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What Should I Do With My Life? with Steph Horwitz

What Should I Do With My Life? with Steph Horwitz

By Steph Horwitz

None of us have it all figured out. Let's talk about it! Join me as I host a variety of awesome guests whose stories and experience are bursting with real-deal insights. Welcome to our community of "figure-it-outers" who are searching for passion, looking to make a career pivot, or simply don't know what to do with our lives. You are in good company.

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S3 Ep9 Pamela Wise

What Should I Do With My Life? with Steph HorwitzJun 05, 2023

S3 Ep9 Pamela Wise
Jun 05, 202356:57
S3 Ep8 Tyler Hall
May 07, 202351:16
S3 Ep7: Gina Horwitz

S3 Ep7: Gina Horwitz

It’s a big day everyone!! Today we have my MOM on the pod!! And, it is so so fitting because my mom, Gina Horwitz, just recently retired!! And even better, I got to sit down with her in person to do this interview!

My Mom spent the past 12 years at Wayne State University in Detroit, where she was the associate director of philanthropy and alumni relations at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Growing up, mom was around, she was a homemaker raising us 3 kids, and she was extremely busy in her volunteer work– she was always chairing different events and fundraisers, working with various causes, just always doing so much for others and the community. She ended up going back into the workforce when I was in high school.

I am so beyond proud of her- her bravery for putting herself out there, her confidence in herself and in what she is doing, seeing her truly thrive in a different career path and become a heavy hitter has been amazing.

In this episode, we talk about what “work” really means and how our society values getting PAID for what we do, we discuss how mom took years and years of volunteer experience and the skills she learned there and transferred them into a new career path, we hash out the topic that many people are uncomfortable with – which is asking others for money, chat about how we can create a culture of giving amongst young people, and so much more!

Mom is the epitome of what it means to be a mensch, what it means to do good, what it means to be unapologetically yourself. Please meet my mom, Gina Horwitz!

Apr 10, 202352:29
S3 Ep 6: Joseph Gitler

S3 Ep 6: Joseph Gitler

I am excited to introduce you today to Joseph Gitler, the founder and chairman of Leket Israel, the leading food rescue and resource organization in Israel. In 2022 ALONE, Leket distributed 27,000 tons of fruits and vegetables and over 2 million cooked meals. I have volunteered at Leket and they are doing such important work, have such creative campaigns, they are making such an impact. Throughout our chat, Joseph sprinkles career tips for immigrants in Israel, he gives lot of social and economical context in terms of what’s been happening in Israel over the past 20+ years ago as well as the present day landscape to give you an understanding of the tech sector, the nonprofit sector, the many people who have fallen between the cracks, and where food waste and rescue comes into the picture. In this episode, Joseph shares about the fateful bar mitzvah he attended that sparked his desire to rescue cooked meals for those in need, we hash out this conundrum of being able to afford the high costs of living while wanting to work in impactful, charitable jobs and how to deal with the enormous pay gap that exists, how the monied world views the charity world, and so much more. Joseph also shares his proudest moments, which just may surprise you!

Get involved with Leket:




Leket’s purim campaign:

Mar 03, 202350:18
S3 Ep5: Sammar Farooqi
Feb 07, 202346:56
S3 Ep4: Ashley Sutton
Jan 15, 202349:50
S3 Ep3: Shirley Goodman (The Dancing Nana)

S3 Ep3: Shirley Goodman (The Dancing Nana)

Meet Shirley Goodman, AKA the Dancing Nana! At 99 years young, Shirley has been tap dancing for over 90 years! She started performing as a tap dancer as a young girl in the vaudeville days, and after high school, Nana opened up her own dance school. Today, you can find Nana performing at various Jazz venues in Sarasota, and teaching at local retirement homes, synagogues, and churches. You may recognize nana from her viral video dancing the tush push with her grandchildren at a family wedding. Her video has garnered over 50 million views, and she has truly become an internet session! Nana’s passion for dancing and movement is contagious, and she truly inspires everyone she meets, and everyone who sees her videos, to get up and dance. Today’s episode is extra special, because I am joined by my sister-in-law Miriam, who happens to be nana’s granddaughter! In this episode, we talk about how how Nana’s passion for tap dancing began, how it felt for Nana to achieve her lifelong dream of dancing on TV on Good Morning America– which happened in her late 90’s might I add!-and we find out what nana always keeps in her purse. This episode also includes an extra special audio clip of Nana tap dancing in 1938 on the Major Bowes radio show that you MUST hear. 

If you want to follow Nana and see her dance, follow her instagram page .

Dec 02, 202237:30
S3 Ep2: Arianna Ratner Dell
Oct 02, 202242:00
Bonus: Stuff to Think About if You Want to Start a Podcast

Bonus: Stuff to Think About if You Want to Start a Podcast

There is so much I wish I thought about before I started my podcasting journey! If you are thinking about starting a podcast, make sure to check out this episode where I break down the top 10 questions you MUST ask yourself before starting, and share a bunch of tips and tricks along the way. 

Sep 13, 202227:50
S3 Ep1: Sheri Horwitz

S3 Ep1: Sheri Horwitz

Meet Sheri Horwitz! Sheri is a high school teacher who has taught over 2,000 students over the past 12 years. She currently teaches English at Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and yes-- we are related! Sheri is my sister-in-law and married to my brother, Adam! In this episode, Sheri talks about how she incorporates her passion for acting and movies in her work, how she stays motivated and excited when teaching the same material, we go over some tricks of the trade for a more efficient teaching schedule, and talk about how being a teacher is a core part of her identity and something she can’t just turn off. I had a ball talking to her, I’ve been wanting to get her on the pod since day 1, so I am very excited for you to meet her. Enjoy!

Aug 19, 202248:16
Bonus: Showing Up Authentically

Bonus: Showing Up Authentically

Hey All! It's been a minute. Last night I gave a talk to the amazing WaveMakers community on how to show up authentically. Whether you are looking to grow in your career, make a career pivot, or trying to figure out your stuff (like we all are!) it is important that we show up an embrace our own authentic selves. Hope you enjoy these 3 tips on showing up authentically!

Aug 05, 202209:26
S2 Ep12: Shana Recker
Jan 26, 202234:08
S2 Ep11: Dr. Adia Gooden
Jan 19, 202241:40
S2 Ep10: Meg Wagner
Nov 03, 202146:34
S2 Ep9: Erica Davis
Oct 20, 202148:49
S2 Ep8: Dani Sarusi

S2 Ep8: Dani Sarusi

Meet Dani Sarusi! In her own words, Dani shows people how awesome they are, just as they are. Through beautiful branding photography, Dani helps businesses see themselves in a new way and get inspired, and through documentary photography, Dani shows families how awesome their everyday lives are, dirty dishes included. In this episode, Dani talks about the experience that completely 180’d the trajectory of her life and sparked her passion in the global development space , shares how motherhood became the catalyst for her career in photography, and talks about the elements of her background in anthropology that she takes with her everyday to photoshoots. Her life needs to be a movie, let me know who we should cast to play Dani - she has an incredible story that is still being written, she has been a super important figure in my own podcasting journey and What Should I Do With My Life? Would not be what it is without her. Here is the one and only, Dani Sarusi.

Connect on Instagram! 

Work with Dani! - Brand Photography Family Photography

Oct 06, 202145:58
S2 Ep7: Vanna Sann
Sep 24, 202143:24
S2 Ep6: Ava Szilagi
Aug 18, 202142:38
S2 Ep5: Amy Mullins

S2 Ep5: Amy Mullins

Please meet the amazing Amy Mullins. Amy is a teacher, a healer, a CEO, a giver, a leader. She has dedicated her life’s work to empowering and supporting children in various ways, as a life coach, through her work at Detroit Boxing Gym, and oh so much more. In October, Amy created and launched A Courageous Voice (ACV) whose mission is to prevent and protect children from child sexual abuse using evidence based, educational tools to raise awareness and empower families to stop this violence. In today’s episode, Amy shares about how being of service to others has been a huge element in her healing journey, what it was like to take something so painful and not spoken about and turn that into her life’s work, and talks about how everything changed when she realized her voice matters.

*This episode discusses child sexual abuse. Listener discretion is advised*

A few things have changed since Amy and I recorded this episode. Amy left her day job and is now working on ACV full-time which is super exciting. Another very important update is that ACV which once focused on supporting adult survivors has had to shift its focus more toward children because there really aren’t any funds available that support adult survivors. ACV is still working with survivors, but implementing a curriculum with youth programs and schools to raise awareness and educate children and families. 

If you would like to learn more, get involved, or donate, please go to

If you are someone you know has been sexually abused, you can find a resources and support at

For more information, please email

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Jul 14, 202152:25
S2 Ep4: Richard Bachmann
Jun 23, 202157:59
S2 Ep3: Stephanie Lee
Jun 09, 202149:49
S2 Ep2: Noa Matz
May 12, 202141:05
S2 Ep1: Anthony Ware
Apr 28, 202153:45
Bonus: Season 1 Reflections

Bonus: Season 1 Reflections

Stephanie shares her reflections on Season 1 of "What Should I Do With My Life? Figuring It Out From Those Who Seem To Have it All Figured Out." Find out what were the highlights and the challenges, and what is to come in season 2! 

Jan 19, 202113:11
S1 Ep12: Lee'at Gentely
Nov 24, 202050:05
S1 Ep11: Phatry Derek Pan
Nov 09, 202042:48
S1 Ep10: Dr. Maya Ozery

S1 Ep10: Dr. Maya Ozery

In today’s episode, we are joined by the amazing Dr. Maya Ozery. Born and raised in Givat Yearim, Israel, Maya’s passion for sports began as a child, and she found her niche on the soccer field, eventually playing for Israel’s national women's soccer team. Maya talks about her experience as a female athlete and what led her to advocate for equity in sports for women in Israel, talks group dynamics and the key ingredients for a successful team, and shares how she creates space for people to find their passions and explore their interests in the college athletics framework.

Oct 23, 202046:50
S1 Ep9: Mikhl Yashinsky

S1 Ep9: Mikhl Yashinsky

Meet the one and only Mikhl Yashinsky! A talented Yiddishist, actor, writer, director, and teacher, Mikhl is propelled by an undeniable energy to spread a love for the Yiddish language near and far. In this episode, Mikhl discusses the importance of Yiddish and how his passion for the language and culture blossomed, talks about the humbling and powerful experience he had when acting on stage in Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, and shares many nuggets of wisdom for those looking to explore and embrace new passions. Stay up to date with Mikhl’s delightful Yiddish videos and creative content on Instagram at @mikhldarling.

Oct 03, 202046:37
S1 Ep8: Katja Kolmetz
Sep 21, 202041:29
S1 Ep7: Beth Kohn Converse

S1 Ep7: Beth Kohn Converse

In today’s episode, we will be joined by the sunny Beth Kohn Converse, a Registered Acupuncturist, Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, and Diplomate in Chinese Herbology (+ currently studying for her doctorate!) Beth opened up her own practice nearly 10 years ago, and helps patients dealing with a variety of challenges achieve their health care goals through acupuncture, body work, Chinese herbs, and cupping. Beth shares how the relief she found in acupuncture for her own migraine headaches inspired her to pursue a career in Chinese Medicine, discusses how her early experience of administering acupuncture needles like "on a factory line” inspired her to provide personalized care plans for her patients, and shares what she has to say to those hesitant about trying Chinese Medicine treatments.

Sep 05, 202044:25
S1 Ep6: Danny Devries

S1 Ep6: Danny Devries

Meet Danny Devries! A lover of travel with a background in economics, Danny has served as a Foreign Service Officer for the last 8 years with the US State Department in different posts around the globe. Live from Amman, Jordan, Danny chats about some of the perks & challenges of living in different (and sometimes hostile) areas, talks about the process of becoming a diplomat, and passionately shares about the impact that his work has on foreign policy issues. 

*This episode do not necessarily reflect the views of the US government* 

Aug 22, 202044:20
S1 Ep5: Mia Schon
Aug 06, 202042:02
S1 Ep4: Eden Adler
Aug 06, 202043:27
S1 Ep3: Sara Klaben Avrahami
Aug 06, 202043:06
S1 Ep2: Ronnie Elkus

S1 Ep2: Ronnie Elkus

In today’s episode, we will be hearing from Ronnie Elkus, the best-dressed Metro-Detroiter with the biggest heart. At the ripe age of 21, Ronnie opened up “The Shirt Box,” a men’s clothing and accessories store.  After 38 years of running the “Cheers” of men’s retail, Ronnie sits down to share the ups and downs of his colorful journey, how he turned customers into lifelong friends, and important lessons he learned along the way. This episode is in loving memory of Rod Brown, a dear friend, and former co-owner of The Shirt Box.

Aug 06, 202044:41
S1 Ep1: Arthur Horwitz

S1 Ep1: Arthur Horwitz

In today's episode, we will be hearing from my Dad, Arthur Horwitz! From delivering papers on a paper route as a young child to managing and publishing one of the country's top Jewish newspapers, my Dad shares the journey of his 50-year love affair with the newspaper industry, when his job went from being work to being a passion, and what his next chapter will look like

Jul 16, 202043:39


So...What's this podcast all about? Get to know Stephanie a bit & get a taste of what's to come as we figure out what do with our lives!

Jul 15, 202004:28