I was thrilled to sit down and speak with Dr. Sarah Saska, the Co-Founder and CEO of Feminuity for this week’s Inspirational Leadership Conversation. Feminuity is a global strategy firm that partners with leading technology startups through to Fortune 500 companies to build diverse teams, develop equitable systems, and design inclusive products and company cultures.
Prior to co-founding Feminuity, Saska 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. 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, is a TEDx speaker, and has been featured on CBC’s The National, as well as in Fast Company and The New York Times.
Here are some of the topics we discussed:
- Why diversity, equity and inclusion are so important in tech and innovation
- What it means to look at the shadow side of innovation
- How to prevent deeply toxic cultures
- Why ego gets in the way of effective leadership
- How to embrace humility
- Teaching the human skills in academic curriculum
- Why leaders should follow and learn from people who aren’t like them
- The power of vulnerability
- Why the goal shouldn’t be to retain all people at all costs
Listen to the full interview here:
How are you incorporating diversity, equity and inclusion in your workplace? What tools do you have in place to help your leaders become more self-aware?
We need to resist the tyranny of low expectations. We need to open our eyes to the inequality that remains. We won’t unlock the full potential of the workplace until we see how far from equality we really are — Sheryl Sandberg