Sarah has over 13 years of experience working on the web and over 16 years of experience working in and leading nonprofit organizations. She co-founded the Open Center for Autism in 2005 with Valerie Paradiz, served as the deputy director of the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP), and executive director of the Helping Children of War Foundation. Sarah received her BA from the University of Chicago with a focus on globalization and its effect on marginalized cultures, studying in Spain, Tanzania, and Cuba, and finally moving to Japan to teach English. In 2009 she completed a master’s degree in Humanistic and Multicultural Education at SUNY New Paltz. She is the co-author of Lesson Planning a la Carte: Integrated Planning for Students with Special Needs (AAPC Publishing).
- Sarah has 3 cornerstone habits:
- Sticking to the plan
- It is important to prioritize bringing on good fitting team members instead of bringing money home.
- Building your team is important.
- Use the strength of your employees.
- Sarah created positions more valuable than the budget.
- You have to respond to the trends.
- The Great Game of Business book helped coach Sarah.
- She practiced open book management where she shared the financials with all her team.
- Structure your business around functions that need to be done.
- Then, let people do their own thing.
Sarah Olivieri’s Recharge Round
- Share with us how you believe your mindset affects your life? Mindset is important.
- What do you do daily to bring Energy into your life? She doesn’t work Fridays, evenings, or weekends and has a lot more creativity when she doesn’t work a lot.
- Share the number one connection that has made the biggest impact on your life? Her mom and her integrator, Sonya have been two big connections.
- What advice has Influenced you the most in your life? She draws influence from the simple, everyday things. She starts her day with coffee and watches the sunrise.
- Recommend a book and share why you love it? Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
- Define in one sentence or less, what legacy you want to leave on the world? She wants to change the status quo for non-profits so they can run smoothly and efficiently.
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