58 episodes

Swan Dive features the inspiring stories of people with the clarity and backbone to make massive life pivots, professionally and personally. We capture the oral history behind the transformational moments in these meaningful lives. Career media executive, Ron Rothberg, and his life-long friend and award-winning artist, Stu Sheldon, launched Swan Dive to explore and share these incredible stories. Ron gave notice recently at his illustrious 16-yr media gig. While Stu leapt from Wall Street to the arts three decades ago. They examine their pivots through the lenses of real time and hindsight. One month after Swan Dive's launch, the entire world pivoted massively via Covid-19. Now, each week, a dynamic new guest opens up about the unique Swan Dive experience of their life, the ups, downs and ultimate sense of accomplishment. Hopefully, you'll find comfort and kinship in your big pivot, whether you've made it yet or not. Share your Swan Dive story with us and we may feature you. Find us @stuart_sheldon and ronrothberg@comcast.net - www.ronrothberg.com.

Swan Dive Ron Rothberg and Stu Sheldon

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 39 Ratings

Swan Dive features the inspiring stories of people with the clarity and backbone to make massive life pivots, professionally and personally. We capture the oral history behind the transformational moments in these meaningful lives. Career media executive, Ron Rothberg, and his life-long friend and award-winning artist, Stu Sheldon, launched Swan Dive to explore and share these incredible stories. Ron gave notice recently at his illustrious 16-yr media gig. While Stu leapt from Wall Street to the arts three decades ago. They examine their pivots through the lenses of real time and hindsight. One month after Swan Dive's launch, the entire world pivoted massively via Covid-19. Now, each week, a dynamic new guest opens up about the unique Swan Dive experience of their life, the ups, downs and ultimate sense of accomplishment. Hopefully, you'll find comfort and kinship in your big pivot, whether you've made it yet or not. Share your Swan Dive story with us and we may feature you. Find us @stuart_sheldon and ronrothberg@comcast.net - www.ronrothberg.com.

    Ken Russell - "The Uncontaminated Candidate” - Miami City Commissioner Running for US Senate

    Ken Russell - "The Uncontaminated Candidate” - Miami City Commissioner Running for US Senate

    Ken Russell had a dream job, traveling the world kite-surfing and paddle boarding with is watersports company, when he got involved with the cleanup of the city park across the street from his Miami home. That civic engagement resulted in a run for office and a hard pivot from entrepreneur to his current position as Vice-Chairman of the Miami City Commission, recently re-elected in November 2019 for a second term. He entered Miami politics in 2015 with an optimistic view on positive change, and during his first term, Commissioner Russell was successful in passing legislation that supported resilience infrastructure, affordable housing creation, government transparency, and strong wages. He was instrumental in passing the Miami Forever Bond, which will invest $400 million into housing, parks, streets and flood mitigation throughout the city. Now seasoned in the blood sport of politics, Ken retains his jovial spirit and positive outlook, as he leans into a run at Marco Rubio's Senate seat. Swan Dive host, Stuart Sheldon, one of Russell's constituents, firmly believes that this amiable, Japanese-American, father of three, former YoYo champion,  ukulele playing, wood sculpting renaissance man would make a fine Senator ... with both the policy chops and disarming persona to make Washington a less vicious and toxic place. To learn more, click here. 
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    • 45 min
    Robert Arleigh White - The Storyteller's Story - Theater Director, Actor, Activist

    Robert Arleigh White - The Storyteller's Story - Theater Director, Actor, Activist

    Robert Arleigh White’s life forever changed when at 14 years old, his lifelong friend, Lenny, handed him a flyer and said, "Come on, we're gonna audition for the school play." In that moment, as Bob now recalls, Lenny handed him is life. Bob shares his winding but deliberate path, from high school teacher (11 yrs) to running Theater Jacksonville (16 yrs), where he directed over 50 plays, to Exec Dir, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville (14 yrs), to VP Development Museum of Science & History (2 yrs) and, finally, to Principal with Robert Arleigh White + Associates, overseeing and advising nonprofit arts organizations in North Florida. Bob has also been active in promoting a host of arts related, community and civil rights initiatives. In recognition of over 20 years of successful legislative and community advocacy, the City of Jacksonville named August 12 “Robert Arleigh White Day.” Dubbed “the kindest motherfucker in the whole goddamned city,” Bob’s life has been committed to assuring that everyone’s story gets told. Watch his RAW Talk, “What I did with my pandemic.”
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    • 42 min
    Bhakti Baxter - Into the Unknowing - Fine Artist Finds Himself

    Bhakti Baxter - Into the Unknowing - Fine Artist Finds Himself

    Bhakti Baxter (born in Miami FL, 1979) lives and works in Topanga, CA. At 38, having never lived anywhere but his hometown, Bhakti outfitted an old Sprinter and made his way to the west coast, immersing himself in the deep solitudes of Southern Utah and other singular landscapes along the way. Exploring the relationship between science and spirituality, his work hinges heavily on geometry, the systemic manifestations of geometric principles in nature and the interpretive freedom of abstraction. Working in a variety of media within sculpture, painting and drawing, Baxter’s practice is an ongoing investigation into existential queries through the creative process. His work has been exhibited at Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami, FL; Perez Art Museum Miami, FL; Bravin Lee Programs, New York, NY; Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France; Manifesta 11, Zurich, Switzerland; among others.
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    • 46 min
    Richard Bowsher - A Rogue & A Gentleman - Tech Pioneer turns Farmer

    Richard Bowsher - A Rogue & A Gentleman - Tech Pioneer turns Farmer

    In the late 1990s Richard Bowsher co-founded the conference company, StreamMedia.com which pioneered the nascent space devoted to the delivery of audio and video over this new thing called the Internet. He sold that thriving company to NYSE publisher Penton Media. In 2007, Richard founded Klipopmekaar and started farming rooibos tea high in the Northern Cederberg mountains of his native South Africa. The only things standing on the farmland when Richard began were an old bus and a ram-shackle camp site. Today, along with being a thriving, productive and happy place, Klipopmekaar is one of the largest organic rooibos farms in the world. In addition to supplying premium tea brands direct, Richard Co-founded BOS Ice Tea in 2009 which is now the world’s leading Rooibos ice tea brand with regional head offices worldwide. Between Klipopmekaar, BOS Ice Tea, and their suppliers, hundreds of jobs have been created in the South African economy and beyond. BOS has significantly increased the world-wide awareness of rooibos tea, its proudly South African roots, its premium qualities, and its spirited African identity. Richard is an avid surfer,  loving  a father, husband , farmer, artist and dear friend of Swan Dive host, Stuart Sheldon. 
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    • 43 min
    Gloria Riviera - "Child Care IS Infrastructure" - ABC News Correspondent Finds Her Voice

    Gloria Riviera - "Child Care IS Infrastructure" - ABC News Correspondent Finds Her Voice

    Award-winning journalist Gloria Riviera spent 20+ years as an ABC News producer and correspondent based around the world covering breaking, investigative and feature stories for the network's flagship broadcasts and social media platforms, including Good Morning America, World News Tonight & Nightline. She has a very exciting New Project as host of “No One is Coming to Save Us,” a podcast about the child care crisis that launched May 20th from Lemonada Media, the podcast network that presents humanity unfiltered. The New York Times wrote, "“No One Is Coming To Save Us” won’t actually fix the American child care crisis. There’s only so much that four hours of audio can do. But the podcast offers an encouraging look at other, more successful child care systems — some from other countries, some from America’s present and past." We've listened to #NOICTSU and the host absolutely slays! Gloria is married to Jim Sciutto, Anchor and Chief National Security Correspondent for CNN. They met in Fallujah during the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 and live in Washington DC with their 3 kiddos - Tristan, Caden and Sinclair.   https://twitter.com/griviera


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    • 52 min
    Jay Sweet - "She's an Eagle" - Exec Dir Newport Jazz Festival & Newport Folk Festival

    Jay Sweet - "She's an Eagle" - Exec Dir Newport Jazz Festival & Newport Folk Festival

    Jay Sweet runs some of America’s most iconic music festivals: the Newport Folk Festival & Newport Jazz Festival. During his tenure as Executive Director of the non-profit Newport Festivals Foundation, his Folk Festival has won five Pollstar awards for Music Festival Of The Year … and America's original music festivals have regained their stature among the country’s premier happenings. He is a frequent keynote speaker at music conferences like SXSW and a contributor at NPR’s “All Songs Considered”, “The Connection” and “On Point” … and served as the Editor-at-Large for the acclaimed music and film magazine PASTE, where he wrote features and cover stories on The Roots, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, My Morning Jacket, and film director Wes Anderson. Diehard music lovers, Jay’s team supports music education initiatives throughout the United States. Find him on IG @imajs


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    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Jonny Positive ,

Total feel good/inspirational experience

I am a prolific podcast listener and never have I experienced a show that gives back so much to the audience. Stu and Ron have a wonderful way of interacting with their guests and with each other. Listening to each episode, I learn, I grow, and I yearn for the next.

kbcruvc ,

Highest Recommendation

Stu and Ron have created such a lovely space for others to share their pivot stories. They are loving and compassionate, and such kind curators of these stories. Their care for each of their guests is what makes this podcast so precious for me. Highest recommendation.

RobertGarrettSmith ,

Inspiring

Stu and Ron have created a platform to learn from people that are recreating a world where they can deconstruct western constructs and find their passion and potential. Each human in on a pilgrimage toward service, connection and community, committing to a higher calling.

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