Join me for a weekly conversation with leaders, risk-takers, and visionaries as they share how they carved their path by choosing their direction. The goal of each episode is to help you navigate the ever-changing world with conscious choice. Because the more intent you bring to the choices you make, the more power you have over the results you create!
The choice is yours.
Darin Olien co-hosts the new, hit Netflix docu-series “Down to Earth with Zac Efron” and the #1 Health & Wellness podcast "The Darin Olien Show." He is also a highly recognized superfood hunter, supplement formulator, and author of the bestselling book, “SuperLife: The five fixes that will keep you healthy, fit, and eternally awesome.” And on top of ALL of that, in early 2020 Darin launched 121 Tribe, a health APP created to help people live an optimal and sustainable life. Darin shares his thought journey with Stef and how he has created intentional ways to always live his purpose.
Mario is a multi-talented television personality. He has appeared on several tv series, in films, and on Broadway. He serves as the host for the syndicated entertainment news magazine show Access Hollywood and currently, he's gearing up for the upcoming Saved by the Bell reboot, where he will reprise his role as AC Slater. He joins Stef for an illuminating conversation about his ability to constantly evolve in the entertainment industry and in his personal life.
Robyn Moreno is a curandera, life coach, Latinx leader, and Emmy-nominated TV host. She has worked tirelessly to elevate empowering stories about Latinas and women of color via her platform and her roles as Editor-In-Chief and Co-President of Latina Media Ventures; Editor-In-Chief of TheFetching.com; Founding Contributor for Cosmo for Latinas. She’s the author of Border-line Personalities: A New Generation of Latinas Dish on Sex, Sass, and Cultural Shifting. Stef and Robyn share an illuminating conversation about the importance of choosing to share your personal story..no matter who you are.
Fawn Weaver is the founder of Grant Sidney, Inc., an investment firm that has silently participated in real estate and privately-owned tech and lifestyle brands for the past 24 years. She’s also the co-founder of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, serving as CEO and chief historian. She discusses with Stef her choice to rewrite history with her latest business endeavor and also provides insight into ways that we can all live our lives with fierce intention.
Samantha Skey is Chief Executive Officer of SHE Media, a media company providing lifestyle content for a community for entrepreneurs and content creators. In addition to the company’s flagship site, SheKnows.com, SHE Media operates STYLECASTER and HelloFlo, as well as BlogHer. Samantha has chosen to create community through her lengthy career and joins Stef for a fascinating conversation about how she has done it.
Tai Beauchamp is many things. Most importantly she is a woman who knows how to transform. Tai was named one of the 50 most influential people in the multicultural market by WWD, is an award-winning producer, TV host, and brand consultant, known most for her expertise in marketing to women. She is also the founder of TaiLifeMedia and the co-founder of a new wellness brand, Brown Girl Jane. Tai and Stef discuss how to transform your life even when it's scary.
Jayne Sandman is cofounder and co-CEO of The Brand Guild, a full-service agency for market leaders breathing new energy into their organizations. She has been named to GQ's 50 Most Powerful People in Washington and cited as one of the top innovators in the country by BizBash magazine. Join Stef and Jayne for a memorable conversation about the choice to pivot and how to do it!
Emil Wilbekin is a New York City-based media professional who produces and curates digital, print, social media, and event-based content. He’s appeared on-air discussing pop culture for VH1, MTV, CNN, and The Today Show. His most well-known cultural contributions include his roles as managing editor and editor-at-large at Essence magazine, as well as editor-in-chief of Vibe magazine, In 2016, Emil founded Native Son, a platform created to inspire and empower Black Gay Men.
Stef is joined by two brilliant guests who happen to be her coaches on this very special episode. Robinson Lynn is the Executive Director of Momentum Education, he provides experiential learning and life coaching. Tamara Lynn is a Facilitator and Coach for Momentum Education. She has expanded the reach of the organizations Teen Program from New York to Seattle to Los Angeles. Together, Robinson and Tamara discuss the importance of choosing to let go, and how this choice will help you thrive.
Ariel Foxman is the former editorial director of InStyle and StyleWatch. He became the brand's only male editor at the age of 34 and held the title for eight years before resigning in 2016. Ariel is a contributing writer for Time magazine and has written for Fortune, New York, and The New York Times. He shares with Stef his thoughtful choice to walk away from a comfortable, full-time position to follow his new passions.
Lynn Altman is the president and founder of Brand Now, a branding and innovation agency in New York. She’s worked on over 600 new product and branding initiatives for Fortune 500 companies, including Coca Cola, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, American Express. Lynn is also the author of Brand It Yourself: The Fast, Focused Way to Marketplace Magic. Lynn shares with Stef her advice to Choose to Take a Chance.
Lois Robbins is a native New Yorker and an accomplished actress. Lois Robbins recently shot the independent film The Aspern Papers, alongside Vanessa Redgrave and Jolie Richardson. She also recently completed Meg Ryan’s directorial debut with Sam Shepherd, and Melanie Griffith. This past fall Lois starred in her self-penned one-act comic play titled: L.O.V.E.R. Lois shares the reasons behind her choice to live a bold life.
Stef Ziev, Executive + Life Coach, and host of this very podcast, takes the mic for this special episode to invite you to join her in a brand new, online community and initiative! “Permission To Choose 2021” is all about crowdsourcing support to bring your vision to life! Tune in to hear what that means, why this approach is different, and how you can CHOOSE to be a part of this game-changing group starting today!
Jason Rosario is Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer at BBDO Worldwide—the most awarded agency network in the world. He was also the Executive Producer and Host of Yahoo! News original web series Dear Men, and in 2017 he founded The Lives of Men, a social impact and creative agency that explores themes around masculinity, mental health, culture. Jason joins Stef to discuss how to choose to create change in our lives and also the world.
Melanie Notkin is the founder/creator of the popular Savvy Auntie lifestyle brand. Notkin’s book on the subject, Savvy Auntie: The Ultimate Guide for Cool Aunts, Great-Aunts, Godmothers, and All Women Who Love Kids, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller. Her second book, Otherhood: Modern Women Finding a New Kind of Happiness is also a bestseller. Together, Melanie and Stef explore the concept of choosing happiness.
Top-level life and business coaches (and also a happily married couple) Alexandra Jamieson and Bob Gower share their important method for helping groups to stop clashing and start working together―to jump from “we can’t” to an enthusiastic “hell yes!”. Join Stef as she discusses their new book Radical Alignment, and the choice to radically align is needed now more than ever.
Founder, Chef and Restaurateur; Multi-James Beard Finalist; Four-time Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient, Erik Bruner-Yang developed several critically acclaimed restaurants in the DC area. After witnessing the devastation caused by COVID-19, Erik launched the Power of 10, a restaurant industry nonprofit that helps independent restaurants across America by re-employing staff, sustaining business operations, and providing food.
Farnoosh Torabi is one of America’s leading personal finance authorities — hooked on helping you live your richest, happiest life. She’s the host of a primetime series for CNBC and creator of the Webby-nominated podcast So Money, Farnoosh has become our favorite go-to money expert and financial friend. Stef and Farnoosh do a deep dive in what it means to choose to be rich.
Vanessa Marin is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in sex therapy. She writes for The New York Times, Allure, and Lifehacker, and has been featured in major publications like O and Harper’s Bazaar. Vanessa specializes in online programs that help you transform your sex life from ordinary to extraordinary. Join Stef and Vanessa in this fascinating conversation about choosing to feel pleasure.
Greg Behrendt is a New York Times bestselling author, comedian, musician, life coach, and a positivity trainer. He’s sold over 4 million books, most notably He’s Just Not That Into You and It’s Called A Breakup Because It’s Broken. In this episode, Greg and Stef discuss his thoughts about the choice to “Do Nothing” and why that can be so beneficial.
Dr. Elizabeth Cohen is a clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience specializing in Cognitive Behavioral treatment for adults, adolescents and children. Known as the “Divorce Doctor”, she is the CEO and founder of the online divorce course ─Afterglow: The Light at the Other Side of Divorce. Elizabeth joins Stef for a fascinating conversation about the choice to divorce.
Kate Northrup is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and mother and has built a multimedia digital empire that reaches hundreds of thousands globally. She has helped over 5,000 students heal their relationship with money with her signature Money Love Course. She’s the author of Money: A Love Story and her most recent book Do Less. Kate joins Stef for a thoughtful conversation about releasing our need to overwork and choosing to Do Less.
Kari Skogland is an Emmy-nominated, BAFTA award-winning director and showrunner who is also the CEO of her own production company, Mad Rabbit, a Red Arrow Studios company. She has become one of the world’s most prolific female directors with credits including The Falcon & the Winter Soldier for Marvel, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Loudest Voice, among others. Kari was named one of Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Ten Directors to Watch and she was also featured in Variety’s 2018 Women’s Impact Report. She joins Stef Ziev for a conversation about her choice to break through the glass ceiling.
Mat Zucker is a marketing executive who helps brands grow using strategic, creative and digital leadership. Currently, he leads the marketing practice at Prophet, a global management consultancy. He also hosts not one, but two podcasts; Rising AND Cidiot. He’s also the author of Bronze Seeks Silver: Lessons from a Creative Career in Marketing. Mat and Stef discuss the choice to self start and.. how to do it!
Vasavi Kumar has helped thousands of women overcome major life obstacles to create new heights of success. Her work is known internationally from speaking engagements in India and across the USA. She’s a licensed therapist, mindset coach, business strategist, and the host of the Being Human with Vasavi podcast. Vasavi joins Stef for an important conversation about addiction, choice and naming our pain.
Affectionately known as the Race Healer, Milagros Phillips has been facilitating programs for over 35 years on race literacy, racial conditioning, and healing from racism. A keynote speaker, TEDx presenter, author, and certified coach, Milagros is working on her fourth book, Cracking the Healers Code: A Prescription for Healing Racism and Finding Wholeness.
Dr. Daryl Gioffre is a highly sought-after longevity expert. He uses a cutting-edge approach to nutrition to help his patients fight inflammation and achieve and maintain an optimal level of health and energy. In addition to running the successful Alkamind brand, Dr. Daryl is the founder of the Gioffre Wellness Center. He is also the author of two best-selling books Get Off Your Acid and Get Off Your Sugar.
Aya Kanai is a media industry leader. She’s the Head of Content and Creator Partnerships at Pinterest where she leads the company’s global vision for editorial integrations between creators, publishers and the product. Previous to this appointment she was the Editor-in-chief of Marie Claire and on top of all this she was Hearst Magazines Chief Fashion Director since 2016. In this episode, Aya shares what it means to her to take a risk and the choices she made in order to do so.
Born amidst civil unrest in a mud hut in the Congo to a young mother, Graci Harkema had to rise from the mud time and time again. Through divine intervention and adoption, she learned to thrive. Now Graci owns Graci LLC, where she’s an award-winning business leader, an international diversity, equity + inclusion consultant, trainer and public speaker. Graci's writing her first book, a memoir called Rising From the Mud. In this episode, she shares her inspiring choices to continue to rise.
As an activist, advocate, and healer with over 13 years of experience in public health education, Twiggy Pucci Garcon's mission is to elevate the representation of LGBTQ+ communities, specifically the House|Ballroom Community, worldwide. Twiggy is the co-writer featured in the award-winning documentary, KIKI. She also serves as a consultant and choreographer on Ryan Murphy’s hit series, POSE.
Tovah Feldshuh is a six-time Emmy and Tony nominee and multiple award winner for Best Actress, including 4 Drama Desks, 4 Outer Critics Circle, the Obie, and more. Tovah’s work spans from Broadway stages to feature films to television shows, including her award-winning performance as Prime Minister Golda Mier in Golda’s Balcony, her roles in The Walking Dead, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and A Walk on the Moon. She just released her memoir, LILYVILLE: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I’ve Played. Tovah joins Stef for this profound conversation about The Choice To Love Unconditionally.
Rha Goddess is the entrepreneurial soul coach behind hundreds of breakthrough changemakers and visionaries. From multiple NY Times Bestsellers to multi-million dollar social enterprises, Rha’s unique methodology has empowered a new generation of thought leaders to stay true, get paid, and do good. She draws on the power of creativity, culture and community to move hearts, minds and policy. Rha and Stef have a passionate conversation about getting clear, creating change and moving the crowd.
Dr. Aly Cohen is a board certified rheumatologist and integrative medicine specialist who focuses on environmental health. She’s working to educate and empower the next generation to make safer, smarter lifestyle choices through the creation of environmental health and prevention curricula for schools nationally. Aly is the co-author of the NEW consumer guidebook, Non-Toxic: Guide to Living Healthy in a Chemical World. She joins Stef to share her message of how to live a healthy life.
Vivian Anderson is a healer-activist dedicated to building a world where all Black girls thrive. Since 1996, Vivian’s work has been rooted in youth, teen, family and community health/well-being, racial and social justice. In 2015, Vivian was called to action after seeing a viral video of a school resource officer in South Carolina brutally assaulting a Black girl. This event inspired Vivian to form EveryBlackGirl, Inc, a 501c3 focused on creating the radical, systemic change that is needed to have a world worthy of the genius and heart of Every Black Girl. Vivian joins Stef and shares what it means to choose to answer the call.
Rena Greifinger is an award-winning social entrepreneur, philanthropy leader, and advocate for women and girls. She leads Experiential Philanthropy at Population Services International and is Managing Director of the Maverick Collective, founded by Melinda Gates, Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess of Norway and PSI. In 2018, Rena founded Maverick Next, an immersive, two-year fellowship for emerging, women leaders. Rena joins Stef to talk about what it means to choose to give boldly.
Twenty years ago, a rare disease rendered David New deaf, blind and paralyzed from the waist down. Rejecting his doctors’ terminal diagnosis and defying all odds, David learned to walk again and gradually regained his hearing, though he did not regain his sight. As a gifted visual artist and interior designer, he had to rethink everything. With his entrepreneurial spirit and his inner advocate at play, David used his own, life-changing experience as inspiration to help break down barriers, build awareness, and help companies become compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act through two humanitarian organizations he now leads: Power Access and Access Now.
Richelle Fredson, Founder of Purposeful Platforms, is a book publishing veteran with almost 20 years in the industry. Dubbed the “six-figure book deal coach”, she works with mission-driven people to create competitive book concepts, craft book proposals, build thriving platforms and land book deals. She hosts the Bound + Determined podcast where she reveals the secrets of book publishing and dives into deep conversation with authors and industry experts. Richelle shares that insight in this informative conversation with Stef.