Thanks to everyone for joining us for our Changemaker Chat in Chicago with Laura Sutphen, Head of Social Purpose at Golin, and her amazing career and life experiences.  Please see below for some of our favorite highlights:
Listen to the brain in your belly
Belly brain she calls it. Laura teaches her son,  Ben, to always listen to the brain in his belly when making hard choices, or reflecting on his experiences. She noted that listening to her gut is how she has gotten to where she is today . We all have it in us, and once you learn to listen to it, decisions are easier and success will find you. She herself did this years ago, when she quit her job and used her $2,600 of vacation money to start her own firm.
The Karma Clause…
Laura has found immense success in the corporate social responsibility space. From starting her own socially conscience advertising business to working at major PR firms, she has always paid attention to the value she is adding. When she had her own firm, she had a ‘karma clause’ to protect herself from those who were out of integrity with the values she held. She also asked herself the following in relation to choosing projects: Is the cause true? Will we make a little money? Does it add value to the world? and if the answer is yes to all of the above, a final question of: is the client an asshole? This is how she picked her projects and clients.  And what success she has found – from naming Plan B to helping to launch Netflix and so much more.
“My job is to be a sherpa to him…”
The quote above is Laura referring to her son, Ben. She told us about her journey to find balance in her family and professional lives. How she learned when to say no, when to say yes, and when to practice yoga.
Book Recommendations
Laura recommended to us three books – check them out below:
  • Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership by Joseph Jaworski
  • Thrive by Ariana Huffington
  • Autobiography of a Yogi  by Pramhansa Yogananda