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WE Expert

Sarah Labadie

Senior Policy Advocate

Want to connect with Sarah? Please Contact:

Valerie Harris

Marketing and Communications Associate

Phone: 312-782-3902 x 227

Email: vharris@womenemployed.org

Sarah Labadie leads the organization’s efforts to develop and promote policies that help adult and low-income students access and succeed in college. She is also an expert in online advocacy and grassroots organizing. Sarah joined the staff of Women Employed in 2008.

Labadie is an education policy expert, having been invited to serve on a number of statewide working groups to develop plans for adult education, workforce development, and career and technical education. She spearheaded an effort to create a unified definition of career pathways in Illinois, which ultimately streamlined processes and led to smoother pathways for students. She has also researched and advocated for policies that help adult students access and complete postsecondary credentials and degrees, including leading efforts to increase the availability of need-based financial aid for low-income students. Labadie has worked with colleges, elected officials, and state agencies to implement these policies.

Labadie is experienced in online and grassroots advocacy, having led WE’s online Action Network and our Pathways to Careers Network, an initiative to increase college and career success for adult learners with low basic skills. Leveraging the power of advocates and students, Labadie has also been able to restore funding to the state’s need-based financial aid grant, the Monetary Award Program (MAP) and prevent further cuts.

Prior to joining the Women Employed team, Sarah spent a year teaching first grade in Siguatepeque, Honduras. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Cornell University.