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Sarah Brokaw    

Therapist & Author of the New York Times Bestseller "Fortytude: Making the Next Decades the Best Years of Your Life—through the 40s, 50s and Beyond"

Sarah’s belief that education is a lifelong pursuit within and outside the classroom has led her to achieve some of the highest accolades in her profession. Sarah graduated from Duke University, earned a Masters in social work from New York University and received her license in clinical social work in both New York and California. She also received specialized training in working with families and couples from the esteemed Ackerman Institute. Her involvement with this group continued in her collaboration with the two co-directors of the Relational Trauma Project at the Ackerman Institute for Families and Couples.

Sarah finished a postgraduate program at Fielding University for Executive Coaching and is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). Additionally, she has completed the National Institute for Psychotherapies psychoanalytic training. Her professional experience includes therapy for latency-aged children at Four Winds Hospital, and she conducted group therapy for individuals who either worked in the World Trade Center or were nearby during the 9/11 attacks. Later, inspired by the remarkable women she has met on her journey, Sarah initiated a discussion series in which women of diverse backgrounds could meet, share and support each other in achieving their professional and personal goals. Most recently as a new mother herself, Sarah created another series, called "Wise Women of LA," in which women who are contemplating becoming mothers and women who have already become mothers gather together to share their collective wisdom to help each other find their own answers. They motivate and inspire each other to find new approaches to handling the complex issues surrounding the concept of motherhood facing contemporary women today.

An active philanthropist, Sarah has traveled extensively, including to Rwanda, Bosnia and Haiti, and always encourages women to harness their internal power and pursue their goals. She currently serves on the board of Equality Now, an organization whose aim is to end violence and discrimination against women around the world.

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