Lynne Golodner

You know that person you were when you were little, before the pressures and stresses of having to earn a living or support a family? Back when you engaged in activities simply because they were fun and you were driven to do them? For Lynne Golodner, that person loved writing.

In the early 1980s, Lynne carried around a corduroy-covered journal, writing stories, poems, and skits to record the details of her life and experiences. When a neighbor’s son tragically died in middle school, Lynne created a newsletter to give his parents as a way to express sympathy for their loss. Writing was her way of figuring out the world, of capturing momentary beauty and stunning silence. Writing was how she made sense of difficulties and how she shared beauty with those she loved.

Today, Lynne is an entrepreneur who helps schools, educators and entrepreneurs market with meaning through strategic storytelling, mutually beneficial relationships and higher purpose. She has spent more than 20 years as an entrepreneur and author, inspiring others to find their voice, identify their purpose, and live according to the unique passion found within. She believes the work you do should align with who you are at the core – and from there, grows a life of purpose.

For 15 years, Lynne was a nationally-celebrated journalist, living in New York, Washington, D.C., and Detroit. She focused on the metals and mining industry for American Metal Market and wrote about domestic legislation affecting Jewish Americans for the Washington Jewish Week. She created and managed a weekly section on twentysomethings called “The Scene” for the Detroit Jewish News, taking it freelance as she transitioned from full-time employment to entrepreneurship in 1998 and began writing for magazines and newspapers across America.

Lynne has written about home, architecture, design and real estate, food, faith and family, and she is the author of eight published books.

When she became a single mother of three young children in 2007, Lynne parlayed her communication skills into a new role as Founder and Chief Creative Officer at Your People – a marketing and public relations company with a focus on purpose and story that revolutionizes how organizations build brand awareness and grow their bottom line.

Today, Lynne spends the bulk of her time writing and teaching writing through her signature Finding Your Voice at Midlife writers workshop, writing webinars and retreats, and in The Writers Community, a small cohort of dedicated writers who support one another and receive support for their writing.

Lynne was a 2020-2021 member of the Forbes Agency Council and repeatedly receives awards for her innovative leadership in marketing and public relations. In 2019, she was recognized by MichBusiness as a Marketing & PR Prophet, and in 2018 Crain’s Detroit Business named Lynne a Notable Woman in Marketing.

She launched the Make Meaning Podcast in 2018 to speak with interesting people around the world about how they find meaning in work and purpose in life. Lynne focuses on interviewing writers, educators and entrepreneurs.

A former Fulbright Specialist, Lynne earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and English from University of Michigan and and MFA in Writing (poetry) from Goddard College. Her master’s thesis was published as her first book, a collection of poems called Driving Off the Horizon. She has since had another poetry collection and six nonfiction books published along with thousands of articles in magazines and newspapers.

Most recently, her creative nonfiction essays have appeared in publications such as Porridge Magazine, the Jewish Literary Journal and the Good Life Review, among others. 

The mother of four kids, Lynne lives in Huntington Woods, Michigan.

Other places you’ll find Lynne: www.yourppl.com, www.lynnegolodner.comFacebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Lynne in the Media

Author Q & A with Lynne Golodner

The Good Life Review | March 2022

Make Meaning in Marketing

by: Tag Up With LT

Lynne on Small Talk with Mark S. Lee

Lynne's segment begins at 16:40 in the audio clip below.

Recent Articles By Lynne

Swimming: A Meditation by Lynne Golodner

The Good Life Review | Winter 2022

Waiting For My Father To Die

Jewish Literary Journal | December 23, 2021

Oysters

Porridge | September 25, 2021

The Meaning Behind Mission

Forbes | February 12, 2021

Work With Lynne