‘Know where your limits are’: Exceptional Women of the World featuring Gabriella Schwarz, Flipboard

Gabriella Schwarz, managing editor, Flipboard

As the managing editor at Flipboard, Gabriella Schwarz leads a team of news curators to feature the most important stories to the site’s readers — a role that she takes very seriously.

She says her inquisitive nature is what led her to become a journalist in the first place — logging in stops at two dissonant, yet important destinations: Fox News, then CNN, where she won an Emmy.

In our conversation at Cannes Lions, we found that curiosity is a search to find the best of people’s stories, something that inspires the Seattle native daily.

Schwarz believes strongly that the most important choice a woman can make in life is to be confident, and is something that her mother instilled in her from an early age, a powerful story on its own, which gave her the fortitude to strive and succeed. She spreads the gospel of confidence, forgiveness and self-awareness, a trait that allows for knowing one’s limits, a critical component for well-being and something that can prevent “doing things that you would later regret.”

In five years, Schwarz hopes we are talking about success – what we’ve achieved and the stories that got us there – regardless of gender.

Strongly connected to her family, she is an unabashed cheerleader for her hometown of Seattle and is quick to point out a couple of must-dos in the city — including visiting the impressive Benroya Hall, the home of classical music in the Emerald City.

In fact, the energetic Schwarz counts hearing a classical concert as another must-do for everyone, since most people aren’t as exposed to it anymore. So it’s no surprise that she plays the violin, something she’s had a great passion for after getting her first violin at the age of 4.

A fan of great quotes, cold weather, the color black and doing podcasts, Schwarz is treading an incredibly rewarding path — and contributing a great deal of meaning to not only Flipboard, but how the world views itself through the lens of quality news and content.

Exceptional Women of the World is a podcast that highlights and celebrates the great achievements, lives and POV of amazing women throughout the world of advertising, marketing, digital, tech and creativity. Started as Exceptional Women Out West, you can listen to previous episodes here. If you would like to nominate exceptional women to be part of the show, please complete this form: http://bit.ly/EWOWPitch.

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Doug Zanger

Doug Zanger is the Americas editor for The Drum. He leads the Americas editorial team’s content activity in the growing region. Based in Portland, Oregon, he is committed to sharing the most meaningful stories that benefit the global industry and its people. A Minnesota native, Zanger has covered a wide range of brands, issues and personalities, including Aloe Blacc, Seu Jorge, Wendy Clark, Susan Credle, Dan Wieden, Jeff Goodby and more. Fiercely dedicated to diversity, equality and talent, he has interviewed several women in leadership roles through his Exceptional Women of the World podcast.

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