A Culture of Entrepreneurship - Opening Santa Barbara’s Non-Profit Ice Rink Facility

  1. Sarah Feldman in front of Ice in Paradise ice rink.jpg
    Sarah Feldman in front of Ice in Paradise ice rink.jpg
  2. Some of you may recall seeing my blog entry last year about the ground breaking of a new non-profit ice rink in Santa Barbara. This year we celebrated the Grand Opening of Ice in Paradise, the only ice rink for adaptive sports of its kind West of the Mississippi. The non-profit effort had progressed for over a decade prior. To say it was a long-awaited effort would be an understatement. During my undergraduate engineering studies at UC Santa Barbara, I became aware of the effort and sought to get involved where possible.
  3. Sarah Feldman with Kathy Mintzer - President of GSBISA.jpg
    Sarah Feldman with Kathy Mintzer - President of GSBISA.jpg
  4. Over time and throughout my MBA studies, I was able to help lead the cause to attain the ever-escalating $15 million of funding that would be needed to build the not-for-profit and adaptive-sports-capable figure skating rink in Santa Barbara. Ice skating has been a passion of mine for a long time. I began ice skating as soon as I could walk, and frankly just never stopped (#NeverStop!). Despite the hour long drive to the closest rink facility from Santa Barbara, I maintained my love of the sport and fostered a community of local ice skaters. Working closely with local government officials and philanthropists, we brought together millions of dollars of funding for the current and future community of tropically-stranded ice skaters.
  5. Sarah Feldman on Ice in Paradise ice rink surface.jpg
    Sarah Feldman on Ice in Paradise ice rink surface.jpg
  6. It is with sheer determination, excitement and hard work that I can say that this year we opened Ice in Paradise facility to the Santa Barbara community. For such a momentous occasion, I flew down from San Francisco to attend and to skate on ice that I never doubted, but had dreamed about for many years. Also in attendance were quintessential leaders and philanthropists Ed Snider of the Philadelphia Flyers and Luc Robitaille of the LA Kings, who flew across the country to attend. I look forward to seeing the Santa Barbara community learn and grow with its first non-profit community figure skating rink, for many generations to come. It is this culture of entrepreneurship and determination that I believe drives the Rady School of Management. Seeing this passion and entrepreneurship in my classmates was the reason I chose to attend UC San Diego Rady.
  7. Sarah Feldman with Ada Conner- Capital Campaign Director of GSBISA.jpg
    Sarah Feldman with Ada Conner- Capital Campaign Director of GSBISA.jpg
  8. Sarah Feldman (MBA ’15) graduated from the Rady School, focusing her coursework in Analytics and Finance. She utilizes her MBA and background in software development in her role at Silicon Valley company, Tesla Motors, spearheading strategic data analytics initiatives.
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