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XLIVE Annual Conference & Expo
MGM Grand
Las Vegas, NV
November 17-20, 2019

Sarah Petrone

SVP of People and Culture
Portland Trail Blazers


Sarah Petrone, Senior Vice President of People & Culture, begins her sixth season with the Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter in 2018-19. From Portland, Petrone joined the team in June 2013 after serving as Head of Human Resources, People and Culture for the North America Region of Denmark-based Vestas Wind Technology. Petrone worked out of the company’s Portland offices and managed all Human Resources operations for its North American Sales, Technology and Manufacturing divisions. Petrone’s path to the Trail Blazers also included positions as an HR Consultant for Genentech in Hillsboro, Manager of Human Resources, Training and Development for A-dec, Inc. in Newberg, and regional employee relations and training assignments for Hollywood Entertainment, Inc. in Wilsonville. Petrone was named to the Portland Business Journal’s 2015 Forty Under 40 listing, honoring a select group of leaders under the age of 40 for their professional accomplishments and contributions to the community. She served as the lead reference in the Sports Business Journal’s 2014 article exploring the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on professional sports teams. Petrone earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration at Marylhurst after graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication at Oregon State. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) as administered nationally by the HR Certification Institute. Petrone serves as a board member of the American Heart Association, Central Catholic High School and is an Executive Leadership Team member for Portland’s Go Red for Women cause. Married to Donald Rose, a Portland Public Schools teacher, Petrone is the mother of two children.


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