How I Get It Done

Successful women talk about managing their careers, and their lives.

how i get it done

Aurora James Is Too Busy For This Interview

The Brother Vellies designer talks 80-hour workweeks, supporting Black entrepreneurs, and wearing Issey Miyake to the gym.

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  1. Queen Latifah Shares Her Secret to Staying Young“I want to be 90 years old, still feeling like I can connect to the youth.”
  2. Phoebe Robinson Gets Past Writer’s Block With Help From BonoDo Not Disturb mode comes in handy too.
  3. How ABC News President Kim Godwin Gets It DoneShe took time out of her 15-hour workday to tell us about her first year as the first Black woman to serve as a network news president.
  4. How Hairstylist Nikki Nelms, the ‘Hair MacGyver,’ Gets It Done“I have to be at my best for my clients. And I will only be good for them if I’m good to myself.”
  5. Katy Perry Cures Her Hangovers With MeditationHow the multiplatinum pop star gets it done.
  6. Shanta Thake Put a Disco Ball in Lincoln CenterAs the institution’s chief artistic officer, her top priority is pushing beyond the confines of traditional classical music.
  7. Camila Mendes Is Taking Control of Her Career“I don’t want to be ‘for hire’ as much as I want to be a boss.”
  8. How Pantheon Editor Concepción de León Gets It DoneShe doesn’t write about self-help anymore, but she still had a lot of valuable career, money, and life advice to share.
  9. How Hanifa Designer Anifa Mvuemba Gets It Done During Fashion Week“My team knows when I’m in New York it’s for work, but it’s also me enjoying myself.”
  10. How Stylist Zerina Akers Gets It Done During Fashion Week“There’s industry hours and then there’s New York City hours.”
  11. How Makeup Artist Katie Jane Hughes Gets It Done During Fashion Week“I feel weirdly unfulfilled if I wake up at nine o’clock; I feel like I’ve wasted half of my day.”
  12. How Manicurist Jin Soon Choi Gets It Done During Fashion Week“If one hour before the show we still have models to do, my heart starts pounding. I want everything done without any delay or drama.”
  13. How Über-Publicist Gia Kuan Gets It Done During Fashion Week“People would be shocked. It takes me maybe three minutes to deal with my makeup, do my hair, and get out the door.”
  14. Ana Fabrega Was Supposed to Work in Finance, Not ComedyFortunately for us Los Espookys fans, she pivoted.
  15. How Street-Style Photographer Christina Fragkou Gets It Done During Fashion Week“If my headphones are not in and the music is not pumping: I’m asleep or I’m crying.”
  16. How Activist Amanda Nguyen Gets It Done During Fashion Week“A key part of activism is joy, the most radical form of rebellion. I find a lot of joy in fashion, and that’s why I’m involved in these shows.”
  17. How Highsnobiety Editor-in-chief Willa Bennett Gets It Done During Fashion Week“I’m very strategic about my time. If that means I have to wake up at five or 4:30, I’ll do it.”
  18. How Fashion Critic Cathy Horyn Gets It Done During Fashion Week“Get yourself to the show, and get yourself back to the office. No fanfare.”
  19. How Celebrity Hairstylist Justine Marjan Gets It Done During Fashion Week“Creating a powerful hairstyle that becomes a trend is always the ultimate goal.”
  20. Lulu Garcia-Navarro Wants to Hear Your Unpopular Opinion“If I only interviewed people with whom I agree, it would be a pretty boring career.”
  21. Even the Parenting Whisperer Has Help“I would love to disabuse anyone of the notion that anyone is some ‘super parent’ who ‘does it all,’” says Dr. Becky Kennedy.
  22. Leslie Russo, the Woman Who Makes Fashion Week Happen, Is Very Busy Right NowBut never too busy to answer the siren call of the occasional “decadent nap.”
  23. How FIT President Dr. Joyce Brown Gets It Done“I really do think we are in a position to make a tremendous difference. There’s nothing quite like the transformative power of education.”
  24. How the Root’s Editor-in-Chief Gets It DoneVanessa De Luca on 4:30 a.m. dog walks, facing rejection, the sanctity of lunch, and 20 years in media spent “serving the Black community.”
  25. How Kerry Washington Gets It Done“I’m not good at compartmentalizing and only bringing part of myself into a room.”
  26. Sounds Like Working at LEGO HQ Is As Fun As You’d Imagine“We have LEGO bricks in every conference room. It’s encouraged in meetings that we make playful games.”
  27. How Johnnie Walker’s ‘Master Blender’ Gets It DoneEmma Walker, the top woman in Scotch, on going from chemistry Ph.D. to “whiskey scientist.”
  28. How Comedian Michelle Buteau Gets It Done“I want to have that Parisian joie-de-vivre bullshit but also the New York hustle.”
  29. We Want an Invite to Photographer Amanda de Cadenet’s Group ChatCool women checking in with each other and sharing Rilke poems? Yes, please.
  30. How Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu Gets It DoneThe 22-year-old is using her reign to speak about menstrual equity.
  31. How Juliette Binoche Gets It DoneThe actress tells the Cut about almost drowning while filming, her favorite chocolat, and why she doesn’t watch movies before bed.
  32. How Pro Wrestler and WWE Superstar Bianca Belair Gets It DoneAnd a message to the Rock: You need to put her in your next movie.
  33. Ashley Graham Is on Her Second Cup of Coffee by 7 a.m.How the supermodel and mother to three young boys gets it done.
  34. This Baby-Formula Founder Considers Herself a Wartime CEOBobbie CEO Laura Modi on working through a national crisis.
  35. Sarah Kate Ellis Swears That You Really Can Get Over Impostor SyndromeHow the president and CEO of GLAAD gets it done.
  36. Dr. Orna Guralnick Will Serve You a Dose of RealityHow the psychoanalyst and star of Couples Therapy gets it done, from double-double espressos to the soothing sound of Annette Bening’s voice.
  37. E! Host Nina Parker Isn’t Afraid to Make Mistakes“I’m no longer in a place where I need to be loved by everybody. The right people find you.”
  38. How Frieze L.A. and New York Director Christine Messineo Gets It DoneShe’s the first person to oversee both art fairs and is currently gearing up for New York’s tenth edition.
  39. How Alicia Graf Mack, Director of Juilliard’s Dance Division, Stays En PointeThe dancer, educator, and mother of two never stops moving.
  40. How Roman and Williams Co-founder Robin Standefer Gets It DoneFew designers have had a more indelible impact on New York interiors in the past two decades.
  41. How Puma’s Creative Director Gets It DoneJune Ambrose is also Jay-Z and Missy Elliott’s longtime stylist.
  42. How Dr. Lucy Jones, ‘the Beyoncé of Earthquakes,’ Gets It DoneBeing a government-service celebrity was never seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones’s plan. Nobody told her 170,000 Twitter followers.
  43. How Congresswoman Katherine Clark Gets It DoneThe Assistant Speaker handles a grueling schedule and tough legislative battles with a little help from her group chat.
  44. How Labor Activist Ai-jen Poo Gets It DoneAnd how she stays hopeful in the face of cynicism.
  45. How CNN Anchor Erin Burnett Gets It DoneAnd how a piece of fan mail changed the course of her career.
  46. How Emma Chamberlain Gets It Done“My work and my life are wrapped up together, and my work is never off my mind. I can’t ever check out.”
  47. Lady Gaga’s Mom Is Making Kindness CoolHow Cynthia Germanotta, Lady Gaga’s mother and president of Born This Way Foundation, gets it done.
  48. How Margaret Atwood Gets It DoneOn skipping lunch, writing in the cellar, and casting a wary eye on reviews.
  49. How Bon Appétit Editor-in-chief Dawn Davis Gets It DoneThe writer and author endorses cooking a big Sunday meal and not sending emails after 8 p.m.
  50. How Talitha Watkins Gets It DoneAs president and head of ColorCreative Management, she’s shifting the paradigm for women and people-of-color creators.
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