Speaking

Sarah is an experienced speaker, panelist, conference chair and moderator. Organizations that have invited her to speak include Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, the World Bank Institute, the Smithsonian Institute, the Aspen Institute, the IFC (World Bank Group), the United Nations Global Compact, Columbia University, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and Kellog School of Management. Sarah is a regular moderator and chair for Financial Times Global Conferences & Events.

She has been a guest on America’s PBS television with Raymond Horton, Professor of Ethics and Corporate Governance at Columbia Business School, discussing corporate responsibility. Sarah is also regularly invited to speak about her books Making an Exit and Moveable Feasts on the radio and at literary clubs, festivals and other events.

Conferences, roundtables and other events at which Sarah has appeared include:

  • Filling the Governance Gap: Aligning Enterprise and Advocacy, Kellogg School of Management and the Aspen Institute, Chicago, February 2014
  • IFC Sustainability Summit (speaker on two panels), International Finance Corporation, Washington DC, June 2013
  • Smart City World Congress (moderator on two panels), Barcelona, November 2012
  • IE Business School’s Social Responsibility Forum (speaker on two panels), Madrid, November 2011
  • The US Farmers & Ranchers Alliance’s Food Dialogues, an interactive event in four locations across the US and online (speaker on the New York panel), September 2011
  • The Aspen Environment Forum (speaker and moderator on two panels), Aspen, Colorado, May-June 2011
  • The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program’s Book Series, (interviewing Mary Gentile, author of Giving Voice to Values, and Bruce Kogut, Professor of Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School), New York, August 2010
  • IESE Business School’s Doing Good and Doing Well Conference (speaker on two panels), Barcelona, February 2010
  • The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy’s Forum on Energy Efficiency in Agriculture (opening plenary speaker) Iowa, 2008
  • The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition’s Business Alliance Global Forum (moderator), May 2008, Brussels
  • Dalberg Global Development Advisors, the United Nations Global Compact, the Financial Times and Edelman’s “When Partnerships Mean Business” (panelist), New York, 2007
  • The Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum’s “The Business of Design” (discussion leader), October 2007
  • The BSR Annual Conference (opening plenary panelist), Washington DC, November 2005
  • Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Executive Session on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Media (roundtable participant), Harvard Club of New York, September 2005
  • 12th Annual Net Impact Conference, Columbia Business School (panelist), New York, November 2004

Book talks and radio

Making an Exit radio interviews include:

  • BBC Radio Four’s Excess Baggage with host Sandi Toksvig
  • BBC London’s Robert Elms show
  • Wisconsin Public Radio’s Here on Earth with host Jean Feraca
  • Talk Radio Europe’s Afternoon Show with presenter Hannah Murray
  • Canada’s CJAD 800 AM with host Barry Morgan.

Making an Exit book talks include:

  • Last Tuesday Society, London (illustrated book talk)
  • Southbank Centre, London: Festival for the Living (panel discussion)
  • The Globetrobber’s Club, London (illustrated book talk)
  • Guggenheim Museum, New York: The Last Word (prominent artists, philosophers, writers, and performers contemplate the subject of voluntary endings)
  • KGB Bar: Halloween event (book reading and signing)
  • Observatory, New York (illustrated talk and book signing)

Moveable Feasts radio interviews include:

  • NPR’s MarketPlace Morning Report with host Scott Simon
  • WNYC’s Leonard Lopate show
  • Wisconsin Public Radio with host Veronica Rueckert
  • Sirius radio’s Before You Bite show with host Phil Lempert
  • Radio New Zealand National’s This Way Up
  • Radio Europe Mediteranneo with presenter Hannah Murray

Moveable Feasts book talks include:

  • Authors@Google series, New York (book talk)
  • Aspen Book Series, New York (book talk and signing)
  • Ubud Readers & Writers Festival, Bali, Indonesia (book talks and panel discussions)
  • Transport Research Board international conference, Baltimore (luncheon keynote speech)