Archetypes: Sarah Spear
An interview with Sarah Spear, global activist, entrepreneur and executive director of Arch Grants, which offers funding and support to startups as they work to build a new entrepreneurial climate in St. Louis. Before coming to St. Louis, Spear spent a year in India on a Clinton Fellowship with the American India Foundation, and in 2008 co-founded the social enterprise PharmaSecure. Now when she’s not busy with Arch Grants, she also volunteers as a mentor for the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute and with Nepali refugees in St. Louis.
What is your current frame of mind? Thinking about vacation. I leave tomorrow for two
weeks in India.
When and where are you happiest? When I’m doing something physical outdoors.
What is your favorite smell? Jasmine.
What is one word that describes you? Composed.
What did you eat for breakfast today? Smoked salmon, eggs, avocado and strawberries.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “I think…”
What is your most marked characteristic? Grace under pressure.
What is your greatest weakness? People pleasing.
Who or what is the greatest love of your life? Jesus.
What trait do you most admire in others? Humility.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Not trying to please everyone.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Introducing anti-counterfeit technology to emerging markets.
Which living person do you most admire? My husband.
Which historical figure do you most identify with? Saint Paul.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, who or what would it would be? A travel writer.
What is your most treasured possession? My wedding ring.
What is your greatest extravagance? Prix fixe dinners.
What is your greatest fear? Humanity giving up on itself.
On what occasion do you lie? If I realize I’ve lied, I have to fix it immediately, or it weighs on me.
Who are your favorite writers? Anne Lamott and John Eldredge.
Which artists do you admire most? Van Gogh. He persevered despite all of the personal challenges he faced.
What is your favorite hobby? Hiking and CrossFit.
Where would you like to live? Connecticut, where my family is.
Who are your heroes in real life? Principled people who persevere.
If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? Hillary Clinton.
What’s something interesting that you just learned? The Goruck Challenge, an ultimate sport workout challenge, didn’t actually break my foot.
What is something you wish would happen? Increased support for change makers.
What is something you still want to learn? How to appreciate people better.
What is one thing you want to do before you die? Climb another unclimbed peak.
If you could say something to your younger self, what would it be? Don’t worry, you’re going to live.
Photo credit: Wesley Law