1. Episode 39: Maureen Ross Gemme & Emerge: 7 Steps to Transformation (No Matter What Life Throws At You!) John M Jaramillo 1:10:51

The Book Leads – Episode 39: Maureen Ross Gemme & Emerge: 7 Steps to Transformation (No Matter What Life Throws At You!)

For this episode, Maureen shares with me the trauma that impacted her life, beginning with addiction, leading to the hard work of recovery addiction, and eventually using those lessons to help others. The method in which she helps others is fascinating – using both traditional tenets of addiction recovery and the lessons she herself learned and took away from that same healing journey.

We may not all be trying to recover from the traditional ideas of addiction, but we all have some experience with trauma that’s hindering our path forward. But there are steps we can take to work through those obstacles and challenges to reach our best version. That’s the basis of Maureen’s work.

Some highlights from this episode:

  • Once you realize you have choices, you can live by design instead of default.
  • The majority of us don’t have tools like people in recovery.
  • What she means when she’s become the person she spoke to way back then.
  • To deal with all the darkness in the world, we need more light work in the world.

Mentioned or Applicable Books:

  • The Four Agreement: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior by David Hawkins
  • Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue – Neale Donald Walsch

The MAIN QUESTION for you, which underlies my conversation with Maureen is, How are you working to recover from past obstacles, and possibly trauma, to grow into the best version of yourself?


Bio: Maureen is CEO of Emerge Leadership Academy. She began training leaders across New England in 2015 after a 30-year corporate career. She loves riding motorcycles and is a leadership and life coach. She trains and coaches professionals who want to make an impact. As a personality expert, Maureen helps her clients own their own gifts and embrace the differences in the diversity of others to build better relationships. After living through her teenage years as a drug addict and alcoholic, Maureen stepped into recovery and created an awesome life. She has a deep compassion for helping others to emerge, evolve, and lead their best lives. She’s the author of Emerge: 7 Steps to Transformation (No Matter What Life Throws At You!) and she turned her book into an online program called Recovery@Work.

Learn more about Maureen:

  • www.EmergeLeadershipAcademy.com
  • www.facebook.com/emergentleadership
  • www.twitter.com/mrgmentor
  • Podcast: Emerge. Evolve. Lead. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/emerge-evolve-lead/id1545422911
John M. Jaramillo Leadership Performance Coach

John M. Jaramillo is founder and leadership performance coach and consultant at Coach It Out, LLC.

In that capacity he helps clients throughout the organizational hierarchy break through to their next level of leadership performance and effectiveness. Clients realize just how much more of their abilities, experiences, and goals they can bring to the table. His professional experience in the public and private, profit and non-profit sectors allows him to transfer lessons across business industries, organizational structures, and leadership needs.

In addition to coaching, he enjoys writing, presenting and speaking on leadership branding and design as well as hosting two podcasts -- The Book Leads: Impactful Books For Life & Leadership and Mindset Talks: Life Beyond The Checkboxes.