A regular columnist and commentator, Sally's writing has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, New York Magazine, More Magazine, RollingStone, USA Today, Time, Afar Magazine and many other outlets. Her three hit TED Talks have been viewed more than 4 million times and her work has been highlighted by outlets ranging from the Colbert Report to the National Review. Sally is a popular media trainer and public speaking coach, helping build the skills of everyone from grassroots leaders to C-suite executives.
Before joining the media, Sally was Senior Campaign Strategist with the Center for Community Change, a 45-year-old hub of grassroots organizations nationwide. Sally served as co-director of ideas and innovation for the Center, helping lead the pioneering Campaign for Community Values, producing a nationally televised Presidential candidate forum in 2008, developing a new media organizing project on health care reform in rural communities and spearheading several other initiatives.
Sally received a joint degree in law and public administration from New York University and was a Root Tilden public service scholar at the New York University School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree from George Washington University in D.C. Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Sally now resides in Brooklyn, New York, with her partner Sarah Hansen and their daughter Willa.
- Emotional Correctness
Political correctness only gets us part of the way there. But what matters more isn't the words we use but the meaning we intend. And we all need to learn to be more generous speakers — and listeners. In this talk, Sally wades into the controversy around political correctness and defends the idea that we should all treat each other with respect, while pointing out why respect is deeper than words alone. Audience members on all sides of the issue will find something in this talk to make them cheer — and to make them think.
- How to Get Along with Everyone
The antidote to unnecessary and unproductive conflict, Sally shares the secrets to finding connection and common ground — and helps every audience member take responsibility for their part in building a more kind and caring community. While still supporting people to hold onto their own opinions, Sally lifts up how we all have to be more than just our opinions and reflects on the common values we all share at a deeper level. In this moving talk, Sally also shares the concrete tools to help everyone in the audience learn how to nurture those connections.
- Turning Adversaries into Allies
With hilarious personal stories alongside poignant findings from science and research, Sally takes audiences on a journey to understand why we divide against one another — and the harm it does to our culture, our businesses and ourselves. And then points the way forward, giving audiences concrete steps for how they can combat hate and division in their own minds and in their lives.