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Lauren Schiller

Host, Inflection Point

 

Lauren Schiller is the creator and host of Inflection Point, a nationally syndicated weekly public radio show and podcast about how women rise up.

She comes by these conversations honestly: She was born into a long line of strong women role models who worked in business, arts, media, education and labor organizing. In the ’70s Lauren's mom took her to the march on Washington, D.C. in support of the Equal Rights Amendment. In the ’80s she was one of the first girls to join the Boys Club in Pittsburgh, PA (now Boys & Girls Club).

While getting her BA in Political Science from Vassar College, Lauren interned at a news radio station in Poughkeepsie reporting on local arts. After graduation a trip to Telluride, CO turned into a job at the Sheridan Opera House managing celebrities. She then went on to work for Chiat/Day New York, one of the world's most creative advertising agencies. Adopting their slogan “good enough is not enough” as her personal mantra, Lauren moved to the Bay Area and rose to the highest ranks of the industry to become the second female partner in her San Francisco ad firm. Lauren returned to her love of broadcasting when she created one of the first female-led podcasts in 2008, a show which ran for five years and was also syndicated on commercial radio and Comcast TV.

Lauren partnered with KALW to produce Inflection Point in 2015 and launched it during Women’s History Month. She created the program to share stories and insights we can apply to our own lives, and she created it for her daughters.

 

Ways to Connect

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What does it actually take for women to win elections? 

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Organizational psychologist Dr. Barbara Adams says there is transformational power for everyone in diversity and inclusivity. 

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Can an all-woman board move beyond empowerment, and get to actual power?

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Despite our differences, we can find connections that bring us together.

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What happens when teachers are given the freedom to inspire a lifelong love of learning? 

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At age 35, Stitch Fix founder Katrina Lake became the youngest female founder and CEO to take a company public in 2017. 

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When radio journalist Sarah Delia heard a story about the sexual assault of one of her listeners, “Linda” (not her real name), she knew it was a story that needed to be told. 

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Can you find compassion in your heart for the haters in your life? 

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"A lot of young girls are often taught to sort of stay quiet or to put other people's needs before ourselves... And if we are to speak up or to stand up for ourselves it could be taken as being bossy or the other b word." - Emily Abad, Director of Programs at The Mosaic Project, an experiential education program addressing issues of diversity, empathy, and conflict resolution.

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Sarah McBride made history as the first transgender person to speak at a national political convention in 2016. 

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For the past decade 96-year-old Betty Reid Soskin has served as the nation’s oldest Park Ranger 

Daniela Petruzalek has made it her mission to make the white cisgender male dominated tech industry truly inclusive.

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An awkward conversation with her white mother about “good white people” inspired Ijeoma Oluo

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Nancy Niemi, Director of Faculty Teaching Initiatives at Yale questions the conventional wisdom that college is a path to gender equality. 

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There are girls all around the globe addressing tough issues that no young person should have to deal with--but must, 

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Refugees literally sacrifice everything to keep their families safe. Christina Psarra, head of mission for Doctors Without Borders, a humanitarian aid organization, bears witness to their sacrifice and resourcefulness, giving everything she has to help them. Along the way, she's discovered that refugees are not victims--they are survivors and it's her job to help them survive.

With over 300 mass shootings so far this year, you'd think we'd be having a new conversation about guns and gun control. 

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"To change the story, you have to change the storyteller."

A special episode from Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller.

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More women than ever are raising their hands to run for office. But what does it actually take to to win? 

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It begins with the usual, "I met him on the internet..." 

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With the Harvey Weinstein tsunami of sexual misconduct allegations, it has everyone asking, will this be the moment when everything changes? 

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What if the root of all the world’s problems is the imbalance of masculinity and femininity in our leadership? 

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Jennifer Brea was an avid traveler, a Harvard PhD student and a Princeton grad. She was engaged to be married to the man she loved. Then one day she couldn't get out of bed with an illness that went undiagnosed for years. 

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When Bonny Simi was 14 years old, she made a list of life goals --

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From her childhood as a self-confessed gaming nerd to her career as an engineering-inspired artist (or is it art-inspired engineer?), Suz Somersall has made a life of her own design. 

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Ashton Applewhite is on a mission as old as humanity itself -- to change our attitudes about age and ageing. Her book "This Chair Rocks. A Manifesto Against Ageism" has just been released, and her Ted Talk received a standing ovation. She's onto something.

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When she was young Jeannette Walls wanted nothing more than to escape her crazy, chaotic family. 

Whitney Bell got tired of receiving unwanted sexually explicit photos from men, and decided to do something about it. 

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