This Week on Bobbi's Podcast: Danny Seo
- Written By:JustBobbi
Everyone has a story. Throughout my career I've had the opportunity to work with some of the most accomplished people in the world, true masters of their craft. This podcast serves as a glimpse into their journeys.
In each episode, I sit down with friends and mentors to discuss the highs, the lows and how they got where they are today. Check out the latest guests and episodes below!
September 16: Danny Seo, Just Do One Thing
Danny Seo was born on Earth Day and has been trying to save the planet ever since. He’s an environmental lifestyle expert who has written numerous books, writes the syndicated newspaper column “Do Just One Thing”, hosts NBC’s Naturally Danny Seo and publishes a magazine of the same name. In this episode, we talk about his work as an environmentalist as a young boy which led him to become a business leader who thrives on saving the planet.
September 9: Mindy Grossman, CEO of WW
Mindy Grossman is the President and CEO of WW (formerly Weight Watchers). But this isn't her first time taking the reigns of a huge company. Before WW, she was the CEO of HSN (Home Shopping Network), a Global VP of Nike, and was the CEO of Polo Jeans. In our conversation, Mindy talks about how not taking a risk can wind up being riskier than betting on yourself and how the best-laid plans are never as sound as you think.
September 5: Fashion Designer Jason Wu
Jason Wu is a world-renowned Taiwanese-Canadian fashion designer based out of New York City. He's literally designed everything but the kitchen sink. Getting his start designing clothes for dolls, Jason started his own line after dropping out of college. He gained world-wide fame when a certain Senator's wife named Michelle Obama started wearing his clothes and chose one of his dresses for the inaugural ball in 2009. This year Target is rereleasing some of their best designer collaborations from the past 20 years, and Jason is one of them. If Michelle Obama isn't enough, you've also seen his designs worn by the likes of Emma Stone, Reese Witherspoon, Emily Blunt, Zoe Saldana, Jessica Alba and others. We sat down to talk about his career, the fashion industry, and his love for design.
August 26: Medha Gandhi
When you're the great great grand daughter of one of the biggest and most famous human rights activists in history, there might be some preconceived expectations of how you're supposed to live your life. However, radio personality Medha Gandhi takes it in stride. As co-host of Elvis Duran and the Morning Show in New York City, she is outspoken but doesn't see herself as representing anybody but herself. We met up to talk about her career, her famous family, and why she would rather hang with Bill Nye than Justin Bieber.
August 19: Niki Russ of Russ & Daughters
You haven't had bagels until you've had the Russ & Daughters experience in New York City. Founded in 1914, the New York institution is the home of probably the most famous and delicious lox and bagels in the world. Niki Russ is the fourth generation owner of the family-owned landmark. She has taken the shop into the modern era by expanding the small deli counter into cafes and a bakery in multiple locations around the city. Expanding the brand doesn't mean changing what makes this bagel store great. Tradition is key and Niki proudly serves the same food that makes her family business so special. We caught up to talk about the restaurant's history, bagels, and tradition.
August 12: Lisa Price, Founder of Carol's Daughter
Lisa Price never could have guessed that making hair and body products in her Brooklyn kitchen would take her into the business world and even to the Oprah show. Her company, Carol's Daughter, is now in retail stores across the country. The company is named after Lisa's mother, Carol, who taught her the value of positive thinking and hard work. In this episode, we caught up to talk about her mother, trusting your gut and of course, Oprah.
August 5: Craig Dubitsky of Hello Products
Craig Dubitsky is the founder of Hello Products, an oral care company that stresses natural products and a friendly approach to dental health. He has a ton of experience under his belt. Craig is obsessed with design and connecting with the consumer, you can see it in the things he makes. He started Hello Products after being unimpressed with the unfriendly packaging of toothpaste brands in a New York City drug store. He wanted to make something more personable because that's what he is. What other CEO will personally answer calls from consumers? Seriously, if you go to the Hello Products website you can skype directly with Craig. We caught up to talk about his love of design, connecting with the consumer and creating products that have a welcoming vibe.
July 29: Chef Rocco DiSpirto
Rocco DiSpirito began his culinary career at the ripe age of 11, scooping Italian ices at a pizzeria so he could afford a Kiss album. He stuck with working at the pizzeria and started to enjoy cooking. After graduating high school early, Rocco enrolled in the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, and began learning from the best chefs in the world.
He opened his first restaurant, Union Pacific in 1997 which launched Rocco into stardom. From there, he began appearing on numerous television shows, and started writing cookbooks. Through many life events, Rocco began to look at food as a way to help people by creating recipes that are healthy and indulgent. Recently, Rocco took the reins at the Standard Grill in New York City.
July 22: Lindsey Boyd of The Laundress
Lindsey Boyd is the co-founder of The Laundress, a company that makes eco-friendly laundry, fabric, and home care products. We sat down to talk about how Lindsey she got the idea for The Laundress and what she had to put on the line to start this company — leaving her stable job in fashion, raiding her 401k, and even putting up some of her prized possessions as collateral to secure a business loan. And of course, she shares her best laundry tips.
July 15: Mickey Boardman of PAPER Magazine
Writer Mickey Boardman has been a constant fixture in New York fashion and culture for the last three decades. He's written the advice column "Ask Mr. Mickey" for [PAPER magazine](http://www.papermag.com/), where he is also the editorial director and has appeared on VH-1, A&E, CNN and E!. We sat down to talk about breaking the internet (you all remember that Kim Kardashian cover, right?), struggling with addiction and how he talks about body image in his newest column for PAPER, "Fat and All That."
July 8: Entrepreneur T'yanna Wallace
If you're a music legend's child, you probably can probably live comfortably without much effort. That life is not for T'yanna Wallace, the daughter of The Notorious B.I.G.. She was just three years old when her father died and was raised in Pennsylvania with her mother. While at Penn State she developed an interest in entrepreneurship. She now runs Notoriouss Clothing, a clothing store in Brooklyn. We sat down to talk about starting her business, being fiercely independent, and how she emerged from her father's shadow.
In the 90's Candace Bushnell helped create a whole new vernacular for successful single women. She turned her Sex and the City New York Observer column into a book, which was then bought by HBO. The rest is television and film history. We talk about her early New York days hanging out at Studio 54, and how Sex and the City stemmed from her experiences with her friends, and single female culture in New York in the early 90s. Get her new book Is There Still Sex in The City? which comes out August 6, here.
June 24: Jeff Raider - The Serial Disrupter
Jeff Raider is helping you see and shave. He's the co-founder of Warby Parker, an online retailer of prescription glasses and sunglasses, and the co-founder and co-CEO of Harry's, a shaving and men's grooming products company and Flamingo, a grooming and shaving company for women. Jeff is the definition of a modern entrepreneur. He's an online savvy, hard working, business innovator.
Claudia Mason is a model and actress who has been featured on the covers of all the leading fashion magazines including Vogue, Elle and W. She's also been the face of fashion campaigns for everyone from Louis Vuitton to Versace. We sat down to talk about her career as a young model and her work as a spokesperson for the American Stroke Association, a role she stepped into after surviving a minor stroke when she was just 40 years old. She has fully recovered but remains devoted to spreading the word about stroke prevention, early signs, and treatment.
Susan Feldman is an age-defying entrepreneur who caters to age-defying women. She worked in retail for over two decades, holding executive roles for Ralph Lauren, Polo and Liz Clairborne before deciding to try her hand at entrepreneurship. At a point in life when most people would be eyeing retirement, Susan co-founded One Kings Lane, a popular home decor and luxury site that eventually sold to Bed, Bath & Beyond. Her newest venture is Get in the Groove, a new life-style destination for age-defying women.