Episode 501: Navigating Disenfranchised Grief with Laverne McKinnon


An expert on disenfranchised grief, Laverne McKinnon is a Japanese American Career and Executive Leadership Coach who supports ambitious, driven people who have hit a speed bump regain momentum and make their next big move.

For a significant part of her career, Laverne was a successful programming executive with stints as Senior Vice-President of Drama Development at CBS, and as Executive Vice-President of Original Programming & Development at EPIX. She was also Head of Television at Charlize Theron’s production company, Denver and Delilah. Laverne is the Executive Producer of the Netflix series GIRLBOSS and co-founder of K&L Productions, a film & television company created with Kay Cannon.

Laverne is also a certified grief counselor, a cognitive behavioral therapist and neuro-linguistics practitioner, and a Reiki master-in-training. Laverne is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s MS Leadership for Creative Enterprises program where she teaches courses in Persuasion & Pitching and Ethics.

During episode 501 of Moxielicious®, Laverne McKinnon and I talk about how to navigate disenfranchised grief. More specifically, we discuss:

  • What it means to go for a “moonshot”
  • How grief, specifically disenfranchised loss, impacts our work and our wellbeing
  • What most people get wrong about disenfranchised grief
  • Why emotional intelligence is essential to navigating disenfranchised grief (our own grief and the grief of our clients or employees)

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