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Sarah Westlake

Editorial Director at ArtPlace America

Best career advice you ever got?

It’s not what you say you are, it’s what they think you are.

Favorite thing about your job?

Joining the dots between vital work, making connections that could spark a revolution. Telling stories that really tell themselves.

If you weren’t doing this, what job would you have?

I’d be working on fixing voter suppression.

What’s something work-related that keeps you up at night?

The latest news outrage from the day. Note to self: stop watching the news all the time.

Most memorable Communications Network experience?

That time when ComNet totally remade their annual conference from scratch in solidarity with striking workers.

Your most overused word or phrase?


Best thing you’ve read/watched/listened to recently?

BBC/Netflix special ‘Bodyguard.’

Guilty pleasure?


How do you define success?

When your values match your actions.

Most important thing you’ve learned in the last five years?

That an English accent can get you a long way in America.

What are you most interested in learning from your colleagues in The Network — and what could folks learn from you?

I’m most interested in learning how we can all connect to make the changes we want to see. What could folks learn from me? A multitude of alternatives to the word ‘stakeholder.’

How has The Network been helpful to your work/your career? And why?

The Network has given me a connection to my people. An introduction en masse to the only folks who understand our job. Who know that not everyone with a pen can write, who get that that just because you were a journalist 10 years ago, that doesn’t mean you can craft a content calendar today. The people who see that comms is vital from day one of a project, not just a cherry on the top. Thank you ComNet, and thank you members. I see you.


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