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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.

The Secret to More Energy, Less Anxiety, and a Thriving Career? Let Emma Seppälä Show You the Way

January 18, 2019

The Secret to More Energy, Less Anxiety, and a Thriving Career? Let Emma Seppälä Show You the Way

Psychologist Emma Seppälä is an authority on the science of happiness. Here are some life-changing lessons she’s learned in her work at Stanford and Yale.

A Career in Cannabis: Alex Capano Explains the Science of CBD and Her Path to Becoming an Expert

January 10, 2019

A Career in Cannabis: Alex Capano Explains the Science of CBD and Her Path to Becoming an Expert

Alex Capano is a nurse practitioner with a doctorate in medical cannabis science. Here, she talks about breaking new ground in healthcare, pushing through career blues, and finding an outlet for her entrepreneurial spirit.

Luminary Founder Cate Luzio on Quitting Her Banking Job to Help Women Advance Their Careers

January 04, 2019

Luminary Founder Cate Luzio on Quitting Her Banking Job to Help Women Advance Their Careers

Why the former banker walked away from her 17-year career to create Luminary, a new space for women to work, connect, and invest in themselves.

Glynnis MacNicol on Creating a New Narrative for Women Over 40—and Why Regrets Are a Waste of Time

December 21, 2018

Glynnis MacNicol on Creating a New Narrative for Women Over 40—and Why Regrets Are a Waste of Time

The author of “No One Tells You This” and co-founder of TheLi.st talks about friendship, age, shame, and why more women should share stories about all of the above.

Dr. Sheila Grace Newsom on Coming Out as Transgender in Her Sixties

December 14, 2018

Dr. Sheila Grace Newsom on Coming Out as Transgender in Her Sixties

The Texas-based nephrologist and West Point grad lived over six decades as a man. Then she had an awakening that left her with no choice but to transition — and educate others about her process.

Mixing Friendship With Business: The Co-Founders of Wonder Media Network on Being Their Own—and Each Other’s—Bosses

December 07, 2018

Mixing Friendship With Business: The Co-Founders of Wonder Media Network on Being Their Own—and Each Other’s—Bosses

How Jenny Kaplan and Shira Atkins turned a close friendship into a thriving business partnership.

Spin Studio Maven Ruth Zukerman Isn’t Afraid to be Vulnerable

November 30, 2018

Spin Studio Maven Ruth Zukerman Isn’t Afraid to be Vulnerable

Ruth Zukerman, Co-founder of SoulCycle and Flywheel, on How Therapy Made Her a Better Leader

Psychiatrist Alexandra Sacks on “Matrescence” and What No One Tells You About Motherhood

November 21, 2018

Psychiatrist Alexandra Sacks on “Matrescence” and What No One Tells You About Motherhood

Dr. Alexandra Sacks shines a light on the taboo topics of motherhood: issues with body image, sex, guilt, and shame. Here, she talks about discovering what women weren’t talking about — and bringing it out in the open.

The Mindfulness Practice that Transformed a Business

November 16, 2018

The Mindfulness Practice that Transformed a Business

You’re distracted and stressed all the time? Alexis Pokorny built her career on helping people to deal with it.

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.

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