Managing Director of ExpansionCara Collective
Member Since December 2021
Sara leads Cara Collective’s national expansion arm, Cara Plus, where she drives growth, strategic partnerships, and impact to help Fortune 500 companies and non-profits drive more inclusive employment pathways around the country. Prior to Cara Collective, Sara spent 12 years managing, measuring, and scaling programs across the social sector in Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and as a social impact strategy and measurement consultant for organizations like the Canadian Federal Government, City of Chicago, Google.org, TD Bank, and YouTube. Sara serves on the Executive Board of Spark and as a graduate mentor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. She holds a BA from Boston University and an MPP from the University of Chicago.
As companies try to attract broader, more diverse talent pools, human-centered design could be key.
If you're going through a rough patch generating new ideas for your next big launch, consider these tried and true methods. It's no secret that coming up with an innovative solution to surpass the success of your last product or service rollout is never an easy feat, especially when there is always a chance of it flopping in the marketplace if current and prospective customers don't catch on quick enough. In order to boost creativity in your leadership team and with employees across the entire company, CEOs and managers need to think outside the box to encourage their employees to share their ideas freely in an open work environment free of judgment where they feel safe and supported. And once you lift any mental constraints from their brainstorming process, an endless pipeline of propositions is likely to flow. Nine experts from Fast Company Executive Board weigh in on their approach to gathering employee-proposed projects with the most potential.
Knowing when to stop a project that isn't going anywhere is an important skill every leader should develop. Brainstorming sessions often beget a wealth of ideas for a team to pursue. In the moments, most or all ideas seem like winners -- but once work starts, it can become clear that certain ventures may not be the best use of time and resources. Sometimes, it can be difficult for a leader to determine when it's time to let go of an initiative, especially if it's one they are personally passionate about. To help you make this difficult decision, a panel of Fast Company Executive Board members each offered one clear sign or red flag that a leader and team should walk away from a project, regardless of how much has been invested in it.
For 30 years, Cara Collective has moved people with employment barriers – 90% of whom are Black or Latinx – into 12,500+ jobs with 1,000+ employers at retention rates 20 points higher than the national average. Leveraging our expertise working with thousands of job seekers and employers, our team of strategy, change management, and measurement consultants specializes in helping employers to attract, hire, and cultivate diverse, untapped talent from nearby communities.