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Laurie Weisman

Laurie Weisman

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

I am a well-being warrior whose mission and passion is to help my clients discover a sense of well-being through finding clarity of heart and mind, balance and resilience and a life of purpose and meaning. I do this through my work as a coach, as a health and well-being advisor and as a mindfulness teacher. Greater well-being means greater vitality and helps us to be more effective in our personal and professional lives. A former banker with 20 years’ experience working both domestically and internationally in the commercial and not-for-profit financial sectors, I saw first-hand the adverse effect that stress, distraction and unhealthy lifestyles have in the workplace and on our lives. In 2005, I changed my career path and entered the growing field of health and well-being. Working with successful entrepreneurs and top executives, I see the powerful effect of mindfulness and other well-being practices on helping people find greater joy and passion in all aspects of their lives. I love having the opportunity to help people to thrive.

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

My best friend joined Ellevate and told me about the amazing women she had met. She never steers me wrong, so I joined, too. At my first lunch, I was overwhelmed by the outreach and support among this group of highly accomplished women. Everyone was looking at ways they could help and support one another. Ellevate is an incredible global professional network with great live and online resources.

How would you define your professional mission?

As a mindfulness- based professional coach, my mission is to help others find a sense of well-being through finding clarity of heart and mind, balance and resilience and a sense of life purpose and meaning.

What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?

Empathy, curiosity, great listening skills and letting go of a judging mind-set.

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?

It may sound funny, but making my first career switch from the for-profit commercial banking sector into microfinance and the non-profit sector was a very memorable accomplishment. In the past decade this is not an unusual career path, but in the 90’s most bankers or people had never heard of microfinance. My friends, colleagues and family thought I was crazy to leave my lucrative and interesting job as head of art lending and move to a country that was considered dangerous to work in and to work in an area and country about which I had little knowledge and no experience. But, I trusted my instincts and had worked for over a year to identify new career which would use many of my skills in work that would be more meaningful. I was right and never looked back. My two years living and working in Russia as head of microfinance for the US Russia Investment Fund were two of the most fascinating in my career.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my work is helping my clients see that they can develop greater agency over their own well-being and seeing the tangible effects of this mind shift. Often in life, people feel, at the mercy of’ external forces, such as the health care system, their work environment or the stress of their incredibly busy lives. I help my clients see that, although they might not always be able to control the people and circumstances around them, they can gain control over their perceptions, reactions and actions and find a greater sense of ease and clarity which can lead to better decision making and greater peace of mind. I feel blessed to be able to make a tangible and meaningful difference in people’s lives.

What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?

I guess I am a bit of an idealist. I hope that my legacy is that after working with me, my clients and students have a greater sense of meaning, purpose and well-being and that this gives them greater vitality and joy in their lives.

What is it about your job that makes you feel it’s the right fit for you?

I am a 2 x career changer, moving from banking for corporate and high net worth clients, to banking for the poor (microfinance) to the field of well-being. Although my other careers /jobs were interesting and very rewarding, I never felt that I was in the right career, doing the work I was meant to do. I do now. I am incredibly passionate about my work and that passion comes from my own life experience where I yearned to do meaningful work that was directly related to my own experience. The field of well-being is about how we can thrive despite all the stresses and hurdles in our lives. We all have incredible internal resources and wisdom that we can access, it just takes commitment and training and I am blessed to help people to be able to do that

What is your morning ritual?

The morning is my favorite time. I try to get up pretty early so I don’t have to rush before work. I have my tea and then I meditate, sometimes listening to a guided meditation or sometimes doing one of my favorite mindfulness practices on my own. This helps center me, along with yoga at home or a trip to the gym. I then eat my breakfast, shower, dress and am off to work, feeling grounded and ready for the day ahead.

What would you say your personal superpower is?

People tell me that my personal superpower is my resilience, and I think this is true. Like most people, I have had my fair share of ups and downs and challenges. But, I seem to be able to bounce back pretty quickly. This is a great a superpower to have in life and work. Yes, I get upset, yes, I get mad, sad, lonely, etc., but I am able to generally see the big picture, get curious and learn from the challenges and let go of the negative emotions.

What is the best career advice you ever received?

Follow your passion and instincts and listen to your inner wisdom, not to all the outside "noise".


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