Moe and Jenna Abdou interview a highly influential roster of founders, venture capitalists, CEO’s, master thinkers, bestselling authors, academic minds, and creatives to deconstruct the hidden insights that only those who are building breakthrough ventures can reveal. For ten years now, 33voices has engaged closely with founders, senior executives and company builders to identify interesting & pressing challenges that give rise to thoughtful dialogue with contributors who not only think differently, but who represent the frontiers of knowledge in business, culture and lifestyle.
A Framework To Multiply Your Impact
41:52Often, the word 'potential' is more hype than substances - yet in every endeavor, a few outshine the rest. In this conversation - Moe is rejoined by Liz Wiseman to discuss the five characteristics that distinguish true Impact Players.
How We Contribute to Each Other’s Vitality
58:48“When you feel connected, you feel whole.”Child psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Bruce Perry is renowned for his pioneering research on trauma. Yet, his impact is equally made each time he sits down to color with a four-year-old to help facilitate their healing. This is the life-giving power of connection, and it is the enduring theme of his work. We delve into Dr.Perry’s most recent book, co-authored with Oprah Winfrey, What Happened to You?, to understand how our experiences influence our brain development, and thus our worldview and behavior. He explains why our relationships are the number one predictor of our health and the profound ways we contribute to each other’s vitality. Dr.Perry’s vision for more connected communities, and the role we play in our own, is an invitation of tremendous hope...“We could have a quantum leap in humanity,” he writes. “We have so much unexpressed potential.”
The Genius of Category Design
54:37Perhaps the single biggest distinction between the Silicon Valley elites & the rest of the world is their ability to design & dominate a category - and few understand that better than chief evangelist, Christopher Lochhead. He rejoins Moe to recap five years' worth of insights since the release of Play Bigger.
Beauty as a Compass
43:49Every detail matters to Elisa Marshall — The tiny chips that give plates their character, the story behind every chair surrounding her 14-person dinner table, and the feeling evoking questions she asks gathered around it, like: What made you smile today? Driven to find the beauty in every day, Elisa lives by Elsie de Wolfe’s wisdom: “I’m going to make everything around me beautiful, and that will be my life.” She began by asking - What do I love to do? Who do I love to do it with? - to combine all of her passions into the creation of her global cafes, Maman, and embodies this intentionality in every aspect of her life. We see the world through her creative lens as she shares how symbolic objects enliven the soul of a space and multi-sensory experiences “stimulate our being.” Elisa and her husband and co-founder, Ben, are also the authors of Maman: The Cookbook: All-Day Recipes to Warm Your Heart. We delve into the importance of togetherness in the kitchen and the moments that become lifelong memories. Whether through sharing a meal or a lively cooking competition, they all center around “devoted time to sit down and really enjoy each other’s company.” *Editor’s note: We experienced a few sound fluctuations recording this episode remotely. Thank you for listening and understanding!
Dreaming as Hope in Action
38:58“Abundance is living in your greatest place of peace and joy,” says nyakio and Thirteen Lune founder, Nyakio Grieco. How does she get there? By fulfilling her purpose in the “right now moments.” Grounded in her faith, we kick off exploring how Nyakio’s mother taught her to pray boldly, call upon her ancestors, and the belief that gives her hope during trying times. Nyakio continues to reinvent herself as a beauty industry veteran. She shares where she derives her strength, the courage to say ‘No’ when the path isn’t right, and the importance of knowing your worth. For Nyakio, a beautiful life is one of embodied fullness. We explore the depth of soul connections, dancing in the corners of the world with friends, and why “the greatest gift is to love yourself the most.”
When Serendipity Meets Purpose
42:24“Nature keeps moving on.” And, so does Chef Helene Henderson. Helene’s journey is marked by serendipity met by the courage to embrace opportunity. What began as saying ‘Yes’ to teaching cooking classes in her home evolved into farm dinners and what has become her global farm-to-table restaurant, Malibu Farm. Helene’s connection with nature stems back to childhood. We explore nature as a gateway to peace, how she grows her garden in rhythm with it, and the wisdom it offers in navigating our lives. Beginning each day feeding her animals, Helene wakes with the promise of a fresh start and embodies an inspiring agency about the way we experience and make the most of our time, even the waiting. Her path illuminates that our life is always leading us to exactly where we’re meant to be; An insight she enlivens with beautiful questions that sew the threads of happiness throughout our lives.
38:45“Anything you do with purpose, passion, and true intent, people are going to feel that.”Take one look at Monteverdi Tuscany and you’ll share Executive Chef Giancarla Bodoni’s belief that it feels like heaven. Her only wish? Arriving there sooner. Nestled in the Italian hills, the sanctuary is a manifestation of the connection Giancarla has nurtured throughout her life; to nature as a leader in the farm-to-table movement, to her community through loving care, and to the world by living with a higher purpose. We chat about savoring beauty and how slowing down has offered her a richer inner and outer life, all whilst continuing to innovate in her field. Admired for her craft, Giancarla shares her artistic lens on cooking and the importance of honoring our symbiotic relationship with nature.
Claiming Our Wholeness
53:41“It is a spiritual discipline that is life-giving to understand the power of being conscious of why we do what we do.” Krista Tippett is beloved for catalyzing public dialogue around what it means to be human. Her calling to discover what matters continues to nurture an intimate space of belonging at The On Being Project, where, for the last 18 years, millions of us gather to explore the beauty and mystery of our shared human experience. Imbued with the wisdom of a spiritual life, and thousands of soul-filling interviews, Krista illuminates what she’s learned about fulfilling our innate yearning for wholeness. We delve into the nature of embodiment and why embracing our multiplicity is the path to authentic becoming. In the moment of “claiming our wholeness,” she says, “we also claim our potential to become more profoundly and gracefully ourselves.”
Bigger Than a Game: The Birth of Angel City
49:53When Julie Uhrman and her twin sister were nine years old, they brought a flyer home to join the basketball league at their local YMCA. To which their mom responded: You know, the ‘M’ stands for Men’s, right? “We weren’t concerned by that at all," Julie reflects. "We showed up at The Y. There were 80 boys and the two of us. The first thing that went through my mind was: Give me the ball. Let me show you what I can do. Then, let’s win the game.” She’s been a fierce competitor and change maker since. Julie went on to be captain of her collegiate basketball team. Yet, she still didn’t see a viable career path in sports due to the lack of visible pathways for women. Three decades later, she’s not only founded and runs Los Angeles’ new national women’s soccer team, Angel City. Alongside a passionate group of athletes, actresses, and investors, she’s creating a first of its kind platform to impact lasting change on and off the field. Julie’s courage to be the first, both in fourth grade and today leading the first ever majority women-owned sports team, was inspired by her extraordinary mom. Her mantra - “She didn’t know it couldn’t be done. So, she went ahead and did it.” - and the ‘I can’t’ funeral she held for her students, illuminate exactly why her daughters continue to be game-changers.
Changing the Maternal Health Conversation
44:30Tovah Haim is a self-described private person. So, why would she choose to launch a business centered around the truthful realities of birth, pregnancy recovery, and breastfeeding? “The thing that helps me is my conviction in needing change,” she says. “I believe with all my heart that it’s not okay that we exist in this environment.” Bodily’s mission is to change the way mothers and families experience the transition to new parenthood. Because there hasn’t been an honest conversation about mothers’ experiences, they aren’t getting the support they need; Most significantly, maternity leave and the community and resources to heal. We discuss the importance of destigmatizing women’s health, the different phases of impacting cultural change, and why this conversation is vital to create a more equitable and supportive experience for mothers. While this vulnerability may push Tovah out of her comfort zone, following her heart is the throughline of her journey. We delve into how she cultivates the courage to take risks and redirect her path to prioritize meaning and fulfillment. “As soon as I feel unhappy for a stretch, I wake up and decide something’s gotta change,” she adds. “Happiness is what this is all about.”