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Corporate lawyer, best-selling author, TEDx speaker.


Sarah Bartholomeusz is the Founder, CEO of the virtual law firm You Legal, giving peace of mind to growing businesses at all stages of their lifecycle. She knows her way around businesses, inside and outside the boardroom. Her passion is to provide leaders with the confidence and certainty to make bold decisions.

Current Work

Sarah is the Chair of the not-for-profit the Catalyst Foundation, an inclusive, independent and charitable organisation seeking to improve the lives of all South Australians in the areas of Ageing, Disability, Lifestyle, Employment, Business and Learning. She also serves on the South Australian Government’s Education Standards Board, and is the Asia Pacific Governance Director for the global not-for-profit, The Entrepreneur's Organisation.

In 2019 her Podcast, Accountants on Purpose, was launched, showcasing inspiring stories of Accountants who are leaders in their field. On the Podcast they discuss what makes them tick, how they got to where they are, and what they do for their teams, their clients, and the world.

Previous Experience

Law: Sarah Bartholomeusz has worked as a lawyer in Australia for the past 15 years. She has worked for top tier law firms and inside two top ASX listed companies. In 2013 she founded You Legal, a new category of law firm, that aims to provide clients with easy and transparent access to legal talent in a more flexible, cost effective and efficient manner.

Education: In addition to her B.A. and LL.B from the University of Adelaide, Sarah has a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia Ltd, of which she is a Fellow. Sarah completed the AICD Company Directors Course in 2017, and is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Directors and a Member of the Law Society of South Australia.

Awards: Sarah’s insight into the way legal services are transforming was recognised in 2015 when she won the South Australian Telstra Business Women’s Award in the Start-Up category. She was also awarded the Lawyer’s Weekly, Women in Law Awards ‘Thought Leader of the Year Award’ for 2016.

Talking Points

How to Avoid a Fall from Grace

Giving people the confidence to approach their duties as a director with capability and credibility.


“Abundance is not about providing everyone on this planet with a life of luxury-rather it’s about providing all with a life of possibility.”

Have you ever wondered how some people take things that are impossible and make them possible?

It doesn’t have to be a mystery anymore!

Sarah Bartholomeusz will share a framework to take what looks utterly impossible, but is in fact almost possible, and show you how to unleash the creativity that ushers impossible things into the realm of the possible.

Kingpin - Legal Lessons from the Underworld

Exploring the crucial legal lessons mainstream businesses can learn from the inherently risky and volatile Underworld inhabited by the most infamous Kingpins in history, this talk provides a wealth of diverse lessons our mainstream leaders will never encounter and cannot teach.

Goal Setting

Many people feel as if they're adrift in the world. They work hard, but they don't seem to get anywhere worthwhile, this goal setting presentation can assist!

Finding Gumption

Ever found yourself in the throes of an impossible challenge and wondered how you could ever overcome it? There’s the beauty of it: we all have. And despite the huge diversity of human life, we have in common our ability to pick ourselves up after a low point. Even when we think we’ve reached our limit. Even when life seems to be too difficult, too overwhelming. That’s gumption. We all have it, and sometimes we forget. But through these stories of innovators, entrepreneurs, and disruptors who have emerged from hard times even stronger and more determined, we can be reminded of where we can find our gumption once again.
  • Entrepreneurship
Sarah’s presentation was inspiring to say the least, keeping her audience captivated throughout. Her achievements are outstanding proving that anything in life is possible if you set your mind to it. Sarah’s presentation made you reflect on your own life and the possibilities if you put yourself out there, set goals and work hard towards achieving those goals. Truly inspirational. General Manager Logistics, Coca-Cola Amatil

Sarah is an engaging speaker who has the ability to enthuse people from diverse age groups and cultural backgrounds. As a strong business and community role model, Sarah’s speech on ‘Possibilizing’ empowered student leaders at our all-girls’ school to demonstrate resilience, grace and strength in all areas of their lives.

Student Welfare Support Officer, St Aloysius College

Sarah is an engaging and inspiring presenter who quickly captures her audience’s attention with her outstanding achievements. In my opinion, Sarah is able to motivate the future generation of entrepreneurs with her positive and optimistic approach.

Manager, Innovation and Collaboration Centre, Uni SA

Sarah is an engaging speaker and inspires those around her. Our team thoroughly enjoyed her presentation on "possibilizing" - they left feeling energised and ready to take steps in their own lives to make a difference.

Chief Executive Officer, Property Investment & Finance, Toop & Toop

Sarah's warm and generous speaking style links personal anecdote with tried and tested solutions, to guide her audience through a learning journey that is interesting and informative. Authentic and inspirational, Sarah will get your audience fired up and motivated to make positive change and reach audacious goals

Lincoln College
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