Sarah Owen

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Transformative product leader, Sarah Owen, in brief.

Sarah Owen

Current home: Atlanta, Ga.  Home at heart: Austin, TX.  Age: Wise my friends, wise.  Profession: Fintech, Insurtech.  Organization: One Inc.  Title: Chief Product Officer.  Alma mater: University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX.

Current project: Working with our CIO to launch product empowered scaled agile.  Recent professional development: Joined Chief, the pre-eminent women’s professional network.  Latest accomplishment: Built the best team of product professionals I have ever worked with. Leadership Style: Transformational.  Hobbies: Sarah the Queen of Stews, discovered during COVID.  Recent travel or adventure: New Year’s Eve camping in Georgia.  Last book read: Just re-read Measure What Matters, by John Doerr.

Personality profile: ENTP; innovative leader.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Kind.  Moral compass: Marked by impartiality and honesty: free from self-interest, prejudice, or favoritism.  The question I ask is: is it fair?  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Teachers.  What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Travel or entertaining.  What is your go-to workout? Anything in nature.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? A bit of solitude.

What was your first paying job? Lifeguard.  What was your favorite college course? Metaphysics.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? Love Actually. What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? The first piece of art that I bought on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, 1999.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Plumbing. What is your favorite app? Spotify.  What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? Losing my parents at a fairly young age.

What is your big idea?

Exposure creates acceptance.

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Product driven cultures. What mega-trend most excites you? The radically positive impact of diversity and inclusion. What mega-trend most concerns you? Climate change and resource scarcity.

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? A Full and Adventurous Life.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? An English or History professor.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? My cell phone and charger.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With my sister and closest friends together, in a beautiful place, eating, drinking and talking. What day in your life would you choose to re-live? New Year’s Eve in London with Mom, Dad and Sister.  Veeraswamy, London’s oldest Indian restaurant and Trafalgar Square.  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? My twenties.

Personal mission: Self-awareness.  Personal motto: Live in the present.  The only moment you can really plan for is now; make the most of it.  Favorite quote: “Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved” (D. H. Lawrence).

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