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Sarah Booth-Henry

March 30, 2021

Owning Your Authority

Agreeing to come back and chat in season 2, Marisa Santoro

– the author of Own Your Authority

chats about ‘why this book and why now’,

achieving self-love and radiating

‘Shakespearean confidence’.


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Marisa Santoro

Marisa Santoro is a career leadership trainer and professional career coach. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she worked on Wall Street as tech executive before pivoting from a corporate career of over 2+ decades to launch In Our Shoes™ -  a professional development training and coaching practice.


She is the creator of The Gutsy Leadership System™ and Gutsy Leadership Academy™, an online leadership school which promotes a global community for professionals to share their same struggles in a trusted safe environment

She’s an  honoree of the “Women of Influence” award by New York Business Journals for her years of coaching professionals in the workplace, and is a national career columnist for American Business Journals.”  Marisa is also a TEDx speaker and is currently working on a book project about leading with intention.


Marisa resides in New Jersey with her fiancée Vince and her two children.

Find out more about Marisa's book and follow her at:

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What does success mean for Marisa?

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...quiet confidence.

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Own Your Authority

~ Marisa Santoro

Thrive on risk, speak with intention―and be the influential and confident leader you know you are.

Too often, we get stuck in our heads, focus on the negative, and paralyze ourselves with fear. And, like clockwork, we fail to achieve our goals. 

The only way to become an effective leader and enjoy career success is by silencing the self-sabotaging thought patterns and learn to trust yourself. Once you’ve established a trusted connection with yourself, clear on who you are and what motivates you, career opportunities will follow.  

Former Wall Street executive Marisa Santoro spent years navigating trading floors in an abrasive male-dominated industry and field, where she learned from experience that the key to leadership success is self-trust. Now, in Own Your Authority, she shares her hard-won secrets to being a resilient leader. Santoro lays out a step-by-step blueprint for building the confidence you need at any stage of your career, whether you are an executive, a mid-career senior professional, an emerging leader, or consultant.

  • Be clear on how you’re perceived and how you relate with others

  • Be willing to act on instinct in the face of fear

  • Be aware of the instinctive yellow alerts flagging your indecision―they are there for a reason and will help you make the best decision

  • Trust your “intuitive gut gene,” an instinct that helps you make gutsy moves

  • Speak out and openly express yourself without apology, restriction, or worry about the opinions of others


Self-confidence is a universal prerequisite for being an effective leader. The good news is you’re not born with it―you develop it. 

With Own Your Authority, you’ll learn to master your mindset, give yourself permission to break through the walls that have held you back, and deliver positive impact to yourself, your team, and your business.

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