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Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin

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

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  • 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, Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin provides a profound guide for radical personal transformation in her 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.

    Elizabeth Cronise 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.

    Elizabeth Cronise 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.

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    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

    A profound roadmap for how whole systems of oppression can die if we choose to do the work.

    LaTosha Brown, cofounder of Black Voters Matter

    Becoming Heroines creates a deeply important new lens through which to view the arc of a woman’s life. Private lives are public issues and Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin does a beautiful job shining a light on the individual journey and how taking agency in your own life is connected to a broader political movement of radical transformation.

    Eve Rodsky, author of Fair Play

    This soulful self-help book is for those who want to be part of the women supporting other women movement and rid themselves of the systems that have historically failed us.


    “Becoming Heroines stokes the burning flame within women that these times are different…Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin pours fuel on nascent fire, ready to redefine our culture in ways we all yearn for but can’t manifest. Until now. Thank you, Elizabeth, for setting forth the organizing principles needed to make the most of unprecedented times. You are the voice we need to guide us.

    Amanda Steinberg, founder of DailyWorth and HigherU, author of Worth It

    I’m buying this book in bulk and giving it to all the people I love. An inspiring, empowering clarion call and guide to become the heroines we are meant to be. A book that meets this moment in our history, [it] illuminates the power of our gaze as we witness destruction and our collective power to birth a more free and equitable world.

    Debra Messing, actor and activist

    The Lean In era of mass market women’s empowerment books always felt more than a little empty, which is why it’s immensely refreshing to read the substantive and honest Becoming Heroines…Elizabeth has written something for every woman who wants to live her life to the fullest while empowering those around her along the way.

    Charlotte Clymer, writer and LGBTQ advocate

    An excellent read for women who want a comprehensive guide to the heroine’s journey, social activism, and healing all woven into one tapestry.

    Bari Tessler, author of The Art of Money

    Becoming Heroines has been a game changer for me both professionally and personally. Elizabeth’s deep dive into how systemic oppression and inequality inform the way we show up in our activism, our work, and at home has opened up for me a deeper understanding of how and why I so often get in my own way… I’m grateful for this book and highly recommend it whether you identify as a leader, an activist, or just someone who wants to claim their own personal journey.

    Samantha Brody, PhD, author of Overcoming Overwhelm

    In Becoming Heroines, Elizabeth reminds us that we all have a voice, we just have to decide how we want to use it. And if we are all using our collective voice then no one can stop or silence our revolution!

    Minda Harts, author of The Memo and CEO of The Memo LLC

    “McLaughlin’s words flow like magic as she helps her readers set fire to old paradigms and limiting beliefs… This book not only jolts the reader toward personal transformation and rebirth, it offers a much-needed intersectional lens on how to disrupt systems of privilege and intuitively reclaim one’s gifts for the greater good. It equips women with the ability to rise from the ashes of individual trauma, contribute to the collective, and critically examine their own internalized biases. I highly recommend this book for any woman who wants to embody their full power and leadership potential.

    Shahida Arabi, MA, author of The Highly Sensitive Person’s Guide to Dealing with Toxic People and Becoming the Narcissist’s Nightmare

    Becoming Heroines is an important book for exploding the dominance of the hero’s journey and thus for exploding the white supremacist patriarchy. Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin shows us how the matriarchy is rising. She provides readers with the wisdom, steps, and tools to discover and excavate their inherent gifts so that they can fully live into their goddess-given purpose. She uses her voice to help others reclaim their voices and break through the oppression of silence.

    Tanya Selvaratnam, author of Assume Nothing and The Big Lie

    Since February 14, 2018, when my daughter Jaime was murdered, I have become connected to some amazing people. However, in many cases, we have not actually met. That is true of me and Elizabeth McLaughlin. We have been drawn to each other’s activism and pursuit of justice for all. I always imagine what my daughter Jaime would have been like as an adult. After reading Becoming Heroines, I can honestly say I think I know. Jaime is bringing the rain. There is no doubt for me that Jaime was and is a heroine. Believing in your power and understanding how to activate it is such an important lesson. Thank you, Elizabeth, for writing this book. While Jaime is not able to use her power in life for change and for good, her power is shining every day through me. In fact, it brought me to you.

    Fred Guttenberg, gun safety activist and author of Find the Helpers
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