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Sandra Sessoms-Penny, EdD

Dr. Sandra G. Sessoms-Penny has been a faculty member with UoPX since 2009 and has facilitated courses in Management, Business and Doctoral Studies. She also serves as a University Research Methodologist (since 2019), Research Fellow for the Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research, Mentor and Committee Member for learners in the College of Doctoral Studies. She earned a Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from The George Washington University, Washington D.C.; an Education Specialist Degree from The George Washington University; a Master of Science Degree in Education and Elementary Education from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia; a Master of Science Degree in Human Resources Management from Troy State University, Montgomery, Alabama; and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resources Management from Saint Leo University, in Saint Leo, Florida. She enjoys the art/gift/joy of learning. An educator by trade and professional experiences, she served as a teacher, school administrator and instructional leader in the public sector at the elementary, middle and high school levels for 13 years in the Commonwealth of Virginia and retired in 2010. She founded Inevitable Growth Life Coaching and Consulting, LLC, in 2010. She coaches entrepreneurs, business owners, organizations and individuals on personal, professional and business growth. She is also a motivational speaker. She certifies new personal development coaches. She also serves as strategic planner, organizer and developer for community groups and businesses. Sandra also served over 21 years in the United States Air Force, culminating her military career as a senior-level non-commissioned officer and paralegal superintendent in military law offices throughout the United States and in Europe. Currently serves as a Troops to Teacher Mentor. Sandra is President and Founder of Inevitable Growth Life Coaching and Consulting LLC. She is a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Speaker and Trainer. She has also authored and published a personal development coaching book and workbooks.

Scholarship & Research



Journal of Leadership Studies-Symposium Piece-Relational Leadership: Perspectives of Key Constructs on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Equity in Higher Education

Psychology Today
Blog Posts Published


American Psychological Association Conference-Utilizing Clinical Hypnotherapeutic Intervention with CBT to Treat Pandemic-Aug. 13-2021 Symptomology

ILA Conference Geneva Switzerland 2021
Presenter -Topic-"The Stress Arc in Leadership and 3 Powerful Disciplines for Mitigating Major Stress Impacts in a New Era"-Upcoming
Presenter -Topic-“Improving Higher Education’s Role in Diversity and Social Equity through Relational Leadership in the New Era”-Upcoming
Presenter-Topic-"Healthcare Leadership-Using Virtuous Leadership in Chaos to Reimagine Beneficial Practices of Employee Cognitive Psychology"-Upcoming
2021-Knowledge Without Boundaries National Summit-College of Doctoral Studies Research Conference-University of Phoenix-Panel Discussion-"Exploring Emergent Trends in Leadership and Education"-Based on published symposia article from the Journal of Leadership Studies-


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College of Doctoral Studies