Design Education
& Leadership

Design Education

As Head of Curriculum and Mentorship at Designlab, I lead the internal efforts with new curriculum for design courses, as well as recruiting and training 400+ mentors and work directly with students from all over the world.

Creative Direction

Complexity is my comfort zone. You can find me auditing, consulting, and advising on design projects and team building for international companies as part of the amazing Toptal network.

Experimentation & Growth

When I'm not creating courses, working with students, coaching mentors, or consulting with clients, you can find me reading HBR, trying the latest edition of Rituals, stargazing, writing, or planning my nomad adventures.

Building Teams

Different organizations require different team setups:should the team be all generalists or specialists? What should the workflows be like?

Scaling Design

Some people say design doesn't scale. However, it does if we balance 3 areas: processes,Design Systems, and creative freedom.

Mentoring & Performance

Finding great talent is just step 1. After that comes performance management, effective feedback, and growth opportunities.

Design Work

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Don't take my word for it

Sara’s strongest point is how quickly she learns and adapts to not only any team but also even the most complex line of businesses. This makes her a natural strategist that is able to make order out of the messiest chaos and even create a great solutions out of thin air.

Robin Bultot

Global Head of Sales Engineering at Backbase

Sara is fully an idea creative individual. She can deeply understand a problem and brings a calmness to figuring out the best way of completing a project. I am extremely grateful that I met Sara and will always carry this experience with me through my journey.

Kelsey Page

UX Academy Graduate at Designlab

I had the pleasure of working with her on a few projects. She quickly understands the customers' businesses which I believe it's a very important skill to have on the design process. Her communication and user experience knowledge makes her a great and valuable designer.

Guilherme Medeiros

Lead Frontend Developer at mycujoo.tv

Despite her youth, Sara is confident and experienced, but also listens to other people’s ideas and opinions. She is a natural leader who effortlessly grasps complex ideas and concepts and guides the craft required to deliver undeniably good digital experiences.

Telma Rodrigues

Onboarding Officer at Backbase

Her constant enthusiasm and positivity motivated and inspired me. When giving constructive criticism, she always remained encouraging. With her highly experienced background and great mentoring skills I would absolutely recommend her as a mentor or lead to a design team.

Meryl Gonzalez

UX Academy Graduate at Designlab

Sara is an excellent mentor. She's incredibly challenging, friendly, knowledgeable, and constantly engaging. Her enthusiastic personality is addictive. Sara manages a large group of students but I never felt pushed to the side. I'm very grateful for being paired with her.

Michael Messina

UX Academy Graduate at Designlab

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London, United Kingdom

E-MAIL

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