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Laura Gassner Otting
Washington Post Best Selling Author and Motivational Keynote speaker
Laura Gassner Otting is highly recognized for her impact within the nonprofit sector, Founder & CEO of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, a member of multiple nonprofit boards and a thought leader on mission-driven work.
What Laura Gassner Otting's clients say
"Laura is an energetic and inspirational speaker on the topic of defying limitations and creating your own narrative. Her webinar with Ellevate network offered powerful advice on shaping our definitions of success, investing in our passions, and redefining our personal and professional values. In her words, 'We can’t be insatiably hungry for someone else’s goals.' Laura is a talented speaker and author, and we were fortunate to have her share her wisdom with our network."
"My experience with Laura from start to finish was superb! With this being the first virtual conference we hosted, Laura was able to provide her expertise on what she felt would work best and keep our attendees engaged! Her presentation was top notch and our attendees left ready to be limitless leaders!"
"Working with Laura and her team was awesome. I don't think I've ever worked with a speaker as organized and flexible as Laura. As far as her presentation, Laura spent the extra time to understand our audience and she incorporated those learnings into her presentation, which made a huge difference. She had our people on their feet with a standing ovation before she could even get her last words out! After her presentation, she spoke to attendees and took the time to make real connections with them. I would absolutely recommend Laura to anyone who is looking for a dynamic speaker who will invest in their audience and go beyond a "rinse and repeat" presentation. She is a class act."
"Laura is a dynamic and powerful presence on and off the stage. She is a consummate REAL professional (on time, embodies her work, delivers, inspires, transforms). Laura has ‘staying power - stickiness’. I just read, yet another, testimonial from an attendee at our event which included approximately 2,000 women, and how it is changing her life. She had Robin Roberts commenting on air about her thought leadership without solicitation after she read her book on the flight home from our event. If you want to give your attendees the opportunity to experience someone who will get them to think about why they’ve been allowing other people to let them hold themselves back… HIRE LAURA NOW!!"
"Laura energized, inspired and empowered our community of women leaders in sports! Laura was dynamic and engaging - she connected with the audience through her humor, content and magnetic presence. Laura was the perfect combination of motivation and application - giving attendees a dose of inspiration along with action items to make immediate changes in their life. Attendees walked away feeling energized, inspired, and ready to kick glass and pursue their limitless potential in work and life."
"Laura lit up the room at my annual leadership retreat in Philadelphia. She made us think, write, learn, reflect and laugh. Laura is a powerful speaker who knows how to deliver a message with a punch but also connect to the room. Her words felt personal and chosen for us. She did not sound robotic or programmed. She sounded real. She sounded honest. She sounded convicted. Laura went above and beyond to get to know my leaders, even showing up early at our brunch to sign books and talk. Laura is an all-star, rockstar, one-of-kind author, speaker and motivator. She has walked the walk of business, life and the pursuit of happiness. She has failed, won, fallen and gotten back up. Her lessons will live with us for years to come."
"We had the pleasure of having Laura speak at our Nonprofit Symposium in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Leading up to the event, she and her team were easy to work with. This eliminated a lot of stress that goes into planning a conference. Laura brings years of experience, insight, and enthusiasm to her presentations. I would definitely recommend booking Laura if you’re looking for someone who is intelligent, fun to work with, dependable, and an all-around great presenter."
"Laura spoke for American Dream U at our event in Camp Zama, Japan. She shared the opportunities that the transitioning men and women of our Nation’s military have in the nonprofit world, therefore, helping the audience think outside the box when regarding transitioning back into the civilian workforce. We can’t wait to have her speak at another military installation in the future!"
"Laura is a dynamic, authoritative, expert in leadership and discipline. Best of all, as a speaker, she delivers pithy, memorable, funny, insightful, and USEFUL guidance and inspiration to impact the journey of those with whom she connects. She is generous with her time, and a collaborative partner in making an event all it can be. For Girl Starter LIVE, Laura delivered powerful advice to female entrepreneurs and leaders of all ages and followed up one on one with members of our audience. We were so fortunate to have her with us."
Laura Gassner Otting's 2023 biography
About Laura Gassner Otting
Author, Catalyst, and Executive 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.)
Since that time, Laura has appeared regularly on Good Morning America and the TODAY Show, and her writing has been seen in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, HR Magazine. Laura is the author of 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), has been translated into Arabic, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, and German, 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.
Laura Gassner Otting's 2023 talks & topics
Invitations, Not Limitations: Embracing Your Wonderhell
What is this talk about?
After stewarding thousands of leaders through massive moments of career shift and organizational disruption, Laura knows a thing or two about the emotional rollercoaster of going after everything you’ve ever wanted. This talk was born out of the question, “Why doesn’t success feel better?”
In this keynote, Laura explains that success isn’t just an endpoint, but a waypoint, a portal that shows you that you were made for even more… if you choose to embrace your ambition, conquer your fear, and actually learn to enjoy the ride. This talk throws down the gauntlet and dares your audience members to dream even bigger.
You can watch Laura’s viral TEDx (which was immediately elevated to TED.com and hit 150K views in the first month it was live) right here.
What is this talk about?
Demographic shifts in the workforce have led to conversations about purpose and meaning that have heretofore never been had. Millennials, GenXers, and Boomers alike are all demanding that their work matter more. And, yet, only one-third of the US workforce reports that they are actively engaged in their work.
We are using an outdated scorecard which measures the value of a job – title, money, prestige, among others – without adding in the most important part of the equation: the employee. We know that engaged workers are 22% more productive and proﬁtable for their employers, but what recruits the employee doesn’t retain them.
Backed up by a 20-year career in executive search and a three-year research project, comprising nearly 6000 responses from 74 different countries from before, during, as now as we come out of the pandemic, Laura Gassner Otting teaches leaders how to unlock their employees’ engagement to not only make them limitless, but make their companies and their profits limitless too.
Contagious Confidence: Mastering Your Voice of Leadership
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.
This action-oriented keynote is for aspiring corporate leaders, business owners, Direct Sales and MLM team leaders, corporate managers, executives, directors, and supervisors at industry conferences or individual organizational events.
Learn more about how Laura can leave your audience understanding exactly what they need to do to activate the inspiring leader within themselves.
What is this talk about?
Your clients don’t buy your products. They don’t buy your services. They don’t buy your brand.
They buy the solution that you provide to the problem that they have.
In order to win at the sales game, your audience must connect to why this product, this service, this brand actually matters to them, and be able to community that meaning as they build mutually beneficial relationships with your clients.
In this talk, based on decades of experience as an entrepreneur and chief rainmaker, Laura breaks down the process of connection… to self, to product, and to sale.
Solve Big Problems: Stop Asking “How Can I Help?”
“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.
This gut-wrenching, heart-invoking keynote speaks to core of nonprofit agencies and organizations, volunteers, donors, investors, business leaders and entrepreneurs looking to break through barriers holding their teams back from finding real solutions to stagnating problems.
Learn more how Laura can help your audience reframe the question and break through doubt and limited-scope thinking.
Laura Gassner Otting's 2023 speaking fees
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