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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.

It’s Time: Beth Haggerty and Caryn Effron Are Tackling Gender Inequality

May 24, 2019

It’s Time: Beth Haggerty and Caryn Effron Are Tackling Gender Inequality

Declare founders Beth Haggerty and Caryn Effron are tackling gender inequality.

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.

Natalia Oberti Noguera is Changing the Face of Angel Investing

May 03, 2019

Natalia Oberti Noguera is Changing the Face of Angel Investing

How the founder of Pipeline Angels is shaking up the financial status quo.

Georgia Lee Hussey Explains Why Money Is An Emotional Investment

April 26, 2019

Georgia Lee Hussey Explains Why Money Is An Emotional Investment

The CEO of Modernist Financial on gender performance, emotional investing, and taking charge of your financial story.

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.

Lisa Lucas’s Novel Way to Change the World

April 12, 2019

Lisa Lucas’s Novel Way to Change the World

National Book Foundation Director Lisa Lucas on why books matter.

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.

Actor-Producer Alysia Reiner Is Leading a Deeper Conversation Among Women

March 29, 2019

Actor-Producer Alysia Reiner Is Leading a Deeper Conversation Among Women

Actor-producer Alysia Reiner wants you to explore your own truth.

Writer Mary Laura Philpott on Perfectionism, Patience, and Reinvention

March 22, 2019

Writer Mary Laura Philpott on Perfectionism, Patience, and Reinvention

The Nashville-based author explores the relationship between work and self.

Google’s Jana Landon on Bringing Diversity to Silicon Valley

March 15, 2019

Google’s Jana Landon on Bringing Diversity to Silicon Valley

Google’s Jana Landon manages a program that helps develop tech talent at historically black colleges and universities.

Startup Founder Jane Mosbacher Morris on the Power of Your Purchases

March 08, 2019

Startup Founder Jane Mosbacher Morris on the Power of Your Purchases

The startup founder and author on practicing the golden rule at work, writing her future bio, and the magic of color-coded calendars.

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.”

Cherokee Actress Delanna Studi Redefines the Portrayal of Native Americans Onscreen

February 08, 2019

Cherokee Actress Delanna Studi Redefines the Portrayal of Native Americans Onscreen

The actress and activist is often the only Native American in the room—which makes her voice all the more important.

Author Katharine Smyth Explores Grief and Family with the Help of Virginia Woolf

February 01, 2019

Author Katharine Smyth Explores Grief and Family with the Help of Virginia Woolf

Katharine Smyth on owning her identity as a writer, writing about family, and overcoming loss.

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