EP 11 | Lifelong Learning and Shifting with Sara Larch

Written by on October 25, 2022

Have you thought about what your life will look like after you retire? During her career in the Physician Enterprise world, Sara Larch was known as a skillful leader. As the second woman in 75 years to become Board Chair of a large trade association, she co-founded a women leaders’ forum to prepare other women to follow in her footsteps.

Although Sara is now retired, that hasn’t slowed her down one bit. She continues to learn, grow, and shift, through joining boards, earning new certifications, and working with the Osher Lifelong Learning program to teach a course on creating a joyful life. Sara has not only created incredible shifts for herself through both her career and her retirement — she’s also helped to inspire some of my own shifts.

Listen to learn how retirement has changed the way that Sara thinks about playing bigger, the importance of truly listening to that little voice that says, “why not?” and the possibilities that can open up when you learn how to let go and let things happen.

Listen now to discover:

How to distinguish between playing small and simply choosing your moment to play big
The differences between women and men in interview situations
How to “act from the middle” in order to have your message connect more strongly
Sara Larch brings 35+ years of consulting and real-world industry experience in large physician groups in Integrated Delivery Systems and Academic Medical Centers and eight years at Deloitte Consulting as a Managing Director and National Leader of the Physician Enterprise practice. She has C-suite experience as COO of the University of Maryland’s 900-physician organization and as VP of Inova Health System, leading teams of physicians and other leaders to define the optimized operating model.


01:37  Intro

03:00  Meet Sara Larch

04:31  What “playing bigger” means to Sara

06:32  Lifetime Achievement Award

08:56  “Only one seat at the table”

10:21  Political activism

11:58  Modern, balanced leadership

14:57  Acting from the middle

17:21  St. Croix & back again

25:16  Osher Lifelong Learning

29:30  Choosing your moment

31:50  Gender differences

37:09  Joy class

44:34  Taking inventory & choosing joy

48:21  The COVID catch-up

52:22  Learning how to let go



Sara Larch


Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes