Laura Cathcart Robbins, the creator, and host of ‘The Only One In The Room’ podcast discusses her experience of being ‘othered’. Her and co-host Scott Slaughter share their story.

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S/Laura Cathcart Robbins/Host & Creator, The Only One in the Room Podcast
“Hi I’m Laura Cathcart Robbins, and this is the Only One in the Room”

In Studio City, California, one voice is shedding light on what it’s like to be “othered” following her experience at a writer’s retreat back in 2018.

S/Laura Cathcart Robbins/Host & Creator, The Only One in the Room Podcast
600 people were there. //I was the only black person there, um, for a three-day retreat. And so I wrote about my experience.” (:08)

That article that Laura Cathcart Robbins wrote went viral, spawning an entire brand, including a podcast aptly named “The Only One in the Room.”

Her partner, Scott Slaughter, was brought on board as a co-host.

Scott Slaughter/Co-Host, The Only One in the Room Podcast
“Her and I would go into rooms together. And, you know, I would start to notice that she might be the only person of color in a room.” (:06)

These combined experiences became the genesis of the message.

Like so many entrepreneurs, the couple was forced to pivot once COVID hit.

From in-person studio interviews…

…To interviews from home.

New guests, for this new normal.

And then came the death of George Floyd, and for Laura, the all-too-familiar fears of what it feels like to be a black American, in today’s world.

S/Laura Cathcart Robbins/Host & Creator, The Only One in the Room Podcast
“I have two black sons. And I am scared every time they leave the house. And I, um I don’t wanna have to worry that they’re going to die because they’re black.” (:14)

The uprising sparked another pivot for the podcasters…

…now highlighting Black voices.

“Scott and I named this Thursday edition of the Only one in the room, The Now Normal”

Today, Laura is a sought-after speaker and writer.

…Using her experience as a touchstone for understanding, compassion, and connection.

S/Laura Cathcart Robbins/Host & Creator, The Only One in the Room Podcast
SOT: 28:14-28:29: “The point is that I want everybody to be able to connect with how I felt.

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