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Alumni Spotlight Series: Sarah From

Greetings Milano community,

As part of our new Milano School website, we will be running a weekly “Spotlight” series on Milano students, alums and faculty. This series will give you a look into the work Milano students and alums are currently doing, and how their studies here have influenced that work. We will also be posting faculty profiles that will highlight the work and opinions of Milano faculty. Want to be part of the series? Shoot us an email at milanocommunications@newschool.edu.

1. Hi Sarah! Why don’t you start by telling us a little about yourself. 1_Sarah_FromWhere are you from? How long have you been in New York? What brought you to Milano?

I grew up in Maryland and have been in NYC for 10 years.  I came to Milano after seven years working on criminal justice issues at the Women’s Prison Association, a nonprofit. I chose the Organizational Change Management program because it is so uniquely focused on leadership and organizational development – exactly what I wanted to study.

2. Since you graduated from OCM last year, you started your own business here in the city. Tell us about the work you do, and how your time at Milano has helped/influenced your work.

I work as an independent consultant, coach and group facilitator for social change leaders and organizations.  I named my practice Do Your Best Work because I am focused on helping people who are changing the world to work in ways that are more effective, productive, and aligned with purpose and vision.

I use what I learned at Milano every day.  The OCM program gave me both the theoretical frameworks and the real-world experience that I draw on in my work with clients.  In my opinion, that mix of theory and practice that OCM achieves – without shortchanging either – is what makes the program so valuable and unique.

My clients are busy, passionate, but often stressed-out social change leaders who are looking for ways to work with greater balance and effectiveness.  As a former stressed-out nonprofit leader, I can relate to what they’re going through, and I know that tremendous personal change is possible!

3. I see that you spent 7 years working at the Women’s Prison Association, and received a Jewish Funds for Justice’s national Cornerstone Award in 2008 for your work on criminal justice reform. Impressive! Can you tell us a little about the specific issues you worked on here?

At the Women’s Prison Association, I worked on projects ranging from creating reentry housing for women returning home from prison & jail, to advocating for sentencing reform, to speaking to the media about the rising numbers of women in prison.  The Cornerstone Award was for my work with the Women’s Advocacy Project, a year-long course that trains women with criminal justice histories to influence public policy.  It was through that program that I realized that I loved facilitating groups, that I loved helping people have powerful transformational experiences, and that I loved helping people become stronger leaders.

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