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About Our Founder 

Sara Wroblewski started One Bead in her college dorm room as a project to elevate education at a small school in Kenya through the sale of recycled glass beads.

It all began in 2011, when Sara traveled to Nairobi, Kenya. There, she met and was inspired by Anselm Croze, an acclaimed Kenyan artisan with a unique business model. He challenged her to raise money to benefit a local school, and she had the idea to design and sell handmade recycled glass beads, laying the foundation for One Bead. 

When she returned to school at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Sara competed in and won the school’s first annual Pitch competition and prize of $10,000 to establish One Bead. Just one year later, in 2012, One Bead became an official 501(c)3 organization. In 2013, Sara graduated Cum Laude with her BA from HWS.

Today, Sara manages One Bead operations out of her apartment in Boston and leads educational programs at elementary schools nationwide. Since One Bead's inception in 2012, Sara has raised over $200,000 towards One Bead’s mission and has received many accolades for her work.

In 2013, Sara was recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative University. The following year, she was honored by the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health. In 2016, she was a recipient of the Waring Prize from Western Reserve Academy. 

In her free time, Sara can be found running along the Charles River (weather permitting). She ran her fourth half marathon in the spring of 2016 and her first (and last) full marathon in October 2014.

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