About Laura Gassner Otting

Laura Gassner Otting inspires people to push past the doubt and indecision that keep great ideas in limbo because her presentations make listeners 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.

Why Do We Need Control?

“I’d like to ride that terrifying roller coaster of unknown length, in the dark, for an uncertain number of times, without any guarantee that my seatbelt is fully functioning or that the ride has been inspected anytime in the past ten years,” said no one ever.   I’m not ashamed to say that I don’t

Why Do We Need Control?2019-03-20T12:36:18-04:00

What is Contribution?

The work we do should contribute something to our lives—but what? When we sit back and fantasize about the life we want to live, we all have different definitions of success. Some of us want to pay off our student loans. Some of us want to increase our vocational velocity. Some of us want our

What is Contribution?2019-03-20T12:36:05-04:00

What Is Connection?

We are distracted. As slaves to the Tyranny of Urgency, we mistake being busy and stressed for important work.  We run on the hamster wheel, doing more work, but not necessarily work that matters. Don’t believe me? Try to describe your biggest professional achievements this year, the ones of which you are most proud. No,

What Is Connection?2019-03-20T12:35:44-04:00

What Is Calling?

The most obvious and most frequent use of the term "calling" is in the traditional religious, nonprofit, or cause-driven way. It’s true that working for a cause that is bigger than ourselves can bring great meaning to our work. We feel good about ourselves when we are doing things for others, and regardless of whether

What Is Calling?2019-03-20T12:35:26-04:00

The Time is NOW! Pre-Order Limitless Today.

It’s finally here!  No, not my birthday (though, yes, it’s my birthday!)   It’s the other birthday: the birth of my book launch!  Today is both my birthday AND the official launch, six weeks to publication, of the pre-order campaign for my book Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve your Own Path, and Live Your

The Time is NOW! Pre-Order Limitless Today.2019-03-07T10:33:34-04:00

Badass Author Bookclub

As I prepare for the launch of MY forthcoming book LIMITLESS, I’m re-reading so many good books. So, I want to share the wisdom from my nerd-crush authors: Brené Brown, Alison Levine, Jen Sincero and Carey Lohrenz FEARLESS LEADERSHIP by Carey Lohrenz: Carey is a pretty big badass. What's amazing about Carey is she takes everything

Badass Author Bookclub2019-02-08T16:48:21-04:00

My Long-Distance Love Affair

A million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and man had not yet created fire, I was in a long-distance relationship with an adorable, kind, brilliant boyfriend. He was in Washington, DC, and I was in Boston. And every weekend, he would fly to me, I would fly to him. We would fly wherever

My Long-Distance Love Affair2019-02-02T15:24:10-04:00

You Aren’t That Important

“You’re just not that important.” This was the best and hardest piece of advice I’ve ever unceremoniously received. It hurt. It was true. And it was a watershed moment. I’ve written blogs about saying yes. I’ve written blogs about saying no. The truth is that it doesn’t matter if you say yes or no until you decide what the hell you

You Aren’t That Important2019-02-02T15:25:54-04:00

What if you didn’t show up to work tomorrow? Would it matter?

We've all laid in bed having those fantasies. No, not *those* fantasies!  (Well, maybe those too...) I'm talking about the ones that happen in the morning after your alarm pulls you out of your sweet, sweet slumber.  The alarm rings out, jarring you awake, and your very first thought is, "Ugh, what if I didn't

What if you didn’t show up to work tomorrow? Would it matter?2019-02-02T15:27:21-04:00
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About Me

I help people discover their consonance — how they align what they do with who they are, to achieve their limitless potential. I show people their greatness, encourage them to forge ahead, and become the best versions of themselves.

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