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Looking Up

How a Different Perspective Turns Obstacles into Advantages

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Narrator Michele Sullivan

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Length 5 hours 53 minutes
Language English
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Imagine being born into a world where fitting in was never an option.

Michele Sullivan, one of the most powerful women in philanthropy, was born with a rare form of dwarfism. Meaning she has spent her entire life looking up. As the first female president of the Caterpillar Foundation, she has used her unique point of view to impact countless lives around the world.

As a child, Michele decided to life a life of meaning, by:


  • Tailoring her differences into something more suitable for the world.

  • Hiding from the world and live on the fringe.

  • Embracing her differences to turn them into assets.

  • Recognize that there was a strength within her that could help others.

Looking Up is the story of how Michele became the smallest woman at the largest earth-moving manufacturer in the world. While her height has presented challenges that are different from most, it has allowed her to see things that others do not, literally and figuratively.

Embedded in this narrative are unique (and often hilarious) takeaways for individuals about the importance of making the first move, being wrong at first, choosing intimacy over influence, and learning that asking for help is a strength, not a weakness.

Michele Sullivan is the recently retired director of Corporate Social Innovation and president of the Caterpillar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the $46-billion manufacturing giant Caterpillar, Inc. In addition to her thirty-year career holding various leadership positions at the company, she recently helped transform the foundation into one of the world’s most influential corporate foundations, through the launch of its collaborative impact platform known as Together.Stronger.™, a catalyst for shared prosperity that unites businesses, nonprofits, government, and citizens to combine their strengths to alleviate poverty for millions of people worldwide.

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Reviews

'Throughout my career I was influenced and touched by some amazing leaders -- Michele is one of them. As I strived to be a better leader, I learned from the example she set by embracing diversity and practicing the principles she has outlined in Looking Up. As I have dealt with the challenges of an ALS diagnosis, I have drawn from the courage Michele demonstrates each and every day. Her book will make you laugh and cry but more importantly, think. Enjoy' - Ed Rappe 'Michele's call to action is simple but profound: strip away the deep-seated biases and view others, instead, for their inherent value. Her captivating story and the enlightened lessons woven within will inspire you to live better, and to elevate others along your path.' - Bill Kurtis renowned American television journalist, producer, narrator, and news anchor 'This book is a helpful resource for anyone interested in personal and professional growth. Because you are in charge of your own growth, I'd encourage you to grab a copy and read it with your team. I'm certainly going to do just that!' - Clay Scroggins, Author, How to Lead in a World of Distraction 'BE INSPIRED TO LOOK UP WHEN YOUR INSTINCT MAY BE TO TURN AWAY. THIS BOOK ELICITS A CALL TO CHANGE PERSPECTIVE, TO VIEW PEOPLE AS THEY TRULY ARE AND NOT ONLY FOR WHAT WE SEE. BY CHANGING HER OWN PERSPECTIVE, MICHELE HAS CHANGED THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF PEOPE AROUND THE GLOBE. AN INSPIRING READ FOR ALL!' - Scott Harrison, Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World Expand reviews
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