Elizabeth Rowe is the principal flutist of the world-class Boston Symphony Orchestra.  She is a social justice advocate, a public speaker, and a professional coach.  After she took a stand to demand equal pay from her employer in 2018, The Boston Globe honored her as a Bostonian of the Year, calling “The Fighter.” Her ongoing commitment to opening up dialogue about complex subjects led to her TEDx talk, The Lonely Onlys, where she shared her personal story of learning to embrace the powers of imagination and vulnerability to create connection and community. Elizabeth’s coaching practice is a high impact process, where she supports creative people of all types as they work to achieve their biggest vision for themselves in their personal and professional lives, while remaining grounded and connected to their humanity.

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In this episode, we talk to Elizabeth Rowe (principal flutist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra) about the importance of being compassionate towards ourselves and others, especially in a field of work that is often isolating and competitive. We open up about some of our struggles and insecurities, asserting that being vulnerable is crucial to overcoming loneliness. We also discuss finding motivation to constantly improve, and how difficult it is to separate observation from judgement when evaluating oneself.

In this episode, we continue our conversation about vulnerability and connection with Elizabeth Rowe. She tells us about her journey to becoming a coach for young creatives, and how rewarding it has been to help people realize their potential. We also talk about our passions outside of music, coming to the conclusion that sometimes our outside interests can have profound impacts on our career, but they are valuable even if they don’t. Finally, we confront the hierarchies present in our field of work and how important it is to create communities that extend beyond these boundaries.