Sara Murdock, Ph.D.

Award winning PhD using research-backed social science methods to solve real world organizational challenges in human capital, social impact, and organizational excellence

Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Research Expertise

Organizational Psychology
Pay Equity and Economic Inclusion
Inclusive Leadership Development
Social Impact and Cultural Futurism
Human Capital and Employee Lifecycle
Wellbeing, Meditation, and Biofeedback
Impact Disclosures and Corporate Transparency


<br> Dr. Sara Murdock is an award-winning, globally known expert in organizational power dynamics. Dr. Murdock serves as a pioneer in the field of People & Culture, with a focus on building innovation, inclusive Leadership Development, and aligning organizational objectives with actual Impact. She has led initiatives and departments with global organizations, startups, and traditional corporations alike due to her ability to establish respect and rapport in a way that fuels meaningful growth and drives authentic company strategy. Sara cements her mantra, “Change isn’t hard, it’s human” into every thread of her proven methodology, responsible for helping hundreds of organizations set the standard in People, Leadership, and Impact. With a 20+ year track record in catalyzing profound and necessary shifts in how organizations "do business," Sara is frequently sought after as an advisor, speaker, and author in addition to her executive role. Sara’s training includes a Ph.D. in Social Impact, an MA in Organizational Development, a BA in Culture, and Agile coaching Certifications. An award-winning ballroom dancer, in her free time, Sara enjoys partner dancing, traveling, and writing.


University of California, Los Angeles

Ph.D., Social Impact / June, 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States of America

City University of Seattle

MA, Organizational Development / May, 2010

Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Kenyon College

BA, Culture / May, 2005

Gambier, Ohio, United States of America


Steinberg Hart

Director of People & Culture / October, 2022March, 2024

Use research-backed, proven social science methods to set strategy and run the people function for a global design firm.

International Living Futures Institute

Organizational Equity Advisor / August, 2023Present

Research on social impact indicators and benchmarking related to: 1) supply chain and vendors 2) employee pay, gender, and racial equity 3) employee health, wellness, and experience 4) corporate social responsibility and community stewardship 5) client/end user outcomes and impact


Advisory Board / January, 2023Present

Collaborate with CEO and CoFounders on HRIS, employee communications, and other talent engagement methods

Impact Entrepreneur

Correspondent / December, 2023Present

Research, insights, and writing on the world's top social impact challenges and the solutions that are addressing them.


Thought Leader / MarchPresent

Research, insights, and writing on social sustainability solutions and how they affect other forms of sustainability, including economics, cultures, and environments

Association of Professional Futurists

Futurist / April, 2023Present

Thought leadership and projects related to strategic anticipation, foresight, and emerging solutions

Social Impact Ventures

Principal Consultant / January, 2016June, 2022

Using research backed social science to address real world client challenges. Projects ranged from human capital to DEI to ESG to change management to organizational development to strategic planning to consumer research and much more

University of California

Learning and Development Lead / January, 2012December, 2016

Training project managers in best in class research methodologies

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