ABOUT LAURA GASSNER OTTING
“If all we get in life is what we deserve, we would never get what we demand.” – Laura Gassner Otting
As a professional motivational keynote speaker, Laura helps innovators, idealists, and critics get “unstuck” in their thinking. Because she is turned on by The Big Idea, she encourages executives and professionals to seek amazing results. She motivates others to pursue the larger-than-life goal they can’t seem to shake. Laura is an instigator and a motivator and she has never met a revolution she didn’t like.
Laura inspires audiences to push past the doubt and indecision that keep great ideas in limbo because her presentations make professionals think bigger and accept greater challenges that reach beyond their limited scope of belief. She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and perspective generated by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, as well as philanthropic landscapes. Laura dares listeners to find their voice, and generate the confidence needed to tackle larger-than-life challenges. She leads them to seek new ways of leading, managing and mentoring others.
Laura’s entrepreneurial edge comes from her extensive 25-year resume. She served as a Presidential Appointee in Bill Clinton’s White House, helping shape AmeriCorps. She left a leadership role at respected nonprofit search firm, Isaacson, Miller, to expand the startup ExecSearches.com. Laura also founded and ran the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, which partnered with the full gamut of mission-driven nonprofit executives, from start-up dreamers to scaling social entrepreneurs to global philanthropists. Above all, Laura is the author of Mission-Driven, a book for those moving from profit to purpose.
Watch for Laura’s upcoming book Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life to hit shelves in April 2019.
MOTIVATOR / INSTIGATOR / SPEAKER
Laura has spoken across the United States and internationally. As a result, her audiences have included universities, companies, conferences, accelerators, a TEDx stage, and the US Military. Each time, she customizes her message to the audience in ways that get them to think differently and do more.
Laura was one of six featured speakers at TEDxCambridge in the fall of 2016. This premier event celebrates the remarkable innovation, creativity, and inspiration found within New England.
In her talk, Laura implored the audience of 2,600 to “Stop Asking ‘How Can I Help?’” and taught them, above all, how to ask a better question: one which empowers us all to finally fix the big problems we face by actually serving the solutions, and not just the problems of our own egos.
In It Together
Stop Asking “How Can I Help?”