Sarah Oquist, a board director with thirty years of governance service, is an experienced, effective business leader who is passionate about all aspects of corporate governance and who has demonstrated skill in inspiring transformative organizational change. Sarah began her combined legal and business career as a finance lawyer at the national law firm of Faegre before becoming the primary international banking lawyer for US Bank, followed by serving as CEO of Grand Casinos Minnesota, Commissioner of Corporate Affairs for a federally recognized tribe, and COO of a commercial litigation law firm. Sarah currently serves as board chair of a community bank, lead director of a for-profit professional services company, and secretary and governance chair of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Minnesota chapter. Sarah will bring a wealth of diverse lived and business experience and tireless passion to any board on which she is privileged to serve.
In addition to her experience and expertise, Sarah’s background provides her with an acute ability to relate easily to varying levels of leadership. She grew up in a rural, small town, as the daughter of two hard-working blue-collar laborers. Sarah’s need to work while attending high school and college afforded her the ability to serve in several front-line positions and peaked her lifelong interest in understanding how businesses operate. Because of this experience, Sarah has been successfully influencing CEO/Board Chairs to mid-level managers to front-line team members. Additionally, Sarah is an enrolled member of a Native American tribe and is also of African American descent. She has found that her heritage, along with her tenure in senior-level positions, has given her added skill in speaking both to predominantly majority audiences and to minority audiences. Sarah is passionate about and speaks on various topics including diversity, equity and inclusion, successful leadership, and corporate governance.
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