21NTC Session

Workshop: How to Be a Great Digital Transformation Leader


Successful digital transformation leaders have a vision, empathy, a diverse toolbox, and a whole lot of grit. If you’ve got a digital transformation project in your sights, now is the time to assess if you have what it takes to make your project a resounding success!

During this interactive workshop, we’ll provide you with practical tools for becoming a self-aware and successful digital transformation leader. You’ll take a rapid assessment to gauge your strengths and weaknesses and then receive tried-and-true “recipes” for overcoming challenges based on your leadership style and skill set. You’ll come away knowing how to assemble a well-matched team of collaborators and champions to help bring your project to a successful completion, no matter how ambitious or far-reaching.

Whether you’re working on a team of 30 or are a solo superstar, get hands-on strategies for knocking your next digital transformation project out of the park!

Session Type

60 minute workshop

Learning Outcomes

  • Assess their strengths, weaknesses and skills as a digital transformation leader
  • Assemble and mobilize the right mix of collaborators and champions to achieve the desired result
  • Anticipate and successfully overcome common risks and barriers to project success

Target Audience

IT, Marketing, HR, Development, or Communications leaders contemplating or embarking on a digital transformation effort at their organization




Sara Teitelman

Principal and Co-Founder

Ideal State

Sara co-founded Ideal State after nearly 15 years as an international health and development professional. During her time at organizations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Sara realized that dispersed networks of staff around the world were struggling to keep up with the latest health research and practice discoveries in and outside of their organizations.

Determined to leverage the best thinking and latest technology to tackle this challenge, she discovered the practice of knowledge management (KM) and became a certified KM practitioner. She went on to lead highly successful, technology-driven KM initiatives focused on helping organizations amplify the impact of their work with partners and beneficiaries. At her last position as KM Director for international NGO, Pact, she led an ambitious and highly successful three-year digital transformation effort that resulted in across-the-board efficiency gains and significant reductions in IT system cost and complexity.

As lead strategist for many Ideal State client engagements, Sara blends the practices of knowledge management, change management, and design thinking to bring a fresh, non-IT perspective to even the most technology-laden projects. Her deep experience in the nonprofit sector helps her understand the unique challenges and opportunities faced by Ideal State’s nonprofit clients. Sara holds a master’s in public health degree from University of Washington and is based in Santa Fe, NM.

Lindsay Dahl


Ideal State

Lindsay is a strategist, project manager, and communicator dedicated to using design as a catalyst for rethinking how we work, how we lead, and how we positively impact the world. Formally trained in human-centered design, she strives to be a champion for the user experience at every touchpoint that purpose-driven organizations use to achieve their mission.

Prior to joining Ideal State, Lindsay managed large-scale digital initiatives at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation including building a new intranet for the organization and launching the inaugural BreatheCon, a virtual conference for adults with CF. She began her career at Edelman developing and executing brand reputation and CSR initiatives for clients such as Business Roundtable, HP, PepsiCo, and Waste Management. Recognizing her passion for social impact, Lindsay then joined the team at Blue State to lead digital advocacy, brand, employee engagement, and fundraising campaigns for clients including the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the Fred Hollows Foundation, Stand for Children, and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals.

Lindsay has a master’s degree in social enterprise from American University and a bachelor’s degree in communication from Boston University. She lives in Washington, D.C., and spends her free time learning everything she can about sustainability, design, and the future of work, as well as cooking, practicing yoga, and, prior to the pandemic, singing in an all-female a capella group.



March 23, 2021


9:45am – 10:45am