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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.

Meet Laura Gassner Otting

Laura Gassner Otting delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and perspective generated by decades of navigating change across start-up, corporate, nonprofit, political, and philanthropic landscapes. Through her keynotes, Laura dares audiences to find their voice, get “unstuck,” and generate the confidence needed to tackle larger-than-life challenges by seeking new ways of leading, managing, and mentoring others. Organizations book Laura Gassner Otting for corporate and private events. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group today to inquire about Laura Gassner Otting’s fees.

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An Entrepreneurial Edge

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.

Later, she left her 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. Instead, she founded and ran one of the fastest-growing search firms in the country. In 2015, Laura sold that firm to the team who helped her build it.


Since then, Laura has appeared regularly on Good Morning America and the TODAY Show. Additionally, her writing has been seen in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and HR Magazine. She also wrote three Wall Street Journal bestselling books: Wonderhell, Limitless, and Mission-Drive, which have been translated into five languages.


Along with her entrepreneurial journey, Laura maintains a strong commitment to giving back. She 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.

How to Hire Laura Gassner Otting

Find out how to hire Laura Gassner Otting to appear at your next event. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group to inquire about Laura Gassner Otting’s availability and cost. When booking Laura Gassner Otting for an event, we need to know the type of venue and location the event will take place. Laura Gassner Otting is a popular choice for corporate events, private events, and virtual events. So, you can click the Check Availability button or contact us and an MPG Laura Gassner Otting booking agent will get back to you within 48 hours.

Laura Gassner Otting Booking Price

How much to book Laura Gassner Otting depends on the type of event. So, the cost to hire Laura Gassner Otting for corporate or private events is available by contacting a Mollie Plotkin Group Agent. Notably, Laura Gassner Otting is available for conferences, festivals, private parties and events. Just contact the Mollie Plotkin Group and tell the booking agent the proposed date, time, and location.

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Key Audience Takeaways

Hire Laura Gassner Otting

Organizations across the United States and internationally have hired Laura Gassner Otting. Her audiences include universities, companies, conferences, accelerators, a TEDx stage, and a US military base. She customizes her message for each audience in ways that get them to think differently and do more. 

Invitations, Not Limitations: Embracing Your Wonderhell

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. It shows you that you were made for even more. But only if you choose to embrace your ambition, conquer your fear, and learn to enjoy the ride. This talk throws down the gauntlet and dares your audience members to dream even bigger.

Live Limitlessly

Many of us spend our lives pursuing a singular idea of success, one that was created for us by someone else. We give votes to those who shouldn’t even have voices and strive to go faster and faster even as we find ourselves falling further and further behind. We chase gold stars, we check all the boxes, we Lean In – and we still feel incomplete.

In this keynote, Laura teaches you how to live your best life by ignoring the rules that created your limits, aligning your energies and your actions, and doing work that matters to you. Aimed at entrepreneurs and misfits, idealists and dreamers, as well as anyone seeking to align who they are with what they do, this talk lights a fire within that catalyzes energy and excitement toward becoming the change agent needed to maximize impact.

Limitless Sales

Your clients don’t buy your products. They don’t buy your services. Surprisingly, they don’t even buy your brand. They buy the solution that you provide to their problem. To win at the sales game, your audience must connect to why this product, service, and brand matters to them. Further, you need to be able to communicate that meaning as you build mutually beneficial relationships with your clients. In this talk, Laura uses her decades of entrepreneurial experience to break down the process of connection to self, product, and sale.

Limitless Leadership

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. One that 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, and after the pandemic – Laura Gassner Otting teaches leaders how to unlock their employees’ engagement thereby making their employees, their company, and their profits limitless.

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Wonderhell: Why Success Doesn't Feel Like It Should...and What to Do About It

Have you ever accomplished something you weren’t so sure you could do? Success has always been the end goal, but when you achieve it … something infuriatingly predictable happens. You start wondering what more you can do. Instead of success bringing you happiness, it hands you an increased hunger to achieve something even bigger. And with that desire also comes uncertainty, self-doubt, anxiety and stress. Success, in other words, is kinda wonderful…but it’s also kinda hell. Welcome to Wonderhell. Learning to live in this newfound potential can be exciting rather than exhausting. Emotions like fear, anxiety, and heartbreak are not collateral damage, slings and arrows to be absorbed and swallowed down, silenced and pushed aside. Rather, each emotion is a portal that shows us what more we can do, if instead we recognize that on the other side of this wonderful hell that we so badly wanted is another and another and another…but only if we choose to accept it.

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