Welcome to Episode 19 of Building My Legacy.

Claire Diaz-Ortiz has already accomplished more than most of us will ever dream of accomplishing in our entire lives.  She is energetic, enthusiastic, innovative, honest.  She got the Pope to join us on Twitter.   Fast Company named her  one of the 100 most creative people in the world. Today, she is also concerned that a serious, open discussion include people of many perspectives.  Claire thinks that, by bringing diverse groups together, we will begin to address the ethical issues surrounding social media.

So, if you want to know:

  • How to reach influential people like the Pope
  • How Twitter, a social media platform, provided an avenue for discussion that grew Claire’s following and influence
  • How we need to begin a solution-based discussion around social media and its influence in our lives and those of our children
  • The ethical issues that concern someone intimately involved with social media
  • What we can do to define ethics as it relates to social media

… Claire  provides incredible insight.

In this Podcast we will discuss:

  • Claire Diaz-Ortiz’s journey that brought her to Twitter and then to her work with the Pope on Twitter
  • Claire’s motivation and the drive that has made her unstoppable
  • Our role in helping to shape the discussion surrounding the ethical management of social media
  • The importance of gathering diverse viewpoints to find workable solutions to the challenges of the internet
  • The people who influenced and shaped Claire’s career and for whom Claire is grateful.

About Claire Diaz-Ortiz

Claire Diaz-Ortiz (@claire) is an author, speaker and innovation advisor who was an early employee at Twitter. Named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company and called “The Woman Who Got the Pope on Twitter” by Wired, she has been featured widely in print and broadcast media. She is the award-winning author of eight books that have been published in more than a dozen countries. Her next book, Social Media Success for Every Brand, will be published with Harper Collins in October 2019.

In Claire’s time at Twitter, she was called everything from “Twitter’s Pontiff Recruitment Chief” (The Washington Post) to a “Force for Good“ (Forbes) and “One of the Most Generous People in Social Media” (Fast Company).


Her  books, which have been translated into more than ten languages, include One Minute Mentoring: How to Find and Work with a Mentor – and How You’ll Benefit from Being One; Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time; Design Your Day: Be More Productive, Set Better Goals, and Live Life on Purpose; and Hope Runs: An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption

 She is a frequent international speaker on social media, business and innovation and has been invited to deliver keynotes and trainings at organizations like the Vatican, the U.S. State Department, Verizon, South by Southwest, TEDx and many others. 

 Claire writes a popular business blog at ClaireDiazOrtiz.com and serves as a LinkedIn Influencer, one of a select group of several hundred global leaders chosen to provide original content on the LinkedIn platform.

She holds an MBA from Oxford University, where she was a Skoll Foundation Scholar for Social Entrepreneurship and has a B.A. and an M.A. in Anthropology from Stanford University.

 She is the co-founder of Hope Runs, a non-profit organization operating in AIDS orphanages in Kenya. 

She has appeared widely in major television and print news sources such as CNN, BBC, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Washington Post, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company and many others. 

Read more about her at www.ClaireDiazOrtiz.com, which attracts 50,000 unique visitors each month, or via @claire on Twitter where she has 324,000 followers.


About Lois Sonstegard, PhD

Working with business leaders for more than 30 years, Lois has learned the passion successful leaders have to leave a meaningful legacy.  Leaders often ask: When does one begin to think about legacy?  Is there a “best” approach?  Is there a process or steps one should follow? Lois is dedicated not only to developing leaders but to help them build a meaningful legacy. Learn More about how Lois can help your organization with Leadership Consulting and Executive Coaching: https://build2morrow.com/


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Mike Saunders, MBA

Mike Saunders is theAuthority Positioning Coach at Marketing Huddle, the author of Amazon Bestselling book Authority Selling™, Adjunct Marketing Professor at several Universities, contributor to The Huffington Post, and member of the Forbes Coaches Council – an invitation-only community for the World’s Most Influential Business Coaches.

Lois Sonstegard, PhD

Working with business leaders for more than 30 years, Lois has learned the passion successful leaders have to leave a meaningful legacy. Lois is dedicated not only to developing leaders but to help them build a meaningful legacy.