Speaker. Writer. Advisor.
Sarah Beaulieu is the founder of The Uncomfortable Conversation, Inc., an organization dedicated to normalizing conversations about sexual violence, especially for young men. Sarah’s background combines senior fundraising and communications roles at places like Brown, Boston College, Be the Change, and the GreenLight Fund with deep engagement in sexual violence prevention and response, including board service with a rape crisis center, volunteer crisis counselor roles, and hundreds of interviews and focus groups with leaders in and adjacent to the field.
Sarah Beaulieu writes and speaks frequently about sexual violence, including a 2016 TEDxBeaconStreet talk. Her work has been published by the Providence Journal, AskMen.com, Cognoscenti (WBUR), the Nonprofit Quarterly, Commonhealth (WBUR), Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Good Men Project, Huffington Post and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Her Tumblr blog, Places I Have Pumped, was featured on Huffington Post Parents and attracted several thousand followers. She has shared her personal story of sexual violence since college where she was the featured survivor speaker at Take Back the Night, and has served as a member of the Survivor Speakers’ Bureau at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center since 2009. She has presented on her conversations work at MIT, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, the Communications Network, the Conference for Volunteering and Service, Jane Doe Hill Day, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, SheGeeks Out, middle and high schools, and numerous other events, panels, and conferences.
In 2013, Beaulieu founded The Enliven Project, a campaign to bring sexual violence out of the closet and lift survivors to their full potential. The Enliven Project is grounded in the idea that change cannot take place unless we tell the truth about our lives, our organizations and our social movements. The Enliven Project was recognized as a 2013 Echoing Green finalist, selected as one of 39 finalists from over 3,000 applications. One of The Enliven Project’s graphics, The Truth About False Accusation, generated international discussion and debate, and has been re-blogged over 600,000 times and shared by celebrities like Demi Lovato on Instagram to over 30 million followers. The Enliven Project’s work has been referenced in numerous blogs and media sites, including The Guardian UK, Washington Post and Slate.
Sarah graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in women’s studies and religious studies, earned an M.B.A. from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and completed graduate coursework at the Boston University School of Social Work. Sarah served for five years on the board of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, one of the nation’s oldest rape crisis centers, where she started as a medical advocate and survivor speaker. She actively participates in the community as a volunteer and mentor.
Sarah lives in Boston, MA with her husband, Marc, two young children, and dog.