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Personal Essays

Why Quitting My Job to Move to Paris Was a Good Career Move

August 18, 2015

Why Quitting My Job to Move to Paris Was a Good Career Move

Ever dreamed of trading your cubicle for a Parisian pied-à-terre?

My Favorite Faux Pas: A Mortifying Lesson in PowerPoint Etiquette

June 22, 2015

My Favorite Faux Pas: A Mortifying Lesson in PowerPoint Etiquette

One woman learns the hard way why you should keep your computer desktop looking boss-friendly.

June 17, 2015

My Silicon Valley Adventure: 3 Days, 12 VC Meetings, and 1 Breast Pump

With pumping equipment in hand, our intrepid CMO jets to the west coast to raise our next round.

June 08, 2015

My Favorite Faux Pas: The Case of the Heavily Medicated Line Cook

An aspiring chef battles a mosquito—and loses.

My Favorite Faux Pas: The Work Crush

May 29, 2015

My Favorite Faux Pas: The Work Crush

In which an office flirtation goes (temporarily) off the rails.

Quitting Your Job To Travel: 5 Truths From a Woman Who Did It

May 26, 2015

Quitting Your Job To Travel: 5 Truths From a Woman Who Did It

We all dream of flipping our desks over and taking a round-the-world adventure. Here’s one woman who actually did it (minus the desk-flipping).

My Favorite Faux Pas: Think Twice Before You Check Your Bag

May 23, 2015

My Favorite Faux Pas: Think Twice Before You Check Your Bag

A lesson in what not to do when traveling for business.

My Career at 20, 30, and 40: An Advertising Creative’s Evolving Perspective

May 23, 2015

My Career at 20, 30, and 40: An Advertising Creative’s Evolving Perspective

Taking time to reflect after three decades on the job.

I Got My Dream Job…And Then Realized I Hated It

May 20, 2015

I Got My Dream Job…And Then Realized I Hated It

Sometimes getting what you want is the most disappointing thing of all.

3 Tips to Help You Stay the Course in the Face of Rejection

May 18, 2015

3 Tips to Help You Stay the Course in the Face of Rejection

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. Seriously, keep trying.

So Many Girl Crushes, So Little Time

March 23, 2015

So Many Girl Crushes, So Little Time

Why there’s nothing wrong with a once-in-a-while friendship.

I (Un)consciously Uncoupled and Didn’t Even Realize It

March 26, 2014

I (Un)consciously Uncoupled and Didn’t Even Realize It

Last night, Gwyneth Paltrow announced the non-divorce heard round the world. She and Chris Martin are splitting, or as they…

Wait… What IS a Mentor, Anyway?

March 25, 2014

Wait… What IS a Mentor, Anyway?

For all the talk about “mentoring,” do we really know what it means? Tory Hoen considers.

On Perfectionism: Why You Shouldn’t Fear Failure

September 09, 2013

On Perfectionism: Why You Shouldn’t Fear Failure

Perfectionism. So overrated.

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