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2021 Fall Kick-off: A Conversation over Coffee with Sara Minkara
Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM EDT
Category: Special Events

A Conversation Over Coffee with Sara Minkara, MPP
Innovator. Advocate. Entrepreneur.

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In a world where things are uncertain and ever-changing, this discussion will explore the value of identity -- finding and embracing one’s authentic self, and empowering others to do the same.

Leveraging her intersectional identity as a Blind, Muslim, Arab-American woman to connect more deeply with others, Sara shares a new approach to inclusion. By accepting ourselves and others as we are, approaching one another with compassionate curiosity, and empowering ourselves and each other to reach our true potential, we can each bring our best and most authentic selves forward. Through what Sara calls Authentic Leadership and inclusion, we can each contribute to individual empowerment, more genuine interpersonal connections, and (ultimately) lasting systemic change.

With particular emphasis on inclusive and responsive leadership through Sara’s diverse lived experiences, we will delve deeper into what it means to shift perspective and build a more equitable workplace, and world, for all.

Sara Minkara, MPP
Sara Minkara is an internationally recognized champion for disability inclusion, individual empowerment and social enterprise, and the Founder and CEO of Sara Minkara LLC (“SMLLC”). Sara and her team at SMLLC promote Authentic LeadershipTM to drive strategic solutions through value-based inclusion. Growing out of her personal experiences and her intersectional identity as a blind, Muslim, first-generation Lebanese-American woman, Sara developed a new approach to inclusion to address adaptive design challenges. In all of her work, Sara advances a philosophy of lasting change through individual action and inclusive practice that celebrates our unique and dynamic identities. Prior to launching SMLLC, Sara founded the global nonprofit Empowerment Through Integration (ETI) while attending Wellesley College and continue to serve as their board member today. Sara established ETI to provide critical life skills training to children with disabilities in her parents’ native Lebanon, and served as its CEO for a decade. In addition to her endeavors through SMLLC and ETI, Sara is a featured speaker on behalf of the U.S. State Department, where she has participated in speaking tours in Asia and Africa on issues related to disability, empowerment of women and girls, and inclusion. Sara has spoken at major events, including the World Government Summit and the U.N. in both New York and Vienna, as well as private engagements for AirBnb, Luminate Foundation, Lazard, the Boston Mayor’s Office, NOAA and many more. Sara has been recognized for her contributions and innovation by numerous prestigious bodies over the years, including Forbes 30 under 30, MIT, Ashoka, the Clinton Global Initiative, Echoing Green and Halcyon. She served as Co-Chair of the Biden-Harris International Disability Policy Subcommittee and a member of the UN Interagency Standing Committee on Disability. Sara was recently named an Emerging Global Leader by Harvard, and was honored in a Kennedy Center exhibition of “Women Using their Power to Empower.”


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

9AM - 10:30AM (virtual Zoom program)
9-9:30 - Networking
9:30-10:30 - Program


 Audience/Target Market: Development and Marketing Professionals of all levels; those in Leadership positions; anyone interested in finding and developing their authentic selves!

Registration: $25 for WID members
(before Friday 11/5/21)

 $40 for non-members and members who register late, (after Friday, 11/5/21)

"Tables of 10" - $250

Registration for this program will close on Monday, November 8
No refunds within 7 days of program

 Login information for this program will be sent a few days in advance of the program.