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

Interviews on Hiatus

The Balance Project interviews are on hiatus for a while because I'm writing my next novel. Here are all the details. Back soon!

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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

Welcome to THE BALANCE PROJECT: a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I've always been curious about how women I admire manage the tragically glorified “doing [...]

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Nigel Marsh: How To Make Work-Life Balance Work

One of my wonderful Balance Project interviewees Cara Lemieux, a journalist and managing editor of ShriverReport.org, recently brought Nigel Marsh to my attention. And I’m so glad she did.

Nigel Marsh gave a TED Talk in May 2010 that has, as of this posting, received 2,449,478 total views. That’s a lot of views. A lot of people who share this interest in work-life balance and finding solutions or ways to make it, as Nigel says, work.

I encourage you to watch his Talk which I’ve included below. His points are simple yet elegantly proposed. He’s got a “what’s wrong with you idiots?!” approach that I appreciate very much. A few of Nigel’s main points and then watch the 10-minute video…

  • Certain job and career choices are fundamentally incompatible with work-life balance.
  • Face the truth that government and corporations aren’t going to solve this issue. We must design our own lives.
  • Small things matter, not dramatic overhauls. Make small investments in the right places.

I would love to feature Nigel in The Balance Project and I really hope he says yes. We could use a man’s perspective. Please say yes, Nigel!

More on Nigel Marsh.

 

AmEx’s Sobbott on Balance

Although I don’t speak to her that often and I haven’t seen her in years, Nancy Huang McCormick is one of my favorite people in the world. We met when she and my husband started in the same class at Harvard Business School. Since then, Nancy has been a dear friend, boss (I worked for her in the late 90s when she founded GiftEmporia.com, a before-its-time Internet gift portal), and a kindred spirit on women and work. Nancy recently shared this article with me, and I loved it so much I wanted to share it with all of you…

An Integrated Life” by Susan Sobbott ran 6/12/13 on The Huffington Post. Sobbott is the President of Global Corporate Payments at American Express, and rather than recommending that women balance the proverbial work and life, Sobbott recommends “integrating” them: “to work consciously to integrate all of the things that make it meaningful.”

Susan Sobbott

Susan Sobbott

Highlights:

  • Sobbott recognizes that many women feel they need to choose between their “career goals and their family aspirations.”
  • Sobbott created “a ‘third option’—one that engages experienced, high-potential employees part-time, for specific, high-impact projects” because she realizes that when women are forced to choose between a job and family, the employer loses “every time, regardless of the choice [the women] make.”
  • Sobbott recommends women “identify what is truly meaningful and how to cleverly integrate those desires into the 24 hours we’re allotted in a day.” She gives her advice in the bottom of the article…

From: The Huffington Post
Susan Sobbott: An Integrated Life

People everywhere struggle to find work-life balance. A better approach, in my mind, is to pursue work-life integration. Rather than a work life and a personal life, two separate entities, the goal should be to have one very full life and work consciously to integrate all of the things that make it meaningful.

I purposefully make my work-life integration visible to our team at American Express. By bringing my family into my work and my work into my home, by sharing my story, others can see that I value what they value — a full, diverse life. When my children spend time with me at my office or work events, they are able to see that I have other responsibilities beyond my role as Mom.

Several years ago, I found that I was having more discussions with colleagues, mostly women, struggling to meet the demands of both family and work. At certain stages of life, they felt forced to make a choice between their career goals and their family aspirations. These conversations prompted me to create a third option — one that engages experienced, high-potential employees part-time, for specific, high-impact projects.

An accomplished senior leader, Elly, who loved her job, came to me to tell me her child was facing challenges that only she could address by being home every day after school. She faced a choice that no one should have to make — the well-being of her child or her career. I realized that, as an employer, if we force a person to choose between their family and their job, we lose every time, regardless of the choice they make. I don’t want to be put in that situation, and I won’t put anyone else in that situation either. So, a third option emerged. We created a role for Elly that allowed her to leave at 2 p.m. every day to pick up her son from school. While she has benefitted from this third option, I would say we as a company have benefitted more in the passion, commitment and focus that Elly brings to work every day.

This idea of a third option is often what attracts women to entrepreneurship. Women are the fastest growing segment of small business, starting businesses at one and a half times the rate of men. They are creating the companies they want to work for, filling meaningful voids in the marketplace and creating meaningful changes to workplace standards for themselves and their employees. For example, companies like AKRAYA, an IT staffing company co-founded by Sonu Ratra. AKRAYA sends professional cleaners to employees’ homes every two weeks and provides them with a family gym membership.

The challenge for women, whether running their own companies or working for someone else, is to abandon the feeling that we must do it all and must control it all. Learning to identify what is truly meaningful and how to cleverly integrate those desires into the 24 hours we’re allotted in a day is key. So, here’s my advice:

  • Think of yourself as your most important asset and be conscious of how you deploy your energy and time. It starts with an assessment of what is truly meaningful divided into what only you can do and what can be accomplished by others. It isn’t about doing it all — in fact, it’s the opposite. It’s about being focused. To unlock your energy, concentrate on the things you are best at, that only you can do, and work towards checking things off of that shorter, more manageable list.
  • Reframe how you think about delegating. Think of “outsourcing” as providing opportunity to others, not just asking favors (though it can feel that way sometimes). It is about thinking creatively about what can be accomplished by others in ways that help them grow. Give high-potential young talent the chance to spread their wings, or an administrative assistant a chance to branch out into a whole new area through event planning, or your child the chance to learn important life skills by doing the laundry, or cede control of the grocery shopping to your husband. When you think about outsourcing as providing opportunities for others, you can help free up women from the feeling that they have to do it all.
  • Make sure there is time for YOU on your must-do list. When thinking about what only you can do, don’t forget what only you can do for you. Whether it is a cup of tea in silence, exercising, reading a novel or spending time with friends, carving out time for the simple things that rejuvenate us will give us the energy we need to accomplish all of the other things we aspire to.

Instead of chasing the holy grail of work-life balance, know that there is a third option centered on work-life integration. Considering all of the aspects that make up your life, really looking at where you’re directing your energy, and focusing on what’s most important to you at work, and at home, will make you more successful and fulfilled — both in business and in life.

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The Times of India Interview on Work-Life Balance

In early July I was contacted by Nona Walia, a journalist from The Times of India, which is the world’s best-selling English language daily newspaper. Nona had found The Balance Project online and wanted to interview me for an article.

Indra Nooyi’s interview on balance had recently come out and Nona was doing a response piece to that. (I wrote a short blog post about Nooyi and featured the YouTube video of her conversation on The Balance Blog.)

I was thrilled when I found out, on July 27th, that the article entitled “Can Anyone Have It All?” had been published. A photo of the article, sent to me by an Indian Twitter follower (!), is below.

A couple of my quotes from the article:

  • “…the first thing is to define what ‘all’ means to you.”
  • “The women you admire, who you think are truly doing it all, they are not. They are all making sacrifices. You just have to decide what sacrifices you are personally willing to make.”

In the photo below, the blue sidebar in the bottom right corner features my tips on how to create work-life balance. And here they are…

  • List your top three priorities in life. You may not get to do everything you want to do—at least all at the same time—but you’ll be happy.
  • Make time for yourself. Don’t push yourself ahead at your own cost. If you are physically unwell and mentally exhausted, you won’t be good at anything else.
  • Use your calendar. Make appointments for a half-hour walk, coffee with your daughter, or a date with your partner. Make these things non-negotiable.
  • Be realistic about what sacrifices you’re willing to make. And understand that you must make sacrifices.
  • Don’t try to balance everything every day. Some days may be more child-focussed. Some days are all work. It’s impossible to make everyone happy every day. Think forward and try to imagine what you will regret later.

TimesofIndia

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Indra Nooyi on Balance

I was interviewed by The Times of India for an article they’re doing on work/life balance. Not sure if it will run or if my comments will survive the editor’s red pen, but very cool nonetheless that The Times found The Balance Project and was interested in my thoughts.

They are writing their article in response to a candid, informative, and fascinating interview Indra Nooyi, the CEO of Pepsico, gave last week at the Aspen Ideas Festival. [Read a transcript of the interview at The Atlantic.] Some of my favorite quotes:

  • Indra Nooyi“I don’t think women can have it all. I just don’t think so.”
  • “The biological clock and the career clock are in total conflict with each other.”
  • “Stay at home mothering was a full time job. Being a CEO for a company is three full time jobs rolled into one. How can you do justice to all? You can’t.”

Indra Nooyi has been there and done that. She has so much wisdom to impart. Not trying to bash Sheryl Sandberg here because I do respect her opinion, but I find it more helpful to hear work/life balance advice from a woman who has been at this for a while and who has older kids. Sorry Sheryl, but come back to us in 15 years and then tell us how all that leaning in worked out for you.

Team Indra. In!

[UPDATE: The article I was interviewed for ran in The Times of India on July 27, 2014. It’s called “Can Anyone Have It All?” by Nona Walia.

Here’s the video of the interview:

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Shonda Rhimes on Doing It All

On June 8, 2014, Shonda Rhimes (creator and writer of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal) gave the commencement address at Dartmouth College. She graduated from there in 1991. It was a really good speech. A really, really good speech.

I loved what she had to say about “doing it all,” which you can read below. And she shared loads of other gems. Do yourself a favor and read the whole speech or watch the YouTube video (below). It will feed your soul. Trust me.

Shonda Rhimes on Doing It All

“As you try to figure out the impossible task of juggling work and family and you hear over and over and over again that you just need a lot of help or you just need to be organized or you just need to try just a little bit harder … as a very successful woman, a single mother of three, who constantly gets asked the question “How do you do it all?” For once I am going to answer that question with 100 percent honesty here for you now. Because it’s just us. Because it’s our fireside chat. Because somebody has to tell you the truth.

Shonda, how do you do it all? The answer is this: I don’t. Whenever you see me somewhere succeeding in one area of my life, that almost certainly means I am failing in another area of my life.

If I am killing it on a Scandal script for work, I am probably missing bath and story time at home. If I am at home sewing my kids’ Halloween costumes, I’m probably blowing off a rewrite I was supposed to turn in. If I am accepting a prestigious award, I am missing my baby’s first swim lesson. If I am at my daughter’s debut in her school musical, I am missing Sandra Oh’s last scene ever being filmed at Grey’s Anatomy. If I am succeeding at one, I am inevitably failing at the other. That is the tradeoff. That is the Faustian bargain one makes with the devil that comes with being a powerful working woman who is also a powerful mother. You never feel a hundred percent OK; you never get your sea legs; you are always a little nauseous. Something is always lost.

Something is always missing…. anyone who tells you they are doing it all perfectly is a liar.”

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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