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Laurie A. Watkins

Laurie A. Watkins is an accomplished writer, public speaker, seasoned political strategist, and entrepreneur. She worked as a former policy director for both of President Barack Obama’s campaigns, served in positions from Capitol Hill to the Pentagon, and more recently returned to guest lecture at West Point, The United States Military Academy.

Laurie initially led a life that revolved around work, which left little time for maintaining her health. Fearing a health disaster, she made the decision to take drastic control of her life and became an author and entrepreneur. She’s now the author of the book, Go From Stressed to Strong: Health and Fitness Advice from High Achievers. She is a sought-after speaker and, through her lectures and keynotes, motivates people with busy lifestyles to take command of their day and find room to do the essential work needed to live a healthy life.

In the episode, Laurie explains why she hit rock bottom when she was working on then-Senator Obama’s first presidential campaign and how she managed to regain control over her life. She also discusses how she was terminated from one of her jobs for speaking up about sexism and sexual harassment, which prompted her to become an author and entrepreneur. She shares the failures she had along the way and actionable advice on how you can start a side hustle.

I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.

You can connect with Laurie at

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