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Sarah Neville - Open Line Communications. Toronto, ON, CA

Sarah Neville

Director | Open Line Communications

Toronto, ON, CANADA

A speaker, educator and diversity & inclusion specialist. Sarah helps people bridge difference through powerful, authentic communication.

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Biography

Sarah Neville is the founder and Principal of Open Line, and an acclaimed speaker, facilitator, and educator who specializes in helping individuals communicate with power, authority and authenticity – while bridging difference with others.



With an M.Ed in Adult Learning focused on Workplace Equity, and a background as a professional actor, Sarah combines rigorous research, irreverent humour, and an experiential and creative approach to learning. She has designed and delivered engaging educational experiences in virtually every sector, from small non-profits to Fortune 500 companies.

Sarah helps organizations bring diversity and inclusion policies into action. Her unique approach to bringing together diverse perspectives helps drive innovation; she assists employees in bridging differences – of culture, gender and generation - so that everyone can be fully seen and heard in the workplace.

An instructor at the Rotman School of Business, Executive Programs, Sarah is also a sought-after speaker at conferences and events in North America.

Industry Expertise (9)

Education/Learning Professional Training and Coaching Training and Development Management Consulting Performing Arts Women Writing and Editing Corporate Training Corporate Leadership

Areas of Expertise (20)

Diversity and Inclusion Intercultural Communication Presentation Skills Training Leadership Training Communication Coaching Workshop Facilitation Public Speaking Instructional Design Team Building Personal Development Executive Coaching Change Management Business & Leadership Consultant and Client Development Speaker Coaching Speaker Training Women & Leadership Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace Diversity and Bias in the Workplace

Education (4)

University of Toronto: M.Ed., Education 2011

University of Manitoba: B.A., English, Theatre

University of British Columbia: Certificate in Intercultural Communication (in progress), Intercultural Communication

Langara College, Studio 58: Certificate, Theatre, Acting

Affiliations (5)

  • External Consultant : BMO Financial Group
  • Faculty : Canadian Management Centre
  • Affiliate : Informed Opinions Limited
  • Director Open Line Communications
  • Instructor Rotman School of Business Executive Programs

Languages (2)

  • English
  • French

Media Appearances (7)

Does your organization’s power structure enable workplace abuse?

The Globe and Mail  

2016-05-14

The statement that former CBC producer Kathryn Borel read this week on the steps of Toronto’s courthouse should send a chill through many organizations. Even companies that don’t employ high-profile entertainers need to get serious about tackling workplace sexual harassment and examine how power is organized and shared.

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Is the choice to wear a niqab really a women's Issue?

Huffington Post  online

2015-10-11

Ladies: are you wondering what to wear? Fear not, Canadian politicians have got your back. A national dress code is on the way. No details yet, but rest assured, you'll be free to wear your crop top, thong underwear and six-inch heels. Just don't cover your face.

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Follow-up treatment scarce for those with concussions

Toronto Star  

2014-08-23

I thought of Sid the Kid when I first woke up in St. Michael’s Hospital, unable to sit up without vomiting. After his infamous blows to the head on the ice, I wondered, did he experience extreme vertigo and fatigue, memory loss and mood swings? Did he worry not only that his career was over, but that he might be physically dependent on others for the rest of his life?

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Are race, gender at heart of Chow’s perceived communication problem?

Toronto Star  

2014-10-20

Rolling yourself up in carpet is one way to avoid your political foes. In Cleopatra’s case, the young queen had supporters smuggle her past hostile guards in a rug to build an alliance with Caesar against her brother. The rest, as they say, is history.

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The Terrifying Effectiveness of Trump's Communication

The Huffington Post  online

2016-08-18

As professional communicators who advise others on how to improve their ability to connect with audiences, Shari Graydon and Sarah Neville have watched the astonishing ascension of political neophyte and insult-machine Donald Trump with dropped jaws. Here's their conversation about the lessons to be learned from his fearless communication style.

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Why I'm Joining the Women's March on Washington

The Ottawa Citizen  print

2017-01-18

I hate crowds and I’ve never been able to sleep on a bus. I’ve got looming client deadlines, and my family’s weekend is packed: hockey games, birthday parties and piles of laundry. So why would I opt to spend two restless nights on a charter bus with 53 strangers, headed to the Women’s March on Washington? I’m busy, I’m tired, my family needs me. But I’m going. I have to. Here’s why.

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St. Clair College event entices girls to consider skilled trades, science, tech and engineering careers

Windsor Star  print

2016-11-11

Ninety-three per cent of parents in the United Kingdom would not support their daughter pursuing a career in engineering.

Sarah Neville, the keynote speaker this week at the Build a Dream symposium, used what she called a shocking statistic to show some of the barriers to getting young women to consider careers in jobs that are mostly held by men. We have preconceived notions of what a police officer, a sheet metal worker or an engineer should look like. And those stereotypes and attitudes are communicated to young people by parents and educators.

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Event Appearances (8)

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Human Resources Professional Association, Conference  Toronto

2016-01-20

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Administrative Professionals Conference 2016, Power Up: Leadership Presence for Women  Toronto

2016-04-21

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Project World/Business Analyst World, Power Up: Leadership Presence for Women, Conference 2016  Toronto

2016-05-25

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Performance and Learning Conference (CSTD)  Toronto

2016-11-17

Guest Speaker

CBC Radio Town Hall, Precarious Work forum  Toronto

2016-02-26

Speaker

Business Analyst World  Chicago

2016-11-14

Speaker - The Business Case for Gender Balance

Build a Dream Conference and Symposium  Windsor Ontario

2016-11-11

Speaker: Power Up: Leadership Presence for Women

Project World/Business Analyst World  Chicago, Illinois

2016-11-14

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