Laura Gassner Otting
Laura Gassner Otting helps people get "unstuck” and achieve extraordinary results. 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 rebellious and entrepreneurial edge. She dropped out of law school to join an unknown southern governor’s campaign, and ended up as a Presidential Appointee in Bill Clinton's White House, helping 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 her own and, instead, founded and ran one of the fastest growing search firms in the country, partnering 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 most recently the author Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life, which debuted at #2 on the Washington Post bestseller list, right behind Michelle Obama, and which Good Morning America's Robin Roberts chose as one of her Favorite Books of 2019. 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.