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Danielle LaPorte is an invited member of Oprah’s Super Soul 100, a group who, in Oprah Winfrey’s words, “is uniquely connecting the world together with a spiritual energy that matters.”

She is author of White Hot Truth: Clarity for keeping it real on your spiritual path—from one seeker to another. The Fire Starter Sessions, and The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul—the book that has been translated into 8 languages, evolved into a yearly day planner system, a top 10 iTunes app, and an international workshop program with licensed facilitators in 15 countries.

Named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes, millions of visitors go to every month for her #Truthbombs and what’s been called “the best place online for kickass spirituality.”

A speaker, a poet, a painter, and a former business strategist and Washington-DC think tank exec, Entrepreneur Magazine calls Danielle, “equal parts poet and entrepreneurial badass…edgy, contrarian…loving and inspired.” Her charities of choice are Eve Ensler’s VDay: a global movement to end violence against women and girls, and charity: water, setting out to bring safe drinking water to everyone in the world. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her favourite philosopher, her son.

You can find her @daniellelaporte and just about everywhere on social media.



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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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Oprah features Danielle LaPorte on her inaugural SuperSoul 100 list of awakened leaders

So when Oprah invites you to brunch…you get there. I’m thrilled (an understatement) to announce that I’m alongside some really incredible change-makers on Oprah‘s first ever SuperSoul100 List.

Click here to watch the video recap or click the image below to see the full size version of the O Magazine spread.


O Magazine: “Oprah and the OWN team have dreamed up the next step: the SuperSoul 100—innovators and visionaries who are aligned on a mission to move humanity forward…

Not long ago, more than half of the 100 met up at OWN’s L.A. headquarters, where Oprah explained what inspired her to bring them together: ‘Everyone here is connecting to the world with a spiritual energy that matters.’”

Check out Oprah's complete list of SuperSoul 100 leaders

OWN Announces Its Inaugural "SuperSoul 100" List

“The [SuperSoul 100] list celebrates individuals using their power to move the world forward…

Inspired by OWN’s Emmy-winning series ‘SuperSoul Sunday,’ featuring Winfrey’s thought-provoking conversations with top thinkers, and curated by the OWN leadership team, the ‘SuperSoul 100’ list recognizes remarkable individuals in five categories: Soul Creatives, Soul Entrepreneurs, Soul Givers, Soul Igniters, and Soul Teachers.”

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How To Start a Business: Danielle Laporte feature in Real Simple Magazine.

Let your vision be your map. LaPorte suggests exploring (and repeatedly revisiting) your deepest motivation for launching your project.” This keeps you on track and allows your strategy and confi­dence to unfold naturally…

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Shailene Woodley loves the Desire Map

Lovely mega talent Shailene Woodley (The Fault In Our Stars) gave #‎DesireMap‬ some love on @Dailybeast and UK/Ireland Yahoo. Bless her rising stars.

Daily Beast: “You’re very vocal on Twitter about how you’re a big fan of this book The #DesireMap by Danielle LaPorte…what’s it about?”

Shailene Woodley: “This writer is amazing and a sister beyond sisters. She reps the sisterhood thing and women’s empowerment, and she wrote this book called The Desire Map where it’s basically charting the things that you want in life, and not just sitting back and saying, ‘I’m going to manifest this…here’s how,’ but actively doing something to manifest your dream.”

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"A Beginner’s Guide to Danielle LaPorte, Shailene Woodley’s Self-Help Guru"

New York Magazine’s The Cut shares more buzz via Shailene Woodley:

“Meet the woman who helps Shailene Woodley go after what she really wants.”

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"Empowering Books For Women, By Women"

“The who’s who from women’s business and empowerment…Canadian motivational speaker and author of four books, LaPorte is a well-known mover and shaker. This book examines goal setting and the fundamental reasons why, more often than not, we fail at achieving goals. LaPorte successfully leads the reader on a quest to achieve, while at the same time taking into consideration the emotional roller coaster of life.”

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Inc’s. 2017 Women Business Leaders

LaPorte is a former business strategist and DC think tank executive turned life coach and motivational guru who has been named to the Oprah Super Soul 100, a group that connects the world to spiritual energy energy that matters.

LaPorte is also the founder of, one of Forbes magazine’s Top 100 Websites for Women.

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"Bible" The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte

Sweet delight to be mentioned in the UK’s Sunday Times Style Magazine with my soul sweeties, Meggan Watterson, Kyle Gray, and Gabby Bernstein…suggests to make #DesireMap your bible and Meggan your minister…ya baby!

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Danielle LaPorte is responsible for issuing Woodley’s wake-up call to “actively do something to manifest your dream."

“She may not have advised Shailene Woodley to eat clay on a regular basis, but Danielle LaPorte is responsible for issuing Woodley’s wake-up call to ‘actively do something to manifest your dream.’ LaPorte calls her branded life plan (and her fourth published book) The Desire Map, and it’s influencing not only the fresh-faced actress but also LaPorte’s own 87,000 Twitter followers. Whether in her writing, her vast social media presence, or her live speaking events, LaPorte’s mission is clear: She shows people how to make room in their lives for their own feelings and needs.”

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Spiritual Path: Intention — feature in Women's Health October 2014

“When it comes to happiness and well-being, says author and motivational speaker Danielle, intention — acknowledging how you want to feel and then letting that feeling steer your choices — connects your actions to a greater purpose and and allows you to let go of things in your life that aren’t serving you…”

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"Personal Necklaces with Meaning For Under $100"

“Before we tell you about some really cute personal necklaces that you’ll need to buy right away for yourself and all your friends, put down everything and follow @daniellelaporte on Instagram. Done? Phew! Considered your life changed. Her daily #truthbomb quotes have a massive following and for good reason — the straight-talking one-liners are meant to inspire happier days.”

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"A Feel for Living: Danielle LaPorte"

“Life is not about what you want to accomplish, says best-selling author Danielle LaPorte. It’s about investing in feeling your very best.”

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"100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs"

“Don’t let your fear of the “woo woo” steer you wrong: Danielle LaPorte knows how to get after it, from expressing your creativity to building relationships and clarifying your purpose to owning the fact that you’re a woman. Her ‘Public Library’ is chockfull of reading material that is bound to light a white-hot fire inside of you, sister.

Must-read category: For Your Ambition, and Your Doubts”

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50 Must-Follow Women Entrepreneurs in 2017

Danielle LaPorte is the creator of The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul — the book that turned into a day planner system, a top iTunes app, and an international workshop program. She is also the co-creator of Your Big Beautiful Book Plan and co-host of the Beautiful Writer’s Group podcast.

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A Social Movement: The #DesireMap Revolution

40,000 copies shipped during first month of launch. 500+ Desire Map Book Clubs – from Chicago to Reykyavik. 16,000 Desire Map Group Facebook Fans. Nearly 200,000 subscribers. Countless core desired feelings.

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From the Revolution

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Danielle LaPorte is equal parts poet and entrepreneurial badass. … edgy, contrarian, …loving and inspired.

Entrepreneur Magazine

The Desire Map has such life and truth and passion; what could be better than re-aligning yourself daily with your heart’s desire?

Geneen Roth Women, Food and God

With an organic elegance The Desire Map couples our primal desire-energy with the inborn intelligence of our feelings. The result? Optimizing our time on Earth. LaPorte’s joie de vivre is contagious.

Michael Beckwith Life Visioning

Danielle is a yoga-powered champion of YOU-ness. She has accomplished something extraordinary.

Sara Gottfried M.D The Hormone Cure

Inspiration, innovation, and self-worth are just some of elements that Danielle LaPorte will fill you up with … guaranteed to wow you.

… nobody puts out poetic motivation like Danielle does. The Desire Map is a hotline to your truth.

Gabrielle Bernstein May Cause Miracles

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