Author, Catalyst, and Coach Laura Gassner Otting inspires people to push past the doubt and indecision that keep great ideas in limbo by helping audiences think bigger and accept greater challenges that reach beyond their current, limited scope of belief.
She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and perspective generated by decades of navigating change across the start-up, corporate, nonprofit, political, as well as philanthropic landscapes. Laura dares audiences to find their voice, and generate the confidence needed to tackle larger-than-life challenges by helping them to seek new ways of leading, managing, and mentoring others.
Laura’s rebellious and entrepreneurial edge has been well-honed over a 25-year career that started when she dropped out of law school to join an unknown southern governor’s presidential campaign and ended up as a Presidential Appointee in Bill Clinton’s White House, where she helped shape AmeriCorps.
She left a leadership role as the youngest Vice President at a nationally respected search firm when she realized that her boss’s definition of success didn’t align with hers and, instead, founded and ran one of the fastest growing search firms in the country, partnering with the full gamut of mission-driven executives, from start-up dreamers to scaling social entrepreneurs to global philanthropists. In 2015, Laura sold that firm to the team who helped her build it, both because she was hungry for the next chapter and because she held an audacious dream of electing our nation’s first female president. (Whomp whomp.)
Along the way, while serving on Hillary Clinton’s National Finance Committee, she was cajoled into doing a TEDx talk which became so popular that it launched a speaking career. Laura has now spoken across the United States and internationally to universities, companies, conferences, accelerators, TEDx events, and the US Military.
She is the author of the Washington Post Best Seller Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life (2019), which debuted at #2 on the Washington Post bestseller list, right behind Michelle Obama, and which Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts chose as one of her Favorite Books of 2019, as well as Mission-Driven: Moving from Profit to Purpose (2015). Her forthcoming book, Wonderhell, is expected in April 2023.
Through her own commitment to give back, Laura has helped build a local Montessori school, co-founded a women’s philanthropic initiative, advised a start-up national women’s PAC, grew a citizen-leadership development program, and completed five charity-inspired marathons, projects emblematic of her passions and values. She’s turned on by the audacity of The Big Idea and that larger-than-life goal you just can’t seem to shake. She’s an instigator, a motivator, and a provocateur, and she’s never met a revolution she didn’t like, just ask her enduringly patient husband, two almost-grown sons, and troublesome puppy with whom she lives outside of Boston, MA.
Smart, insightful and life-reorienting, Live Limitlessly is the signature keynote based off of Laura’s Washington Post bestselling book, Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life, which Robin Roberts named as one of Good Morning America’s Favorite Books of the Year.
Engaged workers are 22% more productive and profitable for their employers, but what recruits the employee doesn’t retain the employee. Stop using an outdated scorecard to motivate your team and start tuning into (and turning on) their purpose, passion, and priorities.
A smash hit with empowerment audiences, Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life has helped readers find the courage to finally live the life they’ve always wanted. Through this interactive experience, Laura motivates audience members to channel their confidence and fully embody that aspirational state of leadership.
Meaning matters — to you, but also to your customers. In this talk, bestselling author and speaker Laura Gassner Otting creates a framework through which you can understand and become a partner to your customers, empathizing with their nagging anxieties to empower their big dreams, paving the way for you and your company to become their first-choice solution.
“How Can I Help?” is a well-intended question that typically creates actions resulting in martyrdom, burnout, and malaise that prevents real innovative thinking and creative solutions.
What is the cost of success, or seeing your possibility, of revealing your bigger potential? The Burden of Potential attaches a weight as large as your ego to your shoulders and demands that you carry it at all times. It starts the moment you realize that you have an idea that has promise, and that could have greatness if you leaned into it as it demands. It’s wonderful, and it’s hell. It’s wonderhell.
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