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Welcome to my Corner of the Internet

Creative at heart, operations in work.

Life is a journey, not a career path.

Hi! I'm Sara.

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Combining operations with creativity.

Likes

Authenticity, dogs, running, hiking, surfing, humor & a good beverage.

Dislikes

Exclusivity, hate racism, homophobia, transphobia, reply guys, & red beets.

After 17 years in corporate healthcare I was burnt out and felt the creative pull. l quit the corporate ladder to ride the creator wave in December 2019 in search of something more fulfilling.

Part community builder, part educator, part lifetime learner, all operations and full human. Using my corporate past combined with my creative soul to show how operations can help creators succeed.

I started to openly talk about my journey on Twitter and to my surprise it resonated with so many. I created the Helping Creatives community and newsletter to share my story and to connect & support others on their own path.

Work Stuff

Work History

2.5 years in creative freelance/education - started Jan 2020
Education Lead Makerpad | Community Ops Consulting

17+ years in corporate healthcare - ended Dec 2019
Business Healthcare Operations | Oncology Nursing | Operations Manager | Product Manager

Community

Nov 2021 - present

Circle Expert

Aug 2021 - present

Community Operations Consultant

Dec 2020 - present

Founder, Helping Creatives
Newsletter, Podcast, Community Findr

Jan 2021 - Oct 2021

Design Full-time
Community Manager, Operations & community set-up

March 2021 - May 2021

Rosieland Adventure
6 week community building course

July 2020 - Jan 2021

Pixel Geek Community
Volunteer assisting with moderation & beta course

Content, education, Products

Jan 2021 - present

Makerpad Education Lead creating No Code courses(see work)

Feb 2022

Created Community Ops Notion Template

March 2022

Created Community Habits Notion Template

Mar 2021 - Dec 2021

Creator of Podcast Ops (sales ended December 2021)
Tutorial and template package to help automate podcasting

Speaking

FinSweet

March 24, 2022

Webflow Global Open House: Breakout session on Community

Co-hosting a breakout session on Community with Edmund and Claudia during the Webflow Global Open House

Burb

March 23, 2022

Brainstorming Community Habits

A co-hosted session with Burb to brainstorm habits that help with meaningful engagement and with streamlining community operations.

Circle

March 16, 2022

Expert Workshop: Spark Connection with Community Habits

A 60 minute presentation with Q&A on strategies, examples and implementation of Community Habits for the Circle community.

Learn.Community

February 2, 2022

Expert Session: Community Operations

Guest Expert Presentation for Tom Ross' Learn.Community on Community Operations

Orbit

January 26, 2022

Orbit Study Group: Community Operations for Onboarding

A one hour session hosted by Orbit and led by Sara to review how community operations fits into community onboarding

Zeit

January 13, 2022

What is Community Management and Is it for You?

An open conversation with Community Management professionals who have pivoted into Community Management

Makerpad

August 19, 2021

Makerpad Course - Launch a Membership

One hour presentation on Community Operations as part of the Markerpad Course - Launch a Membership

Community Conference 2021

October 20, 2021

Community Conference 2021: Future of Community - Creator Communities

Panelist for Roundtable discussion on Twitter Spaces talking about the Future of Creator Communities

Orbit

November 24, 2021

Orbit Study Group: Community Operations for Events

A one hour session hosted by Orbit and led by Sara to review how community operations fits into community events

Orbit

October 12, 2021

Orbit Study Group: Intro to Community Operations

A one hour session hosted by Orbit and led by Sara to review what is community operations, how it differs from community management and how it fits into the community journey

Podcasting

Mar 2019 - present

Can I Tell You Something Funny Podcast
Creator, Co-host & full production

Jun 2020 - Dec 2021

Talks With SaraNoSocks Podcast
Creator, Host & full production

Design

Jan 2021 - Nov 2021

Freelance UI Designer

Oct 2020 - Oct 2021

Mentorship with Dann Petty
Design Full-time community member

Mar 2020 - Jun 2021

Freelance Webflow Developer

Feb 2017 - Dec 2019

Product Manager and Jr. UX Designer

Nice things people say...

Des Clarke
Des Clarke

Sara's not afraid to ask tough questions to ensure the best final product, and does so in a collaborative and thoughtful way.

Candace Nicholson
Candace Nicholson

Sara was immensely helpful when I designed my new Webflow site last year, even going above and beyond to help me

Rosie Sherry
Rosie Sherry

I recommend chatting to Sara

Jeff Border
Jeff Border

There is a balance between management, technology, and design, and Sara just gets it.

Amanda Milo
Amanda Milo

Sara eloquently balances her expertise at the intersection of business, technology, and user experience, and employs radical candor to truly get the job done and done well.

Erin Mikail Staples
Erin Mikail Staples

Sara is a community ops WHIZ

Marian Knopp
Marian Knopp

Sara can give you great insights into your unique context to your community operations as a creator

Frank Margotta
Frank Margotta

Sara is an absolute delight to collaborate with. In addition to having a wonderful attitude, she's extremely sharp and attentive to details.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some things others have asked before working with me as a consultant.

What is that I do exactly? 🤔
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I define myself as a creative generalist with a focus in operations. Here's my skills and interests:
🔸 Diverse and excellent skillset in operations, business management & strategy.  
🔸 Current Focus: Community Ops
🔸 Previous Work: Product Management, UI/UX Design, corporate healthcare prod mgmt, Nursing
🔸 Toolkit in operations, no code, automations, teaching/education, and design.
🔸 Drive to continuously learn something new and seek out patterns.
🔸 Big picture thinker and connector of dots to build the path forward for founders.

Who do I work with? 👋
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🔸 Early stage founders focused in community, design, media or the creator economy.
🔸 Small startups (less than 20 employees)
🔸 Those looking to leave or have left corporate within the last 2 years who aren't sure what's next.

What can I help you with? 😊
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✅ Community Operations and Strategy
✅ Product & Business Operations
✅ No Code Education
✅ SOP's, Templates, Courses

What can't I help you with? 😩
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We've all got our strong areas, and these these aren't mine 🫠

❌ Marketing
❌ Branding
❌ SEO
❌ Sales

What is working with me like? 🦄
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A dream come true with a sprinkle of humor and a ray of sunshine. Okay, maybe not all that but I do try my best. While each client and project is unique there are a few things I keep consistent for project work.
🔸 Asynchronous communication and video updates when needed.
🔸 Initial meeting and wrap up will be via 30 minute max video call for client work
🔸 Video walkthroughs of all project handoffs

If you still have questions... 👇
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No problem! If you have a general question or would like me to contact me for speaking engagements, please fill out the contact form here.