Sarah Saska, BAH, MA, PhD
FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Dr. Sarah Saska (pronounce) is the Co-Founder and CEO of Feminuity, an advisor, and a startup investor. Sarah challenges, reimagines, and redesigns the mindsets, technologies, and systems that surround us with the aim to shape a future that benefits everyone and brings us all forward in an equitable manner.
Sarah is a seasoned academic and experienced practitioner having led pioneering doctoral research at the intersection of diversity, inclusion, and innovation. Her research highlighted the need for companies, namely those in the technology and innovation sector, to embed diversity, equity, and inclusion into the core of their business and became the inspiration for Feminuity.
Sarah holds a Ph.D. from Western University, an M.A. from The Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at University of Ottawa/Université d’Ottawa and a B.A. (Hon) and certification in Sexual and Gender Diversity from the Department of Gender Studies at Queen’s University. Sarah continues her research as a leading advisor to the growing body of research relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Canadian tech sector. Having advised on flagship studies, including “Who Are Canada’s Tech Workers?,” Tech for All: Breaking Barriers in Toronto’s Innovation Community,” and “Canada’s Gender Equity Roadmap: A Study of Women in Tech.”
Sarah has twice been named amongst the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada and on Culture Amp’s list of “21 Diversity and Inclusion Leaders You Should Know.” She speaks internationally and is a TEDx speaker, and she’s been featured on CBC’s The National, as well as in Fast Company and The New York Times. She is currently a member of the Advisory Council for Entrepreneurship at Western University and Pique Fund II and she is a former member of the Advisory Council for Equality Fund (formerly The MATCH International Women’s Fund) and a former member of the Board of Directors for Wen-Do Women’s Self Defense.
Sarah is a Hungarian-Canadian and she identifies as a cisgender, pansexual, able-bodied, Jewish woman and a survivor of sexual violence. Sarah is an only child and has lost two parents to cancer. She appreciates a critical perspective and she values the messy parts of human interaction. She lives in downtown Toronto, Canada with her dog, Gordon, (lovingly named after the late Gord Downie, former lead singer of The Tragically Hip).