St Anne’s Online Founders’ Dinner

Join us on 11 February at 7pm for our annual Founders’ Dinner,  which celebrates the College’s Foundation. Usually our most formal event of the year, the event will this year be held online due to the ongoing coronavirus situation. The advantage of this year’s event being an online one, however, is that it can be more accessible than it is in its usual format. As such, we’d like to take the opportunity to invite as many of our alumnae, staff, students, supporters, friends and family as possible to join us to celebrate St Anne’s community in what has been a very challenging year for everyone.

We are delighted to welcome, as our guest speaker, alumna Sarah Friar, Chief Executive Officer of Nextdoor, the neighbourhood app where you can plug in to the neighbourhoods that matter most to you. Sarah will be speaking to us about her experiences, her career, and her passion for community and personal connections.

There will also be the opportunity to hear from Principal Helen King, as well as an update from our JCR and MCR presidents followed by music from St Anne’s students and musical groups.

To register to attend, please complete the Form here. Please note that this form will close at 6.30pm on 11th February, to register after this point please email

To help re-create the experience of our usual Founders’ Dinner, our Head Chef Ben Gibbons has produced a delicious 3 course menu and recipes so that attendees can create their own ‘Formal Dinner’ at home! You can find more details here.

Sarah Friar Biography

Prior to Nextdoor, Sarah served as Chief Financial Officer at Square. Under Sarah’s leadership, the company launched its initial public offering in 2015 and added $30Bn in market cap.

Before her tenure at Square, Sarah served as Senior Vice President of Finance & Strategy at Salesforce. Sarah also held executive roles at Goldman Sachs, as well as leadership positions at McKinsey in both London and South Africa. Sarah sits on the boards of Walmart and Slack. Sarah is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship Program, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and co-founder of Ladies Who Launch, a charity that mentors and inspires women entrepreneurs and business owners.

Sarah grew up in Northern Ireland and earned her MEng in Metallurgy, Economics, and Management from St Anne’s College, Oxford and her MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where she graduated as an Arjay Miller scholar. She holds an honorary doctorate from Ulster University and in 2019 was granted an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II for services to entrepreneurship.

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