Before It’s Too Late is a podcast about what matters most in life. Every two weeks, Christiane zu Salm interviews thought leaders from diverse backgrounds to learn how they find the courage to meaning in their lives – whilst they still can, before it’s too late. 

This podcast encourages listeners to live a richer and more fulfilling life, especially in times of crisis, tragedy, and trauma. At the end of each episode, zu Salm asks guests to describe the legacy they want to leave behind other than money. 

Before It’s Too Late is about elevating consciousness and living life to its fullest. Offering a variety of perspectives, it compels listeners to realign their own lives in accordance with their true selves.

“The heartfelt stories told on Before It’s Too Late remind us that time is truly precious, that there is never enough of it, and that we need to be intentional in how we live our lives. I cannot thank Christiane enough for her perspective and wisdom in making sure we discuss, rather than avoid, these topics now while we still can.”

Lisa Shalett, former Goldman Sachs Partner and co-Founder of Extraordinary Women on Boards (EWOB)

  • Episode 15: Kathryn Spellman: breaking out of our silos

    It makes me very happy to speak with Kathryn Spellman today, who is a Professor for the Study of Muslim Civilisations at both Columbia University and Aga Khan University. Kathryn is sharing with us many interesting insights around the Muslim cultures.  Her research and teaching is about getting a greater understanding to areas that are

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  • Episode 14: Rufus Griscom: collaborating with humility and gratefulness

    In today’s episode, we’re speaking with founder and CEO of The Next Big Idea Club, Rufus Griscom. The Next Big Idea Club is a platform and an app that directly connects world’s most brilliant writers and thinkers with their audience, so they can interact around life-changing ideas in a more powerful way. Every season, the

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  • Episode 13: Marc Walder: Challenging yourself

    It makes me very happy to have Marc Walder as my guest in today’s episode. Marc is the CEO and managing partner at Ringier AG. Ringier was founded in 1833 and is a family-owned, innovative and diversified Swiss media company that is active in Europe, Africa and Asia. It fascinates me that Marc has learned

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  • Episode 12: April Rinne: Being in Flux

    In our opening episode for Season 2, we speak with change navigator and adventurer April Rinne about how we as individuals can reshape our relationship to change, so that we can navigate especially the challenging parts of change better and become fit for a world in flux. April has written the amazing book “Flux: 8

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    Episode 11. Alex Cann: solving conflicts through wisdom

    In our last episode of season 1, we are talking to a special guest from Ghana, Lieutenant Colonel Alex Cann. He currently serves as Deputy Operations Officer at the Ghana Army in Africa and is also delivering international UN peacekeeping advice to the Chief of his Army. His specialty is conflict solving, a skill that

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  • Episode 10. Batya Yaniger: finding meaning in everything

    It makes me incredibly happy to have my logotherapy teacher Batya Yaniger from Israel as today’s guest. What she teaches is all about the individual’s responsibility to find meaning in life, whatever happens to them. Logotherapy – ‘logo’ standing for ‘meaning’ – was developed by Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl, who outlined in his famous book

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  • Episode 9. Jammal Lemy: mobilizing voices to be heard

    It makes me very happy to have 23 years-old activist, artist and movement creator Jammal Lemy as today’s guest.  He has become known to a larger public, when he served as creative director for MARCH FOR OUR LIVES, one of the largest and most impactful youth-led movements in global history against gun violence, after a

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  • Episode 8. Anne Gordon: amplifying the strength of others

    In today’s episode, we speak with highly achieved Anne Gordon, who was the highest ranking female in one of the 32 American Football teams when she was heading marketing for the Philadelphia Eagles for more than 5 seasons. Anne is sharing with us, what her biggest learning was in this more or less purely male

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  • Episode 7. Sunil Arora: Being as conscious as you can

    It makes me very happy to have Sunil Arora as my guest in today’s episode. I have hardly met people who are able to convey their inner growth process with such richness and wisdom. Sunil is sharing with us his ‘wonderfully weird’ path to his true calling, which was becoming a fulfilled and successful coach.

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  • Episode 6. Sashi Valtz: thanking yourself for your achievements

    In today’s episode, my guest is the award-winning fintech woman Sashi Valtz, who has made a remarkable career in the international banking world. Just one day before she was about to start a new job and climb her career ladder even higher, she lost the love of her life to the ocean. “See you at

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  • Episode 5. Hans Ulrich Obrist: calling out for urgency

    I’m proud to have worldwide renowned art curator and artistic director of London’s Serpentine Galleries Hans Ulrich Obrist as my guest in today’s episode. Hans Ulrich is very special in many ways, as with never-ending energy he is calling out for the urgency to make a contribution to the world every single day. This is

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  • Episode 4. Felix Oberholzer: making life better in the now

    In today’s episode, we are learning from Harvard Business School Professor for Strategy and most successful “After Hours” podcast host Felix Oberholzer-Gee, that happiness is possible in many different versions. He is sharing with us, that for the longest time in his life he thought he wanted to be a carpenter. But when life catapulted

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  • Episode 3. Tina Lifford: turning pain into a sacred torture

    I’m very honored to have wonderful actress, best selling author and coach Tina Lifford as my guest in today’s episode. Tina is known for the more than 100 characters she’s played on TV and in movies over the course of 36 years, including her current role playing Aunt Vi in the Oprah Winfrey networks series

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  • Episode 2. Heiko Roehl: going where the fear is

    In today’s episode, Social Sciences Professor and Change Management Entrepreneur Heiko Roehl is sharing with us a pivotal moment when he caused a car crash by hitting a dear on the German Autobahn. After landing his car upside down, he says, “I’ve noticed how much I live under the illusion of control”. We are discussing

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  • Episode 1. Lisa Shalett: becoming your own source of confidence

    In this first episode, let’s learn from Harvard graduate and former Goldman Sachs partner Lisa Shalett how to create meaning from unwanted transitions in life. As a truly accomplished career woman she is sharing her story about the pivotal moment when she chose to leave her hugely successful life after her father fell from a

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    before it’s too late: Trailer Episode

    What makes up a fulfilling life? What’s stopping us from living our best life, a life with meaning? I’m your host, Christiane zu Salm, media executive turned hospice worker. Every two weeks and starting on March 5, I speak with and learn from courageous people from diverse backgrounds about what really matters and explore what

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