A Day in the Life of Oprah’s PA

OPB 2019 keynote speaker and global adventurer Libby Moore loves inspiring people, and companies to achieve their life purpose. We interviewed Libby about her time with Oprah, as her Chief of Staff. This is part one of a three part series.

What was the highlight of your career as Chief of Staff to Oprah?

The number one highlight is the personal time that I spent with Oprah. She will forever be my greatest teacher and mentor. She taught me the importance of listening to your intuition, aligning with your truth and being yourself in all situations. Many lessons were learned through our conversations and a lot was learned by observing her in how she handled her business and her life. It was the ‘Harvard’ of real-life lessons.

What was the most challenging part of your job?

Putting my job before everyone and everything in my personal life. It was my choice to do that. I did not know how to create any real balance between the two, and my relationships suffered. I was 200% ALL IN, and my personal life was always on the back burner. I travelled a lot as well. I went to South Africa 23 times in 8 years, while she was building the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. I loved the experience of it all, and at the same time, I was not present in my personal life.

Was there ever an ‘average’ day, and if so what did that look like?

On taping days, I would come in around 8.00AM, and brief Oprah while she was getting hair and makeup done for the show. We had our daily briefing and I would try to get as many questions answered as possible. It was a big information exchange. After the briefing I would pull the team together, debrief and delegate responsibilities. I would then watch the taping of the show while catching up on e-mails, (about 250 on average).

Throughout the day I was in meetings and on phone calls. Around 7.00PM people would start leaving for the night and that is when I felt I could really focus and get work done. I usually left for the day around between 8:30 or 9:30pm.

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