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Open Line Director, Sarah Neville, is a frequent contributor to media on a range of topics including diversity and inclusion, gender equality and professional communication.


How to shut down microaggressions while keeping your cool.

The Huffington Post, January 24, 2018

It’s safe to say that the story of 2018 is the continuing momentum of the #metoo movement, and the remarkable cultural moment that seems to be taking place, not just in entertainment, but in every sector.  But a workplace can begin to feel unsafe, disrespectful or just downright uncomfortable long before there’s outright harassment taking place.


 Hillary Clinton still walks the tightrope faced by all female politicians

The Ottawa Citizen, October 13th, 2017

My disappointment at Hillary Clinton’s recent performance in Toronto is my problem, not hers.                                
Like many women, I had a lot invested in her run for the U.S. presidency. I’d waited a lifetime and no woman had even gotten close – until last year. Since her days as First Lady, she’d shown herself to be smart, empathetic and committed to public service. She’d built a killer résumé: lawyer, senator and Secretary of State. The woman was damn qualified.
When she was defeated almost a year ago, I was shocked by my own grief.


Why I’m joining the Women’s March on Washington

The Ottawa Citizen, January 18th, 2017

I hate crowds and I’ve never been able to sleep on a bus. I’ve got looming client deadlines, and my family’s weekend is packed: hockey games, birthday parties and piles of laundry. So why would I opt to spend two restless nights on a charter bus with 53 strangers, headed to the Women’s March on Washington?

Does your organization’s power structure enable abuse?

The Globe and Mail, May 14, 2016

The statement that former CBC producer Kathryn Borel read this week on the steps of Toronto’s courthouse should send a chill through many organizations. Even companies that don’t employ high-profile entertainers need to get serious about tackling workplace sexual harassment and examine how power is organized and shared.

The Terrifying Effectiveness of Trump’s Communications
(co-authored with Shari Graydon)

The Huffington Post, August 18, 2016

As professional communicators who advise others on how to improve their ability to connect with audiences, Shari Graydon and Sarah Neville have watched the astonishing ascension of political neophyte and insult-machine Donald Trump with dropped jaws. Here’s their conversation about the lessons to be learned from his fearless communication style.

Is the Choice to Wear a Niqab Really a Women’s Issue?

The Huffington Post, October 11, 2015

Ladies: are you wondering what to wear? Fear not, Canadian politicians have got your back. A national dress code is on the way. No details yet, but rest assured, you’ll be free to wear your crop top, thong underwear and six-inch heels. Just don’t cover your face.

Are race, gender at the heart of Chow’s perceived communication problem?

The Toronto Star, October 20, 2014

Rolling yourself up in carpet is one way to avoid your political foes. In Cleopatra’s case, the young queen had supporters smuggle her past hostile guards in a rug to build an alliance with Caesar against her brother. The rest, as they say, is history.  Olivia Chow might well be wishing for similar cover. The attacks on her during this campaign have been variously vicious, personal and irrelevant.

Follow-up treatment scarce for those with concussions

The Toronto Star, August 23, 2014

I thought of Sid the Kid when I first woke up in St. Michael’s Hospital, unable to sit up without vomiting. After his infamous blows to the head on the ice, I wondered, did he experience extreme vertigo and fatigue, memory loss and mood swings? Did he worry not only that his career was over, but that he might be physically dependent on others for the rest of his life?

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St. Clair College event entices girls to consider skilled trades, science, tech and engineering careers

The Windsor Star, November 11, 2016

Sarah spoke to employers at the Build a Dream conference in Windsor about the business case for gender balance in their organizations. Getting more women into skilled trades, law enforcement and STEM means reaching girls before they make decisions about post secondary education.