Sarah Toms

Sarah Toms

IT Technical Director, The Wharton School
When Things Break: Managing A Crisis

Sarah Toms is the IT Technical Director of Wharton’s Learning Lab, responsible for creating innovative approaches to learning through EdTech.  Her team is the 2016 recipient of the Academy of Management’s Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award, and in 2015 won two silver Stars Reimagine Education awards for their groundbreaking work on alternate-reality gaming in entrepreneurship education. Sarah started her career in tech more than 20 years ago, founding two successful tech startups during the dot-com heydays; after a decade as an entrepreneur, she went on to work in pharma, implementing end-to-end ITIL processes for a global service provider at the forefront of the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors. Now positioned at the leading edge of serious-games development and learning simulations, Sarah likes to say she gets “paid to play” — but her real passion is in bringing together imaginative, out-of-the-box thinkers to invent the future of education.