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Kutabah Sarago

Founder of Ascension Media


Sasha Kutabah Sarago is a proud Wadjanbarra Yidinji, Jirrbal and African-American woman.

A former model, Sasha, grew frustrated by the invisibility of multicultural women in fashion and media. In 2011, Sasha founded Ascension - Australia's first digital lifestyle platform for women of colour. As a speaker, Sasha raises awareness around culture, diversity and equity in the business, media and lifestyle sectors.

Current Work:

Sasha has appeared on NITV Awaken, SBS World News, SBS Insight, ABC News Breakfast, in the Sydney Morning Herald, Frankie and Fashion Journal Magazines. With articles published in The Guardian and SBS Voices. Sasha is also a filmmaker, writing and directing documentaries Too Pretty To Be Aboriginal and InsideOUT, which premiered at the Melbourne Women's Film Festival 2020.

Sasha graced the TEDx Sydney 2020 stage, sharing her story on how she re-claimed her femininity and Aboriginality by redefining beauty. Sasha is now expanding this conversation in her first non-fiction book Gigorou scheduled for release in 2023.

Talking Points

Authenticity is the Blueprint

Sasha Kutabah Sarago knows the challenges of turning frustration into inspiration. In 2011, Sasha launched Ascension - Australia’s first digital lifestyle platform for women of colour. Stepping into the world of entrepreneurship without a blueprint, Sasha shares her start-up journey, taking you behind the scenes: how to turn passion into solutions, having the audacity to take up space and creating a business that evolves with you.

Set Your Pace. Win Your Race.

Is the story you're telling yourself letting someone else set the pace in your life or business? We can get swept up in the day-to-day operations of our business or simply trying to balance our sense of self, family and relationships.

The stories we tell ourselves profoundly impact what goals we create and the pace we set to achieve them. But if they are not authentic and do not serve us, why do we possess them?
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