Lauretta Zucchetti is an author, motivational speaker, and a life coach specializing in assisting women through powerful, life-changing transitions. Following a successful career for Xerox and Apple, and the birth of her daughter, Lauretta explored the question of why women are expected to fulfill so many different and demanding roles in our culture. She obtained a B.A. in Women’s Studies, and learned that many women felt, and feel, as she did—fragmented, overwhelmed, and conflicted in their attempts to reconcile their career goals with their domestic obligations.
Lauretta went on to earn a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology, enhancing her understanding of spirituality, and which allowed her to forge a connection with a part of herself that had been abandoned during her tumultuous youth & adolescence.
Her writing has been featured on SoulFriends, A Band of Women, Thank the Now, Retreat Place, SoulGrowth and Having Time. She wrote a memoir, Painted Red, about her childhood in Italy, and her essay, “The Stranded Bird of Pavia,” will be published in Literary Mama’s 2014 Mother’s Day Issue. She also won an anthology contest with A Band of Women, which will also be featured on the upcoming book Transitions, alongside many well known writers.
She lives in Northern California with her husband and her Beagle Snoopy. To learn more about her, please visit http://www.laurettazucchetti.com/.
Lauretta Zucchetti was raised in Florence, Milan, and Pavia. She is a writer, motivational speaker, career and life coach, and the co-founder of Africa Hope Alliance, an organization that provides assistance to impoverished villages in Kenya. She is also a board member of The Samburu Project, whose primary initiative is to bring clean, safe drinking water to the Samburu District of Kenya.
Despite a challenging childhood, Lauretta found success in the business world. Within two years of immigrating to the United States, she became a top sales producer for Xerox before catapulting her way to an international marketing position at Apple Inc., where she served as an award-winning Senior Account Executive and represented Apple’s pioneering technology to Fortune 50 companies.
Shortly after her daughter Isabella was born, Lauretta, who is fluent in Italian, French, Spanish, and English, became a Training Director in the hospitality business and focused on fostering community projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. In this capacity, she introduced the instruction of foreign languages in primary schools, volunteered job-interviewing skills to young adults in the Hispanic community, and spoke on behalf of the Marin County’s Board of Education to an audience of 400+ guests.
The question of why women are expected to fulfill so many different and demanding roles in our culture prompted Lauretta to return to school to obtain a Bachelor’s of Arts in Women’s Studies at the Vermont Academic Center, an education that proved to be invaluable in that she learned she was not alone: Many women felt, and feel, as she did—fragmented, unsettled, overwhelmed, and conflicted in their attempts to reconcile their career goals with their domestic obligations.
Lauretta went on to earn a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology from Sofia University, which enhanced her understanding of the importance of spirituality, and allowed her to forge a connection with a part of herself that had been abandoned during her tumultuous youth and in her 25+ years of working in corporate America. With time, she regained access to her true self, and, by transcending her habitual patterns and thoughts, was able to thrive. She now shares her struggles and achievements with other women in search of answers through coaching and volunteering.
Lauretta’s wisdom tips have drawn close to 2,000 followers on Twitter and Facebook, and will serve as the basis of her second book. One Life, Unlimited Lessons will offer readers advice on living an ideal existence, from practicing compassion to utilizing creative expression as a form of therapy and self-growth. Her work has been featured on Thank the Now, RetreatPlace, SoulFriends, HavingTime, and A Band of Women. Her essay, “The Stranded Bird of Pavia,” which is based on her mother, will be published in the Mother’s Day issue of Literary Mama in 2014, and her essay, “Mothering Mothers, and Finding Comfort in the Branches of an Empty Nest,” recently won A Band of Women’s Anthology Essay Contest. She currently lives in Northern California with her husband and her pets.