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Best of 2017: Our Interviews with 6 Inspiring Women

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We chatted with some seriously inspiring women in 2017. Below are a few of our favorite conversations, including chats with a top-tier designer, two editors-in-chief, and an on-the-rise personal stylist. Click through for thoughts on the power of “no,” the importance of mentors, and more lessons that’ll help you reach the top of your game.

Photo by Douglas Friedman.

Photo by Douglas Friedman.

Sophie Donelson

As the 23rd editor-in-chief of “America’s longest published home magazine,” House Beautiful’s Sophie Donelson knows a thing or two about how to make the most of one’s career. Here, find out the methods she employs to do her best work, why she values empathy above all else, and when she knows she’s done the job right.

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Photo by Eric Piasecki.

Photo by Eric Piasecki.

Katie Ridder

When Mindy Kaling bought her Hancock Park, Los Angeles, home earlier this year, she called on interior designer Katie Ridder to help transform it into a place where she could lay down some family roots. Find out how Katie developed her eye and a skill set that attracted the A-lister’s attention.

Read Katie’s Q&A→

Photo by Patrick MacLeod.

Photo by Patrick MacLeod.

Jamie Rosen

Town & Country’s beauty editor, Jamie Rosen, dishes on the qualities of good colleagues, leaders worth following, and what to do when the going gets tough. Her words are a must-read for anyone looking to chart a professional course with equal parts focus, poise, and grace.

Read Jamie’s Q&A→

Photo by Pedro Pedreira.

Photo by Pedro Pedreira.

Alessandra Kertzer

Though Alessandra Kertzer has been a personal stylist for just four years, she’s managed to amass a loyal list of private clients and garner commercial work ranging from magazine covers to a campaign for Fendi. Learn how her Brazilian roots and some fatherly advice led to her entrepreneurial success.

Read Alessandra’s Q&A→

Photo by Liz Banfield.

Photo by Liz Banfield.

Elizabeth Graves

Martha Stewart Living’s editor-in-chief, Elizabeth Graves attributes her ability to connect with readers to her Midwestern upbringing. She shares thoughts on her Milwaukee childhood and how motherhood transformed her understanding of work-life balance.

Read Elizabeth’s Q&A→

Photo courtesy of Lisa Rickert.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Rickert.

Lisa Rickert

Lisa Rickert heads up Ave Home, the furniture company known for quality pieces at an accessible price. If there ever were a story that proves the power of hard work, it’s hers. At 13 she took her first job, sweeping hair off the floor of her father’s salon, and from there managed to craft a trajectory that resulted in founding her own company. Click through and get inspired to pursue your million-dollar idea with conviction.

Read Lisa’s Q&A→

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