Director of Marketing - ngconf
Chief Education & Content Officer - Thinkster.io
As the world’s largest conference for Angular web developers, we have an immensely diverse community of attendees, partners, and collaborators alike. We’ve greatly benefited from Sara’s experienced guidance with ensuring that we include diversity and inclusion in our every step.
We’ve especially appreciated how Sara quickly became familiar with our company culture and helped us to capture that culture in the ways we communicate with ALL of our community members in mind. But more importantly, as we’ve worked with Sara, she’s helped us develop on the individual level as well so that diversity and inclusion are now more natural parts of who we are as people. We value this as we strive to establish a company with genuine transparency and honesty in all that we offer.
Senior Manager Product Support & Community Leader Oracle Women’s Leadership
I am community leader of the Oracle Women’s Leadership group in Utah. I invited Sara to do an Inclusive Leadership training for our ORG. We made sure our invitation to the company to attend was very open, resulting in a very diverse group of employees who came. It was awesome to see that the concepts of Inclusive Leadership that Sara taught could apply to everyone in the room. She facilitated a deep conversation about valuing our diverse perspectives. Several team members told me afterward that they were energized and wished for more training on this topic!
Executive Director, Voices for Utah Children
Voices for Utah Children encourages policies where all children can thrive in Utah. We are particularly mindful of underserved communities, and rural communities - our work has broad reach and impact across the state of Utah. We invited Sara to do a two-day on-site training and invited our Board members to participate. This was a great opportunity to build relationships of understanding with our board. Our team gained a greater appreciation for diversity of thought, teamwork, and our own multidimensionality through a series of empathy building and interactive experiences that Sara created for us.
Executive Director, Workman Nydegger
As our firm has evolved over the years, we know that inclusion is an important factor for retention. We hired Sara to lead a board-level training on building an inclusive culture. We appreciated the deep insight she brought. She made the environment welcoming and engaging for leaders to explore new ideas for our firm’s future. We have already implemented some of the practical ideas that came from that workshop and are looking forward to partnering with Sara to achieve our goals.
Sr. Director, Corporate Communications
Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Instructure
As head of D&I at my company, I'm responsible for global D&I learning. Sara provided content strategy to scale an Inclusive Leadership training to our entire global workforce (13 sites, 1400+ employees). This was no small feat. She came with a depth of experience in building online courses, live training, and program implementation which allowed her to effectively partner with us to launch a blended learning program in less than 3 months. Her training model was a very effective way to engage all of our employees on inclusion, diversity and belonging.
Partner, Peterson Partners
We did a training offsite for our whole firm (partners, analysts, administration). Sara is a great facilitator and her training was very engaging. Our team came away with the understanding that we can drive immediate results by practicing inclusive behaviors. We were able to have thoughtful conversation on unconscious bias, checking our assumptions, and being intentional about being more inclusive.
Training and Development Coordinator
Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District
I participated in a training with Sara at the Utah Chapter Association of Talent Development. As an experienced HR professional, I observed how she effortlessly drew engagement from the whole group. She reinforced inclusive concepts by integrating those concepts into the way she trained, which is the sign of a masterful teacher. Her topic "Inclusive Mindset Skills for Working with Diverse Groups" drew a particularly high attendance which she handled with ease. I valued her energetic style and ability to resonate with participants so much that I invited her to provide training for our organization on several important topics - employee development, accountability, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence. I'm excited to have Sara as an asset to support our training efforts.
Sara delivers a hands-on, thought-provoking program that left me inspired; feeling much more influential with many take-aways. The workshop gave our team the opportunity to learn techniques to spearhead our growth and actionable concepts that can apply immediately to breaking barriers. Sara is skilled at engaging senior leadership, providing information in a helpful manner, and giving individuals the direction they need to feel competent and comfortable with unconscious bias training. I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn from Sara and I look forward to working with her in the near future.
VP Business Development, Industrial Supply Company
I work across the state of Utah to support inclusion efforts. There are very few opportunities for people within companies to learn about inclusion. The distinction between diversity and inclusion is a critical focal point when working to create a space that is culturally equal and diverse.
When I attended Sara’s workshop at the Salt Lake Chamber, I was happy to see how she created a safe space where people did not feel frightened to talk about diversity and inclusion. For those newer to the conversation, her workshop was very informative and not overwhelming.
The processes that Sara employs sets the stage for deeper dives into what inclusion is and creates a curiosity about how one can develop the awareness and skills to implement change. At the same time, it brought a diverse group closer together to have a really meaningful conversation about how to create inclusion within companies.
Team Leader, HRO, ADP
I organized the 3rd Women in Healthcare Leadership Conference (a joint collaboration of Utah HFMA AAHAM and UHE). Sara's keynote was very valuable and inspiring. I was personally excited and interested in what she has accomplished within the community. We received overwhelming feedback on how powerful and empowering the messages were.
Salt Lake Chamber
The Salt Lake Chamber was pleased to recently host Sara Jones and her presentation “Inclusive: How The Best Leaders Build Diverse and Winning Teams”. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with the attendees gaining keen insight and practical solutions to a complex issue. Sara engaged a large and diverse group of people in a deep conversation about diversity, and the participants felt safe to learn, stretch and become more intentional about their own person inclusion efforts. The Salt Lake Chamber looks forward to working with Sara again on the topic of diversity, as it is critical for companies to succeed.
Executive Director, Utah Center for Legal Inclusion
I attended Sara’s Inclusive Leadership training to learn more about resources on Diversity & Inclusion efforts in Utah. Sara’s unique experience as an attorney in law firms and the tech world was a big draw for me. Her workshop was extremely effective. She presented compelling arguments for inclusion and her style made the environment fun, interesting and engaging. Even with a large group of over a hundred people from different fields, attendees were able to participate effectively and take away excellent tips that will assist them in pursuing their own mission toward more inclusion.
CEO Fawn Design
My company reaches customers all over the world. It's important to me that my team develops skills to reach a diverse community of customers, partners, and talent. Sara led our leadership team through a deeply insightful training to build our inclusion skills. I loved her interactive approach of inspiring us through our own diverse stories and ability to empathize. Her training was not only refreshing, but also a great team-building trust opportunity. My whole teamed raved about her training and we all feel so much more comfortable with inclusivity. Sara's facilitative style helped my team come up with some very innovative business-driven solutions. She also customized the training to our specific business, which I really valued.
CEO, Hero Devs and
Lead Organizer ngconf
I co-organize the world’s premier ng-conf software development conference. Having seen Sara in action in many tech events, I invited Sara to come on board at ng-conf as an organizer - specifically to leverage her expertise on diversity and inclusion. We brought InclusionPro early on in planning for ngconf 2019 to ensure that our conference was as welcoming to our community as possible. As a key Google partner, we highly value our attendee experience. Sara has helped us refine how we engage our audience. She tactfully pushes us when our process needs improvement and ensures that attendee experience is top of mind. We have valued her ongoing strategic guidance. She is fantastic to work with.
Product Manager, Zions Bancorporation
I attended Sara's Inclusive Leadership training at Salt Lake Chamber. Sara's engaging and approachable style helped a diverse audience understand systems that have been historically designed to benefit a few without people becoming defensive. Having experienced bias in the workplace, I enjoyed seeing Sara's ability to place people in a learning mindset and hearing the insights that participants learned. It makes me hopeful that people will operate as better allies after receiving this training. Sara's interactive style modeled what inclusiveness actually looks like.
VP of Community, Veracity Solutions
Our team just went through InclusionPro's unconscious bias training the last few weeks and had a great experience. It included team bonding elements which kept our teammates engaged while they learned about diversity. The team appreciated learning about a wide range of diversity characteristics. Most importantly, Sara's training provided a plethora of practical examples so that our team members could understand what unconscious bias looks like - and an open dialogue on how we can be mindful and obtain honest, helpful feedback on our inclusion journey. I would recommend this training for teams who want a fun, practical and interactive way of learning about unconscious bias.
Founder & CEO, Infini D
Our most recent job posting attracted many talented applicants, but not a single diverse candidate. We reached out to Sara and she immediately spotted processes that needed to change for us to attract diverse talent. We went from 0% diverse job candidates to 70% diverse job candidates overnight, thanks to her help. In the end, we had three candidates that stood out above and beyond the others, two of which were from the diverse candidates that applied after Sara helped us make the needed changes. As a startup, we know how critical each hire can be. Ensuring we are getting the best applicants possible starts with ensuring we are pulling from as diverse of a pool as possible. We are thrilled to have Sara partner with us as we continue growing our company.
President & CEO, Veracity Solutions
As a female leader in a male dominated industry, I am acutely aware that bias takes many forms, most of which are unintended. As I’ve worked to help our organization be more inclusive, it’s become evident that unconscious bias impacts us in ways that are not obvious in the short-term, but that can present significant challenges in the long-term. Being proactive to better manage our culture is essential as we work to “up our game” in the face of an increasingly competitive employment market.
We were pleased to have Sara of Inclusion Pro spend time with our team. She made a challenging and sensitive topic interesting, engaging, and even fun. While we didn’t solve all our issues, our team members left with greater appreciation for each other and greater sensitivity to the subtle issues of diversity, and the impact of creating greater inclusivity.
EVP, Zions Bank
Zions banking footprint covers several states which create many employment opportunities as well as unique challenges. Executive management wants to hire a diverse employee base across these regions, so our D&I strategy has some complexities most companies don't experience. Sara was very helpful in researching best practices for Employee Resource Groups across larger companies. I appreciated having her experience and broad network to draw from. Her recommendations helped me test out some new ideas as our executive team works to shape diversity and inclusion strategies in our ever-evolving industry.
Founder & CEO, Blyncsy
I hired Sara about a year after Blyncsy was founded, particularly to leverage her executive experience in building culture. One of my priorities was building a strong founding team. Sara came in weekly, coached team members, and partnered with me to work on areas of improvements. She observed and facilitated team trainings, with a focus on inclusive behavior. I know that that early work and investment helped give us a strong start to the great team we have today.
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