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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.

Haute Hijab Founder Melanie Elturk on Making the Leap from Lawyer to Startup CEO

November 09, 2018

Haute Hijab Founder Melanie Elturk on Making the Leap from Lawyer to Startup CEO

Melanie Elturk became a human rights lawyer at 23. Now she’s the CEO of Haute Hijab, a leading brand of hijabs for Muslim women.

CEO Kimberly Churches on Making Over Her To-Do Lists and Learning to Say No

November 02, 2018

CEO Kimberly Churches on Making Over Her To-Do Lists and Learning to Say No

Kimberly Churches, the CEO of the American Association of University Women (committed to empowering women since 1881!), believes in the power of short to-do lists and daily three-word mantras.

Venture Capitalist Sarah Kunst Wants to Give Women Money

October 26, 2018

Venture Capitalist Sarah Kunst Wants to Give Women Money

The managing director of Cleo Capital on building her network and how she got her start in the VC world.

The Cosplaying Professor: Susan Napier Is a Rebel at Heart

October 18, 2018

The Cosplaying Professor: Susan Napier Is a Rebel at Heart

The professor of Japanese literature and culture talks anime, fashion, and what it was like to be the only woman in her department.

‘Treat Assistants Like They Are the Boss,’ and Other Wisdom From Madeline Di Nonno

October 13, 2018

‘Treat Assistants Like They Are the Boss,’ and Other Wisdom From Madeline Di Nonno

Madeline Di Nonno, the CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, always knew she wanted to be an executive — but getting there was another story.

Felicia Wong Took a U-Turn in Grad School—and Now Runs a Think Tank

October 07, 2018

Felicia Wong Took a U-Turn in Grad School—and Now Runs a Think Tank

How the CEO of the Roosevelt Institute found her calling in the “real world.”

Dr. Carrie Stern Took a Year Off from Surgical Residency—and Founded a Startup

September 28, 2018

Dr. Carrie Stern Took a Year Off from Surgical Residency—and Founded a Startup

Plastic surgery resident Carrie Stern decided to take a year “off” — and started a company instead. Now she juggles both. (Just don’t ask her for Botox.)

Jodi Picoult Writes About What She Doesn’t Know—But Is Willing to Learn

September 21, 2018

Jodi Picoult Writes About What She Doesn’t Know—But Is Willing to Learn

The bestselling author of 24 (soon to be 25) novels isn’t afraid to make readers uncomfortable: “It’s because I’m doing my job to challenge them.”

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.

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