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Aida Neimarlija

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.

Shawn Newell

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.

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.

Jenny Wecker

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.

Skyler Carr

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.

Yvette Amparo-Espinoza

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.

Aaron Frost

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.

Melanie Jordan

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.

Val Taylor

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.

Marva Sadler

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.

Shelly Johnson

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.

Mark Pittman

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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