She Pivots

She Pivots

Join Emily Tisch Sussman as she sits down with a diverse group of women to explore how their personal experiences led to their pivot and eventually their success. She Pivots challenges the typical definitions of success and explores the role our personal stories play in our professional journeys. The series will celebrate those who have made bold moves with a view towards inspiring others to pursue their own non-linear paths. Be sure to subscribe and follow us on Instagram @ShePivotsThePodcast.

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April 10, 2024 38 mins

Jo Piazza joins us this week to talk about her latest book, “The Sicilian Inheritance” that is sure to be the book of the summer. As a journalist, author, and fellow podcast host, Jo has learned to adapt to the growing influencer economy, pulling inspiration from women like the Kardashians to master the art of self-promotion. Emily and Jo chat about her new book (out now!) and how Jo may or may not have started the “mob wife” aesth...

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Sali Christeson was in a fast-paced finance and technology career, but struggled with what many professional women have faced: lacking clothing options that were confidence-inspiring, comfortable, and bold. That’s why she founded Argent, which aims to redefine the modern women’s work wardrobe. In this week’s candid convo, Sali dives into her Turkish-Southern family background (including how her parents met in a Turkish bazaar!), wh...

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This week, we’re thrilled to drop an episode from one of our very favorite podcasts, Hype Woman, featuring our own host Emily Tisch Sussman! Emily sits down with friend and certified hype woman Erin Gallagher to talk about her own pivots and what she’s learned from the highs and lows of it all. She recounts a conversation with a college advisor, where she was told that she was aiming too high; reflects on her desire at a young age ...

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You may know Brooke Baldwin from her time on CNN, or, more recently, as the host of the Netflix hit reality show, The Trust: A Game of Greed. Like Emily, Brooke was taught that achieving success requires blood, sweat, and tears (literally). But as she’s grown - and pivoted! - her mindset has changed. In this candid convo, Brooke talks with Emily about hustling early in her career, the highs (and lows) of leaving behind a dream care...

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On this special, very personal episode of She Pivots, Emily is joined by her sister, Carolyn Tisch Blodgett, the new owner of the women’s soccer franchise Gotham FC and the Founder and CEO of Next 3. As the world of women’s sports enters a new era, Emily and Carolyn discuss what it’s like to be co-owners of an exciting soccer franchise, playing a key role in transforming the future of women’s sports, and what it means for their own...

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In 2006, High School Musical became an instant classic, full of songs that are nearly impossible to get out of your head, even 17 years later. The movie proved to be a breakout role for then-teen Vanessa Hudgens, who dreamed of making it big on the silver screen. But Vanessa soon found that she had to distance herself from the “good girl” image of Disney in order to avoid being trapped in a single genre. On this episode of She Pivo...

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As the first Black woman to win the Eisner Award - a literary prize for comic books - Dr. Sheena Howard knows a thing or two about writing incredible superhero stories. But it took longer for her to realize that she could define her own path and become the hero in her own life story. On this episode of She Pivots, Dr. Howard dives into her dislike for the single parent stereotypes, finishing her PhD in three years, writing for DC C...

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February 21, 2024 43 mins

Cindy Gallop, the CEO and Founder of MakeLoveNotPorn, has never played by the rules. Born and raised abroad, Cindy climbed the ranks of the advertising industry, despite often being one of the only women in the room. But after leaving her corporate advertising role, she stumbled upon her new calling while doing research for a client pitch on online dating: providing sex education through a reimagined porn website. On this episode o...

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You’ve probably seen Rebecca Minkoff’s bags on the streets of New York City, in paparazzi photos, or inside the pages of magazines. But after returning from maternity leave, she confesses that she felt like a "stranger" in her own company--a turning point that refocused her attention on building a space to support other female founders. On this episode of She Pivots, Rebecca talks with Emily about the hard work that was required to...

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Just in time for this year’s Super Bowl and Black History Month, Emily sits down with Sandra Douglass Morgan, President of the Las Vegas Raiders and Vice Chair of the Las Vegas Super Bowl Host Committee, to talk about her deep love for her hometown and the process of bringing the Super Bowl to entertainment capital of the world for the first time ever. Sandra, the first Black woman to serve as an NFL team president, is no stranger ...

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Elizabeth Bellak grew up in the limelight. Dubbed the “Polish Shirley Temple,” she had big dreams for her acting career. But all that changed when the Nazis invaded her hometown. On this emotional episode of She Pivots, the now-94-year-old talks with Emily about hiding in plain sight under a new name in convents, the murder of her sister and future discovery of her diary, her escape to Austria and then New York, and the building of...

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For our Season 3 premiere of She Pivots, host Emily Tisch Sussman sits down with Misty Copeland—principal ballerina with American Ballet Theater, mother, designer, author, and philanthropist. Misty recounts falling in love with ballet, being part of a difficult public custody battle, and the challenges of injuries in her early career. She also opens up about the isolation of being the only Black ballerina in the room, –an experienc...

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January 19, 2024 1 min

She Pivots returns for its third season to dig deeper into the personal moments that shifted our guests’ perspectives and opened up new, unexpected paths. Hear from our all-star roster of women, including trailblazer Misty Copeland, actress Vanessa Hudgens, fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff, and iconic CEO Cindy Gallop. Whether you’re in the midst of your own pivot or considering a change in the new year, our guests will inspire you...

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Shay Mitchell rose to fame on the wildly popular show, Pretty Little Liars, but has since built a travel essentials empire with BÉIS. On this Season 2 finale of She Pivots, Shay joins Emily to talk about her early experiences traveling with her family, the impact of Pretty Little Liars, becoming a mom, and the inspiration behind BÉIS. This episode is deeply personal and dives into “mom shaming,” fear when launching a new business (...

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Marisa Renee Lee is an advocate, writer, and speaker on coping with grief, especially for women and African American communities. This week on She Pivots, Marisa joined Emily for a timely “Candid Convo” focused on how grief impacts us all and how we can show up for our loved ones when they are experiencing grief. Marisa talks openly about her own experiences with grief—from losing her mother to breast cancer to struggles with ...

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Bobbi Brown revolutionized the makeup world with her neutral lipsticks—but that was just her start. From there, Bobbi has taken the beauty industry by storm, and has even branched out into hospitality, media, and wellness. On this episode of She Pivots, recorded live in The Church in Sag Harbor, Bobbi talks with Emily about her decision to stay on with her brand for decades—and her decision to walk away—her foray into the hotel bus...

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Laura Spaulding was only 19 years old when she was dishonorably discharged from military service due to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell—her paperwork was stamped with “homosexual,” something that haunted her as she sought to find a new career. After finding a job in the police force working undercover in narcotics, the reality of what victims’ families deal with in the aftermath of a crime made her reimagine her career path. On this episode ...

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After 10 years working in social, digital, and brand strategy, Neha Ruch launched Mother Untitled, a digital media platform committed to empowering women pausing or shifting careers to focus on family life. In this Candid Convo—just in time for back to school—Emily and Neha dig into the preconceptions people have about working moms and stay-at-home moms, about what it means for our identities when we become mothers, how we raise se...

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Dr. Edith Eger was only 15 when her family was violently removed from their home in Hungary by German Nazis and sent to concentration camps. But after surviving Auschwitz, and later immigrating to the United States, Dr. Eger kept her past a secret, even from her own children, until decades later. On this emotional episode of She Pivots, Dr. Eger discusses dancing for her survival at Auschwitz, her decision to get her PhD in her 50s...

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This week, She Pivots is doing something a little different. We originally planned to air a conversation with an incredible writer and actor - but she is currently on the picket line advocating for fair wages for her and her fellow actors. In honor of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike, we are sharing some resources to support all of the actors and writers striking for better contracts. You can head to the “Our Causes” page on our websit...

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