Sandra McDowell, PCC

EXPEDITION Coaching Faculty: Certified Facilitator

Sandra is a sought-after thought leader on the topic of leadership. With over 15 years of credit union executive experience, a Masters in Leadership, a Certified Executive Coach (PCC) designation, a Certificate in Neuroleadership, and her CPHR and SHRM-SCP human resource designations, she has both the expertise and experience to provide high-impact guidance to those she works with. She proudly serves as part of the executive team for First Credit Union as Vice President of People & Culture. Sandra takes complex topics―such as leadership, coaching, the neuroscience of leadership, and mindfulness―and explains them in a relatable way that supports leaders to lead with the brain in mind.


Sandra’s interest in supporting the leadership growth of others has become her passion and purpose. She took her passion online in 2014 and developed the eLeadership Academy (, an online leadership program which is now offered nationally and internationally. In 2017 she published her first book, Your Mother Was Right: 15 Unexpected Lessons About Leadership and the Brain. Within the book she makes a strong connection between common sense offered universally by mothers, leadership in the workplace—and neuroscience.