Sarah always believed that social good does not have to come at the expense of sound business principles. Until recently these two concepts were completely divided in her life, as she juggled her career in consulting with her desire to support philanthropic ventures. During a women microfinance project in rural India, Sarah experienced how the infusion of financial and human resources from local banks not only empowered entrepreneurs, but transformed entire communities. A few years later, she co-founded MaSa Partners to support entrepreneurs in their quest to transform socially responsible initiatives into financially sustainable businesses.
As a management consultant, Sarah has seen what works and more importantly what doesn’t work. With a focus on strategic planning, performance measurement, and communications, she has led projects for government agencies, non-profits, and Fortune 500 companies. Sarah witnessed all too often how strategic and business plans end up on the shelf. The plans do not engage stakeholders, lack the measures needed to drive decision-making, and fail to create an effective governance and communication structure. Sarah takes a pragmatic approach to developing plans that achieve results. For example, her work for the Under Secretary of Defense saved taxpayers over $10 million annually. Sarah’s dedication and commitment to excellence was recognized when she became the youngest person to receive Booz Allen Women’s Success Award.
Sarah’s Commitment to the Community
Sarah’s commitment to her community never ends — serving on non-profit boards, leading pro-bono initiatives, and participated in a Congressional Task Force. Her work has supported a wide range of missions from education to the arts, and from international development to the wellbeing and health of veterans and service members. Currently, she chairs the US Fund for UNICEF’s Advocacy Committee and serves on one of its regional boards. Additionally, Sarah is involved in a variety of initiatives to address the gender gap, including electing women to public office and increasing access to capital for women.
What you don’t know about Sarah…
As a fifth-generation Wisconsinite, Sarah is an ardent Green Bay Packers fan – and even owns a few shares in the team! Sarah loves to travel, and has visited all 50 states and numerous countries around the world. Sarah’s passion for politics manifested at an early age as she served as student body president of her middle school, high school and college.