Sara Potler LaHayne

Founder & CEO

Sara is the Founder & CEO of Move This World, the leading provider of social-emotional learning (SEL) multimedia experiences for PreK-12 students, educators, and families. Move This World has already impacted the lives of over three and a half million students across 45 states and 9 countries.

A graduate of the University of Virginia, Sara is a 2016 Stevie Award Winner for “Female Innovator of the Year;” a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum; an American Express Ashoka Emerging Innovator; a Cordes Fellow with the Opportunity Collaboration; the only U.S. recipient of the Youth Leader Award in the Americas by the Inter-American Development Bank Annual Board of Governors Meeting; an Ashoka Activating Empathy Award Winner; a three-time Beyond Sport Award Finalist; named a “Woman Entrepreneur” by World Resources Institute New Ventures Mexico; a Creative Community Fellow with National Arts Strategies; a StartingBloc Fellow; a Finalist Nominee Social Entrepreneur/Innovator for the Women’s Information Network 18th Annual Young Women of Achievement Award; 1 of 3 Artists Transforming the World by the Arts and Healing Network; Global Good Fund Fellow; honored among The Jewish Week NY’s “36 Under 36”; and a Susan Schiffer Stautberg Leadership Fellow.

She has presented at conferences across 5 continents and been featured in CNN, Forbes, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, ABC7, The Atlantic, Education Week, The Huffington Post, Inc, USA TODAY, The Hechinger Report, Education Dive, TODAY Parenting, Edutopia, and EdSurge, among others.

A life-long dancer and previous professional performer, Sara was a Fulbright Scholar in Bogotá, Colombia when she authored, implemented, and evaluated the original Move This World curriculum. Most importantly, she is the inspired mother of three small children, who present her with hourly opportunities to Move This World, and lives with them and her husband in New York.

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