Last month, the Founder of 1 Million for Work Flexibility, Sara Sutton, was given a huge honor by the World Economic Forum (WEF): she’s been named a Young Global Leader in their Class of 2014. Sara was chosen for this honor along with only 213 others from 66 different countries around the world for her work with employment issues over the last two decades.
Employment and Flexible Working as Global Issues
The WEF Risks Report has determined that un-and-underemployment are two of the big global issues facing the world right now. As part of the YGL Class of 2014, Sara will share her leadership experience on the topic of employment and flexible working, helping to shed light on work flexibility as a solution to un-and-underemployment issues.
Sara has been professionally involved in the online job market for almost 20 years, since she founded her first company, JobDirect, in 1995. As a Young Global Leader, Sara finds herself among excellent company, including Charlize Theron (Actress & Activist), Jonah Peretti (co-Founder/CEO of Buzzfeed) and Olivia Leland (Director, Giving Partnerships at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation).
The complete list of Young Global Leaders and their accomplishments can be found here: World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders Announcement.
Sara is excited to be able to expand her contributions in employment and work flexibility to a global level, and to work with such a distinguished group of young leaders.“As an entrepreneur focused on the growing flexible, telecommuting and freelance job markets, I am inspired by the advancements in workplace technology that enable jobs and companies to be geographically-neutral, therefore opening up job opportunities in locations that previously were not feasible,” says Sara.
What Makes a Young Global Leader
In order to be chosen for this honor, Sara had to meet the four main criteria that the WEF looks at in choosing their YGL classes every year:
- Achieved success at a young age–under the age of 40.
- Demonstrated commitment to serving society at large.
- Recognized record of extraordinary achievement, substantial leadership experience and a clear indication that this will continue for the rest of their career.
- Impeccable public record and good standing in their community.
The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, politics, academic and other leaders. We are absolutely thrilled that Sara Sutton has been recognized for her work in employment and work flexibility, and we wish her well as she continues to tackle this issue on a global scale!