Keynote Speaker: Sarah Brokaw – Laguna Niguel

Core Competencies: Communications, Fiscal Management, Human Resource Development, Intercultural Proficiency, Leadership, Management, Planning
November 27 – November 30, 2012
Dana Point, Calif.
WLI 092812 Brokaw photoSarah Brokaw is the author of the New York Times bestseller Fortytude: Making the Next Decades the Best Years of Your Life—through the 40s, 50s and Beyond and a licensed therapist specializing in relational dynamics. Her involvement with the wellness community is complemented by her engagement with the world at large. She is a psychotherapist, coach, and philanthropist skilled at helping people on an individual—and communal—basis.

Brokaw’s belief that education is a lifelong pursuit within and outside the classroom has led her to achieve some of the highest accolades in her profession. Brokaw graduated from Duke University and earned a master's degree in social work from New York University. She then received specialized training in working with families and couples from the esteemed Ackerman Institute. Her involvement with this group continued in her collaboration with the two co-directors of the Relational Trauma Project at the Ackerman Institute for Families and Couples.

Brokaw finished a postgraduate program at Fielding University for executive coaching and is a professional certified coach. Additionally, she has completed the National Institute for Psychotherapies psychoanalytic training. Her professional experience includes therapy for latency-aged children at Four Winds Hospital, and she conducted group therapy for individuals who either worked in the World Trade Center or were nearby during the Sept. 11 attacks. Later, inspired by the remarkable women she has met on her journey, Brokaw created a discussion series in which women of diverse backgrounds could meet, share, and support each other in achieving their professional and personal goals. Brokaw also brings such programs to organizations and retreats to help further facilitate a communal environment for healing and empowerment and works with clients privately at her practice in Santa Monica, Calif.

An active philanthropist, Brokaw has traveled extensively, including to Rwanda, Bosnia, and Haiti, and always encourages women to harness their internal power and pursue their goals. She currently serves on the board of Equality Now, an organization whose aim is to end violence and discrimination against women around the world.
Updated Oct. 10, 2012