Tara Sophia Mohr | Playing Big

Tara Sophia Mohr, Playing Big. Find Your VOICE, Your MISSION, and Your MESSAGE.

Talking with Teen Vogue


Good morning!

I’m writing today with a few updates …

This month I’m proud to be featured in a Teen Vogue article on mentorship. In the piece, I shared some of my most passionately held beliefs about mentorship, one of them being that we’ve put far too much emphasis on telling women to look outward for answers, and not enough emphasis on encouraging them to tune into their own inner guidance.

In the article, I also got to speak to the idea of the “inner mentor” – that older, wiser you that you can find within and consult for direction and guidance, a concept which many of you know from the Playing Big book. I’m so happy see this idea make it into the mainstream in this way. Special thanks to journalist, Jessica Matlin, for bringing it to this audience.

    Journalist Jessica Matlin who wrote this piece


If you haven’t caught up with Teen Vogue’s incredible coverage and commentary on social and political issues under the leadership of Elaine Welteroth over the past couple of years, check out what they are doing. Read about courageous Editor-in-Chief Welteroth here.

    Teen Vogue EIC, Elaine Welteroth


You can read the full article, How to Get a Mentor, here.

If you haven’t yet, get the Playing Big book here so you can find your own inner mentor.


New Year’s Poem

Dear readers, friends, circle around the world –

Thinking of you in this new year with love. May the year ahead be one of peace, healing, and transformation for the good. A new year’s day poem for you below …


New Year’s Poem

New year. It will not be
what you plan or what you chart.

Remember, dear? It never is.

The lines will not run straight
or the surfaces be smooth.

After all, the curriculum
is given, not chosen.

New year. Today, do not resolve
anything for yourself.
Resolve something for all of us.

The very heart of time is begging us
to never wish for I again,
to only ask for us.

And intention? Do not
even intend anything
or try to name the roads
you want on your map.

Instead, look back
and fall to your knees
for every time you have hurt yourself.


Remember how you loved
before you were born.

Grow more like dust on the earth,
for joy crackles between
the powdery grains of self, not in them.

New year.
Another turn.
Another turn of the sphere.
Another turn to be.


2018 Playing Big Programs

As this year comes to a close and we are all beginning to turn our thoughts to the next one, I want to share with you what’s coming up for our programs in 2018.

If you are new here, you know I write regularly, but you may not know that I also lead courses that allow you to go deeper with your learning in a community of women.

If you want to use your voice more fully, experience less self-doubt and fear, and gain greater access to your inner wisdom, then my Playing Big course is for you. The next session of Playing Big will be taking place March – August 2018.

If you are also feeling a call to help other women play bigger, the Playing Big Facilitators Training is for you. This course is for women who want to use the Playing Big model in their own lives and careers AND who also want to bring it into their work mentoring, managing, coaching or counseling others. Our next session will be starting in October 2018.

All of my courses are taught online so you can attend from anywhere in the world, and they have a flexible format that works with busy schedules.

Here’s what a couple of graduates have to say about our programs …

“Playing Big is a game changer. It exceeded my expectations in every way. Clear, well-designed modules that manage to be elegantly simple, yet profound. The program has helped me to gain clearer and clearer vision about my own work, and also provided the framework to push myself out of my comfort zone – without fear.”

Sarah Neville, Director, Open Line Communications

“This is an amazing course! It helped me figure out what my ‘playing bigger’ looks like and how it could be different as life evolves. The course is a nice balance of practical tools, self-reflection and guidance from Tara and resonant stories from others. I thought it was fabulous that I could do this with my own time and without judgment. Overall, I would highly recommend this (and have been) to other women who desire to make a bigger difference in their lives in an authentic way.”

Zeryn Sarpangal, Vice President of Human Resources & Corporate Affairs at Achaogen, Inc.

If you have interest in learning more about either program (or both — many women have taken both courses and they work great in combination with each other), click HERE to get on our Advanced Notice list so you’ll receive program details and be the first to know when registration opens (and get access to our early bird discounts!).

When you sign up, you’ll also be able to download our 2018 Playing Big Program Guide with details about our programs. This is a helpful document you can share with your organization if you are seeking funding from them. Many of our participants have had great success with having their employers sponsor their leadership development. (We know this can be a lengthy process at some companies and institutions, so we wanted to get these supporting materials to you well in advance.)

We hope you’ll join us for a fabulous experience of community, growth and learning in 2018!



Collective Courage

“If one woman told the truth about her life, the world would split open.” – Muriel Rukeyser

Today’s TIME cover is about that truth-telling. It is also about the shift away from the individual, toward the collective.

When I saw the cover, it reminded me of a conversation I was a part of a few weeks ago – a conversation about a different act of resistance, of women’s rebellion, from a few thousand years ago.

In the Book of Exodus, Pharoah commands two midwives to kill any Hebrew baby boys that they deliver. But, the text says, “The midwives, fearing God, did not do as the king of Egypt had told them; they let the boys live.”

What enabled the midwives to do this, to be so brave?

“They were together, they had each other,” one person in the group said.

I’ve read the story so many times, but that insight made me look at it in a whole new way. It was a pair of midwives, two women who jointly chose this act of defiance.

We can imagine what happened between the lines of the text. Did they speak with one another and decide to take this risk together? Did they just look into each other’s eyes and silently agree on what they would do?

Sometimes we have to look away from what our peers are doing to find our individual, courageous choice. But sometimes, in community, we find courage and clarity that we cannot summon on our own.

It is no accident to me that women appear as a collective in this portrait in TIME. They break the world open not only through the truths they tell but also by upending the idea that the “person” of the year is an individual acting alone.

Today let’s be conspiratorial with each other, for the good.



there are no enemies

I have been writing online enough to know this opinion is an unpopular one, but I will go down saying it.

I don’t believe in enemies or villains. I know hurt people hurt people.

In our wisest selves, our grandmother selves, we take destructive behavior damn seriously. We work to root it out, but we don’t give it mythic power, its own force.

Instead we just know it is what happens when love and wisdom are absent, and when the culture has taken the matriarchs off their thrones.

Sending love to you today,