Sage Franch


Sage Franch is an entrepreneur, author, and mother. She is the CEO and founder of Crescendo DEI, Executive Director of Talks Inclusion, and a trustee of the Bishop Strachan School Foundation. A minority-owned company founded in 2018, Crescendo DEI provides software that helps leading tech startups and Fortune 500 companies build inclusive, equitable organizations.

Prior to Crescendo, Sage created Trendy Techie, a storytelling and mentorship platform for women in tech that grew to over 20,000 community members. In her previous roles at Microsoft she led projects building conversational AI with startups and non-profits (notably, the viaSport Accessibility Sport Hub), and developed online technical courses that reached over 100,000 developers worldwide. In 2020, Sage published her first children’s book, ABC Technology, which aims to help every child see themselves in technology careers. Sage now lives in Montreal with her husband and two children.

My Sessions

Your DIY Guide to DEI: Taking Strategies for Inclusion from Idea to Action


As companies strive to elevate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as an organizational core value, many struggle with how to implement change at a systemic level. DEI practitioners Sage and Sharon will help to unpack this complex challenge and share tactical tips on how to integrate DEI as a functional and integrated part of your […]