support clients in exploring and expanding their life's journey by creating a new standard of excellence through the utilization of Universal Laws and Principles providing one-on-one coaching, workshops, and group facilitation.
To optimize service utilizing her vast experience, SaraLiz founded FS Consulting, a marketing consulting firm formed in 2012 to provide philanthropy support to small- and medium-sized non-profit organizations and businesses. Now a prosperous consulting firm, FS Consulting, expanded its services to providing IT, diversity & inclusion, and coaching services to Fortune 500 companies. SaraLiz held leadership roles with the Pfizer African American Leadership Network, Lupus Foundation of America, Someone's Daughter, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City (BBBS), and Bigs United (affinity group of BBBS NYC). Recognized as a 2015 BBBS Big Champion mentor, a distinct honor given to three of 3,000 mentors, SaraLiz led the Workplace Mentoring Program with BBBS NYC and her former employer as the corporate liaison, as well as implemented programs to create awareness around diseases like lupus and sickle cell, that primarily impact African-Americans.
Today, SaraLiz maintains strong partnerships with organizations like Someone’s Daughter, The Lupus Foundation of America, BBBS NYC, City Meals-on-Wheels, Young Professionals United for Change, Young Professionals for CARE, Berkeley CARES, and New Jersey Cares. She thrives on community awareness and believes, “to get great service; one must first give great service.”
She now holds an Associate’s Degree in Accounting and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. To further live her purpose, to make a career change to Psychology, she obtained a Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology specializing in Organizational Diversity and Social Change. She joined the Association of Black Psychologists in 2013 as a student to expand her knowledge, receiving training in the mental liberation of Afrikan/Black people and support in healing families and communities based on cultural values and principles. Now, as a professional member, she shifted to directly supporting healing in the Black community.
Since she began this journey, SaraLiz has nearly quadrupled her salary, expanded her purpose, and elevated her spirit. She has obtained three degrees and is currently in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology focused on Evidence-based Coaching. Moreover, the native New Jersey resident SaraLiz has served the NJ/NYC Tri-state area as a progressive, dynamic force driven to enrich the lives of others in many capacities. Lupus Advocate, Someone’s Daughter, and BBBS NYC mentor turned certified Spiritual Life Coach, Sara-elizabeth Phillips epitomizes the spirit of selfless service and community commitment.