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

Award-winning historian Dr. Amanda Foreman argues that a history that pushes women to the margins is an untruth that must be challenged.

Will the debate over reproductive freedom ever end?

Filmmaker Shannon Cohn says after breast cancer, endometriosis is "the last great health taboo"

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What is the value of having women  on our currency?

The central tenet of today's women's movement is equality--in wages, treatment, opportunity. But what about in love and sex?

Birds do it. Bees do it. But we definitely don't want to think about our teens doing it.

Dr. Toni Heineman founded A Home Within--the only national organization dedicated solely to meeting the emotional needs of foster youth.

What does the future look like for how audio content gets distributed--and heard?

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

The goal of fundraising is to raise funds right? 

Conversations about Autism are often focused on what people can't do. But joy and fulfillment and meaning come from what you're good at and not obsessing on your deficits.

Why is everyone so gung ho on having an optimistic attitude? It turns out that pessimism can be a good thing. Find out why.

Why we need a feminist comedian's take on serious news.

We may be staying in touch more frequently thanks to technology, but what are we missing out on by not writing more letters?

Deputy Administrator of NASA
NASA/Bill Ingalls

She is ushering in the next mission to Mars.

"Power through Partnership. How Women Lead Better Together."

"The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure." 

Nancy Lublin, Founder of Crisis Text Line 

Jo Boaler- Revolutionizing Math Education 

Lina Nilsson discusses why bringing more women into engineering may be a matter of showing them the good they can do.

Gloria Steinem and Lauren Schiller discuss her new book, advice on starting a movement & why some people can't picture a woman in the White House.

Most months, you can see photographer Annie Leibovitz’s portraits of influential women on the covers of magazines like Vanity Fair and Vogue. Everyone from Hillary Clinton to Serena Williams to a mostly nude Amy Schumer have been in front of her lens. Her current exhibition “Women” updates a book of portraits she made with Susan Sontag back in 1999. The images now on display at San Francisco's Crissy Field reflect the changing roles women occupy today. Leibovitz sat down with KALW's Lauren Schiller to talk more about her work and process.

Why would you open your door to a stranger with an armful of clothing?

In the trades, most workers--carpentry and otherwise, are still men. 

In her world exhibition, "Women:New Portraits" Annie Leibovitz updates the photos from the book she published in 1999 with Susan Sontag, called "Women."

What's all that screen time doing to our childrens' brains? 

More than 75% of our $3 trillion health care spending is on people with chronic conditions.

There is a STEM teacher shortage in K-12 education--resulting in an education gap that may leave many students under-prepared for our increasingly tech focused economy.

Robin Chase changed the way we think about transportation

Kango was founded on the premise that it's perfectly logical to outsource your kids' transportation,

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