Sara Potler LaHayne
A life-long dancer and previous professional performer, Sara was a Fulbright Scholar in Bogotá, Colombia when she authored, implemented, and evaluated the original Move This World curriculum in Colombian public elementary schools.
Today she is the Founder & CEO of Move This World, an organization that has trained over 150,000 individuals across school districts, organizations and companies to address their mental, emotional and social wellbeing in order to foster safe and supported learning environments. Move This World equips leaders with a set of evidence based, developmentally aligned, creative tools that ritualize a practice of building social and emotional wellbeing to help manage daily stresses and provide the skills to collaborate and support one another to succeed. Together we can create healthy, resilient groups where everyone is empowered to thrive and reach their full potential.
A graduate of the University of Virginia, Sara is a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum; an American Express Ashoka Emerging Innovator; a Cordes Fellow with the Opportunity Collaboration; a Peace X Peace 2012 Women, Power, & Peace Award Winner (Generation Peace Award); the only U.S. recipient of the Youth Leader Award in the Americas by the Inter-American Development Bank Annual Board of Governors Meeting; an Ashoka Activating Empathy Award Winner; a three-time Beyond Sport Award Finalist; named a “Woman Entrepreneur” by World Resources Institute New Ventures Mexico; a Creative Community Fellow with National Arts Strategies; a StartingBloc Fellow; a Finalist Nominee Social Entrepreneur/Innovator for the Women’s Information Network 18th Annual Young Women of Achievement Award; 1 of 3 Artists Transforming the World by the Arts and Healing Network; Global Good Fund Fellow; honored among The Jewish Week NY's "36 Under 36"; and a Susan Schiffer Stautberg Leadership Fellow.
She has presented at conferences across 5 continents and been featured in Forbes, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Carnegie Council’s Policy Innovations, Huffington Post, Americans for the Arts, Ashoka, El Tiempo, Unrest Magazine, Rising Pyramid, Whole Living Magazine, Martha Stewart Radio on SiriusXM, the International Platform on Sport and Peace, and El Espectador, among others.