29Jan

Disability Researcher, Speaker, CAPT US Navy
Adapted Athletics & Mindset Innovator & Speaker

Member Contact

Email:  sara.olsen@gmail.com  LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/saraolsen8

Note: Clients are invited to contact our members directly (contact info listed above) or contact Info@WomenVeteranSpeakers.com 240-298-3940


Member Profile

Sara is an inclusion visionary and non-profit entrepreneur who started her life of service with a career in the Navy as a Salvage and Diving Officer and Explosive Ordnance Officer. She transitioned to the Naval Reserves after numerous deployments and as a Reserve Officer, has commanded two units, served in the Joint Staff, mobilized to Afghanistan in support of Counter Improvised Explosive Device missions, and was selected to hold the office of Interim Dean of Administration for the College of International Security Affairs at the National Defense University. She currently sits as a member of the Navy Reserve Policy Board.

In addition to her military service, Sara cofounded Crossroads Adaptive Athletic Alliance in 2014, the only nonprofit of its kind – building a stronger community for adaptive athletes and their coaches, helping athletes with permanent needs participate in life-changing fitness opportunities through education, grants, and competition. Through Crossroads, Sara develops and teaches seminars and workshops for fitness and medical professionals, speaks on national platforms about the impact of inclusion in sport and continues to hone her own coaching skills.

Sara is an emerging professional speaker with a distinctive perspective and expertise. She has the unique ability to use the understanding of the stress of combat, business start-up challenges and work-life balance, to develop the adaptive mindset necessary to promote growth, professionally and personally. Sara uses her wide-ranging experience in military, private, and public sector to motivate audiences to adapt to their situations to increase success, resilience, confidence, and capability.

Sara’s clients include universities and community colleges, veterans and military groups, health and fitness events and conferences, including special needs and adapted sporting events. Sara offers customizable keynotes, seminars & workshops and one-on-one coaching.

Sara holds a Master of Science in Leadership from Northeastern University, a Master of Public Health from University of Maryland and continues to learn and serve as a Behavioral and Community Health PhD student.


Specialties & Expertise

  • Workplace Communication
  • Change Management
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Facilitator
  • Facing Fear
  • Gender Issues
  • Goal Setting
  • Health & Fitness
  • Image & Self-Esteem
  • Inspirational
  • Leadership
  • Non-Profits
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • PTSD
  • Resiliency
  • Stress Management

Speaking Programs

DEVELOPING THE ADAPTIVE MINDSET Keynote or workshop targeted for Corporate & Government Training, Leadership Conferences & Panels. 

Change is scary and often meets resistance, unless the change is our own idea. Can we learn to adapt to our surroundings in a way that reduces stress and promotes personal growth? Sara thinks so!

Sara takes the audience through the narrative of change from a perspective of growth and adaptation. She leverages her experience working with people forced into adaptation through injury or disease to define the adaptive mindset and provide tips to developing it on your own.


BECOMING COMFORTABLE IN THE UNCOMFORTABLE Keynote or workshop targeted for veteran & military groups, universities & community colleges, corporate training, athletic & professional organizations.

Sara offers an unusual approach to personal growth and resiliency by encouraging discomfort in daily pursuit. Themes include Facing Fear, Organizational Leadership & Management, Overcoming Adversity and Resiliency.

The audience will learn to reframe stresses associated with the unknown into mechanisms for growth. Using the metaphor of sport and fitness, Sara provides a new way to look at personal growth and facing the fear of the unknown by helping the audience to learn to become comfortable being uncomfortable.


BECOME BETTER AT LIFE THROUGH MOVEMENT Keynote or workshop is targeted for universities & community colleges, corporate training, professional organizations & conferences and veteran & military groups.

Sara offers clear presentation on how being active improves all other aspects of life. What goals do you strive for? Can physical activity get you closer to that goal? You may be surprised.

The audience will learn how to translate goal-setting in a fitness environment to goal-setting in any environment as well as understand the impact of movement on our ability to think, to communicate with others, to frame our successes and progress, and to live a healthy life.