Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT

The Balance Project is a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews with inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I’ve always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing it all” craze. So I asked them. As I suspected, no one really does “it all.” Everyone’s making sacrifices somewhere. And that should make us all feel a little better.

BY THE WAY…

  • Looking for THE BALANCE PROJECT, the novel that was inspired by these interviews? It’s here.
  • The Balance Project interview series recently celebrated its second anniversary!
  • Here’s a post about how The Balance Project interviews began.
  • Check out the articles that have been written about The Balance Project.
  • Working Mother is running a series of videos based on The Balance Project interviews.

Featured Interviews

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 159: Rebecca Ives Rubin, Marketing/Mindset Coach

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 159: Rebecca Ives Rubin, Marketing/Mindset Coach

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 158: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Actor, Producer & Co-Founder of Foodstirs

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 158: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Actor, Producer & Co-Founder of Foodstirs

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 157: Sally Paridis: Founder, CoClear

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 157: Sally Paridis: Founder, CoClear

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 156: Cynthia Silver, Director, Actor, Entrepreneur

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 156: Cynthia Silver, Director, Actor, Entrepreneur

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 155: Jenné Claiborne, Vegan Chef

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 154: Kate Hanley, Mind/Body Author and Coach

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 154: Kate Hanley, Mind/Body Author and Coach

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 153: Bianna Golodryga, Yahoo News and Finance Anchor

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 153: Bianna Golodryga, Yahoo News and Finance Anchor

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 152: Diane Dixon, Olympian, Coach, Speaker

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 152: Diane Dixon, Olympian, Coach, Speaker

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 151: Allison Gilbert, Author

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 150: Reshma Saujani, Founder/CEO of Girls Who Code

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 150: Reshma Saujani, Founder/CEO of Girls Who Code

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 149: Christine Amour-Levar, Social Entrepreneur

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 149: Christine Amour-Levar, Social Entrepreneur

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 148: Laura Nicole Diamond, Writer and Lawyer

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 148: Laura Nicole Diamond, Writer and Lawyer

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 147: Nicole Waggoner, Author

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 146: Lynn Smith, HLN Anchor of Weekend Express

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 146: Lynn Smith, HLN Anchor of Weekend Express

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 145: Yukimi Momose, Co-Founder of MOMO Dressing

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 145: Yukimi Momose, Co-Founder of MOMO Dressing

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 144: Saira Rao, Co-Founder, In This Together Media

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 144: Saira Rao, Co-Founder, In This Together Media

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 143: Kate Leroux, Geographic Information Systems Analyst

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 143: Kate Leroux, Geographic Information Systems Analyst

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 142: Phoebe Tisdale Andrews, VP Production at FOX

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 142: Phoebe Tisdale Andrews, VP Production at FOX

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 141: Olivia Lane Lovejoy, Wellness Educator

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 141: Olivia Lane Lovejoy, Wellness Educator

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 140: Randi Zuckerberg, Entrepreneur and Radio/TV Host

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 140: Randi Zuckerberg, Entrepreneur and Radio/TV Host

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 139: Maria Adcock, Writer and Blogger

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 139: Maria Adcock, Writer and Blogger

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 138: Karma Brown, Author and Journalist

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 138: Karma Brown, Author and Journalist

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 137: Kimberla Lawson Roby, Author and Speaker

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 137: Kimberla Lawson Roby, Author and Speaker

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 136: Aidan Donnelley Rowley, Novelist

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 136: Aidan Donnelley Rowley, Novelist

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 135: Katie Brown: Founder/Owner of Fashion Line KBLA

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 135: Katie Brown: Founder/Owner of Fashion Line KBLA

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 134: Cristina Alger, Writer

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 133: Jenna Blum, Writer

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 132: Monica Reccoppa, Finance Manager

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 132: Monica Reccoppa, Finance Manager

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 131: Melissa Plaskoff: Host of Carpool Talk Show

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 131: Melissa Plaskoff: Host of Carpool Talk Show

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    THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 130: Cherylanne Skolnicki, Life Design Coach

THE BALANCE PROJECT | No. 130: Cherylanne Skolnicki, Life Design Coach

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Interview Index

No. 1: Jessica Mindich, Entrepreneur
No. 2: Veronica Beard, Fashion Designer
No. 3: Emily Liebert, Author
No. 4: Lyss Stern, Mom-trepreneur
No. 5: Lauren Slayton, Nutritionist
No. 6: Elizabeth Moyer, Blogger
No. 7: Annabel Monaghan, Author
No. 8: Holly Gordon, Director
No. 9: Jill Salzman, Entrepreneur
No. 10: Jennifer Levinson, Jen’s List
No. 11: Jenny Hutt, Media Personality
No. 12: Angela Santomero, Kids’ Media Creator
No. 13: Carola Donato: Yogi
No. 14: Tiffany Washington, Pastry Designer
No. 15: Emily Giffin, Author
No. 16: Alana Sanko, Writer
No. 17: Cara Lemieux, Journalist
No. 18: Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, Authors
No. 19: Nikki Mark, Author & Foundation Director
No. 20: Colleen Oakes, Author
No. 21: Jill Bryan, Comedian
No. 22: Cindy Callaghan, Author
No. 23: Stephanie Hirsch, Artist
No. 24: Whitney Dineen, Author/Baker
No. 25: Jo-Laine Duke-Collins, Dessert Stylist
No. 26: Whitney English, Entrepreneur
No. 27: Jennifer Gooch Hummer, Author
No. 28: Melissa Amster, Book Blogger
No. 29: Nigel Marsh, Author and Entrepreneur
No. 30: DayNa Decker, Entrepreneur
No. 31: Amy Selling, Blogger
No. 32: Heather Sonnenberg, Entrepreneur
No. 33: Allison Winn Scotch, Author
No. 34: Bibi Kasrai, Entrepreneur/Chef
No. 35: Karen Sutton MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon
No. 36: Samantha Ettus, Balance Expert, Author
No. 37: Pam Yudko, Holistic Health
No. 38: Nancy Huang, Nonprofit Director
No. 39: Mary Laura Philpott, Writer, Editor & Illustrator
No. 40: Towanda Long, MarComm Specialist
No. 41: Kristyn Kusek Lewis, Writer
No. 42: Tracy Pollan, Actor & Writer
No. 43: Christianne Phillips, Fitness Consultant
No. 44: Susannah Lewis, Writer
No. 45: Kimi Culp, Producer
No. 46: Traci Bild, Entrepreneur
No. 47: Laura Vanderkam, Journalist/Author
No. 48: Amy Tara Koch, Style Expert/Author
No. 49: Cozy Friedman, Kids’ Hair Expert
No. 50: Bobbii Hach-Jacobs, Music Promoter/Festival Producer
No. 51: Niketa Jhaveri, Game Creator and Web Designer
No. 52: Sheri Silver, Blogger
No. 53: Lori Pollan, Cookbook Author
No. 54: Chaton Turner, Attorney and Blogger
No. 55: Joanne Wilson, Investor and Blogger
No. 56: Nicola Kraus, Author and Creative Coach
No. 57: Shiri Sarfati, Marketing Expert
No. 58: Audrey McClelland, Entrepreneur/Blogger
No. 59: Jessica Lahey, Writer/Teacher
No. 60: Lindsay Bressler, Entrepreneur
No. 61: Marie Claire Lim Moore, Banker/Author/Speaker
No. 62: Stacey Ballis, Novelist/Cookbook Writer
No. 63: Amy Hochhauser, Co-Founder JoyRide Cycling
No. 64: Molly Sims, Actress/Author
No. 65: Colleen Oakley, Writer/Author
No. 66: Nichole Montoya, CEO of Cheddar Up
No. 67: Eileen Palma, Author/Instructor
No. 68: Adina Grigore, Founder of S.W. Basics
No. 69: Dana Pollan, Writer
No. 70: Melissa Hawks, Owner of The Well Appointed House
No. 71: Emily Greenspan, Art Consultant
No. 72: Michelle Hodges, Software Exec/See Girl Be Founder
No. 73: Kendra Basner Mallen, Attorney
No. 74: Alysa Bajenaru, Dietitian/Writer
No. 75: Anita Shepherd, Anita’s Yogurt
No. 76: Dana Marlowe, IT Consultant
No. 77: Jill Royster, Marketing Consultant
No. 78: Debra Olshan Cooper, Entrepreneur
No. 79: Zainab Zaki, Tech Product Manager
No. 80: Marisa de los Santos, Novelist
No. 81: Kamy Wicoff, Writer/Publisher
No. 82: Kristy Woodson Harvey, Writer/Blogger
No. 83: Jane Green, Author
No. 84: Meredith Schorr, Author/Paralegal
No. 85: Melissa Marks Papock, Founder of Cabana Life
No. 86: Cindy Chupack, TV Writer/Producer & Author
No. 87: Betsy Ames, Founder of Mindful Style
No. 88: Erin Baebler, Author/Writer/Coach
No. 89: Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin, Founders of theSkimm
No. 90: Heather Bauer, Dietitian/Entrepreneur
No. 91: Jennifer O’Regan, Teacher/Book Champion
No. 92: Debbie Major, Performer/CEO of Zylofone
No. 93: Dorie Clark, Author/Speaker/Professor
No. 94: Peggy Davenport, Attorney
No. 95: Terrianne Patnode, Attorney
No. 96: Jillian Griffiths, Private Equity COO
No. 97: Gillian Zoe Segal, Author/Photographer
No. 98: Pauline Nakios, Apparel Company Owner
No. 99: Jessie Rosen, Writer
No. 100: Reese Witherspoon, Actor/Producer
No. 101: Elyssa Friedland, Writer
No. 102: Lisa Reichmann and Julie Sapper, Running Coaches
No. 103: Jackie Kolek, Communications Executive
No. 104: Stacy Sukov Blackman, MBA Consultant
No. 105: Nancy Easton, Wellness in the Schools Exec Director
No. 106: Lisa Sugar, POPSUGAR Founder/Editor in Chief
No. 107: Bobbi Rebell Kaufman, Reuters Anchor/Reporter
No. 108: Jennifer Berson, PR Executive
No. 109: Jo-Na Williams, Attorney and IP/New Bus Advisor
No. 110: Susan Ascher, Author/Coach/Speaker
No. 111: CC Minton, Author/Health Advocate
No. 112: Sara Blakely, Founder of SPANX
No. 113: Courtney Nichols Gould, Co-Founder SmartyPants
No. 114: Kristy Wallace, COO of Ellevate Network
No. 115: Kimra Luna, Branding Strategist
No. 116: Jenna Segal, Producer
No. 117: Julie Hochheiser Ilkovich, Media/Career Expert
No. 118: Khanh Nguyen, Fashion Designer
No. 119: Sarah Marie Martin, Investment Banker
No. 120: Julie Fasone Holder, Management Advisor
No. 121: Georgene Huang, Founder of Fairygodboss
No. 122: Jordana Holovach, Branding Consultant
No. 123: Lindsey Mead, Executive Recruiter
No. 124: Kelley Spoljaric, Co-Founder of ComfortCam
No. 125: Barbara Reich, Organizer and Author
No. 126: Ria Ruthsatz, Film Producer
No. 127: Jennifer Rispoli Hildebrand, Tax Director
No. 128: Noelle Smith, Tax Manager
No. 129: Loredana Pfannenbecker, Tax Director
No. 130: Cherylanne Skolnicki, Life Design Coach
No. 131: Melissa Plaskoff, Host of Carpool Talk Show
No. 132: Monica Reccoppa, Finance Manager
No. 133: Jenna Blum, Writer
No. 134: Cristina Alger, Writer
No. 135: Katie Brown, Founder/Owner of KBLA
No. 136: Aidan Donnelley Rowley, Novelist
No. 137: Kimberla Lawson Roby, Author/Speaker
No. 138: Karma Brown, Author/Journalist
No. 139: Maria Adcock, Writer/Blogger
No. 140: Randi Zuckerberg, Entrepreneur & Radio/TV Host
No. 141: Olivia Lane Lovejoy, Wellness Educator
No. 142: Phoebe Tisdale Andrews, VP Production at FOX
No. 143: Kate Leroux, GIS Analyst
No. 144: Saira  Rao, Co-Founder, In This Together Media
No. 145: Yukimi Momose, Co-Founder, MOMO Dressing
No. 146: Lynn Smith, HLN Anchor of Weekend Express
No. 147: Nicole Waggoner, Author
No. 148: Laura Nicole Diamond, Writer/Lawyer
No. 149: Christine Amour-Levar, Social Entrepreneur
No. 150: Reshma Saujani, Founder/CEO, Girls Who Code
No. 151: Allison Gilbert, Author
No. 152: Diane Dixon, Olympian/Coach/Speaker
No. 153: Bianna Golodryga, Yahoo News & Finance Anchor
No. 154: Kate Hanley, Mind/Body Author/Coach