Meet Marianne

Marianne is a widely published journalist and interviewer whose writings and interviews have been featured in a variety of media outlets. She is the author of four books, the founder of the online platform, and the founder of What Will It Take Movements. Marianne is also the host of the podcast ShiftMakers, which highlights exclusive insights of luminaries, celebrities, and thought leaders as they share wisdom on how to be an authentic changemaker today. Through her writings, interviews, and websites, Marianne strives to raise awareness and inspire activism around important issues and causes.

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Journalist, author, and activist Marianne Schnall has been in conversation with some of the most iconic influencers in our culture today. The ShiftMakers Podcast brings us on an epic journey that highlights the exclusive insights of various celebrities, luminaries, and movement makers as they share wisdom on how to be an authentic changemaker today. Ultimately, we uncover what it will take to make a positive difference in the world.


Amy Poehler ‘Yes Please’ | AOL BUILD

Marianne Schnall interviews actress, writer, and comedian Amy Poehler who delves into the creative process behind her book "Yes, Please" and her views on feminism, activism, and more.

Legendary Actress Jane Fonda | AOL BUILD

Actress and activist Jane Fonda joins Marianne Schnall for an AOL BUILD interview to talk about the professional career & passions that have made her an inspiration for generations of women.

What Will It Take to Make Media that Advances Gender Equality?: Full Panel Discussion

Panel conversation moderated by Marianne Schnall with Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Brenda Robinson, and Caroline Heldman discussing the need for more women leaders and diversity in the media industry and how media can drive gender equality.

Women’s Political Leadership: Nancy Pelosi Q&A

Marianne Schnall interviews House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi at the event Women's Political Leadership: What Will It Take? in partnership with NYU Skirball.

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