Lauren Schiller

Host, Inflection Point

As the creator and host of Inflection Point, Lauren's (not-so-secret) mission is to talk with innovative women and broadcast their achievements in the US and around the globe. Lauren grew up with strong women, and in 1978 as a (much younger) girl, marched on Washington DC in support of the as-yet-un-passed Equal Rights Amendment--a day of significant influence in her life. Then again, it may have been burned into her memory because of the slip-on roller skates she wore or the Rachel Perry lip balm she tried on the bus down to DC, from Pittsburgh, PA where she grew up. After shelving her skates, she got her degree from Vassar College, interned at WKIP in Poughkeepsie and then went on to work directly for Jay Chiat at Chiat/Day NYC, one of the world' most creative ad agencies. Adopting their slogan, 'good enough is not enough' as her personal mantra, Lauren rose to the highest ranks of the industry and became a partner in the San Francisco firm kirshenbaum bond + partners. She has put her curiosity and business acumen to work with companies like America Online, Sprint, IHOP, Diners Club, Girls Inc, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Annie's Homegrown, Levi's, and Nike. Before creating Inflection Point, Lauren returned to broadcasting as the producer and co-host of the popular radio and TV show, 'The Lady Brain Show,' on which she interviewed 100s of industry leaders, authors, experts, actors, filmmakers, musicians and comedians. Lauren also co-hosted ‘Meet The Talkers’ for Stitcher Smart Radio-- featuring interviews with public radio hosts like Roman Mars, Bob Garfield, Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich. She's appeared on ABC7's View From the Bay, 7Live, HGTV's Find Your Style, and KRON, KTVU and CBS.   She thanks you tremendously for listening. 

 

Ways to Connect

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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. 

Nancy Niemi, director of faculty teaching initiatives at Yale, says the value of a college education is changing for women—especially as men move on to professions that don't require a degree. This week on Inflection Point, host Lauren Schiller talks to Niemi about what else women can do to achieve gender equity.

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Most of us don’t know what to say when we are grieving or how to reach out when the people we love go through something awful. 

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“The biggest trick is how do we teach women at any stage to keep knowing what they want and asking for that,” 

What if the thing you really love to do makes you so anxious it gets in the way of doing your job?

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Dr. Naik is a post-doctoral fellow at The Rockefeller University, leader of The Women In Science At Rockefeller program and winner of L'Oreal USA's 2016 For Women In Science award.

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As one of few female executives in technology, she is working to address the challenges that women in tech are facing

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Samantha Miller is leading a pharmaceutical company whose mission is to bring the birth control pills over the counter starting with their product "Kate." This has never been attempted before.

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Firuzeh Mahmoudi's organization United4Iran is using technology to improve civil liberties in Iran.

Deb Liu says that sexist language is hiding right in front of all of us.

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The National Resources Defense Council has signed on as a partner to the Women's March on Washington. 

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Jess McIntosh headed up influencer outreach for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Now, she's leading an initiative to amplify women's rights' activism. 

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Producer Ahri Golden went to the women's march in Oakland to bring us this collage of the voices that gathered there.

Producer Megan Jones brings us this story of a 'big' misunderstanding.

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Fay Zenoff is committed to changing the way we think about recovery.

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Lisa Allanson and Lisa McDonough are the founders of Teen Hackz, a program designed to help teens understand themselves and others.

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Joann Lublin is the management news editor at the WSJ and the author of the new book "Earning It. Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World."

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Jessica Jin led the protests last fall over the new campus carry gun law at her alma mater, University of Texas at Austin. Her weapon of choice?

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The host of the "Millennial" podcast, on how she learned to negotiate.

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Jaffe and her team develop cooperative games for kids. We discuss what her games could teach the adults, too.

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How's all the meditation and yoga working for you?

Ruth Whippman's new book is "America the Anxious. How The Pursuit Of Happiness Is Making Us A Nation of Nervous Wrecks."

What's the secret to successfully developing the next generation of women leaders?

The President of Women Unlimited, Inc. Dr. Rosina Racioppi has spent her career sharing the answer.

The goal of fundraising is to raise funds right?

Fundraising expert and non-profit leader Jennifer McCrea says "money is just gas in the car."

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Zoe Elton, Director of Programming for the Mill Valley Film Festival reviews "Arrival" starring Amy Adams.

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Tiffany Shlain's latest film is called "50/50" because it shares the story of what the world used to look like and can look with true equality.

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The creator of The Vagina Monologues, published an article this September in the Huffington Post called "The Undeniable Rape Culture Of Donald Trump."

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Dr. Alison Dahl Crossley is the Associate Director of The Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University.

Blythe is a writer for the New Yorker, The Onion, and Clickhole. She is also a researcher for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

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