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It is rare to find a business executive with a Doctorate degree in Neuropsychology and a Master’s Degree in Marketing, who dynamically trains top executives and consults with high profile companies, but will comfortably sit barefoot on the floor and describe how her experiences as a mother have informed her most successful techniques.
But Sarah Bridges is anything but common.
Raised by two PhD parents, Sarah has always chased her dreams. She spent her childhood in a six-family community near Berkeley, CA, before transitioning to corporate life as an executive for a $1.7-billion Fortune 1000 company in Minneapolis.
She ran her first marathon at age 10 and continues to run several each year, including the prestigious Boston Marathon, which she qualified for yet again this year.
Finding balance throughout her life experience is one of the many lessons she shares in her speaking engagements and everyday conversations. Whether it was becoming a mom, finishing her doctorate, appearing on national TV, working as a board member of Opportunity Partners, or stepping into a national advocacy role on behalf of her disabled son and other kids with disabilities, Sarah has found success in nearly every realm she has entered.
Over the past decade, Sarah has presented to audiences large and small, across vastly diverse populations. Her background allows her to tailor programs and speeches to any group or individual, from local parents to high-level business executives. As an official Blue Zones speaker, she speaks frequently about living life longer, better.
Years after earning her Ph.D in neuropsychology from the University of Minnesota, she returned to the campus not as a student, but as a presenter. After earning her B.A. in neuropsychology from Wesleyan University, Sarah completed a predoctoral fellowship through the National Institutes of Health and became a postdoctoral fellow through the Alzheimer’s Association.
In addition to informing her speaking and consulting, Sarah’s interest in the field of psychology and human development extends to her writing, with investigative articles and personal essays published in the Washington Post, Mothering magazine and SEED magazine, among others.
Her memoir, “A Bad Reaction,” and popular keynote address “Lessons I Learned from My Disabled Son,” focus on her experience raising her son Porter – one of six children in a blended family. In her inspiring weekly blog “Free Range Lives,” Sarah engages readers with a unique blend of humor, personal life lessons, and the science behind living well.
With genuine care and compassion, Sarah’s mission is to share her unique set of lessons and coping skills so that others may benefit from a lifetime of rich experience, from its triumphs to its mis-fires.
Lessons I Learned from my Disabled Son
Some of the most valuable life lessons come from Sarah’s disabled son, Porter. While his autism presents challenges in certain areas, it provides him with continual amazement as he lives constantly in the present. He has no bias, and his default setting is connectedness.
These lessons assist not only Sarah’s healthcare and educational clients, but also her high-level corporate coaching clients. Along with her background in neuropsychology, her experience navigating high-stress environments, and a lifetime of healthy living, Porter’s lessons contribute a uniquely personal element to this presentation.
It’s an experience you won’t get from anyone but Dr. Sarah Bridges.
Available as Keynote or Workshop – Contact us to schedule Sarah for your speaking event
Top business publications like Forbes and Fortune have addressed unconscious bias in the workplace, and companies spend millions of training dollars to increase diversity. Yet most of us go about our days on autopilot, with biases we don’t even realize we have.
This is fine for driving to work or buying groceries, but unconscious bias becomes a problem in situations that require thoughtful logic, like hiring employees.
Dr. Sarah Bridges’ presentation combines contemporary research with practical solutions to reveal the many ways unconscious biases affect us in and out of the workplace. Full of quirky personal anecdotes, her engaging presentation acknowledges that while we’re all a bit biased, it doesn’t have to control our decisions.
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