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Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin

Author of Becoming Heroines, activist, and founder and CEO of The Gaia Project for Women's Leadership

Speaking Truth to Power
  • About Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin

    After a fifteen-year career as a full-time Wall Street securities litigator and trial lawyer, Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin founded Gaia Project Consulting, LLC, a worldwide executive coaching and consulting firm that serves senior executives across tech, finance, banking, law, fashion, healthcare, non-profit, and consulting. She is also the Founder of The Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership, offering virtual and live programming to grow New Paradigm Women’s Leadership worldwide. Her work has earned the support and recognition of women such as Arianna Huffington, Ali Brown, DailyWorth and WorthFM Founder Amanda Steinberg, and Emerging Women Live Founder Chantal Pierrat, among many others.

    Drawing from both her personal experience working on Wall Street and her work with clients at The Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership, McLaughlin provides a profound guide for radical personal transformation in her upcoming book, Becoming Heroines: Unleashing Our Power for Revolution and Rebirth. She urges women to confront their own internalized bias that contributes to systems of oppression. By doing so, she believes that women can find their inner heroic feminine energy and create an activist model of women’s leadership.

    McLaughlin has been featured in major media such as CNN,, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times. She is also the host of the Women’s Leadership Podcast, a top business podcast on iTunes and has taught courses to thousands of executives worldwide, including at Columbia Law School and on behalf of Emerging Women Live. She speaks routinely in corporate and non-profit environments on issues relating to leadership, women’s advancement, professional success and work/life alignment.

    McLaughlin has a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, where she graduated with honors, was the recipient of the West Bar Publishing Award for Clinical Achievement, and served as the President of the Moot Court Board, among other accolades. She obtained her B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University, with college honors, where she triple-majored in creative writing, professional writing, and French, won awards for poetry, and completed a Senior Honors Thesis on the work of French feminist theorist Luce Irigaray, including translations from the original French.

  • Speaking Topics

    Becoming Heroines: Unleashing Our Power for Revolution and Rebirth

    Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin’s debut book, Becoming Heroines: Unleashing Our Power for Revolution and Rebirth, discusses the changing scope of women’s leadership, and urges women to find their own voices and advocate to deconstruct systems of oppression wherever they encounter them. In this talk, McLaughlin discusses how we can find and use our voices, what it means to undermine our own internalized biases and complicity, and what real revolution in leadership looks like.

    Toward Equitable Leadership: Undermining Unconscious Bias and Creating True Inclusion

    In this talk, Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin outlines both the winning and failing strategies in corporate efforts to create diverse and equitable workplaces. Based on her decade-long work as a leadership consultant, McLaughlin presents new models for equitable and inclusive work environments, and a more just world. Audiences will learn to confront their own internalized biases and complicity and recognize systems of bias and oppression.

    The Heroine’s Journey: Women’s Stories, Women’s Wisdom and the Benefit of Cyclical Growth

    The hero’s journey of myth and legend is known to all of us. But how are women’s journeys into heroism different? Elizabeth McLaughlin discusses the cycle of awareness, reconciliation, and rebirth that characterizes the journey of women toward their heroic best selves.

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  • Praise for Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin


    Elizabeth’s talk was inspiring, smart and funny. She offered our audience a real chance to be vulnerable, face their challenges, and walk away with the tools to improve their lives for good.

    Stacy Francis, CFP, CDFA, President and CEO, Francis Financial Founder; Allied Professional Women

    Praise for Becoming Heroines

    An inspiring, empowering clarion call and guide to become the heroines we were meant to be.

    Debra Messing, actor and activist
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