90 episodes

Swan Dive captures pivotal moments in meaningful lives and features the inspiring stories of people who had the clarity and courage to chase their dreams and visions. Hosts and life-long friends, Ron Rothberg and Stu Sheldon, both made their own swan dives from successful careers in media and finance to the unknowns of content creation and fine art. Through their journeys, both found their true voices and, with Swan Dive Podcast, they dive deep into the big pivots of their myriad guests. From Africa's first black, female neurosurgeon to legendary performing artists, storied sea captains, NPR hosts, National Geographic photographers and so much more, each dynamic guest opens up about the unique emotional trials and the triumphs of becoming their most authentic selves. Wisdom, vulnerability and inspiration abound. Hopefully, you'll find comfort and kinship in your own 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.

Swan Dive Ron Rothberg and Stu Sheldon

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    • 4.8 • 43 Ratings

Swan Dive captures pivotal moments in meaningful lives and features the inspiring stories of people who had the clarity and courage to chase their dreams and visions. Hosts and life-long friends, Ron Rothberg and Stu Sheldon, both made their own swan dives from successful careers in media and finance to the unknowns of content creation and fine art. Through their journeys, both found their true voices and, with Swan Dive Podcast, they dive deep into the big pivots of their myriad guests. From Africa's first black, female neurosurgeon to legendary performing artists, storied sea captains, NPR hosts, National Geographic photographers and so much more, each dynamic guest opens up about the unique emotional trials and the triumphs of becoming their most authentic selves. Wisdom, vulnerability and inspiration abound. Hopefully, you'll find comfort and kinship in your own 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.

    Chris Jenkins - "Being There" - Documentary Filmmaker Turned Educator & How He Listened to "The Signs"

    Chris Jenkins - "Being There" - Documentary Filmmaker Turned Educator & How He Listened to "The Signs"

    Chris Jenkins is Head of Production in University of California, Santa Barbara’s Film & Media Studies Department. He has been behind the lens of many notable and award-winning documentaries. His work has aired on Netflix, PBS, Discovery, The History Channel, Sundance Channel and on and on. Prior to receiving his Masters in Documentary Film & Video from Stanford, Chris was in East Africa as a United Nations Volunteer working with and capturing on film tribal cultures, animals, the plight of refugees and much more. Before that he bicycled to southern Chile on assignment for National Geographic en route to a year as an Ambassadorial Scholar. His harrowing adventures and riveting stories are endless!

    http://cjpictures.com

    Check out “Vera Cruz” from CJ on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/121515049

    Photo by Steve Glass



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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Gary Adler - "Right Time, Right Place" - Life as a Hollywood Creative Director

    Gary Adler - "Right Time, Right Place" - Life as a Hollywood Creative Director

    Hollywood Creative Director and Graphic Artist, Gary Adler, has a blackbelt in branding on a global scale.  He moved to LA in 1986 to chase his dream and, after  decades designing for the film industry’s best, from Disney to Dreamworks, Warner Bros,  Sony and Fox, he’s seen it all. If you watched Nightmare Before Christmas, you’ve seen Gary's work. He sold a wonderful screenplay to Harold Ramis but, like so many Hollywood dreams, bad timing kept it on the shelf. Still, Gary lived well off his creative chops in the take-no-prisoners world of movie making. And is now exploring new avenues on his creative journey. 

    Contact
    - https://vimeo.com/163206699
    http://linkedin.com/in/gary-adler-3852579
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    • 51 min
    Taylor Keen - "Living Red" - From Ivy League to Sacred Seeds ... Indigenous Leader Finds Home

    Taylor Keen - "Living Red" - From Ivy League to Sacred Seeds ... Indigenous Leader Finds Home

    Taylor Keen has an astonishing resume: Golden Gloves boxer, Dartmouth undergrad, Harvard MBA and Masters in Public Administration. Business man. Indigenous leader, Strategy consultant and full-time instructor in Corporate Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Creighton University. But at his core, Taylor is a storyteller. And the stories he tells are those of his tribal people. Harvard did a magnificent feature on Taylor last Dec titled, Singing To the Corn, where they wrote: “Corn thrives when sung to and spoken to—something Taylor Keen does in the language of his mother’s Omaha Tribe, where he is known as Bison Mane. Keen is also an active member of the Cherokee Nation, his father’s people, where his tribal name is Blackberry. He grew up between Omaha and the Cherokee reservation in northeastern Oklahoma ..." IN 2014, Taylor founded Sacred Seed whose goal is preserving Native American heritage in history through collecting, growing and spreading the seeds of corn and other traditional Native American foods. This incredible polymath has seen a great deal and gained much wisdom, which he generously shares on Swan Dive.
    Watch Sacred Seed video

    Recommended books on Indigenous Culture:
    Bury My Heart at Wounded KneeCuster Died for Your SinsGod is RedCorn Among the Indians of the Upper MissouriBraiding Sweetgrass




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    • 58 min
    Lolo Reskin - "Sweat and Vinyl" - Iconic Record Store Pioneer

    Lolo Reskin - "Sweat and Vinyl" - Iconic Record Store Pioneer

    In 2019, Miami New Times tweeted “Does anyone know Miami music better than Lolo Reskin?” Music is in this woman’s blood. Lauren Reskin, better known as Lolo, is founder of Miami’s iconic, Sweat Records. Lolo’s father is a Julliard graduate, professional trumpet player, and composer. Her grandmother, a concert violinist. Even her great uncle, Alan Freed, was the (in)famous 1950’s radio DJ who coined the phrase “rock and roll.” In 2005 Lolo opened Sweat Records, a must visit destination for vinyl lovers in Miami. She’s a sought-after DJ and leading music tastemaker, who is in it for the love of culture and community. As a native Miamians, we can say that this woman is a bona fide local hero.

    Find awesome new music right now at SweatRecords.com
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    • 51 min
    Katie Hathaway - "I'll See You Tomorrow" - Mom turned gun sense activist

    Katie Hathaway - "I'll See You Tomorrow" - Mom turned gun sense activist

    Katie Hathaway's swan dive moment came as her 7-yr-old son got in the car at school pickup and said, "Mom, I know it. We’re gonna be the first classroom shot up. We’re closest to the front of the school." Katie's heart sank. That any child would have such a thought, let alone when they’re supposed to be safe at school, made her sick. She knew she had to do some thing. Katie started by scheduling a meeting with her state representative who referred to himself as the Florida Gun Lawyer. As a former business woman, she knew she needed to bring the facts, not just sheer emotion, into that meeting. It was a tough conversation. Now, Katie is a leading volunteer with Moms Demand Action, devoting her life to righting the wrongs of gun violence, school censorship and other hot-button issues. She's been quoted by President Biden and is as fearless as she is emotional about the rightness of her efforts. Katie's motto is, “This work isn’t easy, but it’s necessary. I’ll see you tomorrow.” 

    Twitter @khathaway1




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    • 51 min
    Andy Peay - "Pinot Pioneers" - From Wall Street to World Renowned Winemaker

    Andy Peay - "Pinot Pioneers" - From Wall Street to World Renowned Winemaker

    In the mid-1990s, Andy Peay and his brother, Nick, set out to find land for the vineyard they dreamt of creating. Eventually, they settled on a property in California’s West Sonoma Coast, an old sheep farm and apple orchard. Here, the brothers, along with star winemaker and Nick’s wife, Vanessa Wong, built Peay Vineyards, 53 acres of vines with six different grapes, where they make elegant, refined wines that are an expression of the land on which they are grown, land which, according to the NYT, “offers distinctive qualities shown transparently in their wines, primarily complex, polished pinot noirs; savory syrahs; fresh, intense chardonnays; and smaller amounts of vibrant Rhône whites.” Peay won SF Chronicle’s 2010 Winery of The Year, and for good reason. Andy’s wines are now poured in the finest restaurants in America, and are objectively sublime. Drink this wine and enjoy Andy’s inspiring journey.

    Learn more about Peay Vineyards here.
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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 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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