Have you ever been in a situation where your gut is saying, “Do it your way,” but a person with more power or a bigger title is telling you to do it their way? Tune into this episode of Mentoring Moments podcast and find out how Lauren Anderson, former FBI executive stood her ground and handled that dilemma when three men were pointing guns at her!
Anderson is a fearless “first”— She was one of the first women on a SWAT team and the first woman to run the FBI’s office at the American Embassy in Paris in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. She led the FBI’s International Terrorism Investigations and Operations for the New York Office’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, where her teams disrupted numerous terrorist plots. After 29 years at the FBI, Anderson retired in 2012 and she continues to redefine power through her work as an international geopolitical consultant including helping women and youth around the world find their power. The shortlist of organizations she’s passionately working with include: Vital Voices, Red Dot Foundation/Safecity, The Uncondemned, International Women’s Forum NYC and Take the Lead.
In this episode, Anderson talks about her career at the Bureau including doing arrests dressed in high heels and skirt suits with body armor underneath her silk blouse, why women need to “get off the wall” and sit at the table and why you should never walk into any situation (whether you’re arresting someone or sitting in a boardroom) without doing your homework including understanding the different personalities in the room. Through all of her stories you’ll see that she walks the talk when she says she’s done with people not being civil and courteous to each other. And you’ll find out how Anderson and I became friends and why every woman I introduce her to says, “I have a girl crush on Lauren!”
One of my favorite quotes from Anderson: “Trust your gut. Too often women think that’s an inferior quality. But it’s a strength. Trusting my gut has saved my life.”
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