My extremely official Bio


Writer. Bartender. Fashionista. Apartment complex manager. Publicist. Think tank exec. Entrepreneur. Fire Starter. Mother. Poet. Painter. Desire Mapper. Author. Speaker. Wedding officiate. Professional encourager.

  • In the days when you faxed your press releases, I ran my own communications agency, “promoting visionary people and projects.” I rolled out campaigns for a Nobel Laureate, a few old pop stars, and a lot of self-help authors. I mastered the art of the 30-second pitch.
  • Getting known for promoting futurists and activists led to a gig in Washington, DC as Executive Director of a future-studies think tank. I helped lead a team of big brains and far out friends and we sold white papers to The Pentagon on global trends. Keep in mind that: a) I never went to college. And b) I am Canadian. It was really trippy.
  • Moved back to Vancouver, BC to revive the right side of my brain. Got rejected from art school. Started a consultancy for soulful personal branding, and turned that into my first book, Style Statement: Live By Your Own Design (Little, Brown – 2008) Oprah producers called and my then-business partner and I leveraged that into a lot of media coverage and investment interest.
  • I got canned from my incorporation in a coup d’état and clash of wills. (Three months after they axed me, they folded up shop. Because, karma.) I started offering one-on-one jams for entrepreneurs that soon became $1000/hour sessions and a sixteen-city road tour. I co-created a successful digital program called Your Big Beautiful Book Plan with Linda Sivertsen, and self-published a digital version of The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms, and a year and a half later (2012) released a much better “real book” with Random House/Crown.
  • A lot of speaking gigs and interviews happened…Texas Women’s Conference, Adobe, Emerging Women…Elle, Vogue Australia, Better Homes & Gardens, Globe & Mail, The National Post, a 30-day series on The Huffington Post, Entertainment Tonight, USA Today,, and a weekly gig as a life/work commentator on the CBC.
  • Meanwhile, a heap of holistic was going on…more psychotherapy, buddhist retreats, meditation and cosmic contemplations, conversations with Lamas and shamans. A lot of green juice went down. I declined offers for my own TV show. (Because who wants to wear Spanx six months of the year?) And I remained intensely focused on saying useful things and growing my platform.
  • The Desire Map is born (January 2013). Jump cut to today: The Desire Map has sold over 125,000 copies. We spun off a product line and licensing division. Thanks to 900+ facilitators, a Desire Map workshop happens every week somewhere in the world. That amazes me.
  • On a strategic whim (oxymoron) I launched daily #Truthbombs — handwritten wisdom nuggets. Now it has a big bombin’ subscriber base, an app, a printed deck series, and a jewellery collaboration with Dogeared Jewellery — which has been carried in 70 countries, including Nordstrom’s.
  • On a ski getaway last year with my awesome kid (neither of us ski, it’s all about the chalet), I got the creative flash for my next book. I hopped out of the shower and outlined the book that night. I’m writing it now. The title keeps changing. It will launch in the Fall of 2016. It will have everything to do with courage.

A few more things have happened…

  • Forbes put my site in the “Top 100 Websites for Women”. HuffPo put my Twitter on the list of “12 of The Wisest Twitter Accounts Worth Following.” Entrepreneur Magazine says, “Danielle LaPorte is equal parts poet and entrepreneurial badass…edgy, contrarian…loving and inspired.” I agree.
  • Danielle LaPorte SKIN + BODY, made by a women’s cooperative in Nepal, rolls out in 2016.
  • We have a team of 9+ rockstars who execute on my vision and inspire me to think big but FOCUSED. We’re generous, we’re considerate, we’re obsessive. My life is designed for me to envision and write. And write some more.
  • I live in Vancouver — which is a great place to be a writer. I love you, rain. I spend plenty of time in NYC and LA, I love you, sun…and weird, creative people. My home is a creative temple with an excellent sound system and a lot of white space.
  • Somedays I want to burn everything I’ve ever made and start fresh. I’ve figured this out: It’s not for me to say what’s most meaningful to people. I make. I give. I will keep making.

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