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Careers by Design: The Interviews

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How do people decide what careers to pursue? Hear from scientists, entertainers, business people, academics, politicians and everyone in between about how they designed paths that were right for them. Be sure to check out our companion course, Careers by Design, on ITunes U and the Wesleyan University web site. Hosted by Sharon Belden Castonguay, Director of the Gordon Career Center at Wesleyan University (CT).

Latest Episodes

Find Your Spark. Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, creators of How I Met Your Mother

For our Season One finale, a conversation with Carter Bays ’97 and Craig Thomas ’97, television writers, producers and show runners best known for their hit show How I Met Your Mother. “You want to find that spark of a story you have to tell, a story only you can tell, only in the way that you can tell it."

42 MIN2017 MAY 26
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Find Your Spark. Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, creators of How I Met Your Mother

Encore: Don't Be Scared by Ambiguity. Laura Walker, President and CEO, WNYC

We repost our 2016 conversation with Laura Walker ’79, President and CEO, WNYC, the nation’s largest public radio station. “For me a lot of the fun of it, and the challenge of it, and the kind of stuff I love to do, is the mix of the creative and the business… I think that actually started at Wesleyan… There’s something about seeing connections and drawing them and reveling in them…and not being scared by the ambiguity, but being challenged by it.”

29 MIN2017 MAY 12
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Encore: Don't Be Scared by Ambiguity. Laura Walker, President and CEO, WNYC

Engage with the Real World. Lael Brainard, US Federal Reserve Board of Governors

We speak with Lael Brainard '83, a member of the United States Federal Reserve's Board of Governors. "I found the transition [to business] relatively seamless…Wesleyan does a good job not just of exposing students to disciplinary rigors…but also of helping them and encouraging them to become engaged with the real world.”

22 MIN2017 APR 28
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Engage with the Real World. Lael Brainard, US Federal Reserve Board of Governors

Take a Risk. Michael Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, the world’s largest TV and broadband company

A conversation with Mike Fries '85, President and CEO of Liberty Global, the world’s largest international TV and broadband company. “You have to be willing to take some risk in your life…I always tell younger people, just get started, figure out what you’re good at. Be patient, but if an opportunity arises be willing to take that risk, because if you’re confident in yourself and you have skills and you have that drive you’re going to land somewhere. No one is ever going to look at you and say, “Well, why did you do that?” If it doesn’t work, they’re going to say, “Wow, that was pretty gutsy. Tell me what you learned in that experience"…every stop along the way is going to help make you a better candidate for what you want to do in life.”

25 MIN2017 APR 14
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Take a Risk. Michael Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, the world’s largest TV and broadband company

ENCORE: What Brings You Joy? Bradley Whitford, film and television actor

In honor of the success of the film "Get Out" we had to repost our interview with Bradley Whitford ’81, film and television actor (The West Wing—Emmy Award, Billy Madison, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Cabin in the Woods, Trophy Wife, Saving Mr. Banks, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Happyish, Transparent). “I urge people to really examine what brings you joy creatively. That is not always going to be commercial success.”

40 MIN2017 APR 1
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ENCORE: What Brings You Joy? Bradley Whitford, film and television actor

Share Your Passions. Jennifer Tour Chayes, Managing Dir. of Microsoft Research New England and NY

We hear from Jennifer Tour Chayes '78, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director of Microsoft Research New England and Microsoft Research New York. "It’s really important to always be talking about what you’re passionate about…I’m always looking for somebody whose [story] is deeply engaging."

41 MIN2017 MAR 17
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Share Your Passions. Jennifer Tour Chayes, Managing Dir. of Microsoft Research New England and NY

Know Who You Are. Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, OB/GYN and integrative medical doctor

We chat with Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz '88, a California-based, board certified OB/GYN and integrative medical doctor. “I didn’t really have a plan. I knew who I was and I stayed close to who I am, and I think that's how these things happen. And a lot of them were surprises…a lot of times when I planned, that’s exactly what didn’t happen."

42 MIN2017 MAR 3
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Know Who You Are. Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, OB/GYN and integrative medical doctor

Encore: What is Your Calling? Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita, Spelman College

In honor of Black History Month, an encore presentation of this interview with Beverly Daniel Tatum ’75, HON'15, President Emerita, Spelman College; author of "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race." “There was a line [in a Spelman brochure], that said, ‘This is your heritage and your calling.’ And I really felt like that sentence was speaking to me…there was that moment of recognition that this is it.”

52 MIN2017 FEB 17
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Encore: What is Your Calling? Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita, Spelman College

Encore: Make a Hopeful Choice. Theodore M. Shaw, Prof. and Dir. of the Center for Civil Rights, UNC

In honor of Black History Month, an encore presentation of this interview with Theodore M. Shaw '76, Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights, University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill. “In a sense it was very selfish of me to pursue this path. Because I think I probably would have gone crazy if I didn’t find a constructive way to engage in the work of racial justice and change for our country. I don’t think there’s anything really altruistic about it. And in some ways it was very selfish...it was a hopeful choice."

47 MIN2017 FEB 3
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Encore: Make a Hopeful Choice. Theodore M. Shaw, Prof. and Dir. of the Center for Civil Rights, UNC

Think Critically and Be Curious. Jed Hoyer, Executive VP and General Manager of the Chicago Cubs

A conversation with Jed Hoyer ‘96, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Chicago Cubs. “I think every day, forming an argument to support your beliefs and trying to be creative and think of new ways to build a great team…those are things that you learn getting a really good liberal arts education...You’ve got to think critically and you’ve got to be curious [to compete].”

27 MIN2017 JAN 20
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Think Critically and Be Curious. Jed Hoyer, Executive VP and General Manager of the Chicago Cubs

Latest Episodes

Find Your Spark. Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, creators of How I Met Your Mother

For our Season One finale, a conversation with Carter Bays ’97 and Craig Thomas ’97, television writers, producers and show runners best known for their hit show How I Met Your Mother. “You want to find that spark of a story you have to tell, a story only you can tell, only in the way that you can tell it."

42 MIN2017 MAY 26
Comments
Find Your Spark. Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, creators of How I Met Your Mother

Encore: Don't Be Scared by Ambiguity. Laura Walker, President and CEO, WNYC

We repost our 2016 conversation with Laura Walker ’79, President and CEO, WNYC, the nation’s largest public radio station. “For me a lot of the fun of it, and the challenge of it, and the kind of stuff I love to do, is the mix of the creative and the business… I think that actually started at Wesleyan… There’s something about seeing connections and drawing them and reveling in them…and not being scared by the ambiguity, but being challenged by it.”

29 MIN2017 MAY 12
Comments
Encore: Don't Be Scared by Ambiguity. Laura Walker, President and CEO, WNYC

Engage with the Real World. Lael Brainard, US Federal Reserve Board of Governors

We speak with Lael Brainard '83, a member of the United States Federal Reserve's Board of Governors. "I found the transition [to business] relatively seamless…Wesleyan does a good job not just of exposing students to disciplinary rigors…but also of helping them and encouraging them to become engaged with the real world.”

22 MIN2017 APR 28
Comments
Engage with the Real World. Lael Brainard, US Federal Reserve Board of Governors

Take a Risk. Michael Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, the world’s largest TV and broadband company

A conversation with Mike Fries '85, President and CEO of Liberty Global, the world’s largest international TV and broadband company. “You have to be willing to take some risk in your life…I always tell younger people, just get started, figure out what you’re good at. Be patient, but if an opportunity arises be willing to take that risk, because if you’re confident in yourself and you have skills and you have that drive you’re going to land somewhere. No one is ever going to look at you and say, “Well, why did you do that?” If it doesn’t work, they’re going to say, “Wow, that was pretty gutsy. Tell me what you learned in that experience"…every stop along the way is going to help make you a better candidate for what you want to do in life.”

25 MIN2017 APR 14
Comments
Take a Risk. Michael Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, the world’s largest TV and broadband company

ENCORE: What Brings You Joy? Bradley Whitford, film and television actor

In honor of the success of the film "Get Out" we had to repost our interview with Bradley Whitford ’81, film and television actor (The West Wing—Emmy Award, Billy Madison, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Cabin in the Woods, Trophy Wife, Saving Mr. Banks, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Happyish, Transparent). “I urge people to really examine what brings you joy creatively. That is not always going to be commercial success.”

40 MIN2017 APR 1
Comments
ENCORE: What Brings You Joy? Bradley Whitford, film and television actor

Share Your Passions. Jennifer Tour Chayes, Managing Dir. of Microsoft Research New England and NY

We hear from Jennifer Tour Chayes '78, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director of Microsoft Research New England and Microsoft Research New York. "It’s really important to always be talking about what you’re passionate about…I’m always looking for somebody whose [story] is deeply engaging."

41 MIN2017 MAR 17
Comments
Share Your Passions. Jennifer Tour Chayes, Managing Dir. of Microsoft Research New England and NY

Know Who You Are. Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, OB/GYN and integrative medical doctor

We chat with Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz '88, a California-based, board certified OB/GYN and integrative medical doctor. “I didn’t really have a plan. I knew who I was and I stayed close to who I am, and I think that's how these things happen. And a lot of them were surprises…a lot of times when I planned, that’s exactly what didn’t happen."

42 MIN2017 MAR 3
Comments
Know Who You Are. Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, OB/GYN and integrative medical doctor

Encore: What is Your Calling? Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita, Spelman College

In honor of Black History Month, an encore presentation of this interview with Beverly Daniel Tatum ’75, HON'15, President Emerita, Spelman College; author of "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race." “There was a line [in a Spelman brochure], that said, ‘This is your heritage and your calling.’ And I really felt like that sentence was speaking to me…there was that moment of recognition that this is it.”

52 MIN2017 FEB 17
Comments
Encore: What is Your Calling? Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita, Spelman College

Encore: Make a Hopeful Choice. Theodore M. Shaw, Prof. and Dir. of the Center for Civil Rights, UNC

In honor of Black History Month, an encore presentation of this interview with Theodore M. Shaw '76, Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights, University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill. “In a sense it was very selfish of me to pursue this path. Because I think I probably would have gone crazy if I didn’t find a constructive way to engage in the work of racial justice and change for our country. I don’t think there’s anything really altruistic about it. And in some ways it was very selfish...it was a hopeful choice."

47 MIN2017 FEB 3
Comments
Encore: Make a Hopeful Choice. Theodore M. Shaw, Prof. and Dir. of the Center for Civil Rights, UNC

Think Critically and Be Curious. Jed Hoyer, Executive VP and General Manager of the Chicago Cubs

A conversation with Jed Hoyer ‘96, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Chicago Cubs. “I think every day, forming an argument to support your beliefs and trying to be creative and think of new ways to build a great team…those are things that you learn getting a really good liberal arts education...You’ve got to think critically and you’ve got to be curious [to compete].”

27 MIN2017 JAN 20
Comments
Think Critically and Be Curious. Jed Hoyer, Executive VP and General Manager of the Chicago Cubs
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