How Curated Conversation Mainstreams Bold Ideas and Shapes Culture

Though she carries no torch and leads no marches, Sarah Gerber is leading a movement — a conversation among a network of influential people who seek her counsel and insight

The silhouette of a tall woman stands at a large portrait window facing a clock
The silhouette of a tall woman stands at a large portrait window facing a clock
Sarah Gerber convenes conversations on gender equity. Image on Canva.

Iconoclast rising — not your typical Davos power broker

Some people are driven to challenge and transform obstacles that others willingly accept or ignore. Society prescribes various titles to such people: activist, advocate, changemaker, entrepreneur, innovator, or thought leader. Titles and assumptions aside, Sarah defies the stereotypical mold of Davos power brokers — initiating conversation in a way that sets people at ease and draws them toward her, which makes her entry to the Davos scene a bit unconventional.

Curiosity and connection craft new constructs of power

As executive producer of a boutique film studio, her habits are not weighed down by corporate ideologies, nor is she afraid to try something different. In 2016, Sarah was awarded the Special Jury Award at UN Women’s Global Voices Film Festival for her documentary film, The Way Back to Yarsaquin. True to Sarah’s perceptual lens, the film draws connections between the interdependent nature of labor, commerce, and culture in Latin America. It also demonstrates how cultivating reliable networks significantly contributes to a person’s ability to both make an impact and experience ongoing success.

Conversations shape culture

A person of many skills and talents, Sarah operates with a mind fortified by a nimble, childlike curiosity and a sense of wonder. She sees possibilities where others see a void — a critical skill in exploring strategic options in a complex world. Her ability to connect-the-dots and spot potential fuels a sense of optimism that slips seamlessly into conversations. Motivated to explore the invisible aspects of culture, she is driven to identify barriers that inhibit a meaningful sense of belonging.

Playing the role of change-agent in convening civil society

Portrait silhouette of a woman standing in front of an illuminated pink curtain
Portrait silhouette of a woman standing in front of an illuminated pink curtain
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Social Entrepreneur. Advocate. Doer. Fan of all things neuroscience. Promoter of thoughtful reflection. Believer in synchronicity.

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