You’ve Got Lael Episode 46: Taking Up Space with Lauren K. Roberts

Why is it so hard to put ourselves out there sometimes? What holds us back from going after our dreams? From believing in ourselves? From taking risks to fulfill our purpose or our deeper desires?

Fear, yes. But WHY?

Where does this fear come from?

What do we stand to gain when we learn how to take up space? What do our communities, families and even the world stand to gain?

How do we take up space when we're mindful of the privileges we hold and the fact that many people's voices are ignored and erased more than ours?

Fortunately, Lauren K Roberts is here with us today to help us sort this out.

Lauren Kay Roberts (she/her) is an anticapitalist, trauma-certified coach and facilitator who helps people from messy family backgrounds make an impact as community change agents. She spends most of her time supporting big-hearted entrepreneurs, nontraditional political leaders, and aspiring activists one-on-one and inside her community program TAKE UP SPACE. Before formalizing her coaching work in 2019, Lauren served as a policy aide to U.S. senators on Capitol Hill, senior campaign staffer, yoga teacher, communications and fundraising consultant, and grassroots organizer.

In long-term recovery from complex trauma and mainstream Democratic politics, Lauren recently got certified as a Trauma Support Specialist to expand her deep commitment to healing systemic oppression within ourselves, our communities, and our culture. She is also mentored by anti-racism trainer, author, and yoga teacher Michelle Cassandra Johnson, and collaborates with colleagues to offer anti-oppression trainings.

Lauren currently lives on Cheyenne [“shy-AN”], Arapaho [“uh-RAP-uh-hoe”], and Ute [“yoot”] land, also known as Denver, Colorado, with her husband Kyle and their two sweet girls – a kitty named Fiona Apple and a pit mix named Bisa. You can explore working with her by booking a Free Change Agent Support Call through her website or by clicking here.

Let us know what stood out for you and what you would add to this conversation. See my contact links below or connect with Lauren via her website or Instagram.


Michelle Cassandra Johnson

Tema Okun and White Supremacy Culture

Lena West, business coach (ask Lauren for contact info)

Brooke Monaghan

Deepa Iyer and the Social Change Ecosystem Map

Tristan Katz

adrienne maree brown

Rachel Cargle

Harvard University: Implicit Association Tests

All the F*ck In Podcast

Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo

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This episode is brought to you by Lael Petersen Coaching. Lael provides dynamic coaching for people who want to know themselves on a deeper level, shift outdated habits, and live their lives with purpose. If you are tired of talking about your problems and ready to grow and change, let's talk!

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Song Credit: In Another Place by Isaac Elliott