Real people telling real stories of real careers. A common perception is that careers move in straight lines, from first job to last, yet this is rarely true. Real careers have highs and lows, planned changes and unexpected ones. On each episode of Career Curves, we talk to someone who has had an interesting, curvy career to find out how they navigated the twists and turns. We focus on the opportunities and challenges that came their way, digging into key decisions they faced and how they made them. Listen in and walk away with inspiration and ideas to help you maneuver through the curves in your own career.
Leah Swan's career story is marked by resilience and success. She has had her job eliminated, new jobs that weren’t what she expected, and roles that she loved lose their luster. Each time, she bounced back, not by accident but by design. By learning from her experiences, she grew her career and moved into senior level positions. Leah’s story is filled with insights, advice and tangible actions that can inspire anyone that needs to – or wants to – make a career move.
Engaging and Thriving with Dr. Arpana Vidyarthi
Apr 09 2020 • 56 min
Dr. Arpana Vidyarthi, a specialist in hospital medicine, now finds herself on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. How did she get here? On this episode, she shares her journey including how she has combined her passions and interests to build the right career for her.
Making Things Happen with Rick Welts
Mar 12 2020 • 50 min
Rick Welts, president and COO of the Golden State Warriors, built a career in professional sports without being a pro athlete. On this episode, he shares how he got his first job and then how he grew to be an influential executive in the NBA. He candidly shares his professional and personal experiences, including insights and life lessons that extend well beyond sports.
Approaching Your Career Like a Scientist with Carol Regalbuto
Feb 27 2020 • 56 min
Carol Regalbuto has done what many women are being encouraged to do – pursue a career in engineering. It hasn't always been an easy journey. Carol candidly shares what she's had to do to thrive both personally and professionally. She also shares how she became passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion, and how she has incorporated this passion into her work.
Seeing What's in Front of You with Jason Elliott
Feb 13 2020 • 38 min
Jason Elliott, Senior Counselor to California Governor Gavin Newsom for Housing & Homelessness, candidly shares how he discovered his interest in government and politics after thinking he'd be a journalist, how he moved into the field, and how he's grown his career. His advice is relevant to anyone in any field.
Designing Your Career with Burak Cakmak
Jan 30 2020 • 38 min
Burak Cakmak, Dean of Fashion at Parsons School of Design, shares the fascinating story of why we moved from high tech to fashion, and then how he grew his expertise in the industry to get where he is today. It's an unforgettable story loaded with wisdom that can be applied in any industry.
Taking on the Big Issues with Susan Leal
Jan 16 2020 • 37 min
Susan Leal has taken on the big issues of the day, including health care, water resource management, and climate resiliency from positions in both the public and private sectors. In this episode, she connects the dots between the many curvy moves she’s made.
Being True to Yourself with Beth Davies
Jan 02 2020 • 52 min
You've asked for it! Beth Davies is taking her turn as the guest and sharing her career journey. She openly shares why she left law for human resources and how she eventually became the host of this podcast.
Connecting for Good with Daniel Lurie
Dec 19 2019 • 27 min
Daniel Lurie, co-founder of Tipping Point, the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading poverty-fighting organization, has spent his career in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector focused specifically on supporting low-income individuals and breaking the cycle of poverty. Daniel shares the story of his career and offers advice for anyone interested in working in nonprofits.
Leveraging Relationships for Impact with Wade Crowfoot
Dec 05 2019 • 42 min
On this episode, Wade Crowfoot, California's Secretary for Natural Resources, takes us through his curvy journey starting with positions as an intern and temp to where he is today, leading 19,000 people responsible for all natural resources in the state. His fascinating story is full of insights and lessons that extend far beyond government and politics.
Speaking Truth to Power with Hydra Mendoza
Nov 21 2019 • 42 min
Stepping away from work for a few years doesn't have to set you back. Hydra Mendoza shares how she used time away from work to develop skills, cultivate a new passion, and find her voice, which ultimately led her to places she never dreamed possible.
Finding Balance with Dr. Markus Watson
Nov 07 2019 • 47 min
What would you do if your career was threatened by something completely beyond your control? Dr. Markus Watson candidly shares how he turned a career-limiting challenge into an opportunity for further growth. His interview is poignant and a true story of resilience and perseverance. It’s loaded with wisdom and advice that’s helpful to anyone with ups and downs in their careers — so basically all of us!
Just Get In There with Jonathan Moscone
Oct 24 2019 • 36 min
Jon Moscone, who discovered his passion for the theater as a teenager, shares the influences that shaped his life and how he made bold moves to build his storied career as a theater director and producer, and engaged civic leader.
Becoming Fearless with Anu Shultes
Oct 10 2019 • 46 min
Anu Shultes shares how she persisted despite doubters, setbacks, hard landings, and serious illness to rise and become CEO of a Fintech startup.
Riding the Tech Wave with Corey Lambert
Sep 26 2019 • 32 min
Corey Lambert shares how he's built a successful career in tech not with a plan but rather one opportunity at a time.
Dreaming Out Loud with Anna Beuselinck
Sep 12 2019 • 42 min
Anna Beuselinck shares how she moved from corporate HR to consulting, and then added more including motherhood, a farm and vineyard retreat.
Driven by a Passion with Manny Hernandez
Aug 29 2019 • 38 min
Manny Hernandez shares how he turned difficult news into a passion that became the focus of his work.
Reacting to a Curve Ball with Mike Robbins
Aug 15 2019 • 41 min
Mike Robbins shares how he reinvented himself after being forced to retire from professional baseball at age 25.
Allowing Your Passion to Emerge, with Kellie McElhaney
Aug 01 2019 • 35 min
Kellie McElhaney shares the story of how she built her career and got where she is today.
Hidden Episode 2: Curving from the Inside with Dan Henkle
Jul 05 2019 • 35 min
Dan Henkle shares how he was able to create a rich, fulfilling career while staying with one company.
Hidden Episode 1: Bucking Expectations with Bill Auerbach
Jul 05 2019 • 26 min
Bill Auerbach shares his journey and how comedy helped him discover the path that was right for him.
Trailer: Introducing the Career Curves Podcast
Jul 05 2019 • 1 min
Introducing the Career Curves podcast: real people telling true stories about real careers