Sarah Manney '14
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW?
Right now, I’m back on Vancouver Island to see my brother Liam (Whittall, ’18) graduate from Brentwood!
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY DOING PROFESSIONALLY OR OTHERWISE?
I’ll be in Kyiv, Ukraine working with an NGO called StopFake.org to help fact-check disinformation.
WHAT ACHIEVEMENT(S) ARE YOU
MOST PROUD OF?
Organizing a cybersecurity crisis simulation at Stanford University for students in both policy-related and technical fields in an effort to bridge what Silicon Valley calls the “techy- fuzzy divide.” I firmly believe we need tech and policy people working together on scary new challenges such as A.I., robots, etc.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
I get fired up about three things: democracy, the country of Estonia, and (as my American colleagues will attest) real maple syrup.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?
“Go out there and make mistakes!” from Ms. Frizzle in The Magic Schoolbus cartoon. I’ve learned the most from mistakes I’ve made in situations where I felt hopelessly underqualified.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?
This fall, I begin work as a Business Analyst in Washington, D.C. for McKinsey & Company,
a management consulting firm (see above
re: situations where I feel hopelessly underqualified!)
WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR LIFE TO DATE? Brentwood, for giving me the mentors and friends who really know me; Mom and Dad, for having my back no matter what; and one of my Stanford professors, Michael McFaul, for inspiring me with his dedication to principled public service.
WHAT WAS THE LAST NEW THING YOU TRIED?
A “Storytelling” class at university, the goal of which was to be able to “stand in front of a live audience and tell a true story.” I’m now a storytelling fanatic!
FAVOURITE BRENTWOOD MEMORY:
On my Stanford application I was asked what kind of roommate I hoped to have. I turned
to ask my Brentwood roommate at the time, Gillian Marvel (Alex, ’14), what I should write.
As usual, we went off on a tangent and found ourselves five minutes later attempting to duct- tape a safety cone to a hat. I recounted the story on my application, and there you have it!
FAVOURITE BRENTWOOD TEACHER(S):
Mr. Collis, with shout-outs to to Messrs. Lawrence, Wismer, Sullivan, Tate, Luna, Bryant; Mrs. Reynolds; and Ms. MacInnis.
I always felt English was my weakest subject. On my first day at Brentwood, Mr. Collis gave us an impromptu writing assignment. I started scribbling frantically as Collis paced the rows, sure I was about to be sent right back where
I came from. Miraculously, Collis said he saw something in my three paragraphs of garbled nonsense that was “actually kind of good.” To this day, he’s still the toughest critic and greatest supporter I’ve ever had.
WHERE DO YOU HOPE TO BE
10 YEARS FROM NOW?
As long as I’m surrounded by interesting people who will throw themselves into the good fight alongside me, I’ll be happy!
“Go out there and make mistakes”