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It’s an honor to speak with you today. Why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. How did you get to where you are today?
Metaphorically my life has been filled with doors, bridges, and choices that called for action on my part to either move forward or risk being stuck in limbo. When I dissect my life, I recognize that as I moved from one season to another, the key was formulating my own definition of success. In my journey through doors and across bridges, I passed through five distinct seasons of my life: a traumatized little girl, an awakening adolescent, a nurturing young adult, an evolving grown woman, and the liberated woman I see in myself today.
These seasons have all been stepping stones to a higher purpose. Along the way I came to terms with trauma, guilt, and depression, a boulder that had blocked my path for decades. Along the way I made career decisions that moved me from a scientist in basic research to pharmaceutical R&D. From pharmaceutical R&D, I moved into learning and development, leadership in diversity and inclusion, and project leadership. On the last leg of my corporate career, things began to change in my work environment, and I came to realize that I was being called into a different purpose for my life going forward.
So, I walked away and began to build The Place to SOAR, a social enterprise dedicated to cultivating change through daily growth and personal development for the purpose of unleashing human potential. Hence, my work as a life coach.
Anita is committed to doing BIG things—building community, inspiring change and giving back. She founded The Place to SOAR as a social enterprise dedicated to cultivating change. To SOAR is to step and redesign, to disrupt limiting beliefs and empower deep self-knowledge to get unstuck in life. She is an international bestselling author. Her most recent collaborative publication is Voices of the 21st Century: Resilient Women Who Rise and Make a Difference.
Her next independent book, Cultivating Change from the Inside Out releases on March 23. Anita is a John Maxwell Certified life coach and international bestselling author with career experience in multiple disciplines including pharmaceutical R&D, learning and development, and leadership. She resides in Pittsburgh, PA. Author Page anitadrussellauthor.com
Margo is a High School and Collegiate Hall of Fame basketball star. She is an author, entrepreneur, teacher and coach on a mission to transform the lives of young people. She has been a teacher and a coach for 28 years, inspiring children to find and follow their passion. Margo has coached basketball, softball and volleyball. She’s helped her student’s dance, sing, draw, run, drum and shoot their way toward success.
Margo has a book, a blog and a podcast which all highlight her desire to inspire others. Her children’s book is titled Lailah’s Lesson: You Can Do Anything! The book encourages our youth to believe in themselves. Her blog is called Best Thing I Heard Today, where her goal is to infuse positive messages around every day conversation. Her podcast is Give It Up. Margo and her guests discuss sports, education and community engagement and leave the listener with actionable steps to be applied in their own lives.