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Meet our newest team member! Sara Kärpänen

By Veronica Asenso Afriyie

Say hello to Sara!

Our newest member of the Echo team.⠀
Sara is a long time Hackney resident, artist, writer and now our Programmes Coordinator across London making sure that our programmes run smoothly behind the scenes. We asked her a few questions upon joining the team to get to know her a little bit more.




Hi Sara! Tell us a bit more about yourself. 

I am a writer, artist and the founder of Women of the Wick community, a multimedia platform and consultancy elevating marginalised voices and equal opportunities in the creative sector. I love all things books, cats and feminism.



What excites you about working with Echo? 

I am a big believer in skills and knowledge sharing that is the core of what we do at Echo. I have been involved in the creative community in Hackney Wick for the past 8 years and I know how important support networks are. We all want to be seen, heard, and connected with like-minded people. 



You’ve worked for Echo for a while now. Tell us a bit about your journey with Echo so far and what you do to switch off at the end of your day?

It definitely feels like a journey! The past four weeks have been fun, hectic, and fulfilling. I feel like I’ve learned a ton. At the end of the workday, I normally go for a walk in the local woods, make some hot chocolate and cook something tasty. A bubble bath and yoga class at least once a week is a must!


What skills are you offering on the Echo marketplace? 

Yes, I have a listing on ‘How how to stand out through storytelling’, which is available to anyone who’s keen to learn how to become a better storyteller, gaining new tools to entice your potential clients, partners, funders or customers. So feel free to reach out, if interested!


And what new skills would you really like to learn at the moment?

That’s an excellent question. I would like to edit my podcast series Girl Get A Real Job like a pro. I’m alright at editing but I would like to know how the professionals do it. Any Echo members out there?


Find Sara’s business ‘ Women of the Wick‘ on Instagram and her own podcast ‘Girl Get A Real Job‘ on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.