Contribution, Connection, Calling with Laura Gassner Otting

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Contribution, Connection, Calling with Laura Gassner Otting

SHOW NOTES Laura Gassner Otting helps people get “unstuck” — and achieve extraordinary results.

Through Limitless Possibility, Laura collaborates with change agents, entrepreneurs, investors, leaders, and donors to push past the doubt and indecision that consign great ideas to limbo. She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and catalytic perspective informed by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, and philanthropic landscapes.

Laura’s 25-year resume is defined by her entrepreneurial edge. She served as a Presidential Appointee in Bill Clinton’s White House, helping shape AmeriCorps; left a leadership role at respected nonprofit search firm, Isaacson, Miller, to expand the startup; and 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. She is the author of Mission-Driven, a book for those moving from profit to purpose, and Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life

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 three 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.

In this episode, we discuss…

  • What does it mean to help people discover their consonance?
  • Being mission driven vs being pessimistic about paying the bills
  • What if success doesn’t equal happiness? Is that a problem with how we define success?
  • Let’s explore the idea that you should “Follow Your Passion”
  • How do we change the culture so that being proud of yourself is ok?
  • Negative impact of technology on connection


Running time: 58:59

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