Become a Bestselling Author & Speaker in less than one year

For coaches, writers and entrepreneurs


The world needs you to stand up, speak out and BE KNOWN. We cannot wait another day for your story, your mission, the message only you can share. You are not only worthy and capable of your calling, you have a responsibility to share with the world because STORIES heal minds, transform our planet- SAVE LIVES.

So no more hiding. No more playing small.

You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t have the calling- that little (or big) niggle that says- THERE’S MORE FOR ME. But like me, you might have a voice that says, “who am I to write a book- to speak on a stage? To lead a movement.” We think we need permission, a sign. But after coaching women for over fifteen years THE CALLING IS THE SIGN.


Every author who has completed our program has finished AND published their book- many become Bestsellers. 100% those who have done our TEDx training have spoken at TEDx.

“Thank you Sara for all your support with my writing and my book.
Things are moving faster than I thought possible 🙂
I have a publisher already – what? Me? Yay!
I’m also writing articles like a crazy woman!
All of this is possible because you said yes to me- to help me, teach me, support me, guide me. THANK YOU!”

Simona Spark

If you don’t see the book that you’re seeking on the bookshelves or on the pages of Amazon-

It’s because you’re the one to write it.

You know you have a book in you, that you’re destined to speak on stages, share on podcasts, make a huge impact but only a few people know your name?

Are you tired of seeing other people publish books, step out on stages and get known while you struggle to attract clients, make an impact, find the people you’re here to serve?

Do you become overwhelmed at the thought of starting a book, besieged by thoughts of who do you think you are, you’re not a trained writer, how would you even get published once you wrote it?

You have that feeling deep within you-

that it’s time to make your voice heart- to write that book-
to step on that stage-
but then the voice in your head starts. . .

I’m not a writer
Who do you think you are?

Everyone around me is getting known, having success- no one knows my name
I’m not a celebrity- who would read my book? Book me on their show?
There are already books and people out speaking on this topic
I feel overwhelmed, I don’t know HOW

I get it.

I had every one of those fears- and more.

But I kicked down the door of every one of these fears- and you will too.

You did not come here to be a tree falling silently in the forest. You came her to make an impact- to SHINE.

In TLA, you’ll finally know how to go from alone behind your computer to serving and inspiring all those you’re meant to serve!

I went from an unknown aspiring writer, fantasizing about publication, and barely able to make $20,000 per year as a coach to  . . .

Book deal, Literary Agent, Oprah, Bestselling author, TEDx speaker, published in the New York Times and launching a multi- six figure a year coaching practice.

I believe if you have the calling to write, to speak- to make that major difference on our planet- it’s because someone out there (likely many thousands of someones) NEED NEED YOUR MESSAGE, YOUR STORY– the one only you can share.

In just the past year, we’ve seen our country torn apart by social issues, politics and the greatest health crisis we’ve ever faced. There has never been a more important time for you to be the leader you came here to be.

LEADING is your destiny but few of us can take this journey alone. I KNEW my calling was to write, publish, speak but I kept getting stuck. I remained unknown, unpublished, watching others I knew make the impact I so longed to make.

My breakthrough to all the success I desired came when I availed myself of the right strategies, support and mentorship – the exact levels of support we’ve embedded into Thought Leader Academy.

For ten years I tried to write my memoir but I struggled with the structure of my story. After meeting Sara and hiring her as a writing coach, I finished my memoir in 10 weeks, got a literary agent and optioned the film rights to my story! I’ve made guest appearances on a dozen podcasts, several of them nationally ranked. The thing I am most proud of is The Unleashed Series, a group of workbooks I originally created for women in prison, but are now embraced by women everywhere, around the rallying cry of ‘Escape your prison!’ I will be featured in The Atlantic magazine next month. Sara’s coaching was the hinge to everything!

Toby Dorr

After wanting to be a writer for years, I wrote my first book, got it published and even won awards. Since coaching with Sara, I filled my dream of getting a literary agent and am now publishing my next two books. I also followed my calling to serve on City Council!

Amy Peele

Thought Leader Academy is a 12-month program that will help you develop powerful thought leadership through published writing, speaking, build and lead an audience of raving fans and transform lives with your story.

As a result of this program you will:

  • Become a published, even bestselling author
  • Confidently share your message on stages, virtual events, podcasts, TEDx
  • Find and serve the community of people you are here to serve
  • Leverage and monetize your mission through Thought Leadership

After spending my entire life navigating disordered eating, body image, and the search for confidence in myself, my passion for teaching young women how to find ultimate joy and happiness was born into my book, To Kale And Back: Ditch The Rules And Learn To Thrive In Food, Fitness, And Life. The process of writing was made so enjoyable and simple with the help of Sara and my editor. I reached Amazon Best Seller in 3 different categories, including #1 new release the day of my launch. Working with Sara is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Diana Matuszak

Doing this work A LA CARTE is time consuming, and expensive-

I paid over $80,000 and it took me 10 years to do what we do in Thought Leader Academy in 1 year, and for far less.




You choose the writing project that sets you on fire: i.e. book, articles, blog. With Sara and your personal writing coach/editor you move step-by-step from idea to publication so you become a published author and change lives with your story. We’ll show you how and where to publisher and when you’re ready to launch your book/project, we’ll teach you the exact strategies that have helped every client this year become as BESTSELLER the day of their launch.


Here you’ll craft a signature talk you can take to any stage, online platform, even TEDx. I’ll teach you my top strategies to inspire audiences and, where desired, use talks to attract and enroll ideal clients into your programs, online community, classes, workshops and to buy books. You’ll learn where to speak, how to pitch in a way that maximizes your YES’s, how to get paid to speak -our signature, proven strategies to leverage and monetize your speaking for maximum impact and income.


Learn and implement the most efficient, effective ways to build an engaged, passionate community and audience that is aligned with your message and is excited for your book and every new thing you put out. You’ll pick your ideal channels and breakout as a leader in email, social media and through strategic, aligned partnerships which in turn will allow you to create, build and expand your audience so you impact and inspire people around the world.


Here you’ll explore, create and deliver the workshops, retreats, coaching programs, online classes, masterclasses, workbooks, VIP days (whatever you desire)  . . .  that create further transformation for those you’re here to serve and abundance for you and your family. If you have a program/product already, I’ll coach you to increase your income by up-leveling your programs and getting them out to more people. If you are just beginning, you’ll choose one or more programs/products that lights you on fire and feels effortless and exactly how to attract and enroll the people you’re here to serve!


Throughout every step of the training, you’ll learn and embody the thought leader mindset paradigms and actions to consistently, effectively, and powerfully lead and grow your community on an ongoing basis. I’ll teach you bonus strategies and actions to take all elements of your platform to new levels. You’ll grow in confidence and power as you step more fully into the leader you came here to be.

Most programs will focus on editing a book, but not how to launch to a bestseller.

They leave it to you as the writer to build an audience or take your message onto the stage, to TEDx. They don’t show you how to bring your vision together with other products and programs in a way that creates huge impact and income for you and your family.

In TLA you will learn and develop mastery in all 5 pillars- allowing you to powerfully manifest your vision and impact for the rest of your career. 

Thought Leader Academy is not for everyone. This vortex is for the leader ready to make a full commitment to living their highest vision- to doing whatever it takes to breakthrough limiting beliefs and bring her message into the world.

If that’s you, I want to hear from you.

I am now a 2x Bestselling author and just getting started. In Thought Leader Academy, during the pandemic, I’ve grown my online community exponentially and had over 1,300 people attend my Eclipsing Injustice Series this summer. I’ve even started getting paid for virtual speaking!

Lettie Sullivan

I had a dream of writing a book for years but in February I felt compelled to go for it. With Sara’s help, I wrote, published and hit #1 new release & Bestselling author on Amazon in 4 months – during the pandemic!!! I am now seeing out virtual retreats, have been featured in the media and receive emails from readers letting me know how my book impacted them!

Megan McCann


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How To Write A Bestselling Book in 12 Weeks
12 training modules covering everything from idea to completed manuscript- includes mindset, creating time to write even when you’re busy and the craft of writing well so you deliver the most riveting book possible, in record time.
Bonus 1 Day Bootcamp training.

Choose Your Ideal Book Path to Publication
Self-publish, traditional publish, hybrid- here I explain the financial and time pros/cons, expose the mistakes to avoid and coach you to choose the ideal way to bring your book into the world so you can

How to get an Agent in 30 Days
Learn and apply my exact 3 step process that have helped our client land top literary agents and big book contracts with major NYC publishers.

50 Ways to Create Financial Abundance NOW
In this dynamic exercise, I open up the unlimited possibilities for your abundance and give you a step by step process that has generated millions for my clients, colleagues and friends.

Article Writing Intensive
How to Pitch, Publish,
Leverage and Monetize winning Articles that will get you seen, position you as an expert and attract ideal clients like a magnet and expand your audience by the thousands.


Your Speaking Vision
I’ll coach you to identify where YOU are called to speak and help you remove doubts, blocks fears so that you radiate confidence and boldly step in front of every audience you’re here to serve.

Your $1Million Talk
What is a million dollar talk and how to you create one? I’ll coach you on clarifying your big idea/s, the craft of spoken story, and how a single talk can make a million income and lives changes.

How to Find, Book and Monetize Your Ideal Speaking Engagements
Once you have your talk, I’ll coach you on my proven step by step process to research, pitch and book speaking engagements of audiences of your ideal reader/client. This training includes the art of seeding, positioning you as an irresistible expert, pitching and converting your talks into new clients, new speaking opportunities and book sales.

TEDx Intensive
Everyone who has followed this process has booked a TEDx talk! Includes developing your BIG IDEA and TEDx talk title, applying like a Rockstar, tracking applications and my step-by-step process for booking your talk and going VIRAL once you deliver it!

Podcasts, TV/Radio/Media

In this training I share our proven process to pitch, get selected and leverage podcasts and media appearances! I’ll share how I got featured on Oprah, The View, Good Morning America and members of our community have now been featured on: CBS, NBC, Nightline, BET, Amazon, Netflix, Forbes and hundreds of national podcasts.


How to Build Your Audience Before Your Book Comes Out
This master training teaches my exact process to find, attract, nurture and LEAD an audience that becomes community of engaged fans who can’t wait to buy your book. You’ll know when to start, what and where to share, and how to lead with inspiration and service so that the people you’re here to serve know you, love you and stay with you long beyond your book or program launch.

The Bestselling Book Launch
Learn our #1 strategy that has helped every author we’ve worked with this year hit the Amazon Bestseller List the day of their launch!
Includes step by step, templates, case studies and everything you need to easily get top influencers to promote your book to their audiences and reach thousands with the link to your book.

Three Top Ways to Expand Your Audience from hundreds to thousands
In this mini-retreat, I share my top 3 strategies to start or expand your audience from where you are to thousands (and more!) You’ll be empowered to host and appear on live and virtual events to exponentially grow your audience of ideal readers/clients.

Transform- Creating Financial Abundance through Thought Leadership

Your Abundance Vision
I’ll coach you to identify, declare, embrace (own) and MANIFEST abundance through Thought Leadership so you can continue expanding your impact, experience your highest visions and contribute to your life and family.

Monetize Your Mission
In this module, I coach members of TLA on my proven, actionable strategies to create cash injections, attract clients, enroll into classes and retreats- authentically and in totally heart-centered ways.

Mastering Joint Ventures
Many thought leaders have reached 6, multiple 6, 7 figures and beyond by partnering with each other, organizations and groups to share their message. In this training I show TLA members HOW to find, create and maximize these relationships using generosity and collaboration so that you can reach more people and create more financial abundance through your mission and message.

50 Ways to Create Financial Abundance NOW
In this dynamic exercise, I open up the unlimited possibilities for your abundance and give you a step by step process that has generated millions for my clients, colleagues and friends.

The Abundance Club (BONUS TRAINING)
In this series, I teach my top mindset and practical action steps to generate immediate and long-term financial abundance. Includes tapping, success hypnosis, meditation, and easy to implement strategies.

How we get results- our signature system of 4 crucial components

What’s Included

Thought Leader Academy Enrollment & Pricing Coming Soon

Today only, also receive these MUST HAVE BONUSES!

VIP Strategy Session with Sara and our team to map your TLA course and set your biggest goals up for success. ($1,500)

SPEAK LIKE A PRO– our stellar course on finding, booking and ROCKING 100 Stages and Podcasts 

This course teaches you:

  • Where to find ideal speaking engagements and podcasts
  • How to position yourself as an irresistible presenter
  • How to leverage and monetize speaking and podcasts to make maximum impact and income

SPRING RETREAT– our legendary Writing in the Vortex Three Day Retreat designed to bring you and your writing to the next level and create your next BIG BREAKTHROUGH in Thought Leadership. 

$5000 Value

About Sara

Sara Connell is a bestselling author and the founder of Thought Leader Academy where she helps coaches, writers and entrepreneurs become bestselling authors and speakers. She has been featured on: The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The View, FOX Chicago, NPR, Katie Couric and TEDx.

Her writing has appeared in: The New York Times, Forbes, Good Housekeeping, Parenting and The Bangelore Review. Her first book Bringing In Finn was nominated for ELLE magazine Book of the Year.


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What do I get with Thought Leadership Academy?

Everything listed on this page.  Details about specific dates and times of trainings can be provided by a member of our team. In addition to the transformational training, guest expert trainings, live coaching calls and our private Facebook group, only at this event you get some amazing bonuses plus a VIP ticket to our 2021 fall event!

What’s the difference between Thought Leader Academy and other book or speaking programs?

Thought Leader Academy is unique due to our 5-Step Thought Leader Framework that brings each step needed to establish and expand your presence as an industry leader happens all in one place. Before, I had to find and hire coaches, training and mentors separately for speaking, writing, publishing, leadership, business and marketing. I spent years and over $80,000 in trainings to do what we do now in 1 year in TLA for $15K. The program also focuses strongly on mindset- on who you get to become by creating your book, stepping on that TEDx stage. The process saves you money,  transitions from one mentor and community to another and another, and an incredible amount of time.

Am I guaranteed results?

No. Your results will depend on the work, energy and action you bring to the program! Like in any venture, you are taking a risk to invest your time and money into a structure you believe will help you take your mission and message to new levels. Know that our entire team is passionate and dedicated to your fulfillment and success. And, I can tell you that everyone who has dedicated themselves to this program, has a published book, is empowered as a speaker and is creating income through the products/programs they created.

Can I get a refund?

No. I understand this could turn you off. Here’s why we don’t: this community is full of individuals who make commitments and follow through, even when the work is tough. When you sign up, you are choosing Thought Leadership Academy because you’re ready to fulfill your mission and play big. We know the structure and strategies create positive results for the individuals who put them into action.