Sarah Kate Fishback, director of operations at the Institute for Sustainable Development, will deliver the keynote address at TechExpo 2011.
The Institute for Sustainable Development is a nonprofit formed by Duke University, UNC and local chambers of commerce to help small and medium-sized employers build sustainable practices into their operations. At the institute, Fishback works to develop and administer programs that leverage web-based technologies and local assets to encourage sustainability in the local business community.
Fishback joined the institute in 2009 after graduating from the Fuqua School of Business, where she concentrated in social entrepreneurship. While at Fuqua, Fishback was a founding team member of PlotWatt, a high-tech residential home energy efficiency startup presently in beta testing.
Previously, Fishback served as online operations strategist at Google, working on the AdWords, Google Video, and YouTube teams. In that role, Fishback gathered user feedback, built customer service systems, provided technical support and collaborated with engineers with the objective of creating a seamless, magical user experience.
Fishback remains actively involved in entrepreneurship through the women’s entrepreneurship initiative at Duke, and she also serves on the advisory board of If Not You, Who?, a web-based early childhood education startup. She holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College.