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Ms. Sandy Yawn


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A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Captain Sandy Yawn is the first female superyacht captain on Bravo’s “Below Deck Mediterranean,” and her fascinating stories hold leadership lessons for today’s live and virtual audiences. With over 30 years of international maritime experience, Sandy has broken glass ceilings, survived a heart attack, cancer, near-fatal accidents on land, and pirates and fires at sea. She received a degree in Marine Training at the Maritime Professional Training Institute, and was honored to receive the International Superyacht Society’s Distinguished Crew Award in 2006. Most business leaders will never have such life-or-death challenges in their daily work. But surviving stormy seas has taught Sandy many invaluable lessons on such timeless leadership principles as inspiring your crew, that failure is ok, and how to empower your team to accomplish their win together in the same boat. Enduring a voyage on a 157-foot vessel requires discerning when to be tough enough to stay the course or flexible enough to circumnavigate to calmer waters – decisions all leaders are faced with every day. Throughout her career, Sandy has lived by the mantra, “Wake up, show up, kick ass, repeat!”

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