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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.

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.

Lawyer Julie Fink on Winning a Supreme Court Case and Defending Gay Marriage

December 14, 2017

Lawyer Julie Fink on Winning a Supreme Court Case and Defending Gay Marriage

Part of the legal team that won federal recognition for gay marriage, Julie Fink and her law partner have now started their own firm.

A Lawyer of Many Talents: Lara Bazelon Talks Family, Justice, and Ambition

December 01, 2017

A Lawyer of Many Talents: Lara Bazelon Talks Family, Justice, and Ambition

The respected litigator (and soon-to-be book author) on career, divorce, and the challenges of being a female in the courtroom.

Psychologist Ayelet Fishbach Wants Us to Make Smarter Decisions—And Have More Fun

November 29, 2017

Psychologist Ayelet Fishbach Wants Us to Make Smarter Decisions—And Have More Fun

Business school professor Ayelet Fishbach talks temptation, intuition, and psychological tricks to live by.

MM.LaFleur’s Guide to Chicago

November 22, 2017

MM.LaFleur’s Guide to Chicago

8 spots we love in our new home city.

Yondi Morris on Starting Her Own Law Firm and Being the Only Black Woman in the Room

November 21, 2017

Yondi Morris on Starting Her Own Law Firm and Being the Only Black Woman in the Room

Lawyer Yondi Morris on mentors, fortuitous elevator rides, and how it feels to be a minority in a room full of white men.

Ana Homayoun Wants You to ‘Take a <em>B’</em>

November 13, 2017

Ana Homayoun Wants You to ‘Take a B’

The author and entrepreneur talks perfectionism and preventing burnout.

Architect Louise Harpman Talks Creativity and Miniature Houses

October 27, 2017

Architect Louise Harpman Talks Creativity and Miniature Houses

The co-designer of the zeroHouse on spaces that make us thrive.

Alex Amouyel Tackles the World’s Problems, One “Solver” at a Time

October 11, 2017

Alex Amouyel Tackles the World’s Problems, One “Solver” at a Time

The executive director of Solve at MIT talks non-linear career paths, life on the road, and the upside of quitting her PhD.

Candice Morgan, Pinterest’s Head of Diversity, Takes Nothing for Granted

October 05, 2017

Candice Morgan, Pinterest’s Head of Diversity, Takes Nothing for Granted

“By nature, my role can be like pushing a rock uphill.”

Career Advice From Cathie Black: Don’t Take Rejection Personally

September 26, 2017

Career Advice From Cathie Black: Don’t Take Rejection Personally

The publishing world titan on first impressions, gumption, and asking for “the whole loaf of bread.”

Carolyn Murnick on Memoir, Murder, and Vulnerability

September 14, 2017

Carolyn Murnick on Memoir, Murder, and Vulnerability

Editor Carolyn Murnick on investigating a serial killer (and publishing a book) on top of her full-time job.

Art Within Reach: The Women Behind the Affordable Art Fair

September 09, 2017

Art Within Reach: The Women Behind the Affordable Art Fair

The co-directors of the Affordable Art Fair talk style, self-improvement, and artists to watch.

Jessica Bennett on Saying No and Why You Don’t Need a “Mentor”

September 01, 2017

Jessica Bennett on Saying No and Why You Don’t Need a “Mentor”

The Feminist Fight Club author talks freelancing, peer advice, and “Skirtfest.”

Mountaineer Alison Levine Talks Toughness and Leadership

August 24, 2017

Mountaineer Alison Levine Talks Toughness and Leadership

On pushing past self-doubt to reach improbable heights.

The Failure Guru: Meet Girl Starter’s Jeannine Shao Collins

August 17, 2017

The Failure Guru: Meet Girl Starter’s Jeannine Shao Collins

On teaching women to take risks and embrace mistakes.

Attorney Carrie Goldberg and the Crusade Against Revenge Porn

July 12, 2017

Attorney Carrie Goldberg and the Crusade Against Revenge Porn

Lawyer Carrie Goldberg is waging war on revenge porn, one slimeball at a time.

How Mandy Len Catron Made a Career Out of Love Stories (Including Her Own)

July 07, 2017

How Mandy Len Catron Made a Career Out of Love Stories (Including Her Own)

When your love life becomes public—by your own design.

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