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Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder?

Apr 12, 2023

My guest this week is the incredible Terri Broussard Williams, an executive, author, keynote speaker, lobbyist, philanthropist, and social impact strategist. She’s the best-selling author of “Find Your Fire: Stories and Strategies to Inspire the Changemaker in You.” She is also an award-winning professional speaker on social impact strategy, diversity and inclusion, women's leadership, and public policy.

2:08 – Terri 101

  • By day, she is a lobbyist and has done that for the past 20 years.
  • Terri started in journalism and news media.
  • In the past 5 years, she has been working on her passion about helping people find their fire and start movements for social good.

3:15 – TV news

  • Terri started working in TV news as a teenager and felt empowered in the job.
  • She worked at three TV station before becoming a press secretary and lobbyist.

5:02 – Working for others

  • I know the work I do is not for me. It’s for the people that I’ll never meet and never know.
  • She learned hard work and helping others from her grandparents.

12:30 – A life of community service

  • Terri believes she is doing what she was called to do.
  • She sees herself as a storyteller, an activator and a doer.
  • She doesn't know what’s ahead, but she knows she’s ready to serve others.

16:22 – Working too much

  • Terri was working too much and being everything to everyone but nothing to herself.
  • She couldn’t relax and worried her brother or someone else she loved would be in a car crash.

26:06 – Angels in heaven

  • Terri says she has a lot of angels in heaven who help guide her.
  • She feels the need to slow down.

30:42 – A rebirth

  • Terri thinks she is having a rebirth and needs to reset her compass.
  • She needs reset moments along the way so she doesn’t burn out.

33:47 – Get to know you

  • Last thing that made her laugh? Being at a Taylor Swift concert
  • Last thing that made her cry? Sharing a heartbreaking decision with someone.


I know the work I do is not for me. It’s for the people that I’ll never meet and never know.

I’m a storyteller and an activator and a doer.

I don’t know what’s ahead, but I know that I’m ready. And I’m ready to serve.

I need reset moments along the way so I don’t get burned out or frazzled.