Steven Sawalich, Senior Director of Global Media & Philanthropy of Starkey Hearing Technologies and president of Articulus Entertainment, Inc. merges a devotion to humanitarian aid with artistic determination, to capture on film emotionally compelling and thought-provoking human experiences from around the globe. The core of his work is about facilitating avenues of communication and understanding among people everywhere.
In his previous role as senior executive director of Starkey Hearing Foundation, Sawalich traveled around the world countless times on hearing missions. The Foundation, which will provide over one million hearing aids to people in need worldwide during this decade, fits upwards of 160,000 children and adults a year with free hearing devices and provides one-to-one hearing education.
Sawalich has significantly raised the visibility of the Foundation, both domestically and worldwide. His leadership—which helped the Foundation triple efforts within the past year—directs efforts in film, television, global partnerships, humanitarian initiatives, social web strategies and the exponential growth of the annual So The World May Hear Awards Gala.
Says Sawalich: “I believe every experience builds and shapes you as an individual. There was no particular turning point for me, but a series of experiences that helped define me and the legacy I want to leave behind.”
Sawalich holds a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University and currently resides in Manhattan Beach, CA with his wife and two children.