For a living, I mean. Pardon me if that seems on the personal side, but I’m just so curious.
I moderate comments for a major news website, and write for them when I can as well.
I’m an innovation strategy consultant for companies (mostly) in Seattle.
I am also an innovation strategy consultant! Based in New York, for global companies.
I’m a Customer Experience Analytics Consultant, innovation strategy consulting sounds pretty rad. How’d you get into that?
I’m a librarian at a university.
Apparently I’m a librarian who can’t read 🙁 – I should be 7, not 4.
Yet another librarian. We are an elegant yet edgy bunch of super-smart professionals.
And yet another (high school) librarian!
Not a librarian, but I work at the Circulation Desk.
I do project management for a library software vendor. Trained as an academic reference librarian!
Stay at home mom / community volunteer.
Same here. Lots o’ volunteering.
me three! I run a preschool co-op board, work in trade for a friend’s French teaching business and provide volunteer tech services to those I love.
Same, and I teach cross-country skiing (both for pay and on a volunteer basis). Although the previous responses make me smile because I used to be (and may be again some day) a librarian, and agree that they are a more stylish bunch than one might assume.
lawyer, sigh 😉 love that pic of mary richards!
Trust and Estates Attorney. Yep, another lawyer.
Another T&E lawyer right here!
Business litigation lawyer.
Family Law Attorney (started because it was very mom friendly, now it’s flexible and I can wear what I want most days).
General counsel at software company
Lawyer, used to do litigation then did business law. Now do economic development consulting and am attending an Executive MBA program at the University of AZ’s Eller College. Insane, but I decided I needed the additional credential to do what I really want to do, which is to start a venture capital fund in Southern AZ to fund job-creating businesses.
I do economic development consulting too! Formerly a tax consultant (accountant).
I am an economic development consultant too! Formerly a tax consultant (accountant) for Big 5/4 firm.
I work to keep independent record stores around the world open and thriving.
Marketing Director for an Indie Music Distributor
I’m a scientist and university professor.
I’m a university professor of the history and philosophy of science, so pretty close to “me five”!
Me too – but just a postdoc at this point!
me 7! medical school researcher/professor
I’m a therapist in private practice.
I’m a therapist in a university counseling center 🙂
I’m a therapist in private practice too
Yep, ditto. Po are practice.
Damned autocorrect that I didn’t see until too late! Private practice, yes.
I used to be a law librarian. Now a dog walker (no one talks back.) I say the YSL!
I manage social media, digital strategy, and influencer marketing for a skincare brand.
I run a campaign on an issue that you care about (check out the website!). This leaves me time to read your posts but, alas, less to comment.
I should have said ‘an issue that I THINK you MIGHT care about’!
Communications for government agency…
Ditto!! Federal communications now, formerly financial marketing. Dividing line can be found between kid one and kid two. 😉
I manage cancer research grants.
I manage continuing medical education grants, some of which concern cancer.
I’m a historian, currently working as a curator at a museum.
I’m the curator of collections at a local history museum
Me too! In Sweden.
I’m an art curator for a university art collection.
Also a PhD in History working as a Museum Curator.
Nice cascades of job groups… Quite interesting as well. I’m an art historian, working as curator in the Dutch Tax & Customs Museum. Follow the money!
I am the grant professional for a small, private college.
I’m a grants analyst for a big private university!
I am a grants researcher at a small private university.
I’m a tenured professor that just got a layoff notice…
Yikes. Best wishes on your next chapter!
Oh no! I’m really sorry to hear that.
Wow, so sorry.
I’m a tenured professor who quit after conditions became too . . . un-educational — so I understand where you’re coming from. Now I’m back to my first career as a lawyer. And I’m learning to trade stocks!
So — there is life after academics.
Probation and parole agent
Registered nurse, graduate student
Me too! ER nurse and recent graduate from a Family Nurse Practitioner program, applying for a fellowship.
Before that, production editor in the publishing world.
Before that, musician!
im a nirse at a private school on Los Angeles
meant to type nurse
I’m an architect
I used to be an architect! Lawyer now.
I’m also an architect.
architect turned architecture historian/university prof!
Also an architect.
I’m a pr strategist and ghostwriter for architects. Grad degree in architectural history and theory.
Marketing for a financial services company.
Legal professional, non-lawyer!
I’m an actress.
Love your site 🙂 Broadway OMG!!!
I’m an actress, hoping my resume will eventually look like Wendy’s! Paying the bills by working in project management at a recruiting firm.
Also an actress! And I teach pole dance fitness on the side.
Wow, such a variety above, I love it!
I’m a mediator for parents who are splitting up.
i’m a comic book letterer/writer/asst. editor/designer/digital artist/occupational title collector.
writer of comics here, also. always looking for a good letterer – do you have a website?
I’m a painter. Landscapes. Oil on panel.
I’m a painter too! I paint abstract compositions. Girls, check out my YouTube video, https://youtu.be/jwx4vPSoHCE?t=1. I”m also a graphic designer.
I love this post! So many inspiring ladies here. I’m a visual design director at a digital design agency.
I’m a psychiatrist, working primarily as a therapist. The silver lining to having screwed-up family relationships is that it lead me in this direction.
And a mom to an amazing 10 year old daughter, (who, under my name, posted on this blog about annoying turns of phrase that should be banned.)
Graphic designer (web & print), and photography instructor (crime scene & evidence) for non-profit.
I WANTED to be Mary Richards when I grew up, but I ended up singing Opera. I’m in the chorus at the Met in NYC
OH! and my nickname at work is Ted, after Ted Baxter. It’s a long story.
My guess is it’s not really very long.
Ummm….Just thought it was funny that I am nicknamed after Ted Baxter, a character in the Mary Tyler Moore show, considering the photo at the top of the post, and thought I would share that.
I’m a high school teacher!
I’m an urban educator, teaching high school and middle school “English” aka literacy…
Teacher here too – Public school in East Harlmen – the first all-girls public school. This year: middle and high school English. Write on the side for NPR and NYTimes.
Hola, Spanish teacher at elementary school here, Maria N.
Operations director at a sports consulting firm
I’m an RN.
I’m a high school English teacher.
I’m a landscape designer.
Like RebeccaNYC, I definitely wanted to be Mary Richards (but pull off a patterned headscarf like Rhoda!) but I am a children’s librarian.
LOVE the photo.
I hit enter too soon. I actually raise $$ for an amazing organization founded by a very famous rock star…..and I’ve never met him. I’m basically one of Charlie’s Angels.
Staff accountant for a family office
I’m the Dir of Training for an accounting software company for family offices and business managers.
Executive Assistant to the CEO and Corporate Events Manager
I’m in hospital administration. Specifically I train clinical staff in customer service and dealing with difficult patients.
Hospital Communications Officer! Though I work mostly with the hospital Foundation…
Hospital Social Worker! Every work day gives me even more reason to appreciate what I have.
In house legal counsel at major global media company
I’m a linguist. I work at a research institute.
I manage a day spa.
Pediatric emergency medicine physician at an academic hospital. When not in the ER I do research and advocacy around adolescent relationship abuse and childhood exposure to intimate partner violence.
I’m a patent attorney.
I’m a patent admin/firm administrator.
I’m a costumer for a television show.
I’m a costumer too! Although my latest title was wardrobe supervisor on a film.
I raise money for a large university.
I’m an employee benefits consultant. I help small to mid size employers with their health and welfare benefits.
Landscape architect/urban designer. I never comment but love reading your blog!
Legal assistant – civil litigation.
I am a kindergarten teacher and a mother. I used to run a production company but am over that now.
I’m a librarian at a law firm–mostly I do legal and business research.
Freelance writer. Just applied to a Masters program in Science Writing at Johns Hopkins.
I’m a documentary editor.
EIC of a tech news website.
I’m the Business Officer/department manager for an academic/research department at a campus in the University of California system.
I do similar stuff, plus communications for an urban research consortium at a large, private university. But I’m trained as an urban planner and designer.
I am the head of content for a small B2B media company.
I’m a university professor/apllied linguistics researcher.
Yearn to design clothing. IRL I am a therapist for Engineering students at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario
This is fascinating. I’m an animator and illustrator. I’ve worked on the Simpson’s and things.
Curse you autocorrect! The Simpsons.
I’m work in academic (university) administration.
I’m a founding partner of a travel website. My last big trip was Italy -last November for 3 weeks 🙂 I’m hoping for Ireland at the end of 2016. I also do freelance graphic design for small businesses.
I’m an attorney for a “large software company located in the Pacific Northwest.” Three guesses which one, and the first two don’t count.
University English professor…
I teach writing and public speaking at a large university. I used to be a journalist.
I’m an art director for an advertising agency located in Chicago.
I’m an art director at an advertising agency located in Chicago.
I’m a realtor and I write a blog as part of my marketing.
Public policy consultant with state and federal government.
Corporate relations executive at a major university. And frustrated fashionista.
I am a critical care/ICU dietitian.
I’m a sports journalist who covers college football, college basketball and auto racing … based out of Madison, Wisconsin.
I’m in Madison too! Editor at an educational publishing company, freelance food and culture writer.
As a WI girl, born and bred, I love Madison! Visiting next week.
I’m a software analyst at an eye bank.
I am a union-side labor lawyer.
Thank you Thank you Thank you for all you do!!!
Director of women’s rights program at a private foundation
I’m a professional patient.
What an amazing, inspiring, smart and dedicated group of women!!
(P.s. I’m a university professor who occasionally moonlights as a ‘real’ writer.)
Part-time marketing research and new product development mentor for a university.
I teach first grade.
I own and run a small hardware store
I too, own and run a hardware store. Also a mom of three.
Trixy and Sarah are the coolest!
I’m in marketing/business development for a huge financial services firm
I’m a freelance graphic designer. I loved reading what everyone does!
I used to be a magazine editor (can you relate?), but now I run a business with 2 partners writing content for corporate clients. Basically, I write thinly veiled advertorials all day long…But I get to work from home, walk my dog at lunch and take naps every day, so there’s that!
I love this thread and this blog so much! So inspiring to see so many discerning, kick ass women. I’m an LA-based communications consultant for tech companies and a writer of essays that are occasionally even published.
Another former magazine lady here. Now writer/editor at a small publishing company.
Ditto, magazine editor and writer too. But now work from home (child and dogs love it and so do I) on a client mag and study psychology and write the occasional freelance piece.
I too was a magazine editor, and then a website editor. Now I’m doing support marketing/tech work for a realtor friend and will eventually get my own license and partner with her (I’m also a mom of two young kids, so the flexible schedule is huge).
I’m an L.A.-based magazine editor–a career to which I’ve aspired since subscribing to Sassy and then Lucky back in the ’90s. It’s not nearly as glossy as I imagined it would be, and I don’t get to pick up my kids from school or take naps, but I love it nonetheless! Now, if I could only be half as relevant (and badass) as you are, Kim, I’d feel like I really made it.
Magazine editor here, too (in Santa Fe) — and also found my way here from my early teen days as a Sassy reader!
Recovering magazine editor here too…now I work with documentaries
Divorce lawyer in Manhattan. (Someone’s got to do it!)
I work for a craft whiskey distillery. Bookkeeping, development, public relations, loyalty programs person. At a small business, we all wear many hats.
My future dream job 😉
For now, I work in digital marketing at a large tech conglomerate in Silicon Valley (the “original start up” as they say, but the fact that I work there is evidence that I am a Girl of a Certain Age and not in my 20s at a cooler company.)
I work in Private Equity, between the UK and the US.
I’m a high school chemistry teacher.
Retired executive (software industry), and lifestyle/meaning of life blogger;).
Who apparently loves punctuation so much she must use a lot of it. ^&*%#;).
School Social Worker!
Social Worker here, too—at a large teaching hospital, working with transplant patients!
Also a social worker! Director of a national Hotline.
Social worker too, working in the community development field
I was just wondering, where all the social workers were at! 😀 I’m a social worker too, though at the moment I spend most of my time on my ph.d.
I plan and design highways.
Administrator/teacher, elementary special education.
Elder law attorney.
I’m a tech lawyer in the Silicon Valley
I’m an accountant and 50% owner of a commercial cattle operation in California/Oregon.
Admissions officer for a university graduate school.
recovering attorney,as they say & stay at home mom.
I’m a Contract Specialist for civil engineering projects.
I’m Publicity Manager at a large children’s book publisher.
I’m in corporate communications for a publishing company. I do social media and internal communications.
I do corporate comms as well for a financial services firm– mostly internal, with a little external. And I’m a former newspaper reporter.
Elementary School teacher.
I’m the Regional Director of Admission for a private University.
Chef. Now working for a national nonprofit teaching low income families how to cook healthy meals on a food stamp budget.
*ex* chef (20 years, more or less), last 15 years stay-at-home mom. OBVS I have been running our school lunch program, across two campuses, responsible for almost twice as many workers as any paying job I ever had….
I’m an environmental consultant, specializing in compliance work (permits, plans, reports, audits, and other stay-out-of-trouble type stuff).
I’m a clinician turned care management executive at a regional managed care company
Co-owner/co-operator of a travel store.
I’m an artist and art teacher – part-time now as I still have young children at home.
Professor of Psychology
Sociology professor/ researcher on consumption & food!
I am a sales operations analyst. Basically I do Excel spreadsheets all day & produce beautiful dashboards.
I am a trust and estates attorney – yep another lawyer.
I am a learning strategist and instructional designer working with companies throughout the US and abroad. Like a few others, I am incredibly fortunate to work from home in Arizona ( East coast transplant).
Chef. Now working for a national nonprofit teaching low income families how to cook healthy meals on a foodstamp budget.
Corporate lawyer – I second the lawyer above who said ‘sigh’ 🙂
Stay at home Mom… PTSA Board officer, fundraiser for schools & sports teams, go to chaperone and volunteer for three schools, tutor for students.
Technical writer for oil field equipment manufacturers.
Also a tech writer (software though), adjunct professor, and aspiring metal-smith. (Just want to make enough from my jewelry to pay for my materials!)
I am an fine artist/illustrator, freelance graphic & web designer – next week returning to school to study UX design.
I’m a Pilates instructor and wellness coach
I’m an accountant who recently quit to be a stay at home mom for a little while.
I’m an illustrator/fine artist, freelance graphic & web designer returning to school next week to study UX Design.
Wow,lots of academics and librarians!
This is so amazing, and inspiring! How I wish we could all be in the same room!
High school English and journalism teacher
I’m a project manager at a translation agency.
I’m an English > Brazilian Portuguese translator and interpreter.
I’m a marketing manager for a furniture company by day, working on plans to open my own brewery by night. Coveting a Barbour coat both day AND night.
attorney (partner at a mid-size law firm)
I work in marketing and communications for a public university.
I’m a graduate student—but in a few months I will be a doctor (of philosophy)!
Just finished my PhD in design history and material culture studies…looking for employment not in academia!
What a diverse and interesting group! I’m a writer and editor who encourages people to save lives by donating blood.
I run a non-profit program to improve women’s access to contraception.
I’m a stay-home mom…trying to decide what my second act should be.
I’m a fundraiser for a large university
Marketing and communications consultant and freelance writer. And a mommy.
Social work educator at a public university.
Production coordinator for children’s television.
I’m a doctor
I own a large taxicab company.
I think maybe you win? That is just… so awesome.
I’m a medical proofreader
Feeling unaccomplished compared to all above.
I like my work though.
Carrie, good bookkeepers make an organization run smoothly and are worth their weight in gold! Never sell yourself short, you’re a key member of your team – don’t forget that. (I’m a former bookkeeper, now a CPA). I like to say:”love and accounting make the world go around. we need love/passion to create organizations (businesses, families, etc) and we need accounting to keep score of it all”.
Legal news and currrnet awareness editor (lawyer by background).
I’m a social worker for a pediatric stem cell transplant program
I’m a Brand Manager for a wine company by day and Director of Operations at home by night.
Best second shift title ever! I’m stealing it.
Best second shift title ever! Stealing it.
I agree, one day I’m going to make “home” cards with that title!
I’m a novelist.
I have a Vintage Store!
I’m a political fundraising consultant!
So many awesome women!
I’m an historian and tenured academic at a university.
Lawyer and law school professor.
High School English Teacher
Academic Librarian 🙂
i’m a retail merchandise planner, i’m in hard lines not fashion
Editor/writer of nonfiction children’s books
I’m a photographer, too, but for a museum.
Former mathematician, current stay at home mom and school volunteer.
Technical writer for a large tech company headquartered in silicon valley. Lucky to work from a home office in a flyover state.
I diagnose cancer and other things under the microscope.
Communications consultant to the federal government.
NYT and Amazon bestselling author. Former publisher and editor.
Installation and performance artist and tailor.
I work in a test kitchen!
Marketing freelancer and metalsmith (handmade jewelry)
I write, direct and run a college program in comedy.
Non-profit project manager at an educational organization that trains educators to make history relevant to students’ own choices today as they shape history.
Part-time attorney in a farmer-focused civil practice.
I’m a program director at the NIH.
I own a French pastry shop.
Own a restaurant.
I work on emerging markets product strategy for a big technology company.
I work in international public health and human rights.
That was my world for many years. Likely we know each other
I’m late to this party, but I’m an author. (Who loves your blog.)
creative director + graphic designer
CPA and Corporate Controller of a multinational management consulting firm.
Controller too for a large-ish west coast law firm
CPA and partner at a large public accounting firm in Los Angeles
I work for a humanities fellowship program at a university. BTW, I’m 29 but this is the best style blog whether or not one is a “certain age.”
Totally agree 🙂 I’m 30 & have been a reader for several years.
Editor of a gardening magazine in Canada
I am the marketing, media content & creative services manager at a mid-size law firm (but I really want to do what you do:)
I am an RN (cardiology) now working sane hours in clinical research.
OB/GYN in private practice
Behavioral safety consultant. Job described by my husband as “travel around the country and tell people what to do.” Pretty much!
I’m a strategic planning/advancement consultant for small businesses and NFPs.
Kim, this is amazing. Now, how do you connect those of us looking for professionals in various spheres with those of us working in those spheres? There’s a challenge!
Yes, but a worthy one! I’ll give it some thought.
I’m a photo producer 🙂
writer who occasionally edits for friends (what a great group of women!)
I’m a producer, digital host and “lifestyle expert” (their words, not mine!) for a major cable television company.
I underwrite small business loans for a West Coast regional bank.
I’m a freelance promotional writer/proofreader. I started my career as a copywriter, at ad agencies and in-house outfits, but I think my true calling is proofreading.
I own a small boutique pr agency.
Project manager at a state department of education, focused on turning around low-performing schools and districts.
I’m a public librarian in the far corner of the northwest.
Full time nursing student, part time call specialist at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Thank you for the Lifeline work – I had to give the number out over the holidays…
THIS IS SO FASCINATING. You guys are fantastic.
I moved to NYC 18 years ago because as a teenager I was obsessed with Sassy and wanted to be a fashion writer/editor. I made my way through a number of Hearst and Conde Nast publications, but ended up in luxury copywriting sort of by accident. I stayed because, frankly, it pays more than magazines. You have long been an inspiration to me. Thank you.
Aw, thanks. I have met some of the most amazing women who moved to NYC because of Sassy!
I’m a business researcher/analyst. Shout out to all the librarians!
I’m a freelance video editor and independent filmmaker in Memphis TN.
YA novelist, fitness blogger, and SAHM … who just discovered about three dozen alternate careers in reading this thread!
I am a preschool teacher,/director graduate student and a mom
This is fabulous and fascinating!
I’m the Director of Admissions & Placement and de facto Alumnae Coordinator for a small k-8 girls’ school.
I’m a program manager at Google working in maps
I’m a program manager at Apple! (not in maps, thank god)
I do sales for an international luxury hotel group.
I’m an appellate public defender
I’m a university professor — 19th century literature and art. I wish I could spend a day in the (undoubtedly very stylish) shoes of everyone on this list!
So fun to read! I’m a federal investigator.
I write and produce promos for a major cable network
I work in state government – program administrator for the Medicaid program.
Event Planner for a multidisciplinary grantmaker.
Event coordinator for a non-profit lifelong learning program for seniors.
I’m in finance – municipal credit research for an asset manager.
I am a project manager. I used to work in the medical device industry, but I left a year and a half ago to work in a nonprofit. Now I help academic and clinical investigators translate their research into products.
Custom picture framer/photo book designer
I’m a pharmacist and adjunct asst. professor of pharmacy
I love MTM!
Recovering high school English teacher,
now stay at home mom, sometimes proofreader/ editor for friends in a fix.
adjunct instructor / grad student.
Owner/designer Whore de Culture…. whoredeculture.com
Director of communication at a major modern and contemporary art museum.
And I love your blog!
Communications writer for NYC design museum.
I work as an environmental engineer. By the way, this table shows percent distribution of employment by sector in the U.S.: http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_201.htm, and this link describes each sector: http://www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag_index_naics.htm. You can tell that the Bureau of Labor Statistics started in the late 1800s because some of the job groupings are just plain odd!
I’m an editor at a major global news organization, running coverage of work and employment.
I’m a television writer– comedy. Love this blog so much! Thank you!
Geriatrician and Hospice and Palliative Care at the University of Cincinnati. Fashion cripple.
Umm… What exactly is a fashion cripple?
And thank you for your work. My mom is currently in in-patient hospice care, and the work you all do is invaluable beyond words.
You are welcome, friend. I work to overcome my fashion handicap by reading Kim’s blog! 🙂
CFO of a health care company; mom of two; author of two blogs including a menu planning site http://savegourmet.com/; I love your site!
Former UN Officer – now SAHM and PT writer. I must say this is one of the most inspiring group of women I have read about in a long time – Kim, you attract all sorts of smart and accomplished women and I love how many librarians read your blog!
Speech-language pathologist. I work for a public school district and if you want to work in the public schools but don’t want to “teach”, per se, this is the way to go. Good money for 194 days, too. Love this roll call; great to see such career diversity!
I am into how little this crowd is involved in fashion by day, but loves this blog.
I’m an attorney and aspiring federal prosecutor.
Freelance writer/editor since June. Before that, in-house copywriter for various corporate and nonprofit entities. Have been watching MTM from the beginning on Hulu. It’s magic!
Government relations here (policy analyst/lobbyist), focusing on healthcare issues.
The readers of this site would make one hell of a “Lean-In” group!
So fascinating! I’m a freelance editorial art director and co-owner of an online cookie company.
I live in Canada and work for the largest bank in project management.
I am extremely impressed by the earlier posts. What an amazingly varied bunch we are..
I’m in historic preservation, working for an architecture firm researching old buildings and figuring out how to save them.
I’m a lot of things: for work and joy, I’m a teaching artist/arts integration curriculum specialist, adjunct faculty in an education department, teen/YA library assistant substitute, running coach, and additionally, for even more joy but less or no money, I’m an artist, writer, mom, dog parent, goofball.
Theater/Special Events Manager in New York!
I manage global programs for a (large) corporate foundation.
Medical editor for a radiology journal. It isn’t exciting, but they pay me well enough and I get to work from home full time.
I wanted to be a midwife, but it never happened.
immigration lawyer. work from home.
Immigration lawyer also
I’m a former lawyer, current president/majority owner of my family’s electrical contracting firm. I’m well known for being on construction sites in heels, a dress, hard hat & safety glasses while climbing a ladder.
I’m a full-time editor and very part-time writer (your blog is very inspiring as I try to make this more full-time). I used to work in traditional book publishing. Now I edit client communications for a global financial company.
I’m a newspaper columnist.
Freelance Graphic Designer but evolving into Events Management (going to school now, so excited to be back), previously a professional artist and arts volunteer
Freelance advertising copywriter.
Could we connect? Thanks.
Chief compliance officer of a broker-dealer trading firm – so not sexy… which is why I love/need your posts!
I’m a Retail Research Specialist and for a financial securities firm
Former magazine editor in chief. Remember magazines? Now Sr. Content Mgr at a software startup.
I`m an HR Business Partner
What fun to scroll through and see who all of these like-minded people are in their *real* lives!
I write and illustrate children’s books.
I’m a freelance editor and journalist.
I’m a Neuroradiologist and a mom to 6 kids. Your posts are my little afternoon break:)
Clinical psychologist and bioethics professor and busy mom
I am Director of Insights at a shopper marketing agency (aka, I figure out ways to get people to buy stuff they don’t need)
I’m a writer/creative planner for a global design team.
What a fantastic group of women. Thanks Kim!
I’m an Executive Assistant and a PhD candidate.
I’m a corporate CPA (the only tax return I touch is my own).
I love this blog! Kim, you and the wonderful ladies that reply to you inspire me to enjoy fashion, and give me the courage to say “yeah, I’m 49, but I’ll wear whatever I like”.
Marketing consultant, brand strategist and qualitative researcher!
chicago based real estate attorney!
Hey Joanie, you helped us buy our house!! I’m Sonia’s friend and Rebekah Z.
Director of Operations for a clinical research group (in psychiatry) at a large academic medical center. We run national and international clinical trials.
Former government nutritionist. Stay-at-home mom for the last couple of decades. I love your posts.
Y’all are awesome. I’m a software tech at a utility company.
I’m an Interior Designer, though I’ve always secretly wanted to be a librarian. I love how many I’m seeing here!
I’m an interior designer – I design offices and restaurants and hotels. I love your blog, Kim!
I’m a Project Manager at an advertising agency in Seattle.
I’m Manager of Facilities Planning for an academic health system
I recruit Engineers for a video game company and am a mom of two.
Writer/editor (books & magazines), co-founder of small e-commerce business, part-time librarian, wife, mom, attempting to launch on podcast on friendship and race (but having to take time off to deal with health and life).
Inspired by my accomplished fellow followers! Now: a privacy/social media lawyer. I’ve also been: a hostess, bartender, cleaning lady, waitress, chambermaid, Pan Am flight attendant, babysitter, convention product “model,” temp worker and punk band manager.
I work for a music publisher and do music licensing – mostly for Theater. My mission is to create a ROCK MUSICAL EMPIRE with our artists/catalog. Contact me if you have any cool ideas. Serious. It’s all about relationships and collaboration 🙂
I agree about collaboration and community. Which is why, in my response, I reached out for advice/assistance. No one makes in on their own.
I meant to write “No one makes it on their own,” not “in.”
I’m reading through this list and just *love* how people are connecting / communing (?). Makes me happy!!
Librarians represent! I’m a taxonomist for an e-com tech company.
I have a techie kind of job (software support, data management) although I am not in at IT department. I work for an electric utility company.
This is a fascinating read! Like many others, I’m a professor at a university: I’m a social scientist who does research on violence and victimization among adolescents and young adults.
I am a French professor in a small liberal arts college.
I’m an art conservator at a large research library. I fix the old books.
Assistant Professor of Public Health at a graduate school of public health.
I manage partnerships for an online company that does medical bill negotiation for consumers.
I have also been: a gas attendant, telemarketer (oh high school..), waitress, retail, ER triage/clinical assistant, and software implementation and account manager.
Director, Telecommunications Company. Basically I negotiate agreements.
Kim, I hope that you don’t mind me asking your savvy readers for assistance. Today’s topic prompted my request. I’m a freelance writer, who would appreciate advice on marketing myself. I’m still struggling with the business aspects, like many creative people. And I don’t have a big budget. Thanks.
I am a paralegal fighting all forms of employment discrimination. It’s been my only job for the past 28 yrs.
I produce branded entertainment with a side hustle as a contributing writer for a millennial parenting site (posing, since I’m a Gen X-er).
I run the workers compensation department for Cook County (Chicago) government employees.
I work in ethics compliance for a cancer research organization.
Retired (recently) real estate finance slave.
Stay-at-home mom/freelance writer/former magazine editor…
This is so interesting, I’m surprised you never did it before!
I’m a writer, living alone in a castle on a mountain in the desert. And I’m over 60, so there. I never leave the compound or wear clothes, but I love your blog anyway. So much for that “certain age”!
I manage application support and quality assurance for a software company.
Professor of Art & Fashion at the university level
Monitoring and advising on the independence and efficiency of judicial systems for an international organisation. The replies in this thread make for a facinating read!!
Such an interesting thread!
Tech entrepreneur – my company builds mobile and digital products for museums and arts & culture orgs.
I’m the editor of a regional lifestyle and design magazine.
Epidemiologist focusing on infectious disease outbreak investigations. And mum of three littles.
Wow, only one other engineer on here with this many comments?!? I’m an aerospace engineer working on NASA systems. I used to be a thermal engineer on the space shuttle orbiters and now I am an environmental controls and life support (ECLS) engineer for the international space station!
Fundraiser for an international preservation org. (Home sick today but got a little lift from reading all these interesting responses, so thanks!)
I’m an environmental engineer for the federal government. I’ve loved reading what everyone does for a living!
Another environmental engineer for the federal government.
Civil rights attorney
I am CEO/Founder of my own marketing communications company!
Writer. Two books. Drafting a proposal for the third. 🙂
Longtime copy editor, occasional personal chef; several years in San Francisco’s “artisan” chocolate industry.
I work in public health to advance policies and practices that keep communities healthy and safe in the first place
A (very reluctant) lawyer trying to figure out what I want to be “when I grow up.”
Me too! Changed venue from NYC to Paris for inspiration and hopefully a new beginning.
Me, too! Changed venue from NYC to Paris for inspiration and a new beginning.
I was a lawyer and retired a few months ago, I never did figure out an alternative and worked for Legal Aid for many years so never made a lot of money either. Now I am a photographer, reader and writer and enjoying life.
Gah, I’ll own up. Clothing designer.
Private Chef & Pilates Instructor. I own my own catering company.
Urban planner, mostly transit (with dreams of being a cheesemonger). So interesting to see what everyone does!
I’m a professor of economics at University of Toronto and spent last year on sabbatical at NYU. Your blog was perfect for giving me new places to visit and things to do while I was there. I miss being in the city!
I’m so interested in the group of readers and their professions. I loved the MTM show when I was a kid, though I never really thought that I wanted her job – I just wanted to be her: an independent woman living on her own and making her way in the world.
Another librarian! Consultant/researcher in the pharma industry.
I’m a Project Manager in the construction industry. My part time gig is as an online tutor/editor for college freshman English classes – usually Comp & Rhetoric type classes, but the occasional poetry class.
I am an interior designer in San Francisco.
I LOVE this blog- thank you Kim!
I’m a social media consultant with a focus in government and politics.
Physician (medical oncologist) in an academic medical center. Love this blog
I’m an editorial/production project manager at an educational publishing company.
Love the blog and love this idea!
This is a first that I’m responding to any forum, but I’m completely enthralled by this list of amazing women!
What I “do” is check my sanity, my ego and my intentions daily, and hopefully live with some grace and peace for myself and those with whom I’m in contact. I work as a professional makeup artist- TV, film, private clients, photography… which is how I landed on this fabulous blog. 🙂
So surprised the beauty industry wasn’t more represented! But Leah, loved your comment about “checking the ego…”, etc. I too am a makeup artist in NYC for the past 20 yrs. for fashion, advertising, models, photography. What an amazing ride I (have had & continue to have) and am so grateful for the places I’ve been & people I have met along the journey. Oh, side hustle is gemstone jewelry- 9 years with that!
I’m a financial analyst/portfolio manager at a money management company in Greenwich CT 3 days a week and a mom to 2 great girls (10, 13).
I manage an engineering team at a tech startup in Australia called Canva.
Chef. Own my own restaurant.
I’m an Urban Planner with a specialization in Historic Preservation
I am a professional organizer, author and ½ of The Organazm Ladies! And I love GOACA!
Mostly laundry…and some writing and research.
Retired secondary school counsellor
Airline pilot and Human Factors/Safety Facilitator – I’d choose the RayBans!
I am a food scientist who specializes in organic food ( beverage development) Some of my ‘babies’ have gone on to be bought up by big national food companies and are now on shelves everywhere.
I’m an engineer – artificial intelligence and controls. The official office uniform in Silicon Valley is ratty t-shirts and sneakers…
This is so cool and interesting. I love how so many wear several hats. I’m a professional procrastinator (my excuse is my 5-year-old daughter) and a freelance editor/journalist specializing in travel, food and other lifestyle topics.
I work in public health and manage a team that provides training and coaching to healthcare providers in low income communities.
Defense analyst (as in, DoD, not Perry Mason)
WOW!! This is so cool! Mary Richards would be proud of her progeny, and I am delighted to be in such amazing company!!
Project manager for top Silicon Valley consumer tech company.
Been a chef for 25 years – own my own restaurant.
Copywriter for an arts and crafts magazine publisher by day, freelance writer by night. So… I’m a writer, essentially!
I work in financial services marketing at a major bank in New York City where we help companies around the world list their shares to trade on stock exchanges beyond those in their home countries. Manage a department of four.
And am a proud girl of a certain age.
I write and edit book reviews.
I’m a public policy researcher/advocate at a national workers’ rights organization.
I am a substitute teacher and work part-time as a Direct Support Professional where I support a woman with developmental and intellectual disabilities with activities in the community through a non-profit. I am a woman with a JD and an MFA with diagnoses of depression, anxiety and ADHD. It took me a long time to stop feeling like a failure and to accept my limitations because I am as smart as all of you and just as ambitious, but now my committment is to removing the stigma from mental illness. Peace out, y’all.
Sing it, sister.
You’re doing God’s work, lady.
I know of whence you speak! My “mission in life,” too.
I’m a substitute teacher, too, and a woman with depression and anxiety. Soon to be yoga teacher for at-risk teen girls in low income high schools and juvenile detention centers.
I’m an executive at a film studio.
Such a great thread!!
I am an HR professional who administers accommodation processes in accordance with the ADA and the FEHA laws
I’m an environmental engineer for the federal government in Chicago.
Banking full time and wedding photography part time
Founder of my own user experience consulting company.
Website manager/developer in the City of London /e-commerce.
Any other Londoners out there, I wonder?
I’m a pattern cutter for a luxury fashion brand in London.
According to my analytics, I’ve got a nice helping of London readers.
@Kim I knew I wasn’t alone out there. I’ve done my fair share of ehm sharing!
Yes! I’m a Londoner!
ooooh exciting! which one if I may ask so, Laurie?
David Koma http://www.davidkoma.co.uk
I run an audio publishing imprint that makes audio entertainment, GraphicAudio. Love getting your emails and reading your blog. Thank you for what you do.
utilities (like in a chemical plant or refinery) engineer
My background is in textile technology and design. I jumped ship from corporate in 2008 and founded and co-founded two web-based businesses that year that sell custom non-toxic home furnishings.
http://www.eklahome.com and http://www.fabricadabra.us
I own and buy for a men’s clothing store.
I homeschool my kids and run a faith-based non profit. How cool to see the diversity of readers!
I am a Global Talent Acquisition Specialist for a very cool brand that designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide.
Defense analyst (DoD, not Perry Mason)
I’m a textile and interior designer and a daily reader of your blog.
Closing Coordinator at a real estate law firm.
Former full-time Production Scheduler & Manager. Now part-time Marketing Co-ordinator & Process Improvement for the same mid-sized mfg facility. My choice and couldn’t be happier.
I head the marketing department at an indie publisher.
IT Security Engineer
I’m a human being. No one pays me to do anything.
I’m a diplomat.
Executive Director at a non-profit
Curatorial Assistant at a small but extra cool art museum.
Small Contact Center Manager in the Basque Area in Spain. Amazing answers!
I work in sales for a higher-ed book/software publisher. I used to work in editorial in our Boston office, but took the sales gig last year and moved back to my home state of Florida. My customers are (often quirky) academics, and they are (mostly) a delight. Adore your blog!
I’m a journalist, part of the time for a magazine with a distinctive golden border on the cover, and I write narrative nonfiction about public health and science.
That is so cool!
Consultant and trainer in a mature start up – I create materials train business and technology teams on how to integrate with our software solution. My customers are sometimes nerds, sometimes executives, and my coworkers are the coolest.
Jewish community professional, Arts & Culture.
I’m an interior designer in Austin, TX. I love your site!
Author events coordinator at an independent bookstore outside Boston MA
Marketing Consultant for the Entertainment industry
I’m account manager/web development team manager at a boutique digital marketing and communications agency in Seattle. In a former life I was a journalist and magazine editor.
Love seeing all these varied professions, and so much commonality!
Great thread … my favorite blog.
physician (hospitalist and palliative care doc)hope to start an animal rescue/sanctuary once kids are out of the house …
Palliative care physician, former hospitalist, animal lover who is constantly trying to convince our Director of Infection Control that it’s low risk to have patients’ dogs visit them in the hospital (assuming no isolation issues).
I’m a wood carver, macrame artist, and product designer. On the side I’m a tech consultant for app developers.
Senior High School teacher of English.
I’m an assistant dean at a law school. This thread (and this blog) is fascinating.
artist (painter) and real estate investor
Full time mama of 2 toddlers. Part time pizza driver (don’t scoff y’all, the pay’s way better you think. Flexible hours, tax free tips). I have a BFA in sculpture, and my husband is a teacher, we’re making it work. When the kids go to school, it’ll be my turn.
This is a scoff-free site, Brandy! Good for you!
Novelist – creative writing professor – translator (English > French) 2 daughters out of the house. Wow! I love the variety of the answers!
Catherine Texier reads GOACA! So cool!
I’m a graduate student in textile design.
In-house lawyer for a grocery chain. I specialize in pharmacy. It’s a blast!
I’m a professional costume and scenic designer for theatre, opera, and dance.
I sell drugs (pharmaceuticals) while getting my Master’s degree to be a School Psych. Love your site!
I’m director of marketing for a software developer, with writing as my base skill. Also mom of one.
I’m a painter (fine art). And wow, there is serious professional clout in your audience!
Freelance digital project manager/editor.
A bit late on the response here, love this thread. I’m an independent journalist and writer. Have done many things in life but this is where I finally landed. Love your site and your cool audience!
I’m editor of a decidedly non-fashion conscious magazine (unless you’re talking plaid flannel shirts).
Really fun to read through this thread! I’m a botanist and writer connecting urbanites to nature. Love this blog – thanks Kim!
Thanks all you cool women who posted! Fascinating. By day I’m a grant/loan/development incentives administrator for environmentally contaminated property (I help non-polluters clean up stuff so property can be reused). By night my artsy lady side comes out and I am a grant writer and exhibit and programming planner for arts and humanities non-profits, and I blog about the virtues of interesting, relevant communities.
I’m a digital strategist with a heavy focus in ecommerce – so I spend all day looking at online shopping sites, blogs and so on.
I’m a physical therapist! I do both orthopedic and neurologic rehabilitation.
international news editor
Technical director at a software company. Mom of one. Love this blog and this thread — thanks, Kim!
Now? Searching for a meaningful job. In the past, counselor of juvenile delinquent teenage boys in a group home, in-home family therapist, costumed interpreter at the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, KY, Even Start literacy specialist, Bobbi Brown makeup artist, luxury home goods retail sales…I’ve done it all!
Admissions/Communications coordinator at an international school.
Artist and designer.
Worked for many years as a textile designer specializing in home furnishings. Now I have a couple of kids and I do illustration and paint “what I want want too”which is such a joy.
I’m in retail! I have to admit I was surprised not to see many (any?) in the fashion/retail field in the comments.
I’m at the store level, and am currently a part time salesperson in the suburbs for a large ‘specialty’ store that many people would consider a department store. I’ve been a department manager in a large city for a different high end specialty store as well as an assistant store manager for a high end European fashion house.
I still love to read magazines, currently, O, Vogue, Women’s Health, Self because my Lucky subscription transferred to it, T & C and Redbook. Tell Tribeca Mom!
I read tons of blogs, including Racked, Into the Gloss, Man Repeller, Rachel Zoe and Pure Wow.
My husbands jokes that I work part time and manage my reading part time!
Love that! I manage my reading and podcasts too. I was Fashion Editor at the daily paper in the country’s second largest city, then moved into arts and feature writing there. I had been a magazine feature writer before that (Allure, Vogue, GQ, NYT, etc.). Now I’m retired and living in a gorgeous Rocky Mountain ski town where I pursue outdoor activities that make my endorphins kick in, and lead a discussion group about longform TV series at the local library.
What a terrific, varied group of women here!
Currently software implementation consultant by day; photographer and classical musician on the side.
I’m a NOVELIST/SCREENWRITER/sometimes freelance ad copywriter. *WAVES HELLO TO THE LIBRARIANS!”
Immigration lawyer, and love this area of practice.
My daughter in DC volunteers for immigration lawyers, translating Spanish in INS holding facilities. Important work you do!
Musician — though currently putting my son through college by designing websites. Love this list.
I’m a retired television post production supervisor with a closet full of expensive work clothes that I never wear
anymore. I just can’t stop watching fashion even though I have to ask myself ” Where would I wear that ” before I buy. It’s in my blood.
Recently retired after 18 years as admin asst to supt of schools. Before: advertising, PR, retailing – from buyer to group manager. Just started two businesses: editing (not writing) college essays and selling my pen & ink botanical drawings. Wish me luck! Wearing PJ’s as I write but can’t get the fashion out of my soul. BTW I’m 67 and when not in PJ’s wear what I want. Following Kim since the 1st edition of Lucky (but not a stalker.) Regards to all!
I’m a fundraiser a small college within the University of Toronto
I work for Benefit cosmetics. I create training programs and materials for our field employees in the US. Mainly I focus on our Sephora channel as they are the one with the most education programs.
After two other careers, and raising three children, I have reinvented myself as a ceramicist. I’m absolutely loving it!
I work for a nonprofit that focuses on adolescent sexual health – access to care, education, etc. I do a hodge-podge of things: grant writing, conference planning, data- and info-gathering, editing. (And I live in a southern state, so this is not a controversial topic at all. :))
Music therapist & closed caption editor.
Executive assistant in telecommunications.
Strategic Performance Analyst, though started out in marketing for a publishing company. Funny how careers can morph like that 🙂
Operations Mgr. – Sports broadcasting network
I design field trips in a museum with an incredible team. Never a dull day. I think teachers and librarians push the limits of what is radical. Woot!
Text and trade book designer
I’m a clergywoman. Formerly a parish minister and hospital chaplain and now work with individuals and groups to reflect on and clarify end-of-life values.
I grow weed in the “emerald triangle”. And no I don’t fit the profile.
I loved reading all of the comments! Ok I skimmed a bit. Formerly a cancer research project manager. Now I provide quality assurance and data management services to the pharmaceutical industry.
Manufacturing program manager (= Chemical Engineer + MBA) at a pharma company and frazzled mother of almost 6 month old twins.
A bit late to the party but wanted to add: I am the President of an all-women wealth management firm. Pretty traditional stuff but our mission is to help women get smart(er) about money.
Love to read all these comments and hear from such uniformly kickass women!
A little late to the party but wanted to add: I am the President of an all-women wealth management firm. Pretty traditional stuff but our mission is to help women get smart(er) about money.
Love to read all the comments and hear from such uniformly kickass women!
Coordinator of Native Recruitment at public university and PhD candidate defending dissertation next month.
I’m a fashion historian, and currently manage a fashion study collection at a college.
I am a Center Manager for an Education Research group at the University of Washington
I’m an IT Project Mgr at a large Information Services company.
Work in the Media Unit for a police force and absolutely adore my job.
Preschool teacher in an urban Headstart program
Preschool teacher, too (3-year-olds, my midlife career change)! And freelance editor for nonprofits (my first career).
I’m a magazine editor in Aspen, Colo.
I wish the comment section had a “like” button. I would like all the comments.
I work at a museum in Los Angeles
Writer for international news network by day, wedding photographer by night (/weekend).
Mom & COO of a small merchant bank in nyc.
Captain of a Ship Assist Tug Boat.
Captain of a Ship Assist Tug Boat
That sounds like a very neat thing to do for living!
Aerospace engineer in Arizona, catching up on my blog reading – I agree that the MTM I grew up on would be proud of the careers listed here!
I’m a social worker and therapist in the acute psychiatric unit at a hospital. Also do psych ER assessments on the side.
I’m an Industrial Hygienist/ Health & Safety Officer.
I’m a professor of sociology.
I teach sociology of consumption(food, fashion and critical perspectives).
Hey, thanks for asking! I’m the Director of Development for a nonprofit organization devoted to community revitalization.
I’m a baker, blogger and freelancer! I have a 3 year old son. I am 39! I subscribed to Sassy and was very happy to find this blog. All I had to do was google Kim France. ^__^ My older sister had the very first issues and they are so clear in my mind, even today. I found Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, that Charlie Brown tshirt, Evan Dando … um Keanu Reeves. All through Sassy. and so much more. It seems like a dream that Sassy even existed. I think I’d be a different person without having been exposed to it.
Senior Compensation Consultant in the health care industry.