Keynote Speaker-SDVOSB Banquet

Hampton Roads, VA - 19 January 

Authentic Leader

Midlothian, VA - 30 January

Women In Defense-Greater Tampa Bay Chapter

Tampa, FL - 1 March

Germanna Community College-Administrators Professional Seminar

Fredericksburg, VA - 26 April


Tampa, FL - October 2017


After nearly 10 years as an active duty Marine Corps officer, Dr. Spradlin transitioned to serve as the first female Principal Staff Director at United States Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command. Currently, she serves as the CEO at Vitruvian Advantage, a competency based workforce development firm driven to provide functional workforce development solutions grounded in the theoretical and practical application of emotional intelligence (EI). With more than 15 years experience working talent acquisitions, organizational development, and executive career coaching, she is a leading expert in the study of EI as it relates to workforce development, transformational leadership, resilience, and high performing team dynamics. Dr. Spradlin also serves as Adjunct Faculty for Central Michigan University’s Graduate School of Business Administration where she teaches Workforce Improvement Strategies for Corporate and Non-Profit Organizations. She serves as the Chairman of the Congressional Clay Hunt Community Outreach Committee for the VA's Mid Atlantic Region in Hampton, Va. She is enrolled in the Executive Management & Leadership Course at MIT Sloan School of Management. Last but certainly not least, Dr. Spradlin spends a great deal of time motivating students & professionals on the positive influence EI plays in ones' personal and professional success. She is married to Dev Spradlin (USMC Ret.) and resides in Chester, VA with their 4 children.

Motivational Speaking Topics Include:

  • The Psychology of Emotional Intelligence: Perspective, Persuasion, and Influence
  • Transformational Leadership and The Elusive "How"
  • Grow an Emotionally Intelligent Workforce-Establish Organizational Resilience
  • Empowering Women in the Workplace: What I Learned as the First Female Staff Director at Marine Special Operations School

In today's global market, change is the only constant. So ask yourself...How do we combat change in order to maintain the competitive advantage during times of uncertainty?


Dr. Spradlin recently teamed up with BizWorks Enterprise Center to produce a short documentary about how BizWorks, Richmond's leading incubator, helps small businesses create new jobs to Chesterfield County.

Dr. Spradlin was recently nominated to serve as the Chairman of the Veteran Administration's Mid-Atlantic Region Congressional Clay Hunt Community Outreach Committee, working with the team to increase awareness of veteran suicide and improve mental health resiliency and recovery programs for transitioning service members throughout the region.

Richmond Family Magazine (May 2015) "Meet the Parents: Moms and Dads Behind Successful People". This feature story highlights the significant impact Dr. Spradlin's parents have on her academic and professional achievements.


Her most recent research examined the influence of emotional intelligence on military special operations candidates’ selection to a military special operations training school. 

* A Quantitative Analysis of Emotional Intelligence and Special Operations Candidates' Selection to a Military Special Operations Training School (2015)

* Bullet Proof: Establishing Organizational Resilience Through Emotional Intelligence (2015)

* Functional Leadership and The Elusive "How" (2016)

* I Lack Experience, Can I Borrow Your Imagination? How Millennials Manage Occupational Stress (2016)


Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) specializing in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Northcentral University 

MA in Criminal Justice specializing in Narcotics Investigations from American Military University

BS in Psychology with a minor in Leadership Studies from Virginia Tech

Certifiend Talent Assessment Coach (EQ-i 2.0, EQ 360, EQEdge Entrepreneurial Potential, BOEI Organizational Assessment, & AMP (Multi-Health Systems)


Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology

Society of Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence Training and Research Institute

National Defense Industrial Association

Delta Mu Delta International Business Honor Society 


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” -  Sun Tzu, Art of War

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Dr. Sarah Spradlin, DBA

Founder & CEO at Vitruvian Advantage