Sarah Cole began her career in museums working front of house for the education team at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, where she spent ten years in various capacities including education and exhibitions. She participated in or led teams responsible for several iconic projects, including the award winning Dinosphere gallery, the installation of the first ever Chihuly exhibit designed for children, and the wildly successful Barbie: Fashion Experience exhibit - the only authorized Barbie exhibition created in concert with Mattel for the doll’s 50th birthday.
Sarah has worked for several internationally known museums, including the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Adler Planetarium. During that time she led teams to produce a dozen new exhibitions and shows, focused on uniting strong educational content with interesting and fun delivery. She also led teams through several economic challenges and reorganizations, as well as massive master planning efforts.
In 2019, Sarah took the role of President and CEO of the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa, FL, where she had previously served as Education Director. At GCM she leads a talented team in providing play based educational opportunities for children birth to 10 and their caregivers.
Sarah is an active member of the Association of Children’s Museums, the Association of Science and Technology Centers, and IAAPA. She is a founding board member of Harriet B’s Daughters, a professional network focused on diversity, inclusion, equity, access, and social justice in themed entertainment, serving those who are traditionally underrepresented in the industry.