Topic: role models

A Look At Erica Weiner’s Résumé

A Look At Erica Weiner's Résumé

Between attending Vassar and starting her own jewelry business, Erica Weiner worked damn hard, doing the kind of jobs that required ingenuity—and a knack for dealing with children and very small celebrities. These are the gigs that eventually led her to her namesake line, which she launched from her kitchen table. More »

The 30 Most Important Women Under 30 In Tech

The 30 Most Important Women Under 30 In Tech

Women are (relatively) few and far between in the tech industry. They make up less than 10% of venture capitalists, and they leave the industry at twice the rate of men, according to a recent study by the Kauffman Foundation.

There’s also a shortage of women pursuing engineering, particularly software engineering.

But the women who do choose to enter the tech industry in one way or another are doing incredibly important work. More »

Jenna Lyons’ Tough Childhood Made Her A Better Manager

Jenna Lyonsâ Tough Childhood Made Her A Better Manager

Jenna Lyons, President and Chief Creative Officer for J.Crew, is gracing the cover of Fast Company this month because she is a major force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry. After all, Lyons has doubled the sales of J.Crew in the last seven years, resulting in a company valuation of $1.7 billion and has been the visionary force behind what has become known as the “cult of J.Crew“ (of which I have been a proud member since 1995). Anna Wintour said last spring, “J.Crew is a force to be reckoned with, and anyone who tells you otherwise is insane.” Those are some big words coming from arguably the most important woman in fashion. More »

Everything Is Going To Be OK: ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ Reunion In The Works!

Everything Is Going To Be OK: 'Mary Tyler Moore Show' Reunion In The Works!

There is a God, and he has a plan for us all: The cast of the greatest working-women sitcom in television history is reuniting to act and makes jokes together. The four female leads of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” will appear on TV together, despite costar Valerie Harper‘s recently announced terminal cancer diagnosis. The forecast calls for laughter mixed with tears. More »

Where Were They Then: Donna Karan

Where Were They Then: Donna Karan

With multiple major labels and nearly a half-century of fashion-world experience, it would be an understatement to call Donna Karan a design powerhouse. This college dropout turned “Queen of Seventh Ave” has made a career of paying tribute to her city and keeping basics far from boring. Do a deep dive into her rise. More »

What Extremely Successful People Were Doing At Age 25

What Extremely Successful People Were Doing At Age 25
Some people know what they want to do from an early age and focus on it relentlessly.Others reinvent themselves, changing careers and industries until they find something that works. Billionaire Mark Cuban struggled when he first started, writing in “How To Win At The Sport Of Business that “when I got to Dallas, I was struggling — sleeping on the floor with six guys in a three-bedroom apartment.”

As a reminder that the path to success is not always linear, we’ve highlighted what Richard BransonArianna Huffington, and 17 other fascinating and successful people were doing at age 25. More »

Read A Strange, Elegant, Rule-Breaking Cover Letter From A Great Author Before She Was Famous

Read A Strange, Elegant, Rule-Breaking Cover Letter From A Great Author Before She Was Famous

Born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1909, Eudora Welty was one of the greatest writers the American South produced. In 1933, however, she was just a recent college grad, “six weeks on the loose in N.Y.,” and she needed a job. In pursuit of that, she wrote one of the most charming cover letters I’ve ever read. That letter to the New Yorker breaks all the rules of cover letters: It’s too long, it meanders far from her accomplishments and qualifications, she makes a cheesy pun, she insults her most recent job, and she speaks openly of needing money. But it’s also beautiful and intriguing, and she promises “I would work like a slave,” which every employer wants to hear. More »

3 Things That Surprised Me About Sheryl Sandberg

3 Things That Surprised Me About Sheryl Sandberg

On the day Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” hit bookstores, people filed up escalator after escalator at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in New York City to see her sit down with friend and NBC special correspondent Chelsea Clinton.

An hour and a half before the event was scheduled to begin, three-quarters of the chairs were filled. Latecomers circled like vultures looking for the odd open seat.

I was glad I had shown up early. More »