👋 Sarah here

I’m a Writer, Community Builder,
& Joy Soldier

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I have 5+ years of experience spreading joy in startups, universities, non-profits, and big companies like Goldman Sachs.
What i do

Joy Soldier Toolkit

Workshops

Engaging hands-on activities and self-reflection practices for groups ranging in size: 5-50+

Keynotes

Presentations about resiliency, self-compassion and joy for groups ranging in size: 20-2,000+

Individual Coaching

Meet you where you are to develop specific micro-shifts you can use for radical transformation: 1 x 1

MY PORTFOLIO

Joy Soldier Toolkit at Work

Podcast

That's My Truth Podcast: Community and Joy Soldiers

Podcast about the evolution of the Joy Solider Toolkit

Podcast

Simple Ideas Taken Seriously: Joy Soldier

Podcast about our brain's natural negativity bias & what we can do about it

Podcast

Her Tech Drive Podcast: The Art Of Being A Joy Soldier With Sarah Wood

Podcast about building a positive work culture

Podcast

415 Stories Podcast: Building Community

Podcast about building inclusive communities

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Keynotes

General Assembly: Become a Joy Soldier

Keynote speech about the Joy Solider Toolkit for General Assembly

Keynotes

Joyance: How to Be a Joy Soldier

Keynote speech and workshop on joy for Joyance Partners

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Workshops

Declare: Self-Compassion Workshop

Interactive workshop on self-compassion for Declare

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Podcast

That's My Truth Podcast: Community and Joy Soldiers

Podcast about the evolution of the Joy Solider Toolkit

Podcast

Simple Ideas Taken Seriously: Joy Soldier

Podcast about our brain's natural negativity bias & what we can do about it

Podcast

Her Tech Drive Podcast: The Art Of Being A Joy Soldier With Sarah Wood

Podcast about building a positive work culture

Podcast

415 Stories Podcast: Building Community

Podcast about building inclusive communities

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ABOUT me

A bit about Sarah

Sarah Wood is a TEDx speaker, writer, and yoga teacher, with a day job as the Head of Growth & Community at Upstream. She is the founder of Joy Soldier™, a community and toolkit to help people lead a more joyful life.

Sarah facilitates workshops around self-compassion, joy, and mindfulness in the workplace, is an avid marathon runner, and completed a 10-day silent meditation retreat.

As a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Sarah’s work in compassion and resiliency began as a fellow in the Michigan Ross Center for Positive Organizations, a consortium of scholars and business leaders that use the science and practice of thriving organizations to build a better world.

TESTIMONIALS

Warm Words from Joy Soldiers

Alexis

Chief of Staff

“The concept of being a joy soldier has fundamentally changed my approach to how I enter rooms and relationships. I think about bringing the highest level of joy, energy, and expansion because of my engagement with Sarah’s teachings, meditations and talks."

Marise

Nurse

"Just listened to Sarah speak on a General Assembly event. She made me smile with her enthusiastic delivery and willingness to share so much about her life. We all need a little bit more joy in our lives and Sarah gives great ideas about how to be the person who brings that."

Danielle

Investor

"I've already seen the positive impact on how individuals connect with me personally and professionally in just the past six months and look forward to putting this into practice for the rest of my life. I'm truly so grateful for the introduction of Joy Soldiers and Sarah into my life.”

Bethany

Student

"I wanted to start off by saying thank you again for coming to speak today!! Your advice was super helpful and I made sure to take note of it all. I especially appreciate you going deeper than surface-level content."

Cassidy

Tedx Viewer

"This is a truly beautiful ted talk. I love her way of explaining, the visuals, all of it. Such a way to simplify joy and show how easy it is to keep such a thing with you at all times. Beautiful !!"

Emma

TedX Viewer

"One of the better TED talks that I have watched."

MY BLOG

Writing about the Intersection of Joy & Work

Books. Are. Magic

Next Up: Upstream

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