Team Peri Step Out of Line

Team Peri Step Out of Line

Inspired by Alex Borstein, the Team Peri Step Out of Line Podcast dives deep. Meet guests who share inspirational stories and who have made an impact in today’s world. Our hope is to make our society a better place one step at a time through love, acceptance, and uplifting conversations. Producer, Editor & Content Creator: Peri R. Finkelstein Cover-Art: West Ham Marketing & Fuzi Beat: Glenn Hill Voice Over: Scott Rogowsky Team Peri Hosts: Peri & Lori Finkelstein www.teamperi.org Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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August 4, 2022 17 min
It’s hard to step into Superman‘s boots but Francesco Clark follows in his footsteps. In 2002, Francesco was working in the fashion industry at the esteemed magazine, Harper’s Bazaar. After a devastating pool accident at the age of 24 that resulted in a spinal cord injury, Francesco went into a depression as he came to terms with the realization that he was paralyzed. It was only after Christopher Reeve died that Francesco had an e...
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It’s a tale of a Paralympian fighting to compete and successfully medaling in the 2022 Olympic Beijing Games. For Brenna Huckaby, a 3x Olympic gold medalist, world champion, and cancer survivor, the bronze medal won in 2022 is perhaps the most meaningful. Accordingly to Brenna, the medal represents and encourages those who continue to fight an uphill battle of accessibility and inclusion to keep pushing the glass ceiling. Brenna ho...

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What was once a resentment of the impingement that Samual Mikulak’s career put on his mental health and self-worth has now become a source of introspective assessment of how grateful he is to have experienced all that he has professionally. In this mindset, Sam competed in his third and most likely final Olympics at the Tokyo 2020 games and was able to experience it on a different level. The beauty of what Sam has discovered about ...
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Rubin Ervin can get people to do anything for a five-dollar gift card. Rubin has a talent for ‘reading the room,’ and he is not afraid to use it. His warm-up career has taken him from Orlando to Chicago to Los Angeles to Israel, being the front-runner for The Kelly Clarkson Show, Family Feud, Miss Universe, and America's Got Talent. A born entertainer, his love of toys, fun fashion, people, and having a good time enables him to...
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The one where we did not have to curb our enthusiasm for Maggie Wheeler. She’s real, she’s here, and she’s spectacular. You’ll recognize Maggie as the genius behind Chandler Bing’s muse, Janice Litman-Goralnik (née Hosenstein). Maggie is a children’s book author, actress, voice-over artist, and co-director of the inter-generational Golden Bridge Community Choir. Maggie’s epiphany at the age of eight years old was when she attended ...

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Ashamed by his early diagnosis in the second grade of having a learning disability, Jonathan Cohen knew that he processed things differently than his peers. His ability to think outside of the box and competitive spirit has led Jonathan to be the entrepreneur, filmmaker, mental health advocate, and inventor that he is today. Jonathan’s creative thinking and negotiation skills gave him the tools to interpret the game of life so that...
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If you want it, you can achieve it. Adriana Carrig went against the grain by proving the naysayers wrong and turning her experience as a victim of bullying into a vision of kindness. Little Words Project (LWP) was born out of a need to nurture the notion that each and every one of us is worthy of hope, love, kindness, and even empowerment. Words matter and Adriana encourages the LWP community to “use kind ones.” Little words, big i...
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Once Dana Blair hit the spotlight, she just knew that she had found her home. From studying dance and acquiring an MBA at Adelphi University to then furthering her education at the Parsons School of Design for Fashion Marketing, she worked behind the scenes in the world of branding and marketing. On a whim, Dana ultimately found herself where she truly belongs, in front of the camera. As a storyteller, it seems only a natural fit f...

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February 16, 2022 21 min
Growing up, at the Simon dinner table, argument was sport, and to hold one’s ground was admirable. Where rhetoric was prized, David Simon’s career as a journalist perhaps was an extension of his roots. With a house full of books and newspapers from every possible publication, he took on the world by putting his words to paper and battling with his wits. Since day one, David’s father instilled in him to stand by his work and weather...
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February 2, 2022 13 min
Meet Moshe Turk, the co-founder and National Race Director of Team Lifeline, a project of the nonprofit Chai Lifeline. After 12+ years of having the privilege of working with Moshe in our Team Peri capacity, we finally were able to sit down and get the deets on how he has Stepped Out of Line in his life and the truth behind the folklore of how Team Lifeline came to fruition. Moshe approaches his work with dedication, humor, and...
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January 27, 2022 17 min

Glass ceilings were made to be broken and throughout Dr. Christine Riordan’s education and career, she has done just that. As an undergraduate engineering student, she often found herself to be the only woman in the class. This year Adelphi University is celebrating its 125th anniversary and Dr. Riordan, as the first female president of the university, has had to deal with extraordinary circumstances and has worked tirelessly to en...

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January 19, 2022 11 min

A self-proclaimed "Jewish kid who wanted to play professional basketball" turned producer, Brandon Reese, has always stepped out of line throughout his life. Brandon used basketball to explore the world by playing in Israel, Ukraine, Poland, Holland, Canada, and the United States and teaching students the art of b-ball in Kuwait.


After rupturing his kidney in a basketball game in Kuwait, Brandon had to shift gears and focus ...

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This episode of “Step Out of Line” is not for the feint of heart. As an entrepreneur in the health and wellness forum, Jay Cardiello, breaks down his three biggest challenges that he has faced so far in his life and how he has climbed out of the pit of despair to become the man that he is today. The raw emotion displayed by Cardiello grabbed our hearts immediately and instantly, we knew how special a person he truly is.


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January 5, 2022 19 min

Adelphi University alumnus, Michael Sammis always believed that the university was a hidden gem. Throughout his career, he has combined his passion for music with his financial background into a path that has taken him all over the world. Always a Long Islander at heart, an internship through Adelphi provided Michael with the competitive edge over his peers to land his first job. 


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November 17, 2021 21 min

Sam Rosalie says that she doesn’t “always have rays of sunshine coming out of her butt,” but we think otherwise. 


As one of the producers of the Elvis Duran & The Morning Show, Sam began as an intern while attending Rutgers University. Sam worked hard to find her own career path by taking on new challenges and a variety of internships until she found her niche in radio and entertainment. As a huge advocate for mental health/well...

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November 10, 2021 22 min

You don’t plan to fail, you fail to plan. Amanda Munz was 23 years old when she decided to pivot and form her own nonprofit The Fashion Foundation, which she set up after methodical planning, training, and earning an MBA. Amanda realized that repurposing designers’ sample products and surplus goods could be used to give back to the children in New York City’s education system.


Amanda’s first big supporter was designer Rebecca Minkof...

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November 3, 2021 13 min

Vita Raykhman was challenged with breaking into the competitive beauty industry of hair products by creating and developing an artistic, fun, and inclusive haircare brand. As a Co-Founder and Creative Director of Amika and creative director of Eva NYC, Vita utilizes her fine art skills in her creative position at Heat Makes Sense, Inc. Focused on establishing a community, Vita’s companies strive to focus on the collective to ensure...

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October 29, 2021 42 min

In celebration of Josh’s upcoming 5th birthday on October 30th, let’s all be like Josh and be unapologetic with the way you want to live your life. Team Peri fell in love with Josh on TikTok early in the pandemic and things just steamrolled from there. We finally sat down with Josh + Kimberly & Andrew for what seemed like only a few short minutes but in reality, was an entire afternoon, and talked as if we have known each o...

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The Melissa & Doug toy company has not always been fun and games for co-founder and entrepreneur, Melissa Bernstein. The trials and tribulations of developing a new business took years of hard work, overcoming mistakes and eventually, transforming into the successful business that it is today. Bernstein has been coloring out of the lines her entire life. Perhaps one can say that Melissa‘s creativity began as a child, making Bar...

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October 13, 2021 24 min

Aussie author makes it big in NYC. Coming to New York naive and unprepared, Georgia Clark still managed to find her way to a successful career in writing. This novelist has an undeniable spirit and tenacity which combined with resilience has enabled her to find her literary voice, her life partner and most of all, happiness and purpose.


Georgia experienced what must be a writer’s worst nightmare, being told that a manuscript that sh...

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