Session 6


The Legal versus Moral Implications of Safety: Why We Should Live Like Every Life Matters

Presented by Sarah Svensen Bennah

During this session, Sarah Svensen Bennah will journey through the legal, moral, and profoundly personal impact that not paying attention to our surroundings can have on the lives around us.

Specifically, Sarah will discuss our individual responsibility with regard to safety, and she will tell her personal safety story, including how one event in Haiti changed her perspective on life and what it means to be a Good Samaritan.

Through her story, Sarah will also discuss the philosophical and practical implications of caring for those around us and what it means to cultivate a safety-conscious culture.

Learn how Sarah addresses why “caring is cool” and how it can be lucrative for all of us!

Sarah Svensen Bennah


sarah-bennahSarah Svensen Bennah is a lawyer by training, a career coach in practice, and a hopeful community change-maker at heart.  Sarah earned her Bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, at the University of Arizona and her law degree from Harvard Law School with honors in 2007.  After law school, she clerked for Judge Julie E. Carnes in the Northern District of Georgia and practiced commercial litigation at Sullivan and Cromwell in New York City.

After practicing law, Sarah made a powerful personal decision to leave her practice and move to Haiti with her husband in 2011 to build schools and water filters after the earthquake of 2010.  Through her experiences in Haiti, Sarah developed a passion for inspiring and empowering people to make positive change in their own lives and in the lives of those around them.  Since returning from Haiti, Sarah has served as Associate Director of the Center for Professional Development and Career Strategy at Emory Law School.

Sarah also runs growing GOOD Inc., an Atlanta-based philanthropic organization that inspires and equips change-makers by engaging them in their areas of passion and teaching them to help members of their community while avoiding the pitfalls of traditional charity models.  Sarah lives in Decatur, Georgia with her husband and English bulldog, Turkey.