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Meet Sarah Richard: The Fast Interview

Sarah Richard, Technical Customer Success at Fast

Sarah Richard

Role: Technical Customer Success

Team: Customer Success

Talk about your background leading up to Fast.

I studied economics in college (Stanford University). I love figuring out why people make the decisions they do. At first I thought about psychology, but I really like digging into numbers and so studied economics. After college, I worked in consulting, but I wanted to see the projects through to completion, so I started thinking about my next step.

How did you learn about Fast, and why did you say yes?

A couple of my trusted mentors and friends mentioned that I should look into Fast. I connected with Charlotte (Hjerpe, Technical Program Manager at Fast). She was so open and kind in giving me general career advice, and after hearing about her phenomenal experience at Fast, I got super excited and started figuring out how I could join. After speaking with Charlotte, Allison (Barr Allen, Co-Founder and COO at Fast), and my boss Vanessa (Gabriel, Director of Customer Success at Fast), I knew I had to join a team full of so many ambitious women in positions of leadership.

Where did you grow up, and what were you like as a child?

I grew up in Atlanta, and I was extremely Type A and bossy pretty much from birth. I still kind of am, but I'm a little mellowed. When I was little, I put together a PowerPoint presentation to convince my parents why I should get my ears pierced. So that's where we're coming from.

What was your first job ever?

I think I was working at a summer camp for preschoolers when I was 13, and I stuck with that job during my summers until the end of high school.

You recently taught a virtual belly dance workshop for one of Fast’s fitness events. How did you get into belly dancing?

I was trained in classical ballet growing up and then dabbled in hip hop and a couple of different styles. I cheered in high school. And then going to college, I knew I wanted to try something completely different and challenging. I came across a belly dancing group on campus and I completely fell in love with it. It's worlds away from ballet, which is very focused on discipline and structure, and everything is very precise. And belly dance, there's a lot more creativity.

Which public figure do you admire most and why?

One is Janet Yellen, because I think she's such a baller. There's the anecdote about how she interviewed herself when she was in high school, because it was tradition for the school valedictorian to be interviewed by the newspaper editor, and she was both. And then the other is a woman named Catherine Coleman Flowers, who is a MacArthur Genius Award Winner. She works on addressing the hookworm crisis in Alabama, which I studied in college and almost wrote a thesis on.

What food do you uncontrollably eat?

I'm really excited about this one because more people need to know about this combination, but if you combine dates with almond butter and chocolate and salt, it is deadly. It's so good.

Who is your favorite TV or film character?

The Princess Bride” is my absolute favorite movie. I cannot watch it with another human because I can't stop myself from quoting the entire movie. And it's really annoying. But in “The Princess Bride,” Vizzini is hands down my favorite character. He's taught me to not get involved in a land war in Asia and to never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line. You just can't make up these incredible life lessons from him.

What was the last show you binged watched?

I'm watching a show right now with my roommates. We're watching “Lupin,” and it's phenomenal. It's pretty much a modern day Sherlock Holmes, but with a dark side.

What personal goal would you like to achieve in the next five years?

I have a couple. I want to buy a house in the next five years, and I want to live bravely.

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