About Sara Wroblewski

Collaborator on Women-Helping-Women


In 2011, Sara Wroblewski traveled to Nairobi, Kenya where she collaborated with Kenyan glassblower, Anselm Croze, on a fundraising project to help support a local school in his community. The intrinsic leadership qualities that developed in Sara as a result of this hands-on, service-based learning quickly became apparent. The organization started with one bead and one opportunity to make a difference in Kenya. Now, that bead is a symbol of inspiration and a catalyst for change in communities around the globe.

When she returned to school at Hobart and William Smith Colleges after traveling in Kenya, Sara competed in and won the school’s first annual Pitch competition and prize of $10,000 to establish her organization, One Bead. Justone year later, in 2012, One Bead became an official 501(c)3 organization. In 2013, Sara graduated Cum Laude with her BA from HWS.

Today, Sara manages One Bead operations out of her apartment in Boston and leads youth leadership programs at elementary schools nationwide. Due to institutional constraints, schools do not always have the resources or time within a day to provide hands-on mentorship and empowerment. The One Bead Youth Leadership Program (YLP) was created to meet a need for outreach programs beginning in early childhood. Since One Bead's inception in 2012, Sara has raised over $250,000 towards One Bead’s mission and has received many accolades for her work. Designed to cultivate young leaders at the elementary school level and instill a culture of giving back to one’s community, the twenty-hour YLP curriculum shares the business model and inherent leadership qualities of One Bead with the youngest generation of students.

In 2013, Sara was recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative University. The following year, she was honored by the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health. In 2016, she was a recipient of the Waring Prize from Western Reserve Academy. 

In her free time, Sara can be found running along the Charles River (weather permitting). She ran her fourth half marathon in the spring of 2016 and her first (and last) full marathon in October 2014.