Sarah LaDart. Faces By Dior. Economic Development Manager City of Milton

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“As a leader, I strongly believe that it is our job to take responsibility for the shortfalls and give credit for wins to other people.”

Sarah LaDart

Economic Development Manager. City of Milton, Georgia. Born in Belleville, Illinois. Moved to Atlanta in May 2007.  Education. BS in Business Administration from University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Master of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University

Charity Involvement

The Drake House-Young Professionals Council (2018-present) Peachtree Presbyterian Wedding Guild (2009-present) North Fulton Hospital Women's Advisory Board (2010-2015; Co-Chair 2010-2013, 2015) St. Joseph's Hospital Wings of Mercy Committee (2013) ARC’s Arts, Culture, and Creative Placemaking Plan Focus Group ARC's Millennial Advisory Council ARC’s Art Leaders of Metro Atlanta, Class of 2017 Regional Leadership Institute, Class of 2012 Leadership North Fulton, Class of 2010 

Name a person who’s had a tremendous impact on you as an entrepreneur, business professional or business owner. How and why did this person impacted your life?  Ann Hanlon has had, and continues to have, a tremendous impact on my personal and professional life.  She worked as the Executive Director of the North Fulton Community District when I was at the North Fulton Chamber; the organizations shared office space.  She was young, educated, and moving upward in her career as I was starting my own.  She has always encouraged me to reach for the next ring and helped me learn to not apologize for my age or my family.  She has two children of her own, a happy marriage, and a badass career, now serving at the Executive Director of the Perimeter CIDs.  

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 Three things you should know about you:

1.      Being a mom trumps everything.  My two children are tied for first; the highest anyone can ever hope to be in my heart is third.

2.      I turned 10, 20, and 30 in France; even took my 16 month old daughter with me for 30th birthday trip.

3.      In my spare time I enjoy doing floral arrangements for weddings and was ordained in 2016 and now work with a company in Marietta marrying people.

What one characteristic that you believe every leader should have? As a leader, I strongly believe that it is our job to take responsibility for the shortfalls and give credit for wins to other people.  “I” failed.  “You” win.  I have a quote on the wall in my office that says “There is not a limit on what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”

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I attribute my success to my ability to create relationships with people.  I believe I have a reputation for working with everyone towards a common goal – not just my own.  At times that means working with people that I conflict with, but that doesn’t lessen my ability to work alongside them.  

 If I were to talk to one of your closest business colleagues what would they say about you? This is an interesting question because I just found out what a colleague would say about me if asked.  I have been incredibly humbled as I read what my colleagues have passed along as references for me.  Leadership, teamwork, the ability to see the big picture – even when it doesn’t benefit me, creative thinking, being able to create consensus and get the project done.  

One of the most exciting process of our existence is our evolution. As an entrepreneur, business professional, or business owner, what do you think your evolution has been in the last few years? My evolution over the last few years is quite simple.  I was tired of hearing that men apply for jobs when they have 50% of the required skills and women don’t apply unless they have 100%.  I started refusing to listen to people who told me my children were a burden or barrier I would have to overcome to further my career.  I refused to listen to people who told me my age and gender dictated a lower position or salary.  I surrounded myself with people who believed in me, encouraged me, and supported me growing personally and professionally.

iPhone or Samsung? I have an iPhone.  I didn’t want it, but my kid’s dad insisted that I have the best camera if I’m going to be the one taking pictures of the kids.

What do you do for fun? I am a huge Atlanta United fan.  Watching last year’s season and attending the Championship game at the Benz is something I will forever remember. I also love a good steak and red wine.  Any opportunity to mix those two together, as I did last night for the opener against DC at Arnette’s Chop Shop in Brookhaven, is a good day.

What legacy do you want to leave behind?  I always tell my children I hope they grow up to be kind.  Being strong, smart, and successful are all good, but to have the ability to be kind to the world is what I hope I am showing my children.

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What advice would you have to the younger of you? I would tell myself to put in a little more effort.  School was always easy for me, so I didn’t have to really study to keep my scholarship.  I should have tried a little harder.  As an athlete, I had a natural ability that got me on the team, got me on the field, but I could have given more.  Looking back, I let myself and my team down by not working harder.

Interviewed by: Maryan Aiken. Publisher. Founder. CEO. CityBox Media . Listening to Spotify. Travis Scott. Stargazing. Astroworld

Presented by Susan Fron. Assisted by Nick Tucker. CityBox Media Co CEO Intern. Kennesaw State University.

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