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Police Commissioner and CEO Shane Goldsmith: “Be the Hardest Worker in the Room”

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

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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?”

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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.

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