Cadre Presents

YOUniversity with Laura Gassner Otting

May 31, 2023


Invitations, Not Limitations: Embracing Your Wonderhell

After stewarding thousands of leaders through massive moments of career shift and organizational disruption, Laura Gassner Otting (LGO) 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?”

Each new level brings a new devil. Anxiety, exhaustion, uncertainty, fear, and burnout are little bugaboos just waiting to waylay your team and sideline your growth.

In this keynote, Laura will show you that success isn’t just an endpoint, but a waypoint, a portal that shows you that you were made for even more… if you choose to embrace your ambition, conquer your fear, and actually learn to enjoy the ride. This talk will throw down the gauntlet and dare you to dream even bigger.

Laura will take you on a trip to Wonderhell and offer a roadmap to creating the mindset that lets you move forward in life, even when your successes tell you to stop right there.

Building on ideas and research from her book, LGO will share with you how Wonderhell will:

Expand your boundaries by getting to know—right now—the version of you that will exist after your success (which will likely be quite different than who you are right now)

Invite you to dive into your discomfort by learning to master the various emotions that are not just a part of the process but a sign that you are on the right track

Urge you to embrace your potential by recognizing that accepting success as a finite destination means that there is a finite limit to your growth and that what truly awaits you on the other side of this Wonderhell is the next one, and the next one, and the next one after that… if you’re lucky.

BONUS: All attendees will receive a copy of LGO’s book, Wonderhell: Why Success Doesn’t Feel Like It Should . . . and What to Do About It (a $27 value)

More About Laura Gassner Otting

A frequent contributor to Good Morning America, the TODAY Show, Harvard Business Review, and Oprah Daily, Laura’s 30-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 national search firm to expand a tech start-up; and founded, ran, and sold her own global search firm, partnering with the full gamut of mission driven corporate and nonprofit executives.

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.

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).

Laura is 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, motivator, and provocateur, and she’s never met a revolution she didn’t like. Just ask her enduringly patient husband, two almost-grown sons, and two troublesome pups with whom she lives outside of Boston, MA.


May 31, 2023

3:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Valo Park

7950 Jones Branch Dr
McLean, VA 22102

Who's Attending

Melanie Coburn

Jenny Shtipelman
National Capital Bank

Maria Dakas
GESI Hospitality

Zvi Band

Erica Mechlinski
212 Communications

Ghazenfer Mansoor
Technology Rivers

Jay Greenstein

Marissa Levin
i5 Conscious Leadership

Amanda Karst
AO People Partners

Melissa Scott
i5 Conscious Leadership

Christy Zlatkus
Z Family Law, LLC

scott thompson
S Thompson Holdings

Alyson Friedman

Chris Yoko
Yoko Co / Carbon Off

Kitchel Law, PLLC

Roya Vasseghi
Vasseghi Budd

Jim Gianiny
Veritas Soluions, Inc.

Jeff Lesher

Francisca Alonso
AV architects + Builders

Timothy Hughes
Bean, Kinney & Korman, PC

Jayson Mercurius
JLM Strategic Talent Partners

Joel Buckner
Joel Buckner Coaching

Ed Wotring

Nema Semnani
Precision Sales Consulting

Bruce Kehr
Potomac Psychiatry

Chris VanArsdale

Michael Gottlieb

Neil Tyra
The Tyra Law Firm

Megan Fass
Fass Results

Ladeene Freimuth
The Freimuth Group

Joe Mechlinski

Jason Weisenthal
Jason Weisenthal

Yanik Silver

Rob Weinhold
Fallston Group

Ron Novak
Caring Village

Heinan Landa
Optimal Networks

Amy Zydel

Ali Allage
Blue Steel Cyber

Carter Byrnes
Stream Realty

Paul Sjoberg

Patrice Webb
Kindness Gangsta

Nate Hurd
Oxford Club

Michael Rudy
Ally Behavior LLC

Pedro Rubio
Blackfyre GovCon

Joseph Fuld
The Campaign Workshop

Katherine Liola
Concentric Private Wealth

Nayia Pierrakos
Wealth Thru RE

Matt Curry
Craftsman Auto Care

Judy Curry
Craftsman Auto Care

Josh Greene
The Mather Group, LLC

Jackie Bondanza
Hounds Town USA

Barry Glassman
Glassman Wealth Services

Chris VanArsdale

Joanna Alexis
Navstar Inc.

Rhonda Payne
Flock Theory

Rhonda Payne
Flock Theory

Frank Monahan
AMP Institute

Marcus Sheridan
Marcus Sheridan

Trey Whitney

Tien Wong
Opus8, Inc.


Faris Amra

Carlos Diggs
Three Seas Inc.

Alexa Kade

Jay Gutnick
Teal Canvas

Jamesj Schlosser
Schlosser Consulting

Angela Fox

James V. Page, Jr.
Page Global Business Systems

Josh Katz

Dustin Siggins
Proven Media Solutions

Dr. Cheryl Wood
Global Speakers University

Firoozeh Azarbaidjani Do

Ben Tchoubineh

Deon Dalton
PUSH Alliance

Rebecca Pearson
Venable LLP

Stefanie Reiser

Chris McDonell
McDonell Consulting Group/Sandler

Carl Ehrlich
Flag Star Football

Julie Weber Sandler
Found & Co

Jake Sandler
Found & Co, LLC

Stacia Topping
Stacia Topping Consulting and Coaching

Ché Bolden
The Charles F. Bolden Group

Ken Williams
Allied Telecom Group

Rob O'Keefe
Arc Aspicio

Jaclyn Purzycki
Stream Realty Partners

American Business Forms

Colin Eagen

Austin High
Stream Realty

Tim Hawkins

James V. Page, Jr.
Page Global Business Systems

Lashondra Mercurius

Ame Gold
Ame Gold Design

Ashley Elkin
Stream Realty Partners

Jeff Roman

Wendy Smith

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