Sara Schairer is the founder and executive director of Compassion It, a start-up nonprofit organization and global social movement whose mission is to inspire daily compassionate actions and attitudes. She created the one-of-a-kind reversible Compassion It wristband prompting compassionate actions on six continents, 50+ countries, and all 50 states. Over 120,000 wristbands are out in the world prompting compassion, and wristband sales fund compassion education programs for youth, teens, and adults.
As a public speaker, Sara encourages her audiences to “compassion it” in their daily lives. A Stanford-certified instructor of Compassion Cultivation Training, Sara has taught at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, Kaiser Permanente, the Naval Medical Center, and she leads compassion trainings for various audiences of all ages. The Botswana Ministries of Health and Education sponsored Sara to lead compassion trainings for healthcare providers, educators, and community leaders in Africa, and Sara has been a repeat presenter for the Anthony Robbins Foundation Global Youth Leadership Summit.
She’s a contributing author to the book The Neuroscience of Learning and Development: Enhancing Creativity, Compassion, Critical Thinking and Peace in Higher Education and is a guest blogger for The Chopra Center.
Sara is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. In April 2017, the UNC Tar Heels and Duke University Blue Devils athletic teams partnered with Compassion It to promote compassion and sportsmanship in the Chapel Hill-Durham area, showing the world that "enemies" can treat each other with respect and compassion.
Sara's most important and challenging role is mother to her always-energetic 10-year-old daughter Hannah.