Dr. Sarah Saska is an academic turned entrepreneur, working to guide innovation (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 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 LGBTQA+ 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, 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, and The MATCH International Women’s Fund. 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.
Sarah speaks internationally (Canada, U.S.A., China, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka) about the future of technology and its impact on people and has delivered a TEDx talk. Sarah has been featured in Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Financial Post, Vice Sports, and New York Times.
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 is lives in Toronto with her dog, Gordon.