Dr. Sarah Saska is the co-founder and CEO of Feminuity. She is a seasoned academic and experienced practitioner, drawing on data to identify areas of bias, inequity, and cultural challenges within organizations and pairing this with evidence-based strategies to align good intentions with meaningful and long-term impact.
Before co-founding Feminuity, Saska led pioneering doctoral research at the intersection of diversity, inclusion, and innovation. Her research highlighted the need for companies to embed diversity, equity, and inclusion into the core of their business and became the inspiration for Feminuity.
Sarah continues her research as a leading advisor to the growing body of research relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Canadian tech sector. Having advised on flagship studies, including “Who Are Canada’s Tech Workers?,” Tech for All: Breaking Barriers in Toronto’s Innovation Community,” and “Canada’s Gender Equity Roadmap: A Study of Women in Tech.”
Sarah holds a Ph.D. from Western University, an M.A. from The Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at University of Ottawa/Université d’Ottawa and a B.A. (Hon) and certification in Sexual and Gender Diversity from the Department of Gender Studies at Queen’s University. Sarah has worked with various NGOs, non-profits, and women’s funds, and has extensive experience with LGBTQ+ communities, women’s rights and gender equality, and on a leading research trial dedicated to ending sexual violence, engaging bystanders, and building communities of support across Canadian universities.
Sarah has twice been named amongst the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada and amongst Culture Amp’s list of “21 Diversity and Inclusion Leaders You Should Know.” She speaks internationally and is a TEDx speaker, and she’s been featured on CBC’s The National, as well as in Fast Company and The New York Times, to name a few.
She is a member of the Advisory Council for Entrepreneurship at Western University, Pique Fund II, and The MATCH International Women’s Fund and sits on the Board of Directors for Wen-Do Women’s Self Defense.
Sarah identifies as a cisgender, pansexual, able-bodied, Jewish woman as well as a survivor of sexual violence. Sarah is an only child and she has lost two parents to cancer.
Sarah is a hot sauce and olive connoisseur, she appreciates a critical perspective, and she values the messy parts of human interaction. She lives in downtown Toronto with her dog, Gordon, (lovingly named after the late Gord Downie).