Laura delivers well-honed wisdom and catalytic perspective informed by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, and philanthropic landscapes. She does this with humorous and spirited honesty shaped from her viewpoint as an entrepreneur, motivator, instigator, and provocateur.

Stop Crushing It

The largest looming threat to the prickly relationship between my advancing dotage and my tenuous hold on good health happens almost daily.  It is the moment when some young whippersnapper tells me about his hopes and dreams, and I come perilously close to having a heart attack whilst going into

Let Go of What You Can’t Control

When I was pregnant with my first son, I had a birth plan. It was a beautiful birth plan. And, I was a fool. No, I wasn’t a fool for having a plan, for envisioning what would feel consonant to me, or for imagining that moment when I pushed out

Help! I Wrote a Self-Help Book

About a month after my book, Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life came out — debuting at #2 on the Washington Post Bestseller list right behind Michelle Obama’s Becoming — I had a crushing realization: I wrote a self-help book.   I

Why I Hated “Lean In”

In 2013, I read Lean In. I wanted to love it. I knew I was supposed to love it. But I didn't. My issue with Lean In wasn't the enormous amounts of privilege that Sheryl Sandberg used to achieve success. Hell, I did the same thing, albeit with a few

The Biggest Question I Get Asked

I speak for a living.  And the biggest question I get when corporations want to bring me in to speak to their audiences is this: “When you get on stage and tell all of my people to go live their best lives, won’t they all quit?”   Well, the answer

Entrepreneurship isn’t for the Weak

Hustle porn tells us that “Entrepreneurship isn’t for the weak!”  And, it’s true: it’s not.   But it’s also not for the strong either.  Being single-focused, blindered, unwavering won’t get you far.  Or, at least it won’t keep you there when it does.   As a serial entrepreneur and life-long

Fire the Thief of Joy

“You are strong, for a girl.” “You did well in that class, for someone not so good at math.” “You look nice in that dress, definitely better than what you wore last time.” Ah, there’s nothing like a well-meaning compliment that runs face first into an insult. I like to

The Mondayest of all Mondays

The Mondayest of all Mondays is the Monday after vacation. I woke up this morning to that very Monday. But I love Mondays. Really, I do. I used to hate them, going through the weekend all woe-is-me with the S'Mondays encroaching and ruining my Sunday evenings, as if to add