How To Re-Design How Girls Learn STEM - Suz Somersall, KiraKira

From her childhood as a self-confessed gaming nerd to her career as an engineering-inspired artist (or is it art-inspired engineer?), Suz Somersall has made a life of her own design. She's now the founder of KiraKira, a learning program that makes girls feel confident and excited about creating new products using 3D printing, design-thinking and STEAM concepts. This week on "Inflection Point," Suz shares how, despite a career full of pivots, one's life can ultimately lead in the same direction all along. 

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How To Reinvent Journalism-Cristi Hegranes, Founder Global Press Institute

Cristi Hegranes was a foreign correspondent who decided to stop being the voice for the people she was reporting on and instead train women in their own countries to be journalists for themselves when she founded Global Press Institute. What happens to the story when you change the storyteller? Find out in our conversation. 

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What's YOUR rising up story?

In the spirit of changing the storyteller, we've created a pinned post on the Inflection Point Facebook Page where you can share your own rising up story--or the rising up story of a woman in your life--a mother, sister, friend or neighbor-- that you think needs to be told.

A rising up story is any story that tells of a challenge specific to your experience as a woman, and what you’ve done--or are doing--to not only overcome it for yourself, but what you've learned that can make a difference in the lives of others.

Let’s make the Inflection Point community a place to amplify ALL of our stories.


Photo credit: Brad Argo (Left to right): Mariam Aboubakar Esperance, Esther Nsapu, Cristi Hegranes, Noella Nyirabihogo and Merveille Kavira Luneghe.

Photo credit: Brad Argo

(Left to right): Mariam Aboubakar Esperance, Esther Nsapu, Cristi Hegranes, Noella Nyirabihogo and Merveille Kavira Luneghe.

How To Be A Female Founder - Live From Women In Product, Silicon Valley

This fall, I was invited to moderate a panel for a conference put on by Women In Product, a non-profit formed to create a strong community of women builders and leaders in the tech industry. My panel included four female founders of technology companies: Cheryl Contee of Fission Strategy, Heather Fernandez of Solv, Selina Tobaccowala of Gixo and Aarthi Ramamurthy of Lumoid.

You’ll hear what surprised each of them about starting a company, the pros and cons of running a company while female, from leadership style to sexual harassment and gender bias–and ultimately as business-people what it takes to scale.

Selina Tobaccowala, Aarthi Ramamurthy, Heather Fernandez, Cheryl Contee and Lauren Schiller Photo courtesy of Women In Product

Selina Tobaccowala, Aarthi Ramamurthy, Heather Fernandez, Cheryl Contee and Lauren Schiller

Photo courtesy of Women In Product

How To Fight An Invisible Illness - Jennifer Brea, Creator & Director of “Unrest”

It took Jennifer Brea over a year of seeing doctors and getting second, third and fourth opinions to even land on a diagnosis for a disease that suddenly left her bedridden for days, weeks, months–sometimes unable to turn on a light or even listen to music because of unbearable pain. Was the reluctance to diagnose Jennifer due to a lack of knowledge about a condition that affects millions of people in the US–mostly women? Or were there other, unstated prejudices standing in the way of Jennifer getting treatment?

To show the world that this is a real disease with a truly debilitating impact on her life–not just in her head–and to inspire the medical community to take the lead on finding answers–Jennifer created a film, mostly from her bed, out of the videos she captured of herself, others like her and the few experts there are. Her film is called "Unrest."

Photo by Sam Heesen

Photo by Sam Heesen

How to turn your dreams into a reality- Bonny Simi, JetBlue Ventures

Do you need to be superhuman to accomplish everything you wanted to do in life when you were a teenager? According to Bonny Simi, Olympian, sports reporter, airline pilot and JetBlue Technology Ventures' President, you don’t need to have superpowers--you just have to make friends with failure. Hear how one woman has turned a list she made when she was 14 into a lifetime of barrier-breaking achievements.

Listen to the broadcast here. To listen to the podcast version when it comes out, subscribe here.

Bonny Simi

Bonny Simi

Leila Janah & Erin Ganju: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty for Millions of Women





Erin Ganju believes that world change starts with educated children. I spoke with her in 2015 when her goal was to reach 10 million children. Just two years since she and I spoke on this show, Room to Read has now reached 11.6 million children with quality education. And, they will be reaching their 20,000th school community and 50,000th adolescent girl with their Girls’ Education Program
Leila Janah founded Samasource to connect the poorest people in developing countries to digital work through a pioneering approach she calls “impact sourcing.” We spoke in 2015 and we’re re-releasing this episode now because she’s written a book based on her experiences called Give Work. You’ll also hear her talk about Samahope, which merged last year with Johnson & Johnson’s CaringCrowd platform.

Leila Janah and Erin Ganju are social entrepreneurs breaking the cycle of poverty for millions and this is one of my favorites from the archives.