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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.

Nathalie Molina Niño on Switching Careers in Her Thirties and Finding Her ‘Secret Sauce’

September 14, 2018

Nathalie Molina Niño on Switching Careers in Her Thirties and Finding Her ‘Secret Sauce’

The CEO and “Leapfrog” author talks burnout, “retiring” from tech, and the importance of daily vacations.

How to Shake Off Failure, According to Entrepreneur Jacqueline Boltik

September 06, 2018

How to Shake Off Failure, According to Entrepreneur Jacqueline Boltik

How to change laws, befriend people you admire, and gracefully exit your failed startup, courtesy of entrepreneur Jacqueline Boltik.

Clovyr’s Amber Baldet: “You Should Not Have to Adopt a Specific Brand of Femininity to be Valuable”

August 31, 2018

Clovyr’s Amber Baldet: “You Should Not Have to Adopt a Specific Brand of Femininity to be Valuable”

The banker-slash-hacker on rising through two notorious boys’ clubs—finance and tech—and co-founding her new blockchain startup, Clovyr.

‘Who Do You Want to Be at 50?’ And Other Helpful Career Questions

August 24, 2018

‘Who Do You Want to Be at 50?’ And Other Helpful Career Questions

ASG Works co-founders Mishuku Matsuda and Chizuru Otsuka ask the tough ones.

What Comes After a “Staring at the Ceiling” Career Turning Point?

August 17, 2018

What Comes After a “Staring at the Ceiling” Career Turning Point?

What happens when you worry you’ve made a huge career mistake? UCLA’s top kidney donation expert has been there.

How Do You Know When to “Go All In”?

August 09, 2018

How Do You Know When to “Go All In”?

The bestselling YA novelist talks high school popularity and learning to take herself seriously.

PayPal’s Jill Rose on Seeking Out Feedback and Handling Workplace Politics

August 03, 2018

PayPal’s Jill Rose on Seeking Out Feedback and Handling Workplace Politics

PayPal’s Jill Rose shares advice for building close relationships with higher-ups, asking for feedback, and handling criticism even when you don’t agree with it.

Changemaker Chats Founders Jessica Johnston and Briana Ferrigno “Don’t Just Want to Hear Success Stories”

July 27, 2018

Changemaker Chats Founders Jessica Johnston and Briana Ferrigno “Don’t Just Want to Hear Success Stories”

How the co-founders of Changemaker Chats created a forum for women to share the nitty-gritty.

Chalkbeat CEO Elizabeth Green Knows a Good Story When She Sees It

July 20, 2018

Chalkbeat CEO Elizabeth Green Knows a Good Story When She Sees It

What’s it like to lose your job — and then start your own news organization? Chalkbeat’s Elizabeth Green talks leadership, risk, and shaping the future of journalism.

The Benefits of a Wandering Mind: Kathryn Lasky’s Boundless Imagination

July 13, 2018

The Benefits of a Wandering Mind: Kathryn Lasky’s Boundless Imagination

Author Kathryn Lasky has written over 100 books, ranging from award-winning novels to a wildly popular children’s series (about owls!). Here’s why she’ll never stick to one genre.

Nina Lorez Collins and Stephanie Staal Ask Each Other Often: ‘What Am I Doing with My Life?’

July 05, 2018

Nina Lorez Collins and Stephanie Staal Ask Each Other Often: ‘What Am I Doing with My Life?’

What would you do if you weren’t afraid of total reinvention? Nina Lorez Collins and Stephanie Staal would know: They’ve got six successful careers between them, the latest of which is running The Woolfer, a website and newsletter for women over 40.

Strategy Consultant Tara Abrahams on Shifting Paths and Battling Perfectionism

June 28, 2018

Strategy Consultant Tara Abrahams on Shifting Paths and Battling Perfectionism

The global strategist for Girls Who Code on her “ideal day,” overcoming nerves, and fighting against perfectionism.

46 Minutes with Time-Management Expert Laura Vanderkam

June 21, 2018

46 Minutes with Time-Management Expert Laura Vanderkam

Author and time-management expert Laura Vanderkam talks Facebook breaks, misplaced guilt, and why she tracks her hours every day.

France’s Literary Star, Leïla Slimani, on Writing a “Very Bad and Very Boring” First Novel

June 14, 2018

France’s Literary Star, Leïla Slimani, on Writing a “Very Bad and Very Boring” First Novel

The French-Moroccan author on the myths of motherhood, her obsession with taboo subjects, and being “born under a good star.”

“Crowdsourceress” Alex Daly on Getting Funded, Burning Out, and Setting Boundaries

June 01, 2018

“Crowdsourceress” Alex Daly on Getting Funded, Burning Out, and Setting Boundaries

Crowdfunding wizard Alex Daly started her own company and then almost gave it up. Here’s how she overhauled her work habits instead.

Author Curtis Sittenfeld: “My Writing Identity Is Different From Who I Am in the Rest of My Life”

May 24, 2018

Author Curtis Sittenfeld: “My Writing Identity Is Different From Who I Am in the Rest of My Life”

Bestselling novelist Curtis Sittenfeld talks writing rituals, the role of good luck, and the inspirational powers of Miley Cyrus.

Police Commissioner and CEO Shane Goldsmith: “Be the Hardest Worker in the Room”

May 04, 2018

Police Commissioner and CEO Shane Goldsmith: “Be the Hardest Worker in the Room”

Shane Goldsmith on how she discovered her passion for community organizing.

Ad Producer Annie Dietz on Finding Creative Balance

April 26, 2018

Ad Producer Annie Dietz on Finding Creative Balance

“My job is like herding cats.”

Celebrity Attorney Stacy Phillips: “There’s a Very Fine Line Between Caring and Going Overboard”

April 20, 2018

Celebrity Attorney Stacy Phillips: “There’s a Very Fine Line Between Caring and Going Overboard”

On being a better boss, why she likes working in family law, and the importance of developing fellow women at work.

Actress and Reporter Orelon Sidney: “I’m an Actor With a Damn Good Day Job”

April 12, 2018

Actress and Reporter Orelon Sidney: “I’m an Actor With a Damn Good Day Job”

The weather reporter-turned-actor talks about quitting CNN, the worst advice she ever got, and why she’ll never “coast.”

Lawyer Maria Woltjen: “My Work Does Make Me Angry, but That Fuels Me”

April 04, 2018

Lawyer Maria Woltjen: “My Work Does Make Me Angry, but That Fuels Me”

Maria Woltjen, the director of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, talks motherhood, knitting, and letting work get to her sometimes.

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