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Alumni connections matter: Sarah Sanders ('08)

sarah sanders w stem class   sarah sanders w computer class
 Sarah E. Sanders (IHHS 2008) is currently an entrepreneur in the AgTech (Agriculture Technology) sector.  She is co-founder of a company called NATIVE AgTech which has created software systems to build better efficiences and transparency in the food supply chain.  While in town from NYC, she shared her her real-world learning as an AgTech business builder.  All classes had great questions to ask her, showing they are forward thinking and already looking to "what's next." 
 
"I was so impressed with both the STEM curriculum and the Digital Arts Technology lab and its classes.  I wish we had had these when I was here! These are the skills that I know I will be looking for as we grow our company.  You can't be ready soon enough!"  - Sarah Sanders
 
Here is Sarah's bio:
 
Sarah Sanders headshot Young Brave Award:  Sarah E. Sanders (IHHS 2008)

Sarah Sanders is the Co-founder of Native AgTech, Inc, a software company based between New York City and the Midwest focused on generating greater efficiency and transparency in our food supply chain. Sarah began her career working in hospitality at the Tavern Restaurant Group, a family-owned business started by her father, Nick Sanders.

Upon completing her MBA in 2014 she joined Rubicon Global, a cloud-based platform for waste and recycling services, where she worked for the CEO managing investor relations through multiple rounds of fundraising. After tremendous company growth she transitioned to build Rubicon’s first SMB & Mid-Market sales teams. In 2017 Sarah joined Toast, a cloud-based point-of-sale system addressing the antiquated restaurant technology market. She relocated to New York City to aggressively grow Toast’s market share in the iconic Manhattan restaurant scene, prior to launching Native.

In 2019 Sarah was awarded the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business & Economics, and shortly after joined the college’s Emerging Leaders Board. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business Management from the University of Kentucky and her MBA in International Business from Xavier University.