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

What's it take to get nominated into the National Women's Hall of Fame?

Many groups still feel excluded from the feminist movement. Teresa shares how feminism can be a value everyone can share--across races, sexuality, economics.

What is Inflection Point?

  Can Goldman Sachs change the lives of 10,000 women?

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Janice Yi

What does it mean to be an 'agent of change'? 

Is "average" so last century? 

Privacy is privacy right? 

Christina Stembel is disrupting the male-dominated and mostly imported flower industry with her company Farmgirl Flowers. She tells us how it all began.


Pioneers of radio storytelling, The Kitchen Sisters.

Meet the founder of a Bay Area non-profit, the Mosaic Project, that teaches all ages about conflict resolution, diversity, and inclusion, to achieve a peaceful society. 

The award-winning actress on her memoir "Dear Mr. You," her writing and what matters to her as a mother. 

Felicia Marcus tells us how she manages multiple interests for one of the earth's most precious (and dwindling) resources.

Meet one of the few to complete the Adventure Grand Slam--climbing the 7 highest peaks in the world.

Black Virgins are not for Hipsters

Can women really "have it all?"

Only 6% of partners in Venture Capital firms are women. Meet the founder of all-female VC group Broadway Angels, who shares what it takes to fund and be funded.


Meet the actress, comedian, musician and author who created the viral video, "Sorry Babe, You're a Feminist" and more--on the value of keeping it fun and doing improv.

Mia Birdsong of Family Story is addressing the entrenched problem of poverty a new way--by starting with redefining what we think of as a 'traditional' family.   

Pam Scott is a philanthropist using human-centered design in sub-Saharan Africa to find ways to reduce the unwanted teen pregnancy rate there from 50% to a 'new normal.'

Help a Mother Out is a non-profit that provides access to diapers for families in need. 

How much of those "self-help" resources are helpful if you're in the middle of a millennial life crisis instead of a mid-life crisis? 

What if you could take a year off between high school and college to figure out how the world works, and your place in it---before moving into that Freshman dorm? 

This week, we uncover what makes for great investigative talking to two investigative journalists, of course. 

This week, we uncover what makes for great investigative talking to two investigative journalists, of course. 

Breast Cancer Action

In the 1940’s a woman’s chances of getting breast cancer was one in twenty. Now it’s one in eight, despite the billions of dollars spent on awareness and the search for a cure.

Sarah Silverman is a comedian, writer and TV star who has shocked many an audience with her outrageous humor. 

It's rare to find a female director who's been in the business for over 30 years—and still working. 

The causes of cancer seem to be everywhere. From makeup products, to the clothes we wear, and the furniture we buy. 

Is our energy infrastructure causing cancer? 

We all want our daughters to grow up strong and independent, but how do we ensure that 'having it all' doesn't mean 'doing it all'?