Advocate. Entrepreneur. Public speaker. Sara Minkara is a Blind, Muslim, and first-generation Lebanese-American woman who has founded two international corporations. She currently serves as Founder and CEO of Sara Minkara, LLC where she works to promote Authentic Leadership to drive strategic solutions through value-based inclusion. She is the pioneer and creator of the Discovery in the Dark program series, featuring the trademarked In The Dark Methodology that removes the lens of sight in order to provide greater vision.
Sara understands the value that is inherent with her intersectionality of multiple identities, which naturally places her in a unique position that mirrors numerous diverse groups. She strives to elevate marginalized voices and viewpoints in order to promote a robust and authentic respect for individual value throughout an organization. Throughout Sara’s career, she has tirelessly advocated for our society to advance inclusion on a value-based approach rather than the status quo of the charity-based perspective to address human rights.
In 2010, Sara founded her first organization, Empowerment Through Integration (ETI), a nonprofit is committed to developing a more inclusive society through empowering youth with disabilities and transforming social and cultural stigmas against disability globally. Sara founded the organization with support from the Clinton Foundation in 2010. She maintained her role as CEO for 10 years while concurrently completing her bachelor’s degree at Wellesley College and master’s degree at Harvard University. She currently serves as an active member of the board of directors.
In 2018, Sara moved her mission forward to expand her reach for societal change and leveraged her hybrid identity intersection to work with the U.S. State Department as a representative during tours in countries such as Kyrgyzstan, Austria, and Rwanda. Within these purpose-driven roles and collective experiences, she broadened her commitment as an entrepreneur, activist, and inclusion expert to enhance the impact of her passion and leadership, resulting in the foundation of her current company, Sara Minkara, LLC.
Sara has served as a mediator, thought leader, and senior advisor while consulting with nonprofit organizations, corporation, and governmental agencies. Her work as an inclusion and authentic leadership expert has also been recognized by several institutions through awards and fellowships, including: Harvard Kennedy School Emerging Global Leader Award (2020); Vital Voices, 100 Women Using Their Power to Empower (2020); Ashoka Global Impact Transfer Fellow (2018); Forbes 30 Under 30 for Social Entrepreneurs (2017); Echoing Green Fellowship (2015 – 2017); Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Fellowship; Harvard University (2014 – 2015); and MIT IDEAS Global Challenge Award (2010). Moreover, she had the distinct honor of serving as Co-Chair of the Biden-Harris International Disability Policy Subcommittee (2020) and as a committee member of the UN Interagency Standing Committee on Disability (2017 – 2019).