Volunteering is important from a social perspective. You can’t lock yourself out and not expose yourself to what’s going on in the world.
Sara Shapiro has a thing for technology. The World Wide Web has intrigued her since its earliest days. It led her to a career in information technology, but her passion goes far beyond the workplace.
In the 1990s she was often the only woman in her department. She became the volunteer leader of the Boston chapter of Webgrrls, an organization to support women who were interested in getting online and working in the burgeoning Internet industry.
Sara has since moved to New York and now runs Tech Breakfast events in the city. When the events launched maybe 20 people would show up. The breakfasts now draw thousands. They are networking events for technology investors and start-up entrepreneurs to meet and interact.
“I like the energy of the people in the tech industry,” said Sara. “I like helping people who have a good idea but don’t know how draw it out. I like applying my knowledge to help solve problems.”
Sara has been instrumental to getting diverse populations online and working in the Internet industry. Her work has impacted the Internet industries in both Boston and New York, two major cities that are significant technology hubs.
“Volunteering is important from a social perspective,” said Sara. “You can’t lock yourself out and not expose yourself to what’s going on in the world. When you volunteer, you experience new and important things.”
Cabot found Sara during the book tour for The Happy, Healthy Non-Profit Book. Authors Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman (who founded Webgrrls!), seek to help non-profits reach great success while avoiding getting burned out from the work. Sara is one of two book tour recipients joining the Community Celebrities. In her spare time Sara enjoys film, food, and spending time with her 11-year old daughter.