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Former TV Executive's Road to Reinvention

libby_photo_coral.jpgThe first time I met Libby Gill, I was 23 years old and just starting out as a publicist in the entertainment industry. At the time, I had just been hired as a unit publicist for a new talk show hosted by Ricki Lake and Libby was in charge of the PR department for Columbia TriStar Television (which later became Sony Pictures TV). When I first met Libby, I was instantly impressed. She had an energy and unbridled enthusiasm about her that made you believe that anything was possible as long as you were ambitious, creative and resourceful.

In that first year, as my boss and I worked tirelessly to turn Ricki Lake into a household name, Libby encouraged and supported us as we achieved the unimaginable. Soon after, Libby left her post and moved on to a bigger and better job. As I progressed in my own career, I'd hear about Libby every so often, learning that she had once again landed another fabulous position and was doing better than ever.

Over the course of 15 years, Libby was in charge of public relations and corporate communications at Universal Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Turner Broadcasting. She was also the branding brain behind the launch of the Dr. Phil Show.

Today, Libby Gill is an internationally respected executive coach, speaker and bestselling author. She has shared her success strategies on the Today Show, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, CNN, NPR, Oprah & Friends Radio Network, Fox News, CBS Early Show, and in Time Magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, O Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Self and many more.

After re-connecting with Libby last month, she shared her personal story of career reinvention. Get ready to be inspired!


Libby Gill has worked as a tap dancing bear, a hand model, a talking Christmas tree, a waitress on the Queen Mary (non-ocean going), an inner city teacher's aide, a soap opera actress and a corporate entertainment executive. As she says, "Not the career path for everyone... or maybe anyone."

When she hit her forties, Libby realized that she'd worked really hard to get where she didn't want to go and decided to work her way down the corporate ladder. She stepped down as Universal's PR chief and spokesperson to try something new - developing and producing reality shows.

After a couple of years in the wild world of reality television, Libby decided that while making TV was fun, her true calling was to coach others to success, as she'd done so often in her corporate management career. In Novermber, 2000 she founded Libby Gill & Company to help people find the elusive balance between personal passions and professional goals.

A first-time author in her late forties, Libby's long-time passion for creating a better balance between work and family responsibilities had led to the publication of her first book, STAY-AT-HOME DADS: The Essential Guide to Creating the New Family, which examined parental styles and family systems in role-reversed households across the country. She received substantial attention for her book, the first on the topic, and became a frequent media expert discussing changing gender roles at work and at home.

As she was reinventing her professional life, Libby's personal life also underwent a major transition. She chronicled her journey of overcoming the self-perceived limitations left behind by a family legacy of alcoholism, divorce and suicide in her bestselling book TRAVELING HOPEFULLY: How to Lose Your Baggage and Jumpstart Your Life (St. Martin's Press).

The mother of two teen-aged sons, Libby lives in Los Angeles, California. When not banned by her children, she can sometimes be found chaperoning high school debate competitions or working backstage in the middle school drama department.

To get expert career advice from Libby Gill, you can visit her at Peoplejam or click here to check out her website.

Posted in: Blog, Moms of Reinvention on 12/21/2008


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