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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.

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.

Nathalie Rayes, VP of Public Affairs for Grupo Salinas: “I Don’t Like Leaving Things to Chance”

March 29, 2018

Nathalie Rayes, VP of Public Affairs for Grupo Salinas: “I Don’t Like Leaving Things to Chance”

The public affairs executive on list-making, mind games, and what it was like to turn down a job offer from President Obama.

Filmmaker Mathilde Dratwa on Internal Validation and Realizing No One Ever “Makes It”

March 23, 2018

Filmmaker Mathilde Dratwa on Internal Validation and Realizing No One Ever “Makes It”

The founder of Moms in Film talks accountability, creative field trips, and finding internal validation.

Anna Quindlen: “Who Doesn’t Take Criticism Personally?”

March 16, 2018

Anna Quindlen: “Who Doesn’t Take Criticism Personally?”

The novelist and Pulitzer Prizewinner talks ambition, her “greatest surge of confidence,” and her latest book.

Ellen and Julia Lupton on “Precrastinating” and Designing Productive Lives

March 09, 2018

Ellen and Julia Lupton on “Precrastinating” and Designing Productive Lives

On paper, these twin sisters have vastly different resumes. In reality, their careers are totally intertwined.

WaterAid America CEO Sarina Prabasi on the Fundraising Power of Poop Jokes

March 02, 2018

WaterAid America CEO Sarina Prabasi on the Fundraising Power of Poop Jokes

The CEO of WaterAid America talks humor and humanitarian work.

Lawyer and Activist Aditi Juneja: Why She Loves the Word ‘Unsolicited’

February 23, 2018

Lawyer and Activist Aditi Juneja: Why She Loves the Word ‘Unsolicited’

“I feel lost in my career all the time. I think anyone who doesn’t say that is lying, and I think more of us should admit it,” says Juneja, the co-founder of The Resistance Manual.

Julissa Reynoso, Former U.S. Ambassador, on Confidence and Cowboy Boots

February 14, 2018

Julissa Reynoso, Former U.S. Ambassador, on Confidence and Cowboy Boots

The lawyer and former U.S. Ambassador discusses morning routines, signature sombreros, and working for Hillary Clinton.

CNN’S Laurie Segall on Misfits, Underdogs, and Getting in the Door

February 08, 2018

CNN’S Laurie Segall on Misfits, Underdogs, and Getting in the Door

Talking to CNN’s tech correspondent about power, inappropriate texts, and phone addiction.

Jordan Brooks on Working at the White House and Career Lessons from Michelle Obama

February 02, 2018

Jordan Brooks on Working at the White House and Career Lessons from Michelle Obama

The COO of the United State of Women on transitioning from assistant to boss.

Army Veteran Jas Boothe on Homelessness, the Military, and the Power of Oprah

January 25, 2018

Army Veteran Jas Boothe on Homelessness, the Military, and the Power of Oprah

The founder of Final Salute, a nonprofit dedicated to homeless female veterans, on “always being better than your circumstances.”

Karen Haycox, CEO of Habitat for Humanity NYC, on the Work/Life Balance Fallacy

January 11, 2018

Karen Haycox, CEO of Habitat for Humanity NYC, on the Work/Life Balance Fallacy

We talked unexpected job changes and why she doesn’t believe in five-year plans.

Kristy Wallace, the CEO of Ellevate, on Building a Network and Taking a ‘Confidence Pill’

January 04, 2018

Kristy Wallace, the CEO of Ellevate, on Building a Network and Taking a ‘Confidence Pill’

Kristy Wallace on networking, confidence, and why you should never ask to “pick someone’s brain.”

Ana Bermudez, Commissioner of NYC’s Department of Probation, Separates the Deed From the Doer

December 21, 2017

Ana Bermudez, Commissioner of NYC’s Department of Probation, Separates the Deed From the Doer

New York City’s first Latina Commissioner of Probation on boundaries, uncomfortable conversations, and the upside to being oblivious.

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