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A personal story about social entrepreneurship, identity and disability empowerment


Sara Minkara

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Founder and president of Empowerment Through Integration (ETI) & speaker on disability, identity & women’s empowerment

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Speaker Sara Minkara is a blind Lebanese/American woman who lost her sight at a young age being just seven years old. Sara is the founder and president of Empowerment Through Integration (ETI), which aims to empower and include young people with visual impairment in the Middle East-North Africa region.

Sara Minkara is an internationally recognized champion for disability inclusion, leadership, individual empowerment and social enterprise. Dynamic and memorable, Sara speaks to diverse audiences around the world and facilitates transformative, interactive workshops that employ adaptive approaches to social and workplace challenges.

Sara has received multiple awards for her passionate advocacy, including Forbes 30 Under 30, the Echoing Green Fellowship, and the Clinton Global Initiative Outstanding Commitment Award. Sara holds her Bachelor of Arts in Math and Economics from Wellesley University and Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Speaker Sara Minkara has a passion and goal for empowering blind youth and has received numerous awards for her passionate work in the social sector including The Clinton Global Initiative Outstanding Commitment Award in 2009 and Forbes “30 Under 30” class of 2017 in the Social Entrepreneurs Division. Her personal and professional commitment to disability rights and youth empowerment began while she was an undergrad at Wellesley College and continued throughout her time at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

Sara is now an established public speaker and was recently invited to do a TEDx Talk called “Why We Should Be Blind to the Labels of Society”. Sara knows how to overcome the challenge of being blind and has learnt to not only live with it but be proud of it and embrace it as it has taught her so much.

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    Speaker Sara Minkara Keynote Topics


    Authentic Inclusion and Representation Globally

    Inclusion is a topic that touches all people and communities, not just people with disabilities. Sara’s speeches and workshops touch on topics such as bias, identity, personal experience and connection between all people that overcomes barriers of race, gender, culture, ability, age and more.
    Takeaways: Inspiration, Building Inclusive Communities, Engaging Diverse Stakeholders.


    Disability Inclusion

    Sara is a passionate advocate of bringing authentic inclusion and disability lens to all spaces (not just disability-focused spaces!) and advancing a value-based perspective to the discussion. This means not discussing the inclusion of people as something we ‘should’ do or ‘need’ to do – but rather, something that we, as society ‘want’ to do, because when we do not include other voices in all aspects of society, we lose out on their value.
    Takeaways: Inspiration, Best Practices Around Diversity and Inclusion, Addressing Inclusion Challenges, Building Inclusive Communities



    Sara speaks about over 10 years of on the ground experience designing and implementing life skills
    and empowerment programs for disadvantaged groups including youth with disabilities in Lebanon
    through summer camps bringing together youth with and without disabilities, refugee children and
    engaging women, families and communities in the process. She is also an advocate for women
    inclusion and women empowerment.
    Takeaways: Youth Empowerment Program Insight, Women Empowerment, International Development Best Practices, Lifeskills Program Design


    Social Entrepreneurship

    A serial social entrepreneur herself, Sara brings her perspective and experience after running her international NGO in the USA and the MENA region and her new venture that offers authentic inclusion solutions. Challenges, strategy, fundraising, sustainability of organizations, mission and social impact, these are all aspects she will cover.
    Takeaways: Social Entrepreneurship, Social Impact, Fundraising, Sustainability, International Development Best Practices

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Why We Should Be Blind to the Labels of Society by speaker Sara Minkara at TEDxTysons

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