I talk with poet, author and speaker Libby Wagner about how she’s developed a lifestyle that blurs the lines between work, personal life and travel. Formerly a tenured university professor who never traveled, Libby now has an unusual and creative career as a corporate “boardroom poet” and leadership coach. Her work and personal life now regularly include extensive travel (for example leading a writing workshops in Ireland), and she’s also able to enjoy extended stays in foreign countries, working wherever she lands. Her story inspires us to reach beyond the mainstream boundaries of work and career, and dive into what truly calls us – without putting limits on what we can achieve and experience.

More about Libby Wagner:

Libby is a trusted advisor for presidents, CEOs and executive directors, and her work has shaped the cultures of numerous Fortune 500 clients. An award-winning faculty member, Libby holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry. She was honored as a 2014 Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year and has been quoted in the New York Times and The Harvard Business Review. Her monthly column, “The Culture Coach” is a fantastic resource for thousands of business owners in the retail industry. She is the author of the Amazon best-seller, The Influencing Option: The Art of Building a Profit Culture in Business, poetry collections Like This, Like That, and Somehow and 2016’s What Will You Do With Your 90,000 Hours? The Boardroom Poet’s Thoughts on Work. You can find her inspiring Tedx talk, “Own Your Voice,” on YouTube.

What you’ll learn

  • What caused her to dream up an entirely new career path for herself
  • How she opened the door to travel within the context of work
  • What her favorite things to do are when she first gets to a new city
  • Ways to bring more travel into your business
  • Tips for working while traveling and living abroad – how to keep it manageable, balanced, integrated
  • The risk of declaring a planned trip as being “the trip of a lifetime”
  • One choice tip for getting a hotel room upgrade
  • Finding unique places to stay while traveling
  • Why she likes to go to places that have no tourist buses
  • Why traveling is so important – the ways it changes us
  • Her advice for opening up your life to more travel


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