Meet Sarah Beth
Sarah Beth Aubrey’s mission is to enhance success and profitability in agricultural and rural communities by building capacity in people. She believes everyone has a unique definition of success and strives to foster that potential through one-on-one executive coaching, by facilitating peer groups, or by leading boards through change-based planning initiatives. An entrepreneur since 2003, in 2015 she founded A.C.T., Aubrey Coaching & Training, a performance-based leadership training and executive coaching firm. Her A.C.T. Now! Program, a series of live seminars, launches in Indianapolis in 2016.
Sarah Beth holds a B.S. in Agricultural Communications from the University of Illinois and a M.S. in Strategic Communication from Purdue University. She began her career with Novartis moving next into business development and training with ABG, Inc. Entrepreneurial at heart, at 26 she launched a retail meat business and at 30 a grant writing firm. Both businesses have been sold to investors. As the CEO of Prosperity Ag, LLC, Sarah Beth wrote over 300 successful grants in 39 states, yielding nearly $60 million in funding. She is technically savvy in understanding the complex issues facing agriculture today, and blogs on these topics for Farm Journal Media’s Agweb.com.
The author of four books, Sarah Beth is also part of the Adjunct Faculty at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) where she designs curriculum and teaches graduate courses on entrepreneurship. She is a 2011 alumna of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series, a member of the National Speaker’s Association, the Indiana AgrIInstitute, and the 2015 class of the Stanley K. Lacey Executive Leadership Program. The Indianapolis Business Journal named her one of 2013’s 40 Under 40 list of young professionals to watch and in 2015 she was honored as a member of Vance Publishing’s 40 under 40 in Agriculture.
As a speaker and workshop leader, Sarah Beth emphasizes personal accountability and process improvement. Clients work with her to facilitate professional assessment tools, including Strengths Finder ™, for the creation of customized small group and individual training needs, and to design qualitative market research programs that support better understanding of customer or member needs and decision making. Her unique ‘Your Strategic Plan on a Page in 1-Hour or Less’ workshop is a popular program for executive teams, farm family governance boards, and for conference breakout sessions. A partial list of clients includes: American Feed Industry Association, the National Sorghum Association, Indiana Farm Bureau, the State of Indiana, Brock Grain Handling, Purdue University, Wabash Valley Power Company, Farm Journal Media, Vectren, Virginia’s Ag Region 2000, NTCA, The Rural Broadband Association, and Westfield-Washington Township.
Sarah Beth and her husband raise cattle in Central Indiana where she is active in statewide and local organizations, including serving as a Director for a rural telecommunications cooperative. Follow Sarah Beth on Facebook or by joining her newsletter at: www.sarahbethaubrey.com.
Awards and Accomplishments
• Named, Indianapolis Business Journal – 2013 Class 40 under 40 Professionals to Watch, 2013
• Named, Vance Agricultural Publishing – 2015 Class 40 under 40 in Agriculture, 2015
• Accepted, 2014 Stanley K. Lacey Executive Leadership Series Nominated, Purdue Women in Agriculture Award, 2014
• Nominated, MIT Women in Clean Energy Award for Education and Empowerment, 2014 and 2015
• Accepted, National Speakers Association (NSA), 2011
• Accepted, Indiana Women Business Enterprise (WBE), 2012
• Accepted, Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), 2011
• Accepted, Woman-Owned Small Business Enterprise (WOSB), 2012
• Named, Outstanding Senior in Leadership, University of Illinois College of ACES, 1997