Achim Nowak Podcast


My Fourth Act Podcast

Achim Nowak

Achim Nowak


Hello. I’m Achim Nowak, Executive Coach, Author, Mastermind Convener and host of the My Fourth Act Podcast. If life is a 5-act play, what will you do in your 4th act? Your childhood conflicts have been resolved. The big dramas of life are behind you. Most importantly, you’re not ready to stop.

Join me as I speak with exceptional humans who have created bold and unexpected 4th acts. Listen and be inspired. Rate and subscribe on whatever platform you’re listening on. Welcome.

Episode 120 | 35 minutes

When Being Comfortable Becomes Too Uncomfortable

What I have learned about professional pivots. Why I didn’t pursue a career as a concert pianist after my Carnegie Hall debut. What happens after we have put in 10,000 hours. How I thrive in controlled chaos. Why I am driven to chase “amazing”.

My Conversation with Grace E. Niwa

Ozlem Brooke Erol

Grace E. Niwa is a former classical pianist who received a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from Juilliard, made her Carnegie Hall debut – and then decided to not pursue a professional career in music. Grace’s subsequent professional life of multiple pivots includes being the Principal of her own PR firm and serving as Principal in a Global Executive Search firm. 

These days, Grace is the VP of Global Talent Acquisition, Talent Intelligence and Early Career at the red-hot Vertex Pharmaceuticals, a global pharma powerhouse. Grace arrived at Vertex after serving as VP of Talent Acquisition and Executive at the equally celebrated Flagship Pioneering. Grace is a disruptor and visionary in the highly competitive world of Global Talent Acquisition, with a drive and discipline that are animated by her early training as a concert pianist.

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