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Marissa Orr, a former Google & Facebook executive, shares her story of choosing the leave the corporate world and channel her energy into writing her book.

Now a bestselling author and leadership speaker, Marissa joins us in our continuing series of mental health in the workplace, describing the impact felt at having spent 15 years working at and leaving today’s top tech giants. She has since conducted talks for thousands of people in the US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, at companies and universities such as Google, Twitter, Pace University, New School, American Express, and more. She share her frustration with the corporate workplace whose power struggle environment stifles life core values that could have been an asset to the company, and instead become a toxic competition instead of thriving.

Originally from Miami, she received her Master’s degree in Decision and Information Sciences from the University of Florida. A single Mom to 3 young children, she transformed her life after being fired from Facebook and distanced herself from continuing her corporate life to pouring her lessons learned into her best-selling book, “Lean Out, The Truth About Women, Power, & the Workplace” that enlightens on how to blaze a revolutionary path forward with the power to change the lives of men and women in the corporate world and beyond.


Connect with Marissa Orr:
Twitter and Instagram: @marissabethorr
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Topics Discussed:

  • Dealing with the frustration and anxiety of not knowing what the future tells.
  • The fear of at not expressing a part of yourself because of work.
  • Having the courage to choose to face the fear of failing over the fear of regret.
  • Managing the energy of being a mom while balancing work responsibilities.



  • “This is the Universe giving me a kick in the pants to do the thing I’ve been terrified to do”. @marissabethorr @MatanaJacobs #HopetoRecharge
  • “People hit rockbottom in order to bounce back” @MatanaJacobs #HopetoRecharge
  • “Women are the invisible heroes of this world” @marissabethorr @MatanaJacobs #HopetoRecharge
  • “We force these arbitrary definitions of success and ambition, and if you don’t fit that… it makes no sense” @marissabethorr @MatanaJacobs #HopetoRecharge
  • “It doesn’t have to be this race this competition where we’re all against each other and the only way we win is at the expense of the people around us” @marissabethorr @MatanaJacobs #HopetoRecharge


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