We’ve recruited a lineup of our role models—intelligent, influential, and inspiring women who’ve had insanely successful careers—to share with us what they wish they could tell their younger selves.
Gloria Feldt married her high school sweetheart at 15 and pregnant, but challenged the norms of her time, eventually becoming the CEO of Planned Parenthood and a leader for women’s rights. Looking back, here are a few bits of wisdom she’d give to her younger self.
Microsoft exec Cindy Bates has had an amazing career—but it wasn’t exactly what she’d planned. And looking back, her major successes have been from embracing new opportunities. See why she’d tell her younger self—and us—to be willing to take a leap.
Carole Geithner is a successful Clinical Social Worker, Assistant Clinical Professor, and author. If she could give her younger self some advice, she would tell her to stop worrying about having a plan all of the time and to embrace the changes life throws at you.
When Hilda Solis was in high school, her career counselor told her she wasn’t “college material” and that she should become a secretary. Turns out, she did: The U.S. Secretary of Labor. And here’s what she’d go back and tell her ambitious high school self.
Marguerite Kondracke, the President and CEO of America’s Promise Alliance, has had a fast-paced, illustrious, and successful career. But she’d tell her younger self to take time to smell the flowers, too. Here’s what reminded her of this important truth.
As a fashion model and retail executive, LaVelle Olexa spent the better part of her career running in heels—the higher, the better. And looking back, her footwear choices held a lot of wisdom that she wishes she could share with her younger self.
Nicole Lapin, former anchor of CNBC’s “Worldwide Exchange,” used to smile and nod during conversations about finances and the stock market. Find out what stopped her in her tracks, and what she wish she could tell her younger self.