"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle
Sahara Williams is an attorney at Koenig, Oelsner, Taylor, Schoenfeld & Gaddis PC (KO Law), focused on data privacy and cybersecurity compliance law as well as general commercial and corporate matters. Previously, she operated her own engineering and construction management firm for nine years and served as the executive director of a nonprofit equestrian learning center for youth for five years. Sahara earned her J.D. from the IU McKinney School of Law. She graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and earned a MS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University.
Sahara’s professional careers--engineer, equestrian, project manager, entrepreneur, and now Data Privacy and Cybersecurity attorney—have been consistently male dominated. In addition to the duty of delivering an excellent work product, she finds there is a daily pressure on women to prove that they have and deserve a place in the room. Even though they may not be with her physically on a daily basis, having the support, encouragement, listening ear, and words of wisdom of other professional women has sustained and propelled her. She is so excited to elevate her role in the Women & Hi Tech family and to have the opportunity to surround herself with so many other STEM women and allies that are advancing the same causes of diversity and equity for women that have been integral with her adult life.
In her role as a Board Member and as Membership Engagement Director, she is focused on expanding the reach of the thoughtful and supportive programming of Women & Hi Tech and ensuring each member feels welcomed into the organization, heard in their personal story, and supported in their professional journey.
Sahara is originally from Cleveland, Ohio (#DawgPound, #Cavs, #Guardians) but permanently resides on the west side of Indianapolis. She enjoys managing her ranch, spending quality time with family and friends, traveling, and exploring the great outdoors. She is an alumnus of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series (Class XXXVII), the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series (2012-2013) and the IBJ 2013 Forty Under 40 Class as well as a Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sahara-williams-p-e-esq-64856617/