Behind The Brilliance



Behind the Brilliance is a weekly podcast featuring funny and smart conversations on creativity, life, and work.


  • Season 10 Recap

    19/03/2020 Duración: 16min

    Lisa recaps the episodes of Season 10. 

  • 200 What's Behind Lisa's Brilliance

    12/03/2020 Duración: 40min

    Lisa answers a frequently asked guest and listener question: what's behind her brilliance?   

  • 199 Sam Sokolow on Making a Career out of Passion, Perseverance, and Finding Your Path

    05/03/2020 Duración: 01h20min

    Sam Sokolow is the Emmy nominated producer of 'Genius', an anthology drama series on National Geographic. His work in film and television has led to a body of work that reflects his passion and curiosity. In this conversation, Sam unpacks the keys to his success, his reflections on the unexpected twists in his journey, and his advice to the dreamer who's wondering whether it's too late to win (spoiler alert: it's not). Behind His Brilliance: Perseverance Say hi to Sam on Instagram: @samsokolow

  • 198 J Michael Straczynski on Career Longevity, Overcoming Creative Blocks, and Diversifying Your Craft

    27/02/2020 Duración: 01h20min

    J Michael Straczynski is probably best known as the creator of the sci fi TV series, Babylon 5, in addition to the Marvel Comics, The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, and Fantastic Four. He's also the pen behind DC Comics' Superman and Wonder Woman. Before becoming a successful screenwriter, Joe battled unfavorable personal circumstances that shaped his grit and tenacity. In this winding conversation, we talk about Joe's life, his work, and how he's found peace in every season of his life. Behind His Brilliance: Following his holy calling  Say hi to Joe on Twitter: @straczynski

  • 197 Sam Parr

    20/02/2020 Duración: 01h23min

    Sam Parr is the founder and CEO of The Hustle, a rapidly growing 8 figure media company that's taken no venture capital. Besides being ambitious and smart, Sam is self-aware and thoughtful about both his professional and personal lives. In this conversation, we talk about his take on building companies, leadership, lifestyle design, mental health, and much more.  Say hi to Sam on Twitter and Instagram: @thesamparr

  • 196 Bill Duke

    13/02/2020 Duración: 01h10min

    Bill Duke is among the most accomplished actors in Hollywood with more than 70 credits to his name. Also an accomplished director, he continues to create work that inspires and educates. During this conversation, Bill opens up about his struggles and triumphs and what he's learned about love and longevity.

  • 195 On the Shortness of Life

    06/02/2020 Duración: 34min

    Lisa shares reflections from Seneca's essay, On the Shortness of Life

  • 194 Emily Nagoski on Sex, Self-Compassion, and Feminine Superpowers

    30/01/2020 Duración: 01h26min

    Emily Nagoski is blending research and wisdom as an author, sex educator, and neuropsychologist. She sat down with me to talk about her books, her work, and what she's learned about sex, feminism, and avoiding burnout. This episode is a good listen for women AND men since we're all interconnected. Behind Her Brilliance: Her Husband Say hi to Zainab on Instagram: @enagoski

  • 193 Zainab Johnson on Fear, Faith and Being Funny

    23/01/2020 Duración: 01h23min

    Zainab Johnson is among the best and brightest standup comedians working today. Her perspective is unique, and her voice is fresh. During this winding chat, Zainab and I talked about how she found her way to comedy, what she's learned from failure, how she handles fear, and the role faith plays in her life. There is funny stories, inspiring gems, and excellent wisdom tucked away in this episode.  Behind Her Brilliance: Her Upbringing + Her Family  Say hi to Zainab on Instagram: @zainabjohnson

  • 192 On Rest, Breaks, and Sabbaticals

    16/01/2020 Duración: 30min

    Lisa shares 3 illuminating questions and her thoughts on the importance of breaks, rest, and sabbaticals.

  • 191 Nedra Tawwab on Therapy, Boundaries, and Self-Care

    09/01/2020 Duración: 01h04min

    Therapist and Speaker Nedra Tawwab has amassed a following of nearly 300,000 on Instagram where she doles out inspiring, useful nuggets of wisdom about mental health, life, and personal development. Her perspectives on boundary setting and healing from past trauma continue to be lauded by followers from all walks of life. Now she's sitting down with me to talk about big mental health ideas, the value of therapy, and her take on what makes healthy relationships work. Behind Her Brilliance: Being Open + Sharing What She Knows Say hi to Nedra on Instagram: @nedratawwab

  • 190 Charlie Gilkey on Going from Idea to Done

    02/01/2020 Duración: 01h42min

    Charlie Gilkey is a brilliant strategist and author who's written an excellent book titled Start Finishing. The book helps creatives, entrepreneurial types, and professionals finish what they start. The book lays out practical advice for everything from managing project logistics to fending off procrastination. In this chat, Charlie and I talk about how to create work that matters. Behind His Brilliance: Tenacity and Generosity Say hi to Charlie on Twitter: @charliegilkey

  • 189 Major Questions for 2020

    26/12/2019 Duración: 41min

    Lisa offers illuminating questions in preparation for 2020.

  • 188 Brian Portnoy on Connecting Money + Meaning

    19/12/2019 Duración: 01h12min

    Brian is the author of one of my favorite books of 2019 titled, The Geometry of Wealth. Brian’s work centers around helping us connect our pursuit and management of money to meaning. This to me makes his work unique because it’s not all about stacking as much as you can and it’s also not about pretending money doesn’t matter. There’s an important balance that has to be found if you’re going to build wealth AND be happy. Behind His Brilliance: Curiosity Say hi to Brian on Instagram: @bportnoy

  • 187 Jessica Nabongo on Taking Risks + Seeing the World

    12/12/2019 Duración: 01h16min

    After traveling to every country in the world, Jessica Nabongo joins Lisa to pull back the curtain on her journey from Detroit to Japan to trotting the globe. The dynamic entrepreneur opens up about her best experiences, why she's not afraid to see the world alone, and how she thinks about her purpose as a visible leader charting new territory.  Behind Her Brilliance: Confidence + Authenticity  Say hi to Jessica on Instagram: @thecatchmeifyoucan

  • Season 9 Recap

    25/04/2019 Duración: 10min

    Lisa recaps each interview from Season 9 of Behind the Brilliance. 

  • 185 Elaine Pagels on Faith, Grief, and Starting New Chapters

    18/04/2019 Duración: 01h02min

    Elaine Pagels is a preeminent figure in the theological community. She is a religious historian at Princeton and the author of several books including her recent memoir, Why Religion? During this conversation, Elaine opens up about her winding journey with faith, the lessons she's learned about grief, and how she's remained optimistic through it all.  Behind Her Brilliance: Following what she loves with passion  Show Notes:

  • 184 Vanessa K De Luca on Being Editor in Chief of Your Life and Career

    11/04/2019 Duración: 01h20min

    Vanessa K. De Luca is a brilliant and dynamic journalistic force who was the lauded Editor in Chief at ESSENCE magazine...and then she wasn't. With grace and resilience, she's charted a new path for her career and is creating a blueprint for other professionals who want to create lives that are rich with meaning and relevance. Behind Her Brilliance: The People in Her Life Say hi to Vanessa on Instagram and Twitter: @vanessa_kdeluca Show Notes:

  • 183 Mandela SH Dixon on Reinventing Herself and Flipping Failure into Success

    04/04/2019 Duración: 01h15min

    Mandela SH Dixon is the founder and CEO of Founder Gym, an online training center for underrepresented founders. During our conversation, we talked about how flipped a talent for teaching into a dynamic career in Silicon Valley.  Behind Her Brilliance: Nature and Nurture  Say hi to Mandela on Instagram @mandelash and Twitter @mandelash TOPICS COVERED Mandela's perspective on failures and how to keep moving  Why Mandela started Founder Gym and what she's learned in the process  Mandela's thoughts on starting a company with a romantic partner  How Mandela went from teaching elementary school to empowering hundreds of founders  And much, much more! Show Notes:  

  • 182 On Reinvention

    28/03/2019 Duración: 11min

    Lisa tees up the final block of Season 9 with a discussion on reinvention, a recurring theme in the forthcoming episodes.    Show Notes:

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