Career Curves Podcast

Career Curves

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What if a voice inside you is telling you to take a different path than the one you're on? Beth Davies has heard this voice many times and she always took action.On this episode, Beth 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. She tells her story hoping to inspire you. As you'll hear, inspiring others is how she defines
Careers don't happen in a vacuum, but rather unfold in the context of our lives. Anu Shultes' career journey has included setbacks, hard landings and serious illness. In spite of it all she persisted, found her voice, and earlier this year was named CEO of LendUp, a socially responsible FinTech company redefining financial services for the emerging middle class. Anu candidly shares how she faced adversity head-on and became fearless along the way.  Her career decisions not only led her to the helm of a company, but also shaped the leader and person she is today. 
How do you take opportunities and experiences early in your life and use them to shape your career so you can make an impact? And how important are the relationships you form along the way? On this episode, Wade Crowfoot, California's Secretary for Natural Resources, takes us through his curvy journey from early roles as an intern to where he is today, leading 19,000 people responsible for natural resources across California. His fascinating story is full of insights and lessons that extend far beyond government and politics. Spoiler alert: strong relationships make a big difference. 
Some people have a passion from an early age that they want to turn into a career. In this episode, we hear from someone who successfully did this. Jon Moscone discovered as a teenager that the theater was a place where he belonged and chose to pursue this as his career. He consciously made decisions to "just get in there" and prove what he could do, decisions that ultimately allowed him to be a theater director and producer, as well as an engaged civic leader. In our conversation, Jon shares the influences that shaped his life and how he made bold moves to build his storied career.
Suppose you step away from work for awhile for personal reasons. Does this have to set you back? The answer is NO! It actually can propel you forward.  On this episode, Hydra Mendoza shares how she used time away from work to develop skills, cultivate a new passion, and find her voice. All of these, especially her ability to speak truth to power, led to big opportunities she never dreamed of for herself.
What can you do when the paths you're supposed to take aren't the ones you want to take? In this episode of Career Curves, guest Bill Auerbach shares his career journey and how a stint in comedy helped him discover the path that was right for him.Our first official episode of the Career Curves podcast and website,, are now available. Subscribe today! 
What if you’re on one path – it’s a path you always thought you should be on – when an experience excites you about something totally different. Do you make the leap? Our guest, Jason Elliott, did just that.Since graduating college in 2008, Jason has worked in government and politics, currently serving as Senior Counselor to California Governor Gavin Newsom for Housing & Homelessness. This isn’t what he thought he’d be doing when he was getting started in his career. He grew up thinking he'd be a journalist and set off to study this in college.During our conversation, Jason explains why he left journalism for government, the difference between politics and government, and how he discovered which one plays best to his strengths. His candor and advice are relevant whether you're interested in government or an entirely different
Introducing the Career Curves podcast: real people telling true stories about real careersMany people find themselves stuck in their careers and don't know how to get unstuck. We're here to help.On each episode of Career Curves, we'll talk to someone having an interesting, curvy career to find out how they have navigated the twists and turns. We’ll focus on the opportunities and challenges that came their way, digging into key decisions they've faced and how they've made them. Listen in and walk away with inspiration and ideas to help you maneuver through the curves in your own career.Subscribe today! 
Many people assume that to work in a particular field, you have to have a degree in that field. Well, sometimes this is true but not always.   On this episode, we’re joined by Burak Cakmak who became Dean of Fashion at Parsons School of Design even though he didn't study fashion or have experience as a fashion designer. What he did have was a rich background in other aspects of the fashion business, especially supply chain and sustainability. Burak shares the deliberate actions he took to develop his expertise, gain exposure to all aspects of the industry, and build the credibility needed to rise to where he is today.It's an unforgettable story loaded with wisdom that can be applied in any
Conventional wisdom tells us that if we want to be successful in our careers, we need a clear goal and a plan. What if the plan is broad and general like, "Go after interesting opportunities?" As Corey Lambert's story shows, this can be enough. He has already had a successful career at some of the hottest startups even though he's still in his thirties and has never had a more formal career plan. Corey shares how he found his roles, what he learned about himself, and how this led him to make changes until he landed where he is today. 
How do you bounce back from an early setback? Our guest today knows. He was on the path to do what many people dream of doing, making it into the big leagues as a professional athlete, and then an injury cut his pro career short.Mike Robbins, who has reinvented himself a number of times, shares his personal experiences and what he's learned about the importance of being true to yourself.
Can you take something you're passionate about and make it the focal point of your career? Manny Hernandez did, but it was a tough journey filled with long days and personal sacrifices. Manny candidly shares why he made the choices he did and the challenges he faced including the one that forced him to leave the organization he built and loved. 
When you hear that someone makes a list of top most influential leaders, it's easy to assume they were driven by a clear vision for their career since they were young. The truth is that success like this can be had even by people who start out not knowing what they want to do. In the premier episode of Career Curves, guest Kellie McElhaney shares how she went from not knowing what she wanted to do to becoming passionate about corporate social responsibility and equity fluent leadership, and how these became the center point for her work. She also shares why she chose academia as the arena where she could make the most impact.
Is it possible to make your voice heard around important issues of our day, like healthcare, water resource management and climate resiliency? Our guest, Susan Leal, has done just that in both the public and private sectors. She's worked as a lawyer for the US House Energy and Commerce Committee, been an elected official, and been a founding leader in a successful health care startup. She then became an expert in water management and now consults on water and waste water issues related to climate change, resiliency and sustainability. Her career has been curvy!  In our conversation, Susan connects the dots between the many curvy moves she’s made. She also shares how she moved into areas that were completely new to her. Her story is interesting, inspiring and a great example of the positive impact one person can make on the world.
What does work-life balance mean to you? Could you achieve it if your career was threatened by something completely beyond your control? Our interview with Dr. Markus Watson explores how he has found balance throughout his life, even during especially challenging times like going to dental school while working full-time, and when receiving a life-changing diagnosis.Markus candidly shares how he uncovered his interest in dentistry, what he discovered about himself through various jobs, and how he took on a health challenge that threatened everything he was and everything he built. His interview is loaded with wisdom and advice that’s helpful to anyone with ups and downs in their careers — so basically all of us!For a full transcript, visit
Have you ever dreamed of taking what you know and venturing out as a consultant? Anna Beuselinck did that and then decided she wanted even more, so she created an organic farm, garden and vineyard retreat. Anna openly shares her story, including how and why she made the moves she made to lead a life she purposefully designed.
It’s the holidays, a time when many of us think of giving, both to our loved ones and to those in need, making this the perfect time to share our interview with Daniel Lurie, who has spent his career in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector focused specifically on supporting low-income individuals and breaking the cycle of poverty. In 2005, Daniel along with three other co-founders created Tipping Point, the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading poverty-fighting organization. Since its inception, Tipping Point has invested almost a quarter of a billion dollars in early childhood, education, employment, and housing programs, reaching over 600,000 people in need. In our conversation, Daniel shares the story of his career and offers advice for anyone interested in working in nonprofits.
Staying with one company doesn't mean you're stagnating or failing to grow. In this episode of Career Curves, guest Dan Henkle shares how the moves he made within one company to build a rich, challenging, fulfilling career.Our first official episode of the Career Curves podcast and website,, is now available. Subscribe today! 
Carol Regalbuto has done what many women are being encouraged to do – pursue a career in engineering. She started down this path in high school and today has a successful career working on the latest battery technology. The journey though hasn't been easy. She's faced internal challenges like self-doubt and external challenges as the only woman on teams of men. On this episode, 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.
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Jul 5th, 2019
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Feb 27th, 2020
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