2023 LMA Annual Conference Keynote Speaker

LMA is thrilled to announce the 2023 LMA Annual Conference Opening General Session Keynote Speaker!


Laura Gassner Otting

Founder & Chief Catalyzing Officer of Limitless Possibility

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Live Limitlessly: Bringing Contagious Confidence to Work that Really Matters

Tuesday, April 25 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Best-selling author and motivational speaker, Laura Gassner Otting, is the author of "Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life." She will draw on #LMA23's theme of AMPLIFY! and guide each of us in how to start living a "limitless" life.

Laura Gassner Otting's "Limitless" Takeaways for #LMA23 Attendees

The last couple of years have limited us all in different ways. But, what if, going forward, we could be limitless, amplifying what mattered most to us, and doing so with the type of contagious confidence that excited our colleagues and our clients to lean in even further to what we bring to the table?

  • Recognize what truly excites you about the work you do and how to become more engaged, passionate and productive
  • Identify what makes you special and how to bring the fullest versions of yourself to the work you do every day
  • Connect to what you really love about what you do and have the type of contagious confidence that excites others
  • Create a support system of like-minded achievers and accountability partners who never let you settle for mediocrity

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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.

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Closing Experience: Cheers, Celebrations and Contemplations

A Capstone Experience!

Turn ideas into action and synthesize your time at #LMA23

Cheers, Celebrations and Contemplations    


Cheers, Celebrations and Contemplations

Wednesday, April 26 | 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Over the past three days, you’ve been armed with new connections and a suite of ideas that will amplify your work, voice and impact at your organizations – and maybe even in life. But where to start? Start here in this wrap-up session and this thought-provoking panel!

New this year, LMA has organized a conference retrospective panel that spotlights various viewpoints within our community. These thought leaders will discuss themes from #LMA23 and how they plan to amplify key takeaways and empower their teams and colleagues to do the same. Come prepared to reflect on your own experience, turn ideas to actions at your organization and leave energized to become a change agent.

Don’t miss this opportunity to put a capstone on your time at #LMA23.

  • Simone Hughes, MBA, CM, Director, Business Development and Marketing, Gowling WLG
  • Alycia Sutor, Managing Director, GrowthPlay
  • Laura Toledo, Chief Communications Architect, EM Dash Consulting
  • Mohib Qidwai, Senior Marketing Manager, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
  • Lee Ashby Watts, Founder and CEO, ashby & co. consulting (moderator)

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