Using Heartbreak as a Platform to Help Others with Lauren Sisler

For Lauren Sisler, laying the groundwork for better outcomes in life always begins with a single first step. Sometimes we have a choice about when that happens, and sometimes we don’t. But one step is all it takes to head in a new direction. This week, Sisler shares her story of moving from gymnast to broadcast sports reporter and the pivotal moments that led her to where she is today.

One of the most critical moments happened when Sisler was a freshman in college. She received a call from her father saying her mother had just died. By the time she got home, her father had passed away, too. After their deaths, she realized that change is a constant and it’s up to each person to decide how and when they start to adapt. Now, she uses her experiences to help others who may be struggling to give or receive support.

Key Moments You Don’t Want to Miss:

  1. Shifting Gears How Lauren Sisler’s life has been marked by change and she’s learned find opportunity with every new step
  2. A Competitive Mindset How her competitive spirit became the common thread in both gymnastics and broadcasting
  3. Love and Loss When the sudden deaths of both of her parents turned her life a new direction and took years to fully understand
  4. Lending Support Why celebrating others’ strengths makes a strong foundation for leadership

What You’ll Learn:

  • Expect the unexpected
  • Keep going when things get hard
  • Be gracious toward others
  • Recognize the importance of others’ contributions
  • Put your gifts to good use


“You have this vision for where you’re headed in life. You have it all mapped out. You’ve got it figured out, like I know exactly where I’m going. And all of a sudden, you take five million detours and the map starts going all over the place. Well, that’s exactly what happened to me.” -Lauren Sisler

“Ultimately, it does not matter what curve balls this life throws you. You are not going to be exempt from life’s difficult circumstances. Not a single person is going to be exempt from them. And what I have learned in that process is that you’ve got to pick yourself up and keep moving. And ultimately, you have control of taking that next step.” -Lauren Sisler


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