Dr. Sarah Saska is an academic turned entrepreneur, working to guide tech and the innovation sector (and the disruption that comes with it) to ensure that we build a future that brings everyone forward.
While pursuing her Ph.D. at Western University, Sarah developed research on the importance of diversity, inclusion, and equity in innovation. Realizing the importance of her research, Sarah became a fellow at MaRS Discovery District to gain the support she needed to translate her research into practice.
Now as Co-Founder and CEO of Feminuity, Sarah and her partners have quickly become global leaders at the intersection of diversity and innovation, with clients from pre-revenue startups to $1.6B companies globally.
Dr. Sarah Saska is uniquely positioned and qualified to do this work, as she has 13+ years of experience as both a practitioner and academic in the space. Sarah has worked as a practitioner with LGBTQ+ communities, (with a particular focus on violence against trans* women), and she has worked extensively within the global women’s rights movement in the areas of gender-based violence and sexual harassment.
From an academic perspective, Sarah has specialized knowledge in women’s studies, gender studies, men and masculinity studies, transgender studies, queer theory, critical race theory, innovation studies, inclusive design, and entrepreneurship from her training at Queen’s University, University of Ottawa, Western University, and Cornell University.
Sarah is a member of the Advisory Council for the School of Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities at Western University, Pique Fund II, The MATCH International Women’s Fund, and Entrepreneurship at Western University. She is a mentor with MentorU, and she sits on the Board of Directors for Wen-Do Women’s Self Defence. Sarah has twice been named amongst the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada as well as amongst Culture Amp’s list of “21 Diversity and Inclusion Leaders You Should Know.”
Sarah speaks internationally (Canada, U.S.A., China, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka) about the future of technology and its impact on people and has delivered a TEDx talk and a podcast on Yahoo’s Open Concept. Sarah has been featured in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Financial Post, Vice Sports, Bloomberg Law, and New York Times as well as CBC’s The National.
Sarah approaches everything she does with a mix of heart, humour, and a deeply intersectional lens. Sarah is Hungarian, a survivor of sexual violence, and pansexual. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with her dog, Gordon.