73 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 • 41 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.

    Ron Andruff - "Champagne on Ice" - Stanley Cup Champion to Sports Marketing Visionary

    Ron Andruff - "Champagne on Ice" - Stanley Cup Champion to Sports Marketing Visionary

    During his nine years as a pro hockey legend from 1972-81, Ron Andruff shared in 3 Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens. He won two Most Valuable Player awards with three major professional hockey leagues. He also won the American Hockey League Scoring Title. During and after his athletic career, Andruff lent his name and support to important causes, from Big Brothers to cancer, water conservation and many others. An entrepreneur and tech pioneer, Andruff started numerous companies in sports marketing, advertising, travel and beyond. His current consultancy focuses on creating a safer internet where patients in need can be sure that medicines purchased online are both fairly priced and efficacious.
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    • 54 min
    Beth Black - "Courage Love Truth & Wisdom" - Founder Therapeutic Boarding School for Boys

    Beth Black - "Courage Love Truth & Wisdom" - Founder Therapeutic Boarding School for Boys

    Beth Black is the Founder of Cherokee Creek Boys School, a therapeutic boarding school for struggling boys 10-15 that offers a safe place to “discover what is real and true about themselves and the world around them.” The school uses indigenous wisdom coupled with modern psychology to help these boys grow and thrive. Beth’s son attended a therapeutic boarding school in the 1990s, and she says, “It has become my mission to seek out the best practices in education and emotional healing for young people and to design a benchmark school that will truly make a difference in the lives of children and their families.” Beth began her career with the Walt Disney World organization in corporate communications, helping the world understand “how Disney does what it does.” She was part of the illustrious team that opened Walt Disney World in Orlando in 1971. This lead to a 35-yr career career in marketing and corporate culture building and a deep dedication to taking care of the people on her team. 
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Dr Carmen Rojas - "Abundance & Spaciousness" - President and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation shifting the balance of power

    Dr Carmen Rojas - "Abundance & Spaciousness" - President and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation shifting the balance of power

    The youngest Latina ever to run a nationally endowed philanthropic foundation, this inspiring daughter of immigrants, Dr. Carmen Rojas, has dedicated her life to bettering the lives of underserved working people across the US. Growing up in a sprawling, multicultural family, surrounded by love and core values, instilled in Carmen a deep sense of promise. “For me, it’s really about supporting people, organizations and initiatives that create an alternative possibility where it’s not a zero sum game but where instead we are seen as collectively coming together in order to fill the promise of a multiracial democracy," says Carmen. Now, as president & CEO of The Marguerite Casey Foundation, this visionary, dreamer and truth-teller puts the money where it matters to support leaders, scholars and initiatives focused on shifting the balance of power in society — building power for communities that continue to be excluded from shaping how society works … and from sharing in its rewards and freedoms. She holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and was a Fulbright Scholar in 2007. Her 2021 Seattle Times editorial, "How philanthropies can support grassroots social movements," exemplifies her purpose-driven life, awash in much-needed optimism.
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    • 46 min
    Wayne Irwin "Heart & Solar" - Lighting up the world with solar power and music

    Wayne Irwin "Heart & Solar" - Lighting up the world with solar power and music

    Wayne Irwin evolved his electrician trade into a radio broadcast engineer and now, a solar energy entrepreneur.  Wayne owns Pure Energy Solar in Gainesville, Florida and his company creates innovative products that help bring solar power to the world. Last year, Wayne followed his passion for music and launched his own radio station, WMBT "The Wombat" 90.1FMl in Gainesville, FL. "Gainesville's Locally Driven Radio is also streaming  worldwide on www.wmbt901.com, playing every flavor of music and building passionate community along the way. Whether he's harnessing the sun or taking your eclectic musical request, this devoted father, husband, inventor and entrepreneur, success is about continually evolving and staying focused on the things that matter most in life. 
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    • 47 min
    Steff Florentina - Excellence & Expectations - Tennis Prodigy Paying it Forward

    Steff Florentina - Excellence & Expectations - Tennis Prodigy Paying it Forward

    Steff Florentina grew up in Nova Scotia, the daughter of an excellent tennis player who introduced her to the sport at age 5. “My life was tennis. When we weren't playing tennis, we were watching tennis, or going over areas that I could improve. My typical schedule growing up was wake up at 5, drive 35 minutes to the tennis courts, be on the courts from 6:00-8:00, make it to school just in time ... , play tennis during lunch (rain or shine), play tennis after school from 4-6. Eat, do homework, watch tennis and do it all again." When her devotion to tennis began to wane in her teens, she had some hard choices to make. This episode deals with the tricky terrain of expectations, our own and those that love us ... and how we must find our way through these choices. Tennis is still a massive part of Steff's life, only now, it's 100% on her terms. Follow her @steff.florentina and @alexandsteff and www.alexandsteff.com 
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    • 51 min
    Swan Dive Revive "Freedom" A Look Back at a Key Swan Dive Moment

    Swan Dive Revive "Freedom" A Look Back at a Key Swan Dive Moment

    Swan Dive started in March of 2020 and we recorded our first episodes in a pre-COVID world.  In this episode, we look aback at the moment Ron first took his dive.   As the year winds down, what small change can you make?  What big change is ahead of you?  Looking ahead while finding value in examining where we have been, take a leap and join us on Swan Dive.  
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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 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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