Morra Aarons-Mele

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Morra knows that taking your mental health seriously is a leadership strength. She hosts 'The Anxious Achiever' podcast for LinkedIn Presents, a 2020 Webby Awards Honoree, top 10 management podcast, and top 50 business podcast. She's passionate about helping people rethink the relationship between their mental health and their success. Her book The Anxious Achiever: Turn Your Biggest Fears Into Your Leadership Superpower, will be published by Harvard Business Review Press in April 2023 and she speaks to and consults frequently with Fortune 500 companies, startups, and U.S Government agencies. She is a 2022 LinkedIn "Top 10 Voice" in mental health.


Aarons-Mele is an entrepreneur and Communications Executive. In addition to her work in workplace mental health, Aarons-Mele founded the award-winning social impact agency Women Online and created its database of female influencers, the Mission List, which she sold in 2021. Morra was named 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year at the Iris Awards, created to recognize excellence in digital content creation. Before starting her own business, Morra worked in digital marketing and politics, helping Hillary Clinton log on for her first online chat and founding the digital public affairs team at Edelman, where she worked with Fortune 50 clients.


Aarons-Mele is also a prolific writer. Since 2004 she has covered the campaign trail, the White House, the lactation room, and the office cubicle. Her book, Hiding in the Bathroom: How To Get Out There (When You'd Rather Stay Home), was published by Dey Street Books in 2017. She has written for the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Slate, InStyle, O, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Guardian.


Aarons-Mele has degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School and Brown University. She and Nicco Mele live in Boston with their three children.

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  • What is your favorite quote? “Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Nelson Mandela (adapted)
  • Are there any moments that stand out as having a significant impact on your career? In 2021, I sold the company I had started from my bedroom while pregnant with my second child.
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? I have too many hobbies and interests! I love to play tennis, garden, do hot yoga, and cook. Everyday, I write something: it could be a short LinkedIn post or a piece of a new book.
  • Who do you look up to as a mentor and why? Lisa Stone, one of the co-founders of, changed my life. She invited me to start blogging and to share my voice and expertise.
  • Is there anything else we should know about you? I am 6'2"! I always stand out in a room. When I was young, I hated being so tall. But as an adult, I embrace my difference and you might see me wearing heels!