Sarah M. Kipp has been a professional speaker, writer, coach and educator for over twenty years. In 2006, she founded a coaching and advising firm for leaders. Her company teaches communication methodologies designed to accomplish transformative work in schools, universities and businesses. Sarah’s ability to connect in an open-minded, invitational manner consistently engages people from different viewpoints and walks of life.
As an articulate and sought after speaker and presenter, Sarah has spoken to audiences across the nation. She designs and facilitates workshops, board retreats, and in-service trainings on leadership skills, writing, and speaking. Her confident style encourages collaboration and teamwork, and she is often invited to facilitate strategic planning processes. Sarah guides teams from preliminary needs analysis, through creation of goals and initiatives, to successful implementation of the plan. Empathy and clarity allow her to
simplify the process and prioritize areas of need including financial stability, diversity, accreditation, board training, and methodology for decision-making and leadership. Her approach yields not only a finished plan, but also connected stakeholders who report feeling “invested, engaged, and hopeful.”
Sarah’s commitment to honing communication skills spans a wide spectrum. She has developed multiple programs teaching the five elements of being a dynamic leader. She has also taught public speaking, corporate writing, and grammar to native and non-native speakers in schools, businesses, and at the university level. Sarah’s clients include Reit Management and Research LLC, Sunergos LLC, Gallaudet University, McDaniel College, Maryland School for the Deaf, The Learning Center for the Deaf, Assabet After Dark Continuing Education, and Memorial Hall Library.
Sarah is the founder of The Gratitude GalaTM, an organization designed to foster local community connections through gratitude, artistic self-expression, and contribution. Sarah led a team of six community visionaries, including the Executive Directors of the Community Harvest Project and Apple Tree Arts, to launch a community-wide, performance-based event in November 2010 with more than a hundred attendees.
Sarah is fluent in American Sign Language and holds a BA in English and an MS in Deaf Education. She has served on the Board of Trustees at Touchstone Community School since 2010 and led the Strategic Planning Committee in 2012 – 2013. She previously served as the VP of Finance on the Board of Directors of the International Coach Federation New England, and is the current coordinator of the Central Massachusetts Jewish LGBTQ Group. An accomplished writer and editor, Sarah published Courage in the Lake, a compilation of her own autobiographical essays, and The Gratitude Gala, a collection of letters of gratitude from people throughout the Northeast. Sarah is an active member of Toastmasters, and has won first and second place in regional Humorous Speech Contests. She is training for her fifth triathlon and resides in Massachusetts with her family.