Modern Women Making Waves: Schuyler Hudak
Schuyler Hudak Founder COR Media
When I reflect upon the many women who inspire me (and make waves), this lovely, bright, cutting-edge gal is definitely at the top of my list. I have known Schuyler Hudak for many years and whenever she has referred to me as a mentor, I am quick to remind her that she is also mine. I’m lucky to have friendships with younger women -- and Schuyler has been a strong influence in my life…Always encouraging my choice to pursue my passion to support and empower women, alongside my beloved role as mother and wife.
Schuyler (my millennial mentor!) has been incredibly helpful in keeping me current on generational topics, and I am always in awe of her drive and determination. She recently founded COR Media, a modern media company which promises to change the face of news as we know it. Through relevant short form versions of 60 Minutes-like content, COR Media will bring news to the Millennials — eliminating misinformation, partisanship, mistrust, and the focus on the dark side of humanity, (the short documentary videos are fascinating for everyone: Baby Boomers to Gen Z!) The root of the word COR means courage, which Schuyler fully embodies as she embarks on the challenge of revitalizing news… creating a more informed citizenry, and redefining the issues of today, tomorrow, and the future. Welcome COR Media, and thank you Schuyler Hudak!
Good advice is a gift — what is the best advice you’ve been given? When I was making the decision about what to do after college YOU told me "Pick where you want to live, move there and put down roots. You will have friends that move all over the world but you will be building a community". It's the reason I moved back to the Bay Area after college and now when people move to San Francisco, I love being able to connect them with other people whom I've met over the past 9 years of living in the City and I feel blessed to have such a strong community of supporters and friends.
What is on the top of your bucket list? Going to the top of the South Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge. It's my favorite landmark in the world, in my favorite place in the world. I love the symbolism of the Golden Gate Bridge. I think of it as the bookend to the Western side of the country and a gateway to America.
Who would you invite to your ideal Girl’s Night? My sister, Whitney. Everything is better when she is there.
What is your go-to piece of clothing? A navy blazer. My mom always told me that it was the most classic piece but as a little girl I insisted I knew that pink dresses were everything. Not surprisingly she was right (as she is about so much in life) and now I wear my navy blazer anytime I'm in doubt. It's classic and timeless.
What do you sing when you are alone in your car? I sing ALL the time when I'm alone in my car. I just drove to Simi Valley to support a friend and then drove back later that night so it was 10 straight hours of singing. Right now it's the entire Hamilton soundtrack but typically there is a lot of Disney, country and really any ballad that I can sing at the top of my lungs.
What is the best compliment you have received? I'm not sure about ever, but my boyfriend said this to me the other day in an email and I saved it for when I'm doubting myself: "Honey, you bring more value to the world than anybody I know. Both on a personal scale and a global scale. And to me, you bring all the value in my world." I can't think of a more meaningful compliment coming from someone I love.
How has your life been different than you imagined? I think I'm far more independent than I ever thought I would be. When I was young, I was scared to get hurt, to fail, to struggle at all. And now I'm fiercely independent to the extent that when someone tells me I can't do something, I say: "Watch me."
What is your most-used word? (And what word do you wish everyone would stop using?) Most used: "Yes" I say this word way too frequently. I think a lot of women can relate to that. What I wish everyone would stop saying: Any and all words women use to disparage other women. We all have our own struggles and we need to stop making it more difficult on one another. We are on the same team and the success of one woman doesn’t devalue the success of another. Let’s be kind to one another.
Who is your celebrity crush?John Oliver. He's taking real issues and giving them a spotlight. His show is a mix between activism and journalism.
What is your guiltiest pleasure? Lately it's ordering Thai food from Postmates (Osha) and pouring yellow curry chicken over pad thai and eating it in one big bowl. #healthy
What is your favorite museum? The Newseum in Washington DC, which honors journalists from around the world for dedicating their lives to telling the stories that help us understand our world.
If you weren’t starting this business what would you be doing? I would start a company that makes everything at the DMV digital (including voter registration) and then eventually brings all government forms online and allows you to manage your civic life completely digitally through one app. If we can lower the barrier to entry for people to interact with government, then we can improve civic participation and lower the cost and burden of bureaucracy. Can you imagine if when you moved you just opened an app on your phone and suddenly your address was officially changed and you didn't have to spend the next 3 years forwarding your mail, making sure you were re-registered to vote and standing in line at the DMV?
What is the first thing you notice when you meet someone? Do they seem like they are genuinely interested in meeting me? Or are they constantly looking around to see who else in the room might be more important. I immediately notice if someone is look at me or looking past me