Sara Holoubek is the CEO and founder of Luminary Labs, a consultancy that develops strategies and innovation systems to help Fortune 500, government, and nonprofit organizations thrive in the face of change. She is also an active early stage investor.
Sara is a director and former chair of the Step Up National Board, a nonprofit that propels girls from under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound, career-focused, and ready to join the next generation of professional women. Sara’s previous advisory roles include serving on the inaugural RWJF Pioneer Fund Advisory Group and the Aspen Health Innovation Project Planning Committee.
Sara has been widely quoted in publications such as Fast Company, The Washington Post and WSJ.com. She has been recognized by LinkedIn as a 2017 Top Voice in Technology, Mashable as a female founder to watch, SmartCEO magazine as a 2017 New York Brava award winner, and PepsiCo WIN for her contributions to women in technology. Her company has been profiled in business books, Geek Girl Rising, Here’s the Plan, The Big Enough Company, and Stiletto Network. She also serves as a frequent guest lecturer on the subjects of technology and innovation.
Prior to founding Luminary Labs, Sara served as the Chief Strategy Officer of iCrossing and President of SEMPO, the global trade organization for the search marketing industry. Sara also brings an international perspective to her work, having lived and worked in Latin America and Europe; she is fluent in Spanish and French, and conversant in Portuguese. She holds a B.A. from the University of Iowa and an M.B.A. from HEC in France.
- “Open innovation outcomes, by the numbers,” the Lab Report, April 17, 2018
- “What non-traditional data can tell us about cities, health, politics, and commerce,” the Lab Report, February 27, 2018
- “The voice tech explainer: What you need to know in 2018,” the Lab Report, February 7, 2018
- “There are no trends — just questions,” LinkedIn, January 25, 2018
- “What every executive should know about BlackRock's new imperative,” LinkedIn, January 17, 2018
- “Not another reading list,” the Lab Report, December 18, 2017
- “7 lessons learned from $5 million in open innovation prizes,” the Lab Report, December 8, 2017
- “Automation, education, and the future of work: A reading list,” the Lab Report, October 12, 2017
- “Voice technology isn’t just a trend; it’s a paradigm shift,” the Lab Report, September 13, 2017
- “Reading list: 10 articles that make sense of the ‘voice-first’ future,” LinkedIn, August 24, 2017
- “5 of healthcare's hardest nuts to crack,” MM&M, April 14, 2017
- “The future of humans: A 2017 reading list,” LinkedIn, January 17, 2017
- “I'll be online later,” LinkedIn, October 10, 2016
- “Corporate America, meet the maker movement,” NewCo Shift, October 5, 2016
- “Choosing parity,” Athena Talks, June 21, 2016
- “Women, tech, and the feds,” Athena Talks from Medium, June 13, 2016
- “The Human Company Design Manifesto,” New Co. Shift, June 7, 2016
- “What 10 healthcare innovation teams look like,” MM&M, April 8, 2016
- “The problems that matter,” Be Yourself, March 22, 2016
- “10 trends transforming healthcare in 2015,” MM&M, April 1, 2015
- “How CEOs can actually take family leave,” Fast Company, April 8, 2014