Sarah Corlett

Principal, Strategy & Impact


Sarah knows first-hand how creativity and culture can be transformative.

She’s experienced it on an individual level, especially during her days as a professional dancer. She’s also seen it on a community-wide level: in Philadelphia, Sarah led the planning, programming and implementation of an arts-based economic development strategy at New Kensington CDC. Finally, she’s witnessed it transform entire cities. After returning to her home state of Ohio, Sarah lead the launch of a business development program for creative entrepreneurs at ArtWorks, which trained hundreds of artisans, makers and problem-solvers and kickstarted a new wave of creative culture in Cincinnati.

At Design Impact, Sarah regularly calls on those early experiences while creating curriculum, facilitating group sessions and designing workshops for individuals with a diverse range of experiences and perspectives. She has shared her work at events including the Americans for the Arts Annual Convening, Aspen Institute ThinkXChange, Net Impact Conference, NeighborWorks America Training Institute and TomTom Festival’s Hometown Summit. She’s also a 2013 Cincinnati Business Courier 40 Under 40 Honoree.

Creative Outlets: Dancing and yoga (anything that involves body movement), arts and crafts with a pre-schooler
Causes: Inequities in education, self-expression through art and movement, fostering human connection

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