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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.

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.

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.”

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