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.

Stop Living a Consonance Crisis

If the “who” you are doesn’t match the “what” you do, regardless of how it manifests, it’s time to figure out why. We suffer a consonance crisis when we know when things aren’t right; we just don’t quite know what’s wrong, and so solving for the void becomes difficult.  Not sure if this is you?

Stop Living a Consonance Crisis2019-06-11T12:11:33-04:00

Wonderment Awaits

Sitting at my niece’s high school graduation, and listening to the speeches about their potential and the wonderment that is to come for these fresh-faced, young vessels of promise. There is nothing but open road for these graduates. It is a sheer delight.  And yet, I can’t help but wonder if the assignment of potential,

Wonderment Awaits2019-06-04T20:46:27-04:00

Greetings from Wonderhell: Where My Dreams and Yours Can Come True

Four days ago I published my new book. The day before that I found out that it was debuting as a bestseller, #2 in the Washington Post list behind Michelle Obama. (Squee!) And, the day before that over a hundred of my dearest friends and loved one came from all over the city and all

Greetings from Wonderhell: Where My Dreams and Yours Can Come True2019-06-04T20:46:19-04:00

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