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A women’s leadership expert, writer, speaker and energetic sparkplug committed to helping you expand what’s possible for your life and to creating a world that redefines power as we know it.

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After working on Wall Street, I got a Stanford MBA and was a successful investor in Silicon Valley.

I climbed to the top of the ladder, only to realize…crap! Wrong ladder.

So I studied with some of the most prominent neuroscientists, mindfulness experts, coaches and healers in the world.

Vanessa has given me tools for accepting increasing duties at work, and for dealing with stress and conflict in my personal life. Vanessa has made a HUGE difference in my ability to perform at work under major stress. Denali Lumma

Senior Engineering Leader, Uber

Over the last 10 years at Google, myself and my team have attended hundreds of hours of corporate trainings. When I saw what Vanessa did differently, and heard about her other Fortune 500 clients that have had tremendous success, I knew I had to hire her to bring something unique. Vanessa and I worked hand in hand to create a customized 6 week plan for my team, based on their specific needs and personalities. Each week had a theme, actionable follow up, and was full of energy and enthusiasm to start using the tools Vanessa taught immediately. I have never gotten such positive feedback from Googlers before. I will hire Vanessa again hands down. Katie Rottier

Former Head of Industry/Retail, Google

Vanessa brings an amazing combination of research, data and personal experience to teach this material in a way that makes it both simple to understand and a joy to attempt. Katherine Harbin Clammer

Founder, Source Capital, LLC

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Tedx Talk: How To Lean In Without Burning Out

Renowned keynote speaker and women’s leadership expert Vanessa Loder shares her story of being a self described over-achiever whose endless quest for perfectionism and unfulfilling experience of continual career climbing left her burned out, exhausted and eager to find another way. Watch Vanessa’s Tedx which has over 100,000 views now.

Why American Mothers Have Less Leisure Time And Find Ourselves Overwhelmed And Exhausted

Did you know that Danish mothers have, on average, one and a half hours of leisure time every day that is spent in “pure” or child-free time to themselves? American mothers, in contrast, have about thirty-six minutes a day to themselves.

Fast Company: 5 Ways to Lean In Without Burning Out

We’ve entered a new paradigm. One in which women, particularly in the West, have greater opportunity than ever before and yet are feeling stressed out, anxious, and exhausted trying to cope with the pressure to succeed in all areas of life. It’s a catch-22: how do we lean in without burning out?

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