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Laura Gassner Otting

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Laura Gassner Otting is an author, speaker, and nonprofit strategist who has been influential in the NGO leadership and innovation space.

She began her career as a Presidential Appointee in Bill Clinton's White House and was instrumental in shaping AmeriCorps, the voluntary civil society program supported by the U.S. federal government. She was Founder & CEO of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group.[1][2] She also served on Hillary Clinton's National Finance Committee. During that time, she spoke at TEDxCambridge, which helped launch her speaking career.[3]

Otting's philanthropic efforts include helping build a local Montessori school, co-founding a women's philanthropic initiative, advising a start-up national women's PAC, and growing a citizen-leadership development program.[4][5]

Her most recent book, Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life (2019), is a Washington Post bestseller.


Otting graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991. She earned her Master of Arts in Political Management from George Washington University in 1996.


  • 2015: Mission Driven Handbook
  • 2019: Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life


  1. "I Think the Best Antidote to a Rut Is Action, So I Try to Remind Myself that Anything Beats Nothing". Gretchen Rubin. Retrieved 2020-03-19.
  2. job, Adam G. Force I. was fired from my first; business, after 10 years working at WebMD I. had an epiphany while in Costa Rica I. started my second; Creator, Change; Program, To Help Early-Stage Social Entrepreneurs Grow a Profitable Impact Business Through Our Signature; Captivate; magazine; date, podcast To; Shetty, I've had the privilege of talking with people such as Jay; Godin, Seth (2019-04-04). "Laura Gassner Otting: Carve Your Own Path and Live Your Best Life (interview)". Change Creator. Retrieved 2020-03-19.
  3. Otting, Laura Gassner. "Keynote Speaker & Best Selling Author Laura Gassner Otting". Laura Gassner Otting. Retrieved 2020-03-19.
  4. "Laura Gassner Otting | Bio | Premiere Speakers Bureau". Retrieved 2020-03-19.
  5. "Laura Gassner Otting: How To Live Limitless By Ignoring Everybody". Entrepreneur Podcast With Join UP Dots. 2019-04-24. Retrieved 2020-03-19.

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