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Sara Fennah

Sara Fennah

MCT, MVP, Teams Superfan, Viva Realist

York, United Kingdom

Sara has over 25 years’ experience, has been a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) for over 15 years and is also a MCT Regional Lead and Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for Microsoft 365 Apps and Services.

Sara has been working with Microsoft 365 since the preview in April 2011 and holds over 50 Microsoft Certifications. Sara’s company still use the same Microsoft 365 Tenant opened back in 2011.

As a trainer Sara’s professional aim is to help make technology more accessible by increasing knowledge and decreasing fear. In her own words “I love helping others advance their own skills and use of technology, whilst challenging myself to advance my own skills and expertise.”

Sara provides training across Microsoft 365 from beginner to admin and everyone in between. Sara specializes in productivity, security & compliance within Microsoft 365.

In 2021 Sara co-founded a group of other like-minded MVPs to form the Viva Explorers, who actively promote, evangelize and champion a modern employee and workplace experience under-pinned by tools such as Microsoft Viva. Sara’s Viva Explorer persona is the Viva Realist, highlighting her expertise in helping organizations implement Viva and the wider Microsoft 365 suite.


Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology


  • Microsoft Teams
  • Microsoft365
  • SharePoint Online
  • Office 365
  • Office 365 Adoption
  • OneDrive Collaboration Office 365
  • Office 365 Office 365 Governance Microsoft Teams SharePoint
  • Viva
  • Viva Connections
  • Viva Topics
  • Viva Learning
  • Viva Insights
  • Viva Goals
  • Viva Engage
  • Viva Ecosystem
  • Records Management
  • Information and Records Management
  • Information Security Governance and Risk

Taming the Wave of New Tools in Microsoft 365: Purview for Viva, Copilot and Loop

These newer products offer some fantastic productivity opportunities but it's more important than ever to manage the information in these products. Yet, the never ending wave of new tools can be a challenge for governing the data. Understanding where the new features store their data and which governance features apply can be minefield.

In this session we will give you the map to the minefield, including
• Where Does Viva store its data
• The governance & compliance of Microsoft Viva
• Where Does Loop store its data
• The governance & compliance of Microsoft Loop
• Governing Microsoft 365 Copilot with Purview

You will leave this session with the understanding of which Purview features can be used to govern Viva, Loop and Copilot as well as where the gaps in governance coverage are.

This session includes Microsoft Purview, Microsoft 365 Copilot, Microsoft Viva, and Microsoft Loop.

Microsoft 365 Copilot is an Advocate for Information Governance!

Think Copilot is another compliance challenge? It could just be the new top advocate for Microsoft Purview as Copilot NEEDS good information governance.

Whilst AI is undoubtedly powerful, that power is constrained by the quality of the information which it has access to. Microsoft 365 Copilot builds a semantic index of the data in your tenant, which it is then able to use to generate content and insights. To maximise its accuracy, we must ensure that the semantic index contains mainly useful data.

This session will explain how features such as SharePoint permissions, Sensitivity Labels, Microsoft Purview Data Lifecycle Management, Records Management, Message Records Management, Microsoft Syntex Archiving and Microsoft Search Answers & Authoritative Sources can be used to improve the performance of Microsoft 365 Copilot.

You will leave this session understanding how to optimize your data quality and improve discoverability, which will help manage and mitigate your risks and liabilities, and will enhance the performance and effectiveness of Microsoft 365 Copilot in your environment.

This session includes Microsoft 365 Copilot, SharePoint Permissions, Sensitivity Labels, Microsoft Purview, Microsoft Syntex Archiving and Microsoft Search.

Demystifying SharePoint Permissions for Viva Topics & Viva Learning

With Microsoft 365 powered by SharePoint Online and building on it, the permissions within tools can become a confusing mix of SharePoint and custom permissions. This is true for Viva Topics and Viva Learning which both reference content in SharePoint, yet also have their own rules as to who sees what.

In this session we'll look at where Viva Topics and Viva Learning honour the SharePoint permissions and where they do not. Having highlighted the issues, we'll look at the solutions including:
• Configuration Controls for Microsoft Viva
• SharePoint Architecture
• Microsoft 365 Roles
• Sensitivity Labels

This session is for SharePoint, Viva and Compliance Administrators.

Making Secure Meetings Simpler with Teams Premium

Teams Premium is here with enhance meeting security options including watermarking, end-to-end encryption and sensitivity labels. In this session we will explore how to configure the Teams Premium security features to enforce improved meeting security in a way which is easy for users and minimises the conflict between productivity and security.

At the end of the session, attendees will be able to configure the security features in Teams Premium and understand the licensing needs based on the features they want.

This session will look at :
· What is Teams Premium?
· The security features Of Teams Premium
· Unlocking Teams Premium security features licencing requirements
· Meeting Templates for easy secure meeting settings
· Using Sensitivity Labels to enforce meeting security

This session is aimed at Microsoft Teams Administrators and Super Users.

Can the Avengers collaborate in the Star Wars universe using Shared Channels?

Are you Team Marvel or Team Star Wars? Can you put your differences aside and work together in harmony? Collaborating across departments and organizations presents many technical challenges. Microsoft Teams shared channels solution makes it possible and this session will showcase how with two scenarios
1. Using a shared channel between Teams in the same organization
2. Using a shared channel between Teams in different organizations

In this session you will see how to work in the two scenarios as well as how to configure your Microsoft Teams environment to support the use of Shared Channels internally across teams and externally across organizations. This includes configuring your Microsoft 365 tenant so that only approved users and organizations are permitted, keeping you in control of your information.

Microsoft Teams, Azure AD Cross Tenant Access Settings

Managing Meeting Mayhem

Modern life is a mess of meetings! Consider your calendar and the mix of meetings, personal appointments and reserving time to get work done or travel between events. With time being at a premium for everyone this session will explore tools and techniques to help you manage the mayhem and calm your calendar.

Included in this session are meeting polls, open booking links and Microsoft 365 calendar features.

Harmonising Microsoft Viva, Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Loop

If Microsoft Teams is the hub for Teamwork, Microsoft Viva is the all-encompassing employee experience platform and Microsoft Loop is the flexible canvas for collaboration, how do we differentiate between them without diluting the productivity benefits Microsoft Teams has brought.

This session will help you discover the differences between the 3 tools to enable you to position them for your organisation to help drive adoption and productivity but minimise confusion.

South Coast Summit 2022

October 2022 Southampton, United Kingdom

European MCT Summit 2022

September 2022 Zürich, Switzerland

Scottish Summit 2022

June 2022 Glasgow, United Kingdom

Microsoft Viva Days 2022

May 2022

Teams Nation 2022

March 2022

CollabDays UK 2022 - Bletchley Park

February 2022 Bletchley, United Kingdom

Collabdays Lisbon 2021

November 2021

South Coast Summit 2021

October 2021 Southampton, United Kingdom

MCT Oct 21 Meetup

October 2021 Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Sara Fennah

MCT, MVP, Teams Superfan, Viva Realist

York, United Kingdom