Episode 31

Published on:

6th Mar 2020

From Global Corporate VP to Thriving Creative Business Featuring Anne LaFollette

After a long successful career in retail at huge global companies like the Gap and Old Navy, Anne suddenly and unexpectedly got laid off.  She was devastated. Her entire identity was associated with her fancy corporate job. After struggling to land another job, Anne decided enough was enough. She decided to bring a box of art supplies up from the basement and explore her creative side. She discovered surface pattern design and was HOOKED. Anne now has a thriving business that brings her joy every day.

We discuss:

  • When the Universe is telling you this is no longer your path [1:39] 
  • An art class that changed everything [5:20]
  • Why it’s important to take some time off before starting a new job [6:59]
  • How to create a structure to keep your sanity while being unemployed [9:35]
  • How to turn your doodles into dollars [12:05]
  • Helping women manage through change and diversity [16:18]
  • Breaking myths: Everything is figureoutable [18:22]
  • It’s never too late to create [21:24] 

Learn more about Anne at https://www.annelafolletteart.com/LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

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About the Podcast

Building Your Own Successful Business After a Late Career Job Loss
Have you lost your job after 20 or 30 years in your career? Do you feel traumatized and unsure how to go forward? Would you rather work for yourself and have more control over your destiny? You are not alone. In GOING SOLO, we discuss what it’s like to go from being highly skilled and well compensated to unemployment; how to deal with the trauma of late-career job loss; and how to reinvent yourself as an entrepreneur, satisfying your soul and supporting your lifestyle.

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David Shriner-Cahn

After 28 years as a highly skilled employee, I was told that my job was over. In spite of the immediate trauma and fear, I knew that as my next step, I'd rather work for myself and have more control over my destiny. That was in 2006.

Today, I'm a thriving entrepreneur, podcaster and speaker. I guide highly skilled professionals who are recovering from a late career job loss and who yearn to impact the world with their knowledge and creativity by becoming successful entrepreneurs.