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The Inexhaustible Optimist: Meet Heather McGhee, President of Demos

June 30, 2017

The Inexhaustible Optimist: Meet Heather McGhee, President of Demos

Heather McGhee became the president of Demos, a New York-based think tank focused on creating a democracy where all people…

How Natasha Nurse Went From Lawyer to Lifestyle Guru

June 23, 2017

How Natasha Nurse Went From Lawyer to Lifestyle Guru

The founder of Dressing Room 8 on plus-size fashion and defying social norms.

CEO Vanessa Cartwright Thinks Common Sense Is ‘Massively Underrated’

June 16, 2017

CEO Vanessa Cartwright Thinks Common Sense Is ‘Massively Underrated’

The newly-minted CEO talk transparency, dressing one’s age, and the most underrated quality in the workplace.

Spandex Leggings Not Required: Meet Corporate Yogi Poh Teng

June 09, 2017

Spandex Leggings Not Required: Meet Corporate Yogi Poh Teng

Poh Teng knows a thing or two about managing work-related stress: She began her career as a biochemist, and now…

Valerie Silensky on Marathons, Money Laundering, and Fighting Financial Crime

June 02, 2017

Valerie Silensky on Marathons, Money Laundering, and Fighting Financial Crime

State Department officer Valerie Silensky fights international financial crime—and runs the occasional marathon on the side.

The Messages Your Clothes Send: An HR Director Talks Work Outfits

May 26, 2017

The Messages Your Clothes Send: An HR Director Talks Work Outfits

The HR director on looking “elegantly formidable.”

Tiffany Dufu Wants You to Cut Yourself Some Slack

May 19, 2017

Tiffany Dufu Wants You to Cut Yourself Some Slack

Tiffany Dufu, the author of “Drop the Ball,” on achieving more by giving yourself a break.

Karen Cahn Wants You To Ask For More Money (and Fail Cheaper)

May 11, 2017

Karen Cahn Wants You To Ask For More Money (and Fail Cheaper)

The founder of iFundWomen wants to level the playing field for female entrepreneurs.

Amanda Steinberg on Money, Burnout, and Learning Your Worth

May 06, 2017

Amanda Steinberg on Money, Burnout, and Learning Your Worth

The founder of DailyWorth lives by her own rules.

Ann Shoket on “Badass Babes,” Her New Career Phase, and Changing the Rules

April 28, 2017

Ann Shoket on “Badass Babes,” Her New Career Phase, and Changing the Rules

The author of “The Big Life” takes on her career’s next chapter.

The Advocate for 40-year-old Interns: iRelaunch CEO Carol Fishman Cohen

April 21, 2017

The Advocate for 40-year-old Interns: iRelaunch CEO Carol Fishman Cohen

When Carol Fishman Cohen was 40, she began interviewing for jobs—after being out of the full-time workforce for 11 years.

Health Care, Made Better: Dr. Jennifer Kherani Is on the Case

April 15, 2017

Health Care, Made Better: Dr. Jennifer Kherani Is on the Case

How she went from night shifts in the E.R. to starting a cutting-edge health care company.

Life After Maternity Leave: Lauren Smith Brody Envisions a Better Workplace for New Moms

April 08, 2017

Life After Maternity Leave: Lauren Smith Brody Envisions a Better Workplace for New Moms

The author of “The Fifth Trimester” on career, family, and how to mix the two.

The Business of Music: Jean Davidson on Creativity, Commerce, and L.A.’s Thriving Arts Scene

April 01, 2017

The Business of Music: Jean Davidson on Creativity, Commerce, and L.A.’s Thriving Arts Scene

Meet Jean Davidson, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

Are You Sitting Down? Nidhi Kapur Is Upending the Furniture Industry

April 01, 2017

Are You Sitting Down? Nidhi Kapur Is Upending the Furniture Industry

The founder of Maiden Home talks couches, risk aversion, and following your gut.

Professor Ellen Ensher on Mentorship, Protégés, and Courage Rituals

March 26, 2017

Professor Ellen Ensher on Mentorship, Protégés, and Courage Rituals

Life lessons from the mentorship guru.

The ‘Lady Economist’ on Women, Ego, Tattoos, and Power in Washington

March 10, 2017

The ‘Lady Economist’ on Women, Ego, Tattoos, and Power in Washington

Talking politics and tattoos with Kate Bahn, an economist at the Center for American Progress.

A Washington, D.C. Strategist on WOO (Winning Others Over)

March 03, 2017

A Washington, D.C. Strategist on WOO (Winning Others Over)

Get to know KC Sledd, a senior strategy manager based in our nation’s capital.

From Fashion to Tech: Decoded CEO Elizabeth Lukas on Mastering the Career Pivot

February 15, 2017

From Fashion to Tech: Decoded CEO Elizabeth Lukas on Mastering the Career Pivot

How Elizabeth Lukas went from answering phones at an ad agency to running an international tech firm.

Desks for Success: Perch Founder Lucy Lyle Makes Offices Smarter

February 10, 2017

Desks for Success: Perch Founder Lucy Lyle Makes Offices Smarter

Meet the woman on a mission to maximize your productivity with a well-designed office.

California’s Coolest Data Scientist: Rumman Chowdhury

January 13, 2017

California’s Coolest Data Scientist: Rumman Chowdhury

On the beauty of data, dude-centric tech culture, and the weird advantages of short hair.

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