87: Strong Like Water with Laila Tarraf


Welcome friends to Episode #87 of the Own Your Best Life Podcast. Any time that we begin to step into a new arena of growth, scope or environment we have to cross the bridge of leadership. Leadership of ourselves and of others. We would love to feel confident to lead ourselves and others but how do we do that? Today, we’re going to understand what it takes to build confidence as a leader.

Welcome friends to Episode #87 of the Own Your Best Life Podcast. Sometimes, events happen in our lives that shake everything up. This happened with today’s guest, Laila Tarraf.

Laila Tarraf is a talent management and leadership development executive with over 25 years of experience building teams and advising companies across many industries and stages of growth. She was a founding member of Walmart.com at the height of the first internet bubble, and the Chief People Officer at Peet’s Coffee and Tea as it was redefining its values as a national brand. She then spent seven years working in private equity as the Director of Human Capital at GI Partners and a Human Capital Advisor with Altamont Capital. Currently, as Chief People Officer for AllBirds, she is focused on building a high performance, human-centered organization capable of driving for results while at the same time nurturing a culture of connection and belonging as it grows into a global, sustainable consumer brand alongside a global pandemic and broad social unrest.

Over the years, through professional achievements and personal accomplishments alongside professional setbacks and personal tragedies, Laila has evolved her leadership and life philosophy into one that embraces the inherent duality of life — balancing courage with compassion, integrating head with heart, infusing power with tenderness. Her journey and hard-won insights are what she shares in her debut book, Strong Like Water. Laila is a graduate of the Berkeley Haas School of Business and is also a guest lecturer at Berkeley Law School. She is Lebanese and American, an avid traveler and world explorer, and a proud mom to her teenage daughter, Nadia and her 8-pound Yorkie, Max.

Her breakdown in her personal life led to healing, waking up, and learning who she really was at her core – and finding a different balance in her life as a result. Listen to today’s podcast to learn more about her story and how we can bring more of our whole selves to work.

We discuss:

  • Why it takes us to break down before we bring our whole selves to work
  • How our relationships at work can be our best relationships
  • What it looks like to bring your whole self to work
  • Masculine and feminine energies at work versus personal life and when to lean into each
  • Another approach to masculine and feminine energy utilization 
  • How co-creation in the Universe and the workplace works with these energies


You can find her online at:

Her website: www.lailatarraf.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lailatarraf/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laila.tarraf/

To learn more about Laila’s story, you can find her book here: Strong Like Water

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