Your Formula for Reinvention With Barbara Roberts

A woman who defined the breaking of the glass ceiling on Wall Street, now at Columbia Business School, Barbara Roberts, shares insightful perspectives on the identity crisis that often follows major life transitions, the importance of work for providing purpose and community, reinvention, and more.

This week on SuperAge, we’re joined by Barbara Roberts, an influential voice in the world of entrepreneurship and personal transformation. Barbara, a seasoned entrepreneur who’s experienced the highs and lows of building and selling companies, shares her insightful perspectives on the identity crisis that often follows major life transitions, such as selling a business. She stresses the importance of understanding how work provides structure, purpose, and community, and how losing these can lead to challenging times. Barbara delves into the concept of “reinvention,” urging listeners to see transitions as opportunities for growth and self-discovery. Her focus on practical steps and self-reflection for navigating life changes is both inspiring and grounding. Furthermore, Barbara discusses the evolving role of women in entrepreneurship and the corporate world, highlighting the significant strides made and the challenges still faced. As a thought leader, Barbara’s insights are invaluable for anyone facing their own crossroads, offering guidance on how to move forward with courage and purpose.

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Key Moments

“So I also like to really highlight even to people who don’t necessarily think they have this innovative entrepreneur or problem solving ability. Every human being had to do this the first day that you were on lockdown, you know, mothers, fathers, children had to figure out what they were going to do with their limited resources in their new world.”

“To make a substantial change, you have to go into what’s known as cocooning. You actually have to go through almost a mourning period for what you did accomplish running that company. What did you leave behind? And by necessity, you have to spend some time alone, particularly coming out of that experience of people, people, people coming at you. With that in mind, it is really important to get into nature.”

“There’s a certain amount of courage that is needed to move forward to be useful with people.”

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  1. Really thrilled to see Barbara Roberts featured on here! I was her personal/executive assistant in NYC in the early 2000s and she was such an inspiration!


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