About the Founders

Meet the Founders

Julie Lauren   Julie Weinstein (Julie Lauren), author, podcaster, writer, and certified coach practitioner through Certified Coaches Federation has studied, researched, and written about dating and relationships for years. She has written for JDate, HuffPost, and several other online and print publications. Her debut book ‘Oops!: An Insider’s Guide to Dating and Relationships in in Your 20’s came out in 2015. Her podcast, Hashtag No Filter, focuses on real conversations with real people. No sugar coating allowed!  Julie believes in the power of therapy and has learned so much through her own therapy and relationships over the years. She is happily married living in New York City and absolutely loves connecting people. After moving 12 times, she has friends and contacts all over the country. She brings her education, background, connections, and past and current experiences to Best Friend Approved™.

Julie Lauren

Julie Weinstein (Julie Lauren), author, podcaster, writer, and certified coach practitioner through Certified Coaches Federation has studied, researched, and written about dating and relationships for years. She has written for JDate, HuffPost, and several other online and print publications. Her debut book ‘Oops!: An Insider’s Guide to Dating and Relationships in in Your 20’s came out in 2015. Her podcast, Hashtag No Filter, focuses on real conversations with real people. No sugar coating allowed!

Julie believes in the power of therapy and has learned so much through her own therapy and relationships over the years. She is happily married living in New York City and absolutely loves connecting people. After moving 12 times, she has friends and contacts all over the country. She brings her education, background, connections, and past and current experiences to Best Friend Approved™.

Sami Toussi   Sami Toussi, UCLA graduate, and Board-Certified Life Coach trained under coaching guru, Tony Robbins, conducts workshops across the world on how to live your best life. Sami who spent the last decade living on four different continents and interacting with people from all walks of life now lives in Brentwood, Los Angeles. Sami is also a trained yoga instructor, enjoys reading, pilates, drinking wine and spending time with friends and family.  After years of coaching women, studying relationships and communication, Sami knew there was a better way to find love than the surface-based dating apps. She brings her scientific-based methodologies and psychology background to Best Friend Approved™.

Sami Toussi

Sami Toussi, UCLA graduate, and Board-Certified Life Coach trained under coaching guru, Tony Robbins, conducts workshops across the world on how to live your best life. Sami who spent the last decade living on four different continents and interacting with people from all walks of life now lives in Brentwood, Los Angeles. Sami is also a trained yoga instructor, enjoys reading, pilates, drinking wine and spending time with friends and family.

After years of coaching women, studying relationships and communication, Sami knew there was a better way to find love than the surface-based dating apps. She brings her scientific-based methodologies and psychology background to Best Friend Approved™.