What are some books you’d recommend?
What are some books you’d recommend?
I would recommend, number one, THE THIRD DOOR by Alex Banayan.
I would recommend FRIEND OF A FRIEND by David Berkus.
I would recommend BACK TO HUMAN by Dan Schawbel.
I would recommend GIFTOLOGY by John Ruhlin.
And I would recommend SUCCESS IS IN YOUR SPHERE by Zvi Band.
How do you stay inspired?
Is it alright if we reframe that question? One would look at what we do and say “You spend so much energy serving others and creating space for others, how do you keep up your energy?”
Our reply to that would be: we invest heavily in the emotional and mental well-being of ourselves and our team. We give our employees days off, paid time off, to go volunteer. We invest in meditation. We invest in cuddle therapy. And we invest in Reiki energy healers. So that the more energy we put out, the more energy we have to receive.
As far as your work on OHenry Productions, OHenry’s been involved with some exciting projects like Bryan Cranston in NETWORK, Bette Midler’s production of HELLO, DOLLY and the Cyndi Lauper-composed KINKY BOOTS, and the upcoming THE INHERITANCE and Darren Brown's SECRET. What qualities do you personally find most compelling about various shows and productions?
You know, I think the ability to reach mass markets with a message. I think what’s enticing about theater, and also the social campaign we produced for veterans - in 2015, Memorial Day, we produced and distributed a 5.5 minute video giving tribute and thanks to our veterans in efforts to lower the suicide and depression rates for veterans with PTSD, we enlisted over 1,000,000 people to take action in our campaign, and received over 30,000,000 views of our video, winning 2 Emmy Awards in the process. And what was so neat about that is that’s a legacy piece. At 7:47, we’re not aiming to scale a company. We’re not aiming to have our company grow larger than just a few of us. But through media, whether it’s theater or social campaigns, we can reach tens of millions of people with just the click of a button. And God willing, if we save just one life with that video, we’d call that a life well-lived.
Our legacy lives on forever through this one video.
What are you most excited about coming up for the rest of 2019 and into 2020?
I’d say visiting artists around the world whose products we use on a daily basis. I’m going to invest a lot of time, effort, and money into traveling the world to meet the people who hand-made the cheese we use at every dinner, who hand-distill the tequila, that we drink at every gathering, the grapes with E&J Gallo winery that we drink in every wine we serve, with every pasta sauce that helps empower human connection. And we’re really excited about traveling a lot more to see their work. Going to Italy, going to the West Coast, going to France, going to Mexico, to appreciate the artists whose crafts we use on a daily basis. We use Pecorino Romano Fulvi from ForeverCHeese.com, and their grower of cheese outside of Rome in the hills, they are the last multi generational producers of Pecorino Romano around Rome. And one of our partners which we use their wine at every dinner is the world’s largest winery E&J Gallo wine. And we want to go to Santa Barbara to meet the women winemakers of Santa Barbara County and Sonoma County, because in the month of November, E&J Gallo are celebrating Women Winemakers of the World. So we’re going to celebrate that with them.
And Compoveda Tequila is a super-premium, multi-year aged anejo that’s doing tequila the right way. There’s a family that’s been distilling tequila for multiple generations, and our friends Chris and Keith had to spend three years “dating” the family just to prove that their intentions were pure. So we’ll be going to Tequila Country with Compoveda, just to help work the farm.
We’re excited to continue diving dinner into the Jewish Tradition of Shabbat dinners with a twist - all the Shabbat dinners we produce around the world are South Carolina low country boil style. A low country boil means you take a big pot, fill it with water, and put shrimp, corn, sausage, and potatoes and Old Bay seasoning, you cook it, strain it, and dump it on a giant table covered with newspapers, and you sit around the table eating the food. We do those in partnership with OneTable and Shusterman Reality Israel. And that’s just a few things!
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