Sarabeth Berk, PhD
Dr. Sarabeth Berk is the Director of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative at the University of Colorado Boulder, a cross-campus effort to connect and bring more entrepreneurial thinking into university experiences for all stakeholders.
Sarabeth considers herself a hybrid professional and identifies as an artist/researcher/educator/designer. Her hybrid title is “Innovation Strategist” or “Creative Disruptor”, depending on the day and the group. With a background in creativity, design thinking, systems building, and entrepreneurship, Sarabeth is skilled at convening and connecting diverse groups of stakeholders to solve those wicked, unrelenting, systemic human-centered problems.
As an innovation leader, Sarabeth facilitates vision, strategy, and execution for teams and organizations as well as runs trainings on how to bring innovative behaviors and mindsets into company culture. “Show don’t tell” and “Seeing is believing” are her favorite mottos, and early adopters are her favorite collaborators.
Sarabeth obtained her PhD in curriculum studies and instruction from the University of Denver, and has focused on innovation in nonprofits, K-12 and higher education throughout her career. She also has degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Rhode Island School of Design.
When she isn’t transforming education or disrupting the status quo, Sarabeth is a council member on the Denver County Cultural Council, and a fan of all things arts and culture. She listens to a zillion podcasts (her current faves are How I Built This, Hidden Brain, and Design Matters) and plays in the outdoors as much as possible- mountain biking, skiing, and hiking with her dog are at the top of her list.