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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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Power Up: Leadership Presence for Women 2014




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)


Professional Training and Coaching

Training and Development

Management Consulting

Performing Arts


Writing and Editing

Corporate Training

Corporate Leadership

Areas of Expertise (20)

Diversity and Inclusion

Intercultural Communication

Presentation Skills Training

Leadership Training



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  


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


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  


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  


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


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


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


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)


Human Resources Professional Association, Conference  Toronto



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



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



Performance and Learning Conference (CSTD)  Toronto


Guest Speaker

CBC Radio Town Hall, Precarious Work forum  Toronto



Business Analyst World  Chicago


Speaker - The Business Case for Gender Balance

Build a Dream Conference and Symposium  Windsor Ontario


Speaker: Power Up: Leadership Presence for Women

Project World/Business Analyst World  Chicago, Illinois