Credit Vernée Norman

Credit Vernée Norman

 

Sarah Beller

FOUNDER & Coach

I am a coach, facilitator, musician, and entrepreneur who loves to inspire and empower people to create a more just world.

Over the past decade, I have devoted my career to building movements that take bold, strategic, and passionate action in the face of some of the most pressing issues of our time, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the global refugee crisis. I've seen these movements harness remarkable power when they're deeply rooted in who we are — our stories, identities, values, and convictions.

In other words, when we are being our most authentic selves, we make the most substantial impact.

Seeking to do just that, at each intersection in my professional journey I've asked myself a few questions: What does the world need right now? What will I learn a lot from and really enjoy doing? And how can I make the most impact?

These questions have led me to amazing places, like:

  • convening 3,000 people at a pro-diplomacy conference addressed by then-Vice President Joe Biden

  • organizing hundreds of millennials to rally for refugees and to protest the travel ban by publicly telling their family stories of coming to America

  • performing at the Women’s March with SongRise, the women's social justice a cappella group I co-founded in 2009, which was recently recognized in the Washington City Paper's Best of DC list

Now these questions have led me to launch Realize Change.

What does the world need right now? Empowered, creative, badass women pursuing their visions for a more just world, with fierce and full hearts.

What will I learn a lot from and really enjoy doing? Opening up space for you to connect with your sense of purpose and make your vision a reality.

And how can I make the most impact? By helping you make your greatest impact.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, and raised in New Haven, CT, I hold a bachelors degree in Social Anthropology from Harvard University and a masters degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University.

A 2017 recipient of Avodah’s Partners in Justice Award, I am trained in dialogue facilitation, community organizing, adult education, and management. I am currently working toward coach certification through Presence-Based Coaching and the International Coach Federation.

When I'm not obsessing over how to pursue a more just world, I enjoy biking, writing original songs, walking around in nature, dancing with my kiddo after dinner, and taking time for quiet and creativity.