Congratulations to Sarah West, Vice President of Development at Ballet West – she has been selected as one of the 2017 30 Women to Watch honorees!
Each year, Utah Business magazine selects 30 women who are at the top of their respective fields and honors them in both its May issue and at an awards luncheon held in their honor.
Read more about Sarah and the other 2017 30 Women to Watch honorees in the digital magazine.
Accomplishments: In her role with Ballet West, Sarah West has worked with the organization’s leadership team to raise $2.2 million to eliminate its operational debt, increased the operational budget from $8 million to $13 million, and raised funds to expand the Frederick Q. Lawson Ballet West Academy and open a fourth campus in Park City. She also helped secure a $2 million grant from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation to commission a new Nutcracker production to be unveiled in December.
Furthering a legacy: West says the efforts to secure a grant for The Nutcracker struck an emotional chord, “as my grandfather, Willam Christensen, founder of Ballet West and the San Francisco Ballet, staged the first full-length Nutcracker in the United States in 1944. Since this time, The Nutcracker has become a holiday family tradition for millions of Americans. I’m honored to further his legacy, the impact he had on American ballet, and leading a successful campaign for Ballet West.”
Forging connections: “I truly love connecting with people through art, athleticism and social impact. … I’ve had the privilege to represent world-leading organizations such as Sundance Institute, Olympic Aid, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, and now Ballet West. I’ve established long-term financial support for each of these organizations, while creating life-long friendships with many leading philanthropists.”