Luminary Profile: Tara Sophia Mohr

Tara Sophia Mohr is a writer, coach and teacher who embodies a rare combination of intellectual brilliance and deep, intuitive wisdom. She is a true luminary in the field of women’s leadership. Her teachings have personally inspired us to bring our work into the world in a bigger way.


If you could share a piece of wisdom or comfort with a younger version of yourself, what would it be? 

Be more of yourself, for the joy of it. Do what you really love, honey. Don’t worry what other people think. Don’t worry if they think you aren’t good enough. Go for your dreams.


What is the simplest change you’ve made in your life that has had the biggest positive impact? 

Honestly? Giving up sugar and refined carbohydrates in 2005, after years of being addicted and compulsive with both. Doing that caused me to “sober up” and no longer use food to numb out or to compensate for exhaustion. Without the food crutch, I saw my life in a much more level-headed way, and that caused me to make many other changes.

What foods & practices are essential to your wellbeing?  

Reading inspirational and spiritual literature helps me tremendously – even when there is only time for a few pages. I began browsing in the “spirituality” and “inspiration” sections of bookstores as a teenager and I am so grateful for the voices that, through their writing, have re-centered me and comforted me again and again.

Check-ins. My husband and I have a practice we call “check-ins.” Here’s how it goes. One of us goes first and simply shares what’s happening. I might share how I’m feeling, what I’m worried about, what I’m grateful about – whatever is present. My husband simply listens and periodically reflects back what he has heard from me, “I hear you are feeling grateful about x. I hear you are feeling worried about y.” Then we switch roles. The practice is an amazing way to communicate without reacting to, judging, or trying to help each other. It’s just a way of checking in with ourselves, voicing what is happening and getting more connected.

 “To be” list: I figure that if I am going to write “to do lists,” the least I can do is also write “to be lists.” At night I write a short list of the qualities I want to embody the next day. Today it was: focused, active, kind-to-self, kind-to-others. The practice causes me to pause and think about: how do I want to be tomorrow? And it gives me a kind of guidepost for my choices through the day.

Foods? Greens. Green tea. Green juice. Protein.


What experiences nourish your soul when you’re feeling depleted?  

Dance. Calls with my dearest friends. Spending time in groups of women. Looking through a beautiful photography book or wandering through a beautiful place. Sleep!


What are you passionate about sharing with the world? 

I am passionate about helping visionary women bring their voices forward to change our world for the better. I see a world of brilliant, gifted women – women who see how things could be different and could make it happen – but who aren’t quite seizing their power yet. I love to help women do that seizing – and take that leap into bringing their ideas into the world. That is what I teach through my Playing Big program and workshops for women.

The next workshops are coming up April 1 in Seattle and April 14-15 in the Bay Area.

And I am passionate about helping every human being on the planet come home to peace and wisdom they hold within. That’s what I write about in my poems and meditations.

Connect with Tara:

Tara Sophia Mohr is an expert on women’s leadership and well-being. Her work helps women play bigger in their work and in their lives. With an MBA from Stanford University and her undergraduate degree in English literature from Yale, Tara takes a unique approach that blends inner work with practical skills training, and weaves together both intellectual rigor and intuitive wisdom.
Tara has a deep commitment to amplifying women’s voices. She is the creator of the global Playing Big leadership program for women. Her “10 Rules for Brilliant Women” have struck a chord with tens of thousands of women around the world. In 2010, Tara was honored as a Girl Champion by the Girl Effect organization, which supports girls’ education in the developing world. Tara is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and has been featured on The Today Show,, Whole Living,, USA Today, the International Business Times, Ode Magazine, Forbes, Beliefnet, and numerous other media outlets. She is also a poet, and the author of The Real Life: Poems for Wise Living. Visit to learn more.

Photos by Margot Duane



2 Responses to “Luminary Profile: Tara Sophia Mohr”

  1. Katie Bagby says:

    Love Tara’s daily “to be” list. I’m looking forward to a new practice to play with!

  2. Ariane says:

    I agree with Katie! I love the idea of a “to be” list. And Tara’s question “how do I want to be tomorrow?” and not “who do I want to be” is very profound. I think the distinction is very powerful and put’s it into perspective that you already embody the qualities of the type of person you want to become i.e leader, teacher, etc. It’s just a matter of how you want to become more of those qualities.

    Excellent interview!

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