Highly recognized for her influence within the nonprofit sector, Laura Gassner Otting is Founder & President of the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group and a thought partner to CEOs of nonprofits around the country. With unique insight, broad perspective, and vast wisdom informed by a twenty-year track record, Laura is a nationally recognized thought leader on building deeper impact. She is widely quoted in high-profile publications, including The New York Times, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Money Magazine and more, and is the author of Change Your Career: Transitioning to the Nonprofit Sector and Mission Driven: Moving from Profit to Purpose, set to hit bookshelves May 2015.

Laura regularly speaks on the following topics:

  • Transitioning from the Corporate to the Nonprofit Sector. Often given to those looking for encore careers, this talk is utilized by graduate schools and their alumni associations and groups organized around baby boomers or other retirement topics.
  • Building a Career of Purpose. Geared toward those in the first ten years of their career, building a career of purpose entails taking ownership over the change sought in the world and the collection of levers and resources necessary to make that change. Topics covered include skill development, network enhancement, and storytelling.
  • Finding Your Mission Driven Leadership Voice. At every stage of a career, drilling down to the fundamental state of leadership matters.  For those young and old, this topic speaks to those trying to find or amplify their voice towards making change in the world.
  • What’s Your Impact? Aimed at those trying to figure it out, or become aligned in personality, passion, and purpose, this talk lights a fire within that catalyzes energy and excitement towards making a difference. It asks fundamental questions about the change one seeks, the resources at hand, and the steps needed to take to move towards that impact one seeks to make.

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Recent speaking engagements include:
  • Session Lead, Consulting on Talent, Alliance for Nonprofit Management, Austin, 2014
  • Guest Speaker, Transitioning from Corporate to Nonprofit Careers, University of Texas, McCombs Business School Alumni Association, 2014
  • Guest Lecturer, Finding Your Encore Career, Encore.org (Civic Ventures), New York, 2014
  • Guest Lecturer, Finding Your Encore Career, Encore.org (Civic Ventures), New York, 2013
  • Guest Lecturer, Finding Your Encore Career, Encore.org (Civic Ventures), Boston, 2013
  • Guest Lecturer, Finding Your Encore Career, Encore.org (Civic Ventures), San Francisco, 2012
  • Panelist, Consulting on Talent, New England Society of Association Executives, Boston, 2013
  • Guest Lecturer, Finding Your Leadership Voice, Boston University Graduate School of Nonprofit Management, Boston, 2013
  • Keynote, Building a Mission Driven Life, Harvard University’s Public Interested Conference, Cambridge, 2012
  • Lecturer, Networking 101, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, Boston, 2012
  • Lecturer, Building Your Nonprofit Career Trajectory, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, San Diego, 2012