Mentor Session: Sarah Kauss
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Sarah M. Kauss is the founder and CEO of S’well bottle, the only water bottle that looks great and does good. S’well bottles utilize ThermaS’well™ technology, a new advancement in metals science, keeping beverages hot or cold for a long time, using the highest quality stainless steel. Every purchase supports WaterAid, an international charity which provides clean drinking water to those affected by the global water crisis.
S’well bottle was founded by Sarah in 2010, with the mission to create a fashionable and functional bottle, that would also serve as opportunity to educate users on the water crisis affecting the world’s neediest. S’well has been featured in a number of national outlets, such ELLE, Marie Claire, Popular Mechanics, Oprah Magazine, Women’s Health, Better Homes and Gardens, Shape, InStyle; online press such as Daily Candy, The Huffington Post and television networks such as NBC, CBS, and Fox News.
S’well bottles can be found in over 1000 stores in the United States, and throughout 25 countries worldwide. S’well has also partnered with Universities (Harvard), Spas (Miraval Resort), Health Clubs (Equinox Gyms), Celebrities (Tom Hanks), Festivals (Montreal Jazz Festival) and leading corporations (Audi, USA Olympics).
Sarah has a unique perspective and a diverse business background, which is essential to success in her current role. Prior to this founding S’well, Sarah was Vice President of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE:ARE). Previously, she helped the world's largest private equity firms structure their firms as well as their funds by focusing on more efficient deployment of human capital and more effective use of financial capital, and has worked at Ernst & Young and JP Morgan. Sarah earned her Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School, her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is a Certified Public Accountant.