#SharedSecrets: Episode 6

The Power of Telling the Truth with Lacey Schwartz


Documentary filmmaker Lacey Schwartz grew up in a white Jewish family in a small, mostly white town in Upstate New York. When she was in college, she learned a shocking secret about her biological background—a secret she didn’t discuss with her father until she was 30 for fear of rejection. In Episode 6, Lacey joins me to talk about the power of telling the truth, and how the “little white lies” we tell throughout our lives can be so damaging.

Lacey produced a documentary about her story in 2014 called “Little White Lie.” In the podcast, she shares the challenges she faced in confronting issues of race, paternity and identity while making the documentary. She also discusses the power of sharing a secret, which she’s encouraged others to do through her “Truth Circle” game and through the hashtag #SixWordLittleWhiteLie.

Lacey has two children, and we’ll also discuss the tools we use to teach our own kids to face life’s truths head-on.

More about Lacey: Lacey is the CEO of Truth Aid, and is also a director/producer and outreach strategist who has worked with organizations and networks including MTV, BET, NASCAR and Be'chol Lashon. She has a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.