Inspired Speaking

"My work is incredibly personal. I travel around the world sharing a philosophy that grew directly out of my own experiences with thousands of people so they may incorporate the same approach in their own lives. I speak on a range of topics, but so much of what I address focuses on the value we each hold as individuals, the social imperative of approaching people and situations with compassionate curiosity, and the unique gift of human connection. It is fundamental and revolutionary to be told that every person has value. But we do, and these conversations are vitally important."

- Sara Minkara, Founder of Sara Minkara LLC and

Creator of the In the Dark Methodology™


A renowned public speaker, Sara Minkara shares her unique perspective and highly personal story through a remarkably warm presentation style. A graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Sara is the founder of a successful international nonprofit, Empowerment Through Integration (linked to ETI’s page) and the founder and CEO of Sara Minkara LLC. A proudly first-generation blind, Muslim, Arab-American woman raised in the greater Boston area, Sara addresses audiences around the world through public and private events for community and government agencies, academia, private enterprise, nonprofits and more. Comfortable, accessible, and captivating, Sara incorporates her own experiences as a touchstone to explore topics including self-empowerment, living authentically, and inclusive leadership. With a dynamic range of offerings, Sara provides expert panel facilitation, workshop programming, interactive lectures, keynote addresses and other engagement structures for large-scale and intimate gatherings.    


Sara Minkara speaks to diverse audiences on a range of topics. She is featured on the U.S. State Department Speaker’s Circuit, and has spoken at the U.N. in New York and Vienna, the Boston Mayor’s Office, the Clinton Foundation, NOAA, Lazard, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, the UAE Embassy, Harvard University, Babson College, AirBnb, and many more. Sara addresses authentic leadership, identity and intersectionality, representation, individual value and mutual respect, disability access and opportunity, gender and individual empowerment, among other topics. In coordination with planning staff, Sara customizes the form and content of every engagement to suit audience, cultural and event dynamics.  

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Speech Topics

  • Authentic Leadership and Representation  
  • Disability, Accessibility and Inclusion  
  • Opportunity & Empowerment of Women and Girls  
  • The Value of Identity: Intersectionality and Responsive Leadership


Past Engagements

World Government Summit

TED x Tysons “Why We Should Be Blind to the Labels of Society”

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, MD
  • Southern Illinois University
  • U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington, DC
  • UN “This is Our Workplace” International Day of Persons with Disabilities Event
  • UN Conference of State Parties on the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Vienna, Austria
  • US State Department Tour of Rwanda on “Economic Empowerment and Employment for People with Disabilities
  • “Leading on Inclusive Business” panel hosted by UN Women, GEENIE, and City of Boston Women’s Advancement

Zero Conference

  • Lazard National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
  • Kuwait America Foundation “Do the Write Thing” Challenge
Kuwait America Foundation “Do the Write Thing” Challenge

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 3rd Annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit
  • U.S. State Department Tour
CNA Confident Muslim

  • Global Entrepreneurship Week: Fort Worth
  • Harvard Poverty and Inequality Panel
  • Islamic Circle of North America
  • Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities Biennial Conference on Disability
  • NEXUS USA Summit
  • UNDP
  • Good Society Forum
  • Alda
  • GIZ
  • Girl Up Boston Coalition
  • Lead for America
  • Women Ambassador Forum
  • Edleman Financial
  • Kuwait America Foundation
  • Women of Color Conference
  • Women Future Conference

Impact in their own words

Sara is always thrilled to connect with new audiences. To discuss what she can bring to your event, contact us here or send us an email: