Honoree Year: 2016
Appalachian State University
Walker College of Business
Area of Impact:
CSR or Sustainability
As a student at Appalachian State University, Sarah Freed launched the Global Opportunities Conference, an event now in its eighth year that highlights innovative and entrepreneurial ways of addressing global challenges with a goal to inspire students, faculty, and the local community to use their knowledge and skills in the business of building a better world. Today, Freed is an entrepreneurial social responsibility leader with a decade of experience contributing solutions to systemic global sustainability challenges.
In 2011 and 2012, Freed was acknowledged by U.S. president Barack Obama for her work as a young leader in entrepreneurship in America. In 2013 she was selected as one of the “Global Leaders of Tomorrow” by the St. Gallen Symposium in Switzerland and named a “Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leader” by the Diplomatic Courier. Freed's work has been featured in prominent media outlets including Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc.com, MSNBC, ABC, Yahoo Finance, and Fox Business.
By making social impact a core tenant to her life’s work, Freed has also accomplished much of the following throughout the course of her career: