Lauren Schiller | KALW

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

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,

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?

New York Public Media
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.