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Gretchen Rubin Admits She’s a Happiness Bully

December 12, 2019

Gretchen Rubin Admits She’s a Happiness Bully

The best-selling author, podcast host, and all-around happiness expert shares her advice for finding happiness at work, and why she won’t let herself watch HGTV in hotel rooms.

Should You Care Less About Being Likeable?

December 06, 2019

Should You Care Less About Being Likeable?

TV host Alicia Menendez wanted to stop caring if she was “likeable.” She soon realized that was a trap.

Dr. Lisa Sanders Solves Medical Mysteries and Answers Over 100 Emails a Day

November 27, 2019

Dr. Lisa Sanders Solves Medical Mysteries and Answers Over 100 Emails a Day

The physician behind Netflix’s popular show, ‘Diagnosis,’ on how she manages to teach, see patients, and write a world-famous New York Times column—and still find (a little) time for knitting.

The Founder of #NatSecGirlSquad Wants More Women in National Security

November 22, 2019

The Founder of #NatSecGirlSquad Wants More Women in National Security

“Our current lack of diversity is the most significant national security challenge of our time,” says Maggie Feldman-Piltch. “It’s a mistake to think otherwise.”

What Makes a Man One of the “Good Guys?”

November 15, 2019

What Makes a Man One of the “Good Guys?”

In her new book, Modern Manhood, Woman of the Week and journalist, Cleo Stiller, explores the feelings, reactions, and next steps men need to take in the post #MeToo era.

Why Sloane Davidson Founded “Hello Neighbor” to Open the Door to Refugees

November 08, 2019

Why Sloane Davidson Founded “Hello Neighbor” to Open the Door to Refugees

“[Refugees] don’t need people to feel sorry for them—they’re the most resilient people in the world,” says Davidson. “But they do need support to navigate very complicated American systems.”

Siva Kumari Was Only Supposed To Be A Good Wife—But That Was Never Enough For Her

November 01, 2019

Siva Kumari Was Only Supposed To Be A Good Wife—But That Was Never Enough For Her

The Director General of The International Baccalaureate on growing up in India, earning a Doctorate of Education and multiple Master’s Degrees, and leading a global organization.

Sarah LaFleur and Rebecca Sherer Get Real About Mentorship

October 25, 2019

Sarah LaFleur and Rebecca Sherer Get Real About Mentorship

M.M.LaFleur’s CEO and the Senior Executive Talent and Organizational Development at Google discuss their relationship—which looks like a mentorship, even if they’d never call it that.

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 Sisters and Business Partners Tiffany and Amber Davis Keep Each Other in Check

September 20, 2019

How Sisters and Business Partners Tiffany and Amber Davis Keep Each Other in Check

Tiffany and Amber Davis could give a masterclass on how to ride the waves of a career and ultimately chart your own course.

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.

How Plantable Founder Nadja Pinnavaia Leapt from Finance to Food

September 06, 2019

How Plantable Founder Nadja Pinnavaia Leapt from Finance to Food

Having lost various family members to cancer and other health-related ailments, the former finance executive found a healthy new purpose.

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.

Entrepreneur Nisreen Hasib Questions All The Rules

August 16, 2019

Entrepreneur Nisreen Hasib Questions All The Rules

Nisreen Hasib talks about the power of listening, the joy of dressing like a statue, and the courage to be extraordinary.  

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.

L. Joy Williams on the Power of Political Participation

July 19, 2019

L. Joy Williams on the Power of Political Participation

The political strategist on how to more effectively “get involved.”

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