Proper talk by Tonje

Proper | March 21, 2021

Listen: Introducing Proper Talk by Tonje

Introducing Proper Talk by Tonje, a new podcast collaboration with Her Platform founder Tonje Kristiansen. In each episode, she will be gathering notable, interesting and innovative individuals for meaningful, long-form conversations on the connections that come from travel, discovery, and learning from others. The series represents a platform for creative, playful, and intimate conversations, inviting listeners to be part of  all the elements Proper Hotel represents.’ 


Every episode is recorded on Zoom at Proper Hotel Santa Monica and will be available to stream or download on YouTube, IGTV, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Play.




Proper Talk is hosted by Tonje Kristiansen, the founder of Her Platform, a speaker series featuring inspirational women sharing new perspectives, stories, tools, and ideas that foster growth and connection in both their personal and professional lives. Originally from Norway and currently based in Venice, Tonje worked as a fashion model in Paris and New York and was educated as an actor at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute before going on to study film and television in Oslo. She has worked as a journalist for publications including ELLE and ACNE Paper, and is an award-winning documentary director. 


Our Schedule of Upcoming Episodes:


Shelley Kleyn Armistead

Partner & Chief Operating Officer of The Gjelina Group

 Born in South Africa, Shelley made her way to California via London, where food sourcing, food politics, and the social justice aspect of her love of hospitality formed deep roots while working with Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers of The River Cafe. Additionally, Shelley worked for Terrance Conran, and also Soho House for 12 years. These experiences shaped Shelley’s passion for space, product design, and the care of humans, as it all relates to hospitality, food, and beverage.


Ben Taylor, MSC, PhD

Vice President, Aetion, Inc.

Dr. Ben Taylor is a Pharmacoepidemiologist and healthcare executive with over 15 years of experience. He is the VP at Aetion, Inc, a NY-based health technology company that delivers real-world evidence for life sciences companies, payers, providers, and regulatory agencies (answering three big questions –  which drugs work, for whom, and how much they should cost). His work at Aetion has been instrumental in the fight against COVID-19, from understanding the effectiveness of early drug combinations in hospitalized patients, to now designing long-term safety studies in the US as vaccines roll out to our population. Prior to Aetion, he led teams of researchers within the biopharmaceutical industry, and enjoyed an active academic career in epidemiology and health policy at the University of Toronto.


Kay Montano

Make up artist and curator

Kay began work as a fashion make-up artist at 16, got a record deal at 19, sang until 23, then went back to makeup, and spending the next 15 years between London and New York.

While seeking more of her personal voice, Kay started her own blog, then joined Thandie Newton to form an online platform centering brown women and girls- called thandiekay,  

which used beauty as a trojan horse to represent, encourage, celebrate and explore themes around diversity.

Kay now jokes that she is a ‘semi retired make-up artist, as she prefers to only work for a select group of actresses for the red carpet and for Chanel, who she has a contract with.


Sean Knibb

Creative director Knibb design – Flowerboy project Venice

Designer Sean Knibb has a quiet, open approach to design that begins with a sensitivity and awareness of what a space needs and ends with the skill of knowing how to provide it. From his native Montego Bay, Jamaica, Sean’s informal training began at the age of five while cultivating anthuriums in the garden behind his grandparent’s flower shop. The interplay between the nature of the tropics and the colonial formality of his childhood home have cultivated a refined understanding of the juxtaposition of the wild, organic beauty of nature and the restrained geometry of the man-made. As the fearless leader behind Knibb Design Corp., one of Los Angeles’ most prominent and progressive design studios, Sean Knibb’s projects range from restaurants, to bars, corporate and commercial interiors, residential estates, resort grounds, furniture, gardens, and art. throughout his career Sean has remained true to his roots –

“I want to feel natural, I want to feel purposeful, I want to feel comfortable and I want to feel that I’m not destroying my environment, that I’m mindful as much as I possibly can be… I want to remember that the earth is my home and reach for the innovative, the remarkable, and the astonishing at the same time.”


Erin Falconer

Author & Digital Entrepreneur

 Since 2008, Erin has been the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Owner of Pick the Brain, a popular motivation and self-improvement community blog named to Forbes Magazine’s “Top 100 Most Influential Sites for Women.” Erin was also the Co-Founder of LEAFtv, a video lifestyle brand for the millennial woman. In 2015, LEAFtv was sold to publicly-traded Demand Media. In 2017, Erin launched the Pick the Brain Podcast, which ranks consistently in the top 20 in the heath and self-Improvement titles on iTunes. In 2018, she authored the critically acclaimed self-improvement and female empowerment book, How to Get Shit Done: Why Women Need To Stop Doing Everything So They Can Achieve Anything. Most recently, Erin co-founded We the People – a new political creative agency.

 Erin has been heralded as one of the most influential female voices online, designated one of the Top Digital Entrepreneurs in Los Angeles by LA Confidential Magazine, as well as being honored by Cadillac & Refinery 29 as one of “Top 7 Women Changing the Digital Landscape for Good.” In 2014, The Wall Street Journal included Erin in their prestigious “Women of Note.” In 2018 she was recognized as an “Architect of Change” by Maria Shriver.


Michael Goldberg 

Creative Director, Filmmaker, and TV Director

Michael Goldberg has over 15 years experience creating campaigns and developing retail experiences for global brands including Sony, Beats by Dre, PlayStation, and Hermès.In addition to his commercial creative work, Michael is a filmmaker and visual artist whose work was most recently exhibited at Art Basel Miami. Michael was born in Australia, and lives and works in Los Angeles.


Ahlem Manai-Platt

Founder, AHLEM Eyewear 

Born in Paris, Ahlem Manai-Platt is the daughter of Tunisian immigrants who came to Paris in the 1960s. Growing up on Rue Valadon in the 7th Arrondissement, from a young age Ahlem was guided by a profound respect for a merging of cultural backgrounds. She studied history at La Sorbonne University, and shortly after moved to Mexico to study photography at Beaux-Arts. In 2005, she returned to Paris, where she joined CAPA as a Video Journalist. Ahlem began her 13-year career in fashion as a buyer for Acne Studios, later moving to Prada Group/Miu Miu as their GMM before founding her consulting agency and namesake eyewear brand in 2014.


Nora Zehetner


Born in Paris, Ahlem Manai-Platt is the daughter of Tunisian immigrants who came to Paris and then raised in Texas, Nora Zehetner discovered a passion for acting and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 18 to pursue her career. She shot to fame in Rian Johnson’s debut film “Brick” Her television career , includes  NBC “Heroes” “Mad Men” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” She will next be seen on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and is currently shooting the role of “Annie Glenn” in the National Geographic series “The Right Stuff.” The series focuses on NASA’s Mercury space mission based on the bestselling novel by Tom Wolfe.


Marissa Ribisi


Marissa Ribisi performed in films such as Dazed and Confused, True Crime directed by Clint Eastwood, The Brady Bunch Movie, Pleasantville, Don’s Plum, Kicking a Screaming directed by Noah Baumbach and such television as Friends, Grace Under Fire, Watching Ellie, original mini series Tales of the City, regular roles on the Tracy Ullman Show, Grown Ups with Jaleel White and untitled HBO pilot starring Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy, Hollywood Confidential Pilot with Charlize Theron as well as many other pilots.  She is twin sister of Giovanni Ribisi.  Marissa took time to raise her kids and upon returning to her acting career she was cast as the recurring role of Helen in Julie Delpy’s new Netflix series On The Verge starring Julie Delpy, Elizabeth Shue and Giovanni Ribisi.  This show is set to air in summer 2021.


Ondine Cohane

Author & Editor 

The author of Always Italy with co-writer Frances Mayes (Under the Tuscan Sun), Ondine Cohane is a Contributing Editor at Conde Nast Traveler, a frequent writer for the New York Times travel section, as well as the London Telegraph newspaper and other international publications. In 2006 she moved to Pienza in Southern Tuscany and with her ex-husband designed and opened two boutique hotels, La Bandita Countryhouse and La Bandita Townhouse, which includes a destination restaurant. She has been on camera with the PBS Conde Nast Traveler’s Insider Guide and shows like Good Morning America and the Today Show, and is now working on a memoir as well as other book projects. She lives with her son Jacopo in the UNESCO protected Val d’ Orcia valley and travels all over the world for articles when Covid isn’t around. Always Italy won the Robert Lowell award for the best guidebook of 2020.


Sarah Treem

TV Writer, Producer, Playwright, Co Creator and Show Runner of THE AFFAIR

Sarah Treem is a television writer, producer and playwright. Treem is the co-creator and showrunner of the Golden Globe-winning Showtime drama THE AFFAIR. The series received four Golden Globe nominations during its run, including wins for Best Television Drama, Best Actress in a Television Drama, and Best Supporting Actress in a Television Drama. She recently developed a limited series based on the life of actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr for Apple. She is currently adapting Rodham, Curtis Sittenfeld’s best-selling novel, into a series with Hulu. Additionally, she is working with Pagan Kennedy and Claire Danes on a project centered around Kennedy’s celebrated NYT article about Marty Goddard and the invention of the rape kit.

She holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.F.A from the Yale School of Drama. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her fiancé and two children.


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