President & CEO
Sarah Alter is President and CEO of the NextUp (formerly Network Of Executive Women), a nonprofit learning, leadership and gender equality advocacy organization of over 14,000 members (representing nearly 900 organizations), over 300 national and regional corporate partners, and 22 regional groups in the United States and Canada. NextUp advances gender equality and diversity across many industries, including retail, consumer goods, financial services, and technology. Alter joined NextUp in 2017 and has wide-ranging executive leadership experience in the markets NextUp represents. During her tenure, Sarah successfully expanded the scope of NextUp’s mission to include Advancing ALL Women. Under Sarah, NextUp has focused on supporting women of color, building male allyship, the new generation coming into our workforce, and, more recently, how Covid-19 has impacted women in the workplace. NextUp’s memberships and partnerships have grown significantly since she joined the organization. Using cutting-edge business practices and powerful DEI solutions, NextUp has created real impact and has been recognized by news outlets such as the Wall Street Journal as a voice of authority. NextUp’s robust board includes executives from Target, P&G, Walmart, Google, Visa, Accenture, Coke, PepsiCo., and Deloitte, who provide the diverse perspectives and financial support needed to go further, faster. Sarah is a regular speaker at NRF, ShopTalk, National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), and EnsembleIQ events such as Top Women in Grocery and Top Women in Convenience. She has also served on a number of non-profit boards and is an accomplished fundraiser. She now serves on the Illinois State Advisory Lottery Board and the Maverick Digital Advisory Board. She is an organizer of Chicago’s annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JRDF) Gala, which has raised millions of dollars for Type 1 diabetes. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and has a Harvard MBA.