Sarah Alter

President and CEO, NextUp
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Sarah Alter is president and CEO of the NextUp, a learning and leadership community representing more than 14,000 members representing 900-plus organizations, 21 regions, and more than 300 national and regional corporate partners.

Alter also hosts the “Advancing ALL Women” internet radio show and podcast on VoiceAmerica, with more than 20,000 global listeners. She is a regular speaker at NRF, ShopTalk, the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), and EnsembleIQ events such as Top Women in Convenience, Top Women in Grocery and Top Women in Hardware. Alter was recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as a Notable Woman Executive in 2020. She has also served on a number of non-profit boards and is an accomplished fundraiser. 



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