Linda Rossetti is a business leader, Harvard MBA, and pioneering researcher who has dedicated her career to advancing our understanding of personal and organizational transformation.
Here is how she tells her story:
In my mid-forties, I experienced a life-altering disruption related to my work and career choices. At the time, I struggled to find resources that spoke to the enormity of what I was going through. Convinced that I could not be the only person on the planet to encounter such an upheaval, I resolved to figure out what was happening. I reasoned that this could be beneficial not only for me but for others who, like me, found themselves at such a crossroads. What came next was a fascinating journey of discovery aided by the generous sharing and vulnerability of hundreds of other adults who were also encountering periods of disruption in their lives.
I am astonished by what I learned by listening to their incredible stories. Despite differences in personal circumstance, age, or occupation, there was an unmistakable pattern in how people experience times of major change. Even more interesting was how consistently folks applied negative vocabulary, like failure, to their experiences. Now, after a decade of research into the subject, I can say without hesitation that this negative overlay is a tragedy.
Now, through my work, I hope to convince others that disruption represents an incredible invitation to transform our sense of self and access unparalleled gifts. My methods, based in science and rooted in extensive research, allow folks to turn a period of uncertainty into a positive inflection point in their life.
Transformation is a topic that I embraced through many career stops long before I found myself at a crossroads. As EVP of Human Resources and Administration for a Fortune 500 company, Iron Mountain, I was tasked with transforming more than two hundred acquisitions into ‘One’ Iron Mountain. I served as CEO of a venture capital backed tech company that drove digital transformation at some of the largest companies on the planet. That company, itself, went through a transformation after being acquired by Perot Systems/DELL EMC. Earlier in my career, I worked on both the finance and strategy side of business transformation in the banking and consulting industries. This background equips me to address personal transformation with a practical, easily accessible lens that is rooted in deep experience.
Today, I create the space for conversations about disruption, transformation, and possibility at life’s crossroads. I have written two books, Dancing with Disruption: a new approach to navigating life’s biggest changes, and Women & Transition: reinventing work and life. I host the podcast Destination Unknown, and welcome guests such as the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Ouided Bouchamaoui, NPR Marketplace veteran, Tess Vigeland, and Miss Singapore, Rachel Leung. My work has been featured at NPR, NBC, Money Magazine, the Huffington Post, and other outlets. I lead The Transition Institute, LLC, a consultancy that collaborates on research and certifies others on transformational methods. And I also speak to a variety of organizations on topics related to success during periods of major change.
I look forward to welcoming you to this community and celebrating with you as you bring a new lens to disruption.
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“This process has touched my life tremendously. The work gave me the courage to overcome my fears and take the plunge into a new and exciting world.”
Trina, a forty-three-year-old mother and solopreneur who participated in my research after a divorce and a crushing mid-career setback.
Thank you for your interest in my work.