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The Career Legend with Susan Lyne

Guest Susan Lyne talks to Liz about her legendary career, from her first job working on a magazine with Francis Coppola to greenlighting Grey’s Anatomy while at ABC to running content companies for AOL. But she says her legacy for her daughters will be what she’s doing today… founding and running Built By Girls Ventures, an early-stage fund backing female founders.

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Your first act is school, your second act is work, but have you thought about what you’re going to do in your third act? Join host Liz Tinkham, a former Accenture Senior Managing Director, as she talks to guests who are happily “pretired” – enjoying their time, treasure, and talent to pursue their purpose and passion in the third act of their life.

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The Career Legend with Susan Lyne

susan lyne

On this week’s episode, Liz talks with Susan Lyne – The Career Legend. Susan’s resume reads like the magazine cover story of someone who you want to be…. from her early days dropping out of UC Berkeley, to her work on a magazine with Francis Ford Coppola, to greenlighting Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives while at ABC, to being the CEO at Gilt Group (one of the first online shopping and lifestyle websites featuring designer clothing).
But, she says the legacy she leaves for her daughters will be what she’s doing today… founding and running Built By Girls Ventures, an early-stage fund backing female founders. And, to top all that off, she’s a Forbes 50 over 50 Impact winner! Join Liz for this discussion with the fabulous Susan Lyne.

1:43 Dropping out of Berkeley to work for Francis Coppola
4:55 Switching to movies and TV at Disney
9:57 Launching programming for women like Grey’s Anatomy
12:18 Leading Martha Stewart Omnimedia
17:14 AOL and her early female investor group
20:34 The start of BBG Ventures
23:30 What BBG looks for in Founders
26:54 Age bias in venture investing
30:06 Learning from her younger founders

You can follow Susan on her LinkedIn or at BBG Ventures. She can also be found on Twitter at @smlyne.

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