In 2009, Sarah had a life-changing moment while hiking in Arizona that inspired her to take hold of a personal passion for conservation and turn it into a new career.
Now, as the CEO & Founder of S’well, Sarah takes a fashion-forward approach to being environmentally friendly, while regularly sharing lessons learned in retail, manufacturing, business building and conservation. As a testament to Sarah’s holistic business acumen, The Women Presidents’ Organization recently named S’well the fastest-growing woman-owned business in the U.S.
Sarah owns 100 percent of S’well and is passionate about ridding the world of plastic bottles.
She has been a CPA, a global real estate developer and a fashion retail store owner.
Sarah was born and raised in Florida, lived in Colorado and New York and loves traveling the world.
Sarah’s parents are her #1 mentors and have helped her understand the value of treating teams like family.
Sarah believes in the power of mentorship and professional awareness to defining your path to success.
Sarah has been recognized as a Fortune “40 Under 40,” an EY Entrepreneurial Winning Woman and a LinkedIn Top Voice.
In 2009 I was hiking in Arizona with my mom. I took a drink from my water bottle, and it was warm. I thought that there has to be a better way to not waste plastic bottles and keep water cold.
That same day, my mom and I were talking about work, and she said, “What would you do if you didn’t have a job and you were finally going to start a company?” I knew the answer right away. I started writing the business plan for S’well during that vacation.
I wouldn’t have been embarrassed to talk about it and I wouldn’t have waited for everything to be perfect before I brought it out in the world. There are so many people who helped me along the way, but they could have helped me sooner if I had just asked.
They give us the support we need to make fewer mistakes, faster.
Being a part of organizations like Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Woman has provided me with the resources to cultivate a network of mentors that help me navigate some of the unknowns of a business startup.
It’s been a wonderful experience and reaffirmed my commitment to mentoring others. I’m always trying to help others overcome challenges and strive for success by participating in different groups, such as the U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership.
Your idea doesn’t have to be perfect.
It’s about being confident in it. If you think it’s good, there are probably many people out there who will also value it. Also, be patient with yourself – the idea might not come right away. Just make sure to pick up skills, ideas, maturity, confidence at every stage of the discovery process and it will guide you to the answers.
S’well® is a proud supporter of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, donating $200,000 since 2015 to help provide clean water to the world’s most vulnerable children. UNICEF works in more than 100 countries around the world to improve access to safe water and sanitation facilities in schools and communities and to promote safe hygiene practices. For example, with just $1, UNICEF can provide one child with access to safe, clean water for a month. To learn more visit www.unicefusa.org.
Did you know that the majority of our drinking water comes from forests? S’well is proud to support American Forests’ restoration efforts, in the U.S. and around the world. Together we’ve planted more than half a million trees since 2013.
S’well is proud to have partnered with Drink Up where for every bottle sold, 10% of the proceeds will go back towards the foundation. Drink Up was formed between the Partnership for a Healthier America – which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to make the healthy, easy choice for busy parents, families and stakeholders across the public and private sectors who are dedicated to encouraging Americans to drink more water more often.