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Charlotte Cowles

Posts by Charlotte Cowles

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.

Meet the Future of Women in Politics

February 28, 2020

Meet the Future of Women in Politics

We spoke to five women working with She Should Run, a nonprofit that helps women who are curious about running for office.

“Think of Activism Like a Potluck Dinner”

January 10, 2020

“Think of Activism Like a Potluck Dinner”

Activist and author Blair Imani shares her wisdom on activism, how she styles her hijab, and the upside of coming out as bisexual on live TV.

When the Future Seems Overwhelming, Do This

December 19, 2019

When the Future Seems Overwhelming, Do This

Writer and environmental policy expert Bina Venkataraman shares advice for thinking about the long game—even when the present seems hard enough.

“Tons of People Want Me to Shut Up”

December 19, 2019

“Tons of People Want Me to Shut Up”

How author and journalist Liz Plank learned to stop censoring herself.

Should You Care Less About Being Likeable?

December 06, 2019

Should You Care Less About Being Likeable?

TV host Alicia Menendez wanted to stop caring if she was “likeable.” She soon realized that was a trap.

Dr. Lisa Sanders Solves Medical Mysteries and Answers Over 100 Emails a Day

November 27, 2019

Dr. Lisa Sanders Solves Medical Mysteries and Answers Over 100 Emails a Day

The physician behind Netflix’s popular show, ‘Diagnosis,’ on how she manages to teach, see patients, and write a world-famous New York Times column—and still find (a little) time for knitting.

What Makes a Man One of the “Good Guys?”

November 15, 2019

What Makes a Man One of the “Good Guys?”

In her new book, Modern Manhood, Woman of the Week and journalist, Cleo Stiller, explores the feelings, reactions, and next steps men need to take in the post #MeToo era.

What Does a Modern Mom Look Like?

October 19, 2019

What Does a Modern Mom Look Like?

The co-founders of Motherly, a website for millennial moms, talk about their style and identities as parents in the digital age.

The Creator of the Internet’s Biggest Awards Regularly Turns Off Her Phone

October 11, 2019

The Creator of the Internet’s Biggest Awards Regularly Turns Off Her Phone

Webby founder, Tiffany Shlain, makes a case for the “tech Shabbat”—one day a week when you don’t use screens and really connect with the humans in your life.

A CEO and Her Successor Talk Transitioning Power (the Right Way)

October 04, 2019

A CEO and Her Successor Talk Transitioning Power (the Right Way)

The executive director of non-profit Girl Be Heard is passing the torch. Here’s how she and her successor are building an even better future for their organization.

Historian Julie Golia Is Excited To Be Wrong

September 27, 2019

Historian Julie Golia Is Excited To Be Wrong

“You have to love the possibility that your idea is going to get blown up.”

How Ashley C. Ford Figures Out What She Really Wants

September 13, 2019

How Ashley C. Ford Figures Out What She Really Wants

The author, podcaster, and host of PROFILE by Buzzfeed News spent years following the rules. It wasn’t until she finally learned to break them that her career took off.

Dr. Uché Blackstock Knows She’s a Unicorn

August 30, 2019

Dr. Uché Blackstock Knows She’s a Unicorn

She’s saving lives in the emergency room — by advocating for diversity in medicine.

For Meenal Lele, Keeping Her Child Safe Became a Full-Time Job

August 09, 2019

For Meenal Lele, Keeping Her Child Safe Became a Full-Time Job

The founder of Lil Mixins, which helps prevent food allergies in children, on finding her niche between business and science.

Jessica Peterson Wants You To Find Your “Love Language” At Work

August 02, 2019

Jessica Peterson Wants You To Find Your “Love Language” At Work

The founder of animation studio Mighty Oak on building around your strengths.

Allison Esposito Medina On The Perks Of Confronting Failure

July 26, 2019

Allison Esposito Medina On The Perks Of Confronting Failure

The founder of Tech Ladies on making the leap from a cushy Google job to starting her own company.

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.

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