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Charlotte Cowles

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Charlotte Cowles is a New York-based writer​ ​and editor.​ ​Her work has been published in New York Magazine,​ Harper's Bazaar,​ and Art in America. She'd always rather be at book club.

Psychologist Kathleen Pike on How to Handle Your Mental Health at Work

July 05, 2019

Psychologist Kathleen Pike on How to Handle Your Mental Health at Work

She’s a global expert on mental health, and even she has had her struggles.

Designer Natasha Jen Looks for the Sweet Spot Between ‘Inventive’ and ‘Appropriate’

June 21, 2019

Designer Natasha Jen Looks for the Sweet Spot Between ‘Inventive’ and ‘Appropriate’

A partner at one of the world’s most renowned design studios talks creative discipline and what to do when you hear “no.”

Interested in Buying Art, but Not Sure Where to Begin? Kayla Carlsen of Sotheby’s Offers Tips for Any Price Point

June 14, 2019

Interested in Buying Art, but Not Sure Where to Begin? Kayla Carlsen of Sotheby’s Offers Tips for Any Price Point

The head of Sotheby’s American Art department shares advice for first-time buyers—and what she’s got her eye on.

“I Got Sucked Into What I Wanted to Be Instead of What I Wanted to Do”

June 07, 2019

“I Got Sucked Into What I Wanted to Be Instead of What I Wanted to Do”

Lawyer Lisa Rubin had a perfect life on paper—and a nagging sense that her career wasn’t what she truly wanted. So she quit to figure out her next steps.

How to Be a ‘Ferocious Protector’ of Your Time, and Other Lessons From Lawyer-Turned-Author Cristina Alger Wang

May 31, 2019

How to Be a ‘Ferocious Protector’ of Your Time, and Other Lessons From Lawyer-Turned-Author Cristina Alger Wang

Attorney-turned-writer Cristina Alger Wang had it all—a successful law career, a hit novel, a newborn baby, and a second book deal. Then postpartum depression derailed her plans.

How Meagan Hooper Went from Acting Gigs to Finance

May 17, 2019

How Meagan Hooper Went from Acting Gigs to Finance

Meagan Hooper babysat and took acting jobs until she became the COO of a hedge fund. Here’s how she committed to the role and finally landed her big break.

Economist Emily Oster Wants Parents to Relax More—and Look at the Data

May 10, 2019

Economist Emily Oster Wants Parents to Relax More—and Look at the Data

Emily Oster, a professor of economics at Brown University, took a closer look at the data behind conventional parenting wisdom — and found some surprising things.

Priya Parker Uses Her Training in Conflict Resolution to Make Gatherings More Meaningful

April 19, 2019

Priya Parker Uses Her Training in Conflict Resolution to Make Gatherings More Meaningful

Priya Parker turned her fieldwork in conflict resolution into a new manifesto on the power of meaningful gatherings.

Walking The Tightrope Between Workaholism and Mental Heath

April 05, 2019

Walking The Tightrope Between Workaholism and Mental Heath

Manisha Thakor on money, ambition, and learning that she had bipolar disorder at age 47.

Naz Vahid’s Boss Told Her She Didn’t Have the Chops for Leadership. 15 Years Later, She Became His Boss.

March 01, 2019

Naz Vahid’s Boss Told Her She Didn’t Have the Chops for Leadership. 15 Years Later, She Became His Boss.

Naz Vahid narrowly missed being packed off to secretarial school. Today, she’s the head of Citibank’s law firm group. Here’s how she proved her naysayers wrong.

How Two Young Women Quit Their First Jobs to Become Global Leaders in Women’s Education

February 22, 2019

How Two Young Women Quit Their First Jobs to Become Global Leaders in Women’s Education

She’s the First co-founders Tammy Tibbetts and Christen Brandt on fundraising, paying themselves, and harnessing the internet to create an award-winning non-profit.

Author Wayétu Moore on Founding a Non-profit, Writing a Novel, and Refusing to “Dress the Part”

February 15, 2019

Author Wayétu Moore on Founding a Non-profit, Writing a Novel, and Refusing to “Dress the Part”

Liberian-born novelist Wayétu Moore has defied expectations her whole life, including what it means to “look like a writer.”

Cherokee Actress Delanna Studi Redefines the Portrayal of Native Americans Onscreen

February 08, 2019

Cherokee Actress Delanna Studi Redefines the Portrayal of Native Americans Onscreen

The actress and activist is often the only Native American in the room—which makes her voice all the more important.

The Secret to More Energy, Less Anxiety, and a Thriving Career? Let Emma Seppälä Show You the Way

January 18, 2019

The Secret to More Energy, Less Anxiety, and a Thriving Career? Let Emma Seppälä Show You the Way

Psychologist Emma Seppälä is an authority on the science of happiness. Here are some life-changing lessons she’s learned in her work at Stanford and Yale.

A Career in Cannabis: Alex Capano Explains the Science of CBD and Her Path to Becoming an Expert

January 10, 2019

A Career in Cannabis: Alex Capano Explains the Science of CBD and Her Path to Becoming an Expert

Alex Capano is a nurse practitioner with a doctorate in medical cannabis science. Here, she talks about breaking new ground in healthcare, pushing through career blues, and finding an outlet for her entrepreneurial spirit.

Luminary Founder Cate Luzio on Quitting Her Banking Job to Help Women Advance Their Careers

January 04, 2019

Luminary Founder Cate Luzio on Quitting Her Banking Job to Help Women Advance Their Careers

Why the former banker walked away from her 17-year career to create Luminary, a new space for women to work, connect, and invest in themselves.

Glynnis MacNicol on Creating a New Narrative for Women Over 40—and Why Regrets Are a Waste of Time

December 21, 2018

Glynnis MacNicol on Creating a New Narrative for Women Over 40—and Why Regrets Are a Waste of Time

The author of “No One Tells You This” and co-founder of TheLi.st talks about friendship, age, shame, and why more women should share stories about all of the above.

Dr. Sheila Grace Newsom on Coming Out as Transgender in Her Sixties

December 14, 2018

Dr. Sheila Grace Newsom on Coming Out as Transgender in Her Sixties

The Texas-based nephrologist and West Point grad lived over six decades as a man. Then she had an awakening that left her with no choice but to transition — and educate others about her process.

Mixing Friendship With Business: The Co-Founders of Wonder Media Network on Being Their Own—and Each Other’s—Bosses

December 07, 2018

Mixing Friendship With Business: The Co-Founders of Wonder Media Network on Being Their Own—and Each Other’s—Bosses

How Jenny Kaplan and Shira Atkins turned a close friendship into a thriving business partnership.

Spin Studio Maven Ruth Zukerman Isn’t Afraid to be Vulnerable

November 30, 2018

Spin Studio Maven Ruth Zukerman Isn’t Afraid to be Vulnerable

Ruth Zukerman, Co-founder of SoulCycle and Flywheel, on How Therapy Made Her a Better Leader

Psychiatrist Alexandra Sacks on “Matrescence” and What No One Tells You About Motherhood

November 21, 2018

Psychiatrist Alexandra Sacks on “Matrescence” and What No One Tells You About Motherhood

Dr. Alexandra Sacks shines a light on the taboo topics of motherhood: issues with body image, sex, guilt, and shame. Here, she talks about discovering what women weren’t talking about — and bringing it out in the open.

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