012: Memes Will Save Us. And Other COVID-era Self-care Methods. with Vanessa Laughlin

Oct 13, 2020

As a self-confessed person who avoids social media, Vanessa Laughlin finds memes as one of the things that are carrying her through this pandemic. Sharing memes with her friends, listening to blues and Spanish music, and doing something creative are the bright spots of her day. Vanessa, the Principal and Founder of Banister Advisors, LLC, works with individuals who faces grief and in need of something just like how memes are for her. Vanessa’s nearly 20-year professional background spans strategy development, implementation planning, business process improvement, product marketing, technology implementations, organizational design, and change management. Through the founding of Banister Advisors, LLC her passion for client services had met the opportunity to ease the complex emotional and logistical burdens that individuals and families confront in the face of critical circumstances across their lifespan. The concept for Banister Advisors was inspired in large part by the 2016 death of the founder's father-in-law, Jay Banister Laughlin, MSW, after an unexpected health crisis. The memory of Jay’s sacrifice and dedication to serving his family and community as a social worker, mediator, and therapist, serves as the foundation for Banister’s mission. ​​Vanessa holds an MBA with distinction from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington and a BA in Economics from Tufts University. Vanessa is a proud member of the 2015 Class of Leadership Tomorrow Seattle and was honored in 2019 by The Puget Sound Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 Finalist. A native of Whidbey Island, WA, she now lives in Seattle with her husband, two young sons, and beloved geriatric chocolate lab.Tags:
COVID, mental health, self-care, memes, end of life, life transition, transition, elder care, life transition support, support, social work, home school, living at work, work life balance

Show Highlights

  • How COVID loneliness affects us especially those who are in the West Coast experiencing the fire season
  • Importance of text messaging as a sort of "passing notes" in this pandemic
  • Why we badly need new blues music or even listen to Flamenco music
  • It's okay to not be okay
  • How social innovations are made during the pandemics in the last century
  • Why Vanessa is trying to move away from news to memes, dark comedy, connection, and creativity
  • How memes are carrying Vanessa through this pandemic
  • How the pandemic made us "living from work"
  • Why is there a need to redefine professionalism and disability
  • What accommodations companies, especially Kristen's, are giving to their employees during these trying times 
  • Heart-centered leadership
  • The life change that made Vanessa establish Banister Advisors
  • What are the types of people who Banister are helping
  • How Vanessa normalizes grief that it's not just associated with death
  • Why grief exists in the gap of the expectations


Know more about Vanessa's company at ​banisteradvisors.com

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