Greatness Adjacent Podcast

Greatness Adjacent is a peek inside the worlds of people in our orbits who inspire us and who have achieved success in what they do, no matter how unlikely the dream seems. We’re hungry for origin stories of how people got to where they are today. Mondi and I are surrounded by amazing people. We want to hear about their journeys-if they took the road less traveled, more traveled or blazed their own trail. We especially love to hear about their failures and missteps. Twists and turns are so good to hear about; pivots make magic sometimes.

 

Episode Blogs

GA 20 | Making Things Pretty
  She has a YouTube channel with tutorials called Francesca Make Me Pretty… and she will. Francesca has a degree in art from LMU and has been doing makeup since she was a teenager. Her mother is a hairstylist and her father was an art director. Making things pretty is in her genes. She’s been in the business for over twenty years. She went from working at makeup counters to freelancing to being the beauty
GA 19 | Dance Fitness
  Franki Floro is transforming the dance/fitness world. She teaches Hip Hop, Broadway, Bumpin’ Burlesque, and Flashback Groove. Her classes are packed because they’re so much fun. She welcomes all ages and all abilities. She comes with the hardest of choreography and the most encouraging of spirits. She’s knocked down the notion that great dance classes are only for professionals. She brings all the skills and none of the intimidation which is why people are
GA 18 | How Yoga Changes Lives
  Lauren is a true yogi and beacon in the wellness world. She radiates deep love, compassion and connectedness. She describes herself as an open book and she is. Lauren and her husband, Travis Elliot, are co-founders of their company Inner Dimension Media, an on-line platform with a wealth of classes and courses in yoga, meditation and mindfulness. She teaches in studios throughout Los Angeles. She and Travis lead retreats all over the world and
GA 17 | Raissa Gerona Of Revolve
  Raissa Gerona doesn’t have a degree in business or fashion design. That didn’t stop her in any way from being a key player in building the empire that is now Revolve. As Chief Brand Officer, she saw the potential of Instagram as a platform for business from the very beginning. She had a hunch that traveling the world with influential people would be a brilliant way to showcase the clothes the company was producing.
GA 16 | Manifesting Dreams
  Elisabeth Rohm (@elisabethrohm) will do it, all of it. She’s a hugely successful actress (Law and Order, American Hustle, Joy, Bombshell, to name a few) and an adoring mom. She’s co-written a book, she has a blog for People magazine, she’s a partner with a fitness apparel brand, and she may start a podcast (AKA we bet it’s on everyone’s subscribe list soon). She’s the perfect mixture of incredible artist meets focused pragmatist. Lis
GA 15 | Becoming A Performing Artist
  Alexis Carra @alexisacarra is a Latina dancer, actress, singer, choreographer, teacher, and business owner. Her family is from Cuba, Argentina, and Spain. She started dancing at 2 and was competing by 9. She went to Yale, took a semester off Yale to tour with Anne Reinking’s production of Fosse, then went back to graduate from Yale and shifted her focus to theater. After college, she moved to NY and was cast in musical theater
GA 14 | Rightor Doyle
  Rightor Doyle (@rightordoyle). This guy. He’s a personal hero. Out and proud and speaking up about all the right things. The love list is long: An amazing actor, (On HBO’s “Barry”), a superb writer, director, show creator and executive producer (of “Bonding” on Netflix). But then there’s his enduring friendships with many insanely talented women, the fact that he’s the most loving of sons, his attitude of gratitude, his rejection of rejection, hilarious honesty,
GA 13 | Master of Reinvention
  Alison Williams sat down with me while I tried to get a grasp on the vast scope of her work. She’s someone who tastes the full buffet life has to offer and savors every bite. She’s owned and sold multiple successful businesses. She’s a writer, professor, home renovator, former doula and has a new venture she’s started since we recorded this episode. She’s a devoted mother of 2 beautiful girls. She has navigated one
GA 12 | Event Planning
  Beth Helmstetter (@bethhelmstetter) is an event planning sorceress. She conjures up celebrations that are the stuff of dreams – unforgettable, inimitable, and FUN. She floats in, petite, brilliant, tireless in her work ethic, and abracadabras her spells all over her events. She talks to us about how she went from working in non-profit, not even knowing her industry was an industry, to becoming one of its reigning queens, named amongst the “best planners” per
GA 11 | Classical Acting
  The Velvet Voice: This handsome devil came and we talked all things theater. David@daviddesantos paid his dues on stage for years and is now a star on the TNT show “The Kingdom.” Growing up in the San Fernando Valley in the most unconventional of family businesses, he knew he wanted to be an actor since he was five. He’s an actor’s actor, classically trained and all-around lovely guy. — Listen to the podcast here:
GA 10 | Fertility
  The Golden Egg: Dr. Carolyn Alexander @ bheggfreezemd is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology as well as reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She was hand-chosen by the founding “mom and dad” of reproductive medicine. Her unwavering positivity and endless hope are her signature. She believes there’s always a golden egg and the love she has for her patients shines through her big smile. — Listen to the podcast here: Dr. Carolyn Alexander: The Golden Egg
GA 9 | Yoga Nidra
  Anna Hardwick @ladyhardwick is a real Renaissance woman who proves you can do it all if you love it – an actor, a yogi, a boutique hotelier, a writer, a producer, sometimes landscape architect, and an always inspiration to us. She has taken on every career thoughtfully, making sure it aligns with her values – does it support her acting work, does it create community, calm, and connectedness? Her compass forever points North and