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002: Laurie Ruettimann

“Don’t quit the first time you think about quitting.” Laurie Ruettimann and I discuss lessons learned from being CEO of a startup, how to know when to persist (and when to cut your losses), rethinking the role of work, and the importance of service and relationships in our lives.


Laurie Ruettimann, writer, speaker, host of Let’s Fix Work

Laurie Ruettimann is a former human resources leader turned writer, speaker, and entrepreneur known for her commonsense style and straightforward approach to workforce issues.

Laurie’s career began in 1995 as an HR assistant for Leaf Candy Company, providing operations assistance and recruiting services for an hourly workforce in a manufacturing environment that was heavily unionized and staffed with immigrants from war-torn Bosnia. Since those glorious days, she’s worked at Monsanto, Alberto-Culver (now Unilever), Kemper Insurance (out of business), and Pfizer. Even as her title and compensation grew, she hated her job. After laying off thousands of workers and watching her husband lose his job at the same company, she exited corporate America in 2007 to focus her time and attention on writing, speaking, and advising companies on how to make HR better.

Laurie has been featured on traditional media sites and delivered keynote speeches all around the world. She’s appeared onstage at the 92nd Street Y and Harvard Business School, founded GlitchPath, an early-stage start-up focused on project management, and started a new podcast in April 2018 called “Let’s Fix Work.”

Where to find Laurie:

Twitter: @lruettimann



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