For over fifteen years, Sarah Beaulieu has helped leaders and organizations expand their networks, launch strategic partnerships, and secure funding to execute their missions in the world. She is a consultant, coach, and advisor for a number of national organizations here in Boston. Sarah is a board member of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, and passionate advocate about ending sexual violence through her work at The Enliven Project. Most recently, Sarah served as Senior Advisor to Opportunity Nation, a campaign to increase economic opportunity in America.
Sarah gave a great talk on networking for introverts at our event at clypd and wrote a blog post summarizing the whole thing for us (thanks Sarah!).
How (and when) did you get into your current field or company?
My lifelong career has been all about observing and influencing human nature for the greater good, starting with working with little kids and bartending and then helping nonprofit organizations raise resources to support their missions. In the last year, I’ve started to transition into more advising, coaching, and consulting on the role of truth-telling in our lives and organizations.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Currently, I work half-time for an amazing organization called The GreenLight Fund advising them on expansion and growth. I also spend a good part of my week writing on a variety of topics, and working on my own book. And with two kids – 4 and almost 2 – there is a lot of blocking and tackling and wiping of noses. And the gym. Which keeps me sane.
What is the favorite part of your day?
I love the early mornings when the first cup of tea kicks in and before the kids wake up. If I’m writing, it’s even better.
What excites you about working in your industry?
What currently excites me is that I’m NOT in an industry, which allows me to be a pollinator of ideas, connections, and people.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
“If you don’t like babies, don’t worry. It’s not the longest part of parenthood.”
What is your favorite part of being a woman in STEM?
Well, I’m kind of an honorary woman in STEM. I am a data and database junkie, and appreciate the ways in which geekiness supports individual and organizational effectiveness. So basically a fangirl. I can’t think of a woman that doesn’t inspire me in some way. Especially women who are navigating career, relationships, purpose, and passion all at the same time!
What other women inspire you?
I really do like to sit on the couch and veg out 3-4 nights a week. And watch television that other people typically don’t like.
What is something that most people don’t know about you?
The ways in which we – as humans – are connected to each other. And social media makes that SO MUCH easier to see!