Three Things I Wish I Had Known in My 20’s: Hilary Genga


With bathing suit season right around the corner, I thought Hilary Genga, Founder of Trunkettes Swimwear, would be a timely fit for “3 Things”.

The inspiration for Trunkettes? Hilary used to pair her husband’s swim trunks with her cute bikini tops. She was tired of waiting for women’s swimwear to catch up, so she decided to create her own line. The collection now consists of their staple feminine spin on traditional men’s swim trunks, tankinis, one-pieces, mix & match styles, dresses and sarongs. With plans

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Recap: The Lady Project Summit

So this past weekend, I had the honor of going to Providence, RI to attend The Lady Project Summit. If you follow any of my social media channels, you probably saw that I had the best time ever.

It was inspiring and motivating to be around a group of ladies with interesting jobs or side hustles. Everyone that I spoke to was trying to do something major with their life. In the past, I have always hated networking or conferences because small talk is awkward. However, at The Summit, I felt like we all kinda instantaneously became

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Career Confidential: Karena Simon


Full name?: Karena Simon

Position / Job title?: Founder & Executive Director of Lillie B. Girls

1. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A singer and I wanted to build “homeless shelter hotels” all over the world.

2. Fast-forward several years/decades. How did you land (or create) your current position?

I researched and studied nonprofit business and entrepreneurship. I networked and utilized my writing and creative abilities to devise a workshop plan that teaches girls the

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What I Wore: Nautical Themed

Greetings from Providence, RI!

I got here yesterday morning, and I spent some time just wandering the city. I walked around downtown, RISD, and the river. Then, ate an amazing dinner at The Grange. The poutine was out-of-control delicious. This morning, I am going to head over to Brown, just to say I have been there.

Oh, but not before I stop at Dunkin Donuts for an iced coffee. Here’s the thing, there are Dunkin Donuts in Austin, but they are few and far between. In Boston and NYC, they are everywhere, so that is all I

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What’s Up with Glam?

Growing up, going to college, getting a job, and finding a way to support myself was never an option. It was a given.

In 2006, when I left San Antonio (where I had lived my whole life) to go to school in Boston, all I knew was that I had to find something that I could do for the rest of my life. I didn’t have the slightest idea of what that would be exactly, but hey, that is what college is for right?!

I knew a job was a job, but I wanted to find something that I could

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Three Things I Wish I Had Known in My 20’s: Michelle McCloskey

MichelleMcCloskeyHeadshot_RunAroundBetties.jpgI have noticed a few running themes since starting this column: most successful entrepreneurs got bitten by the bug early and they usually don’t stop with just one or two businesses.

OC-native, Michelle McCloskey is no different. With three successful businesses under her belt, she decided to start Run Around Betties, a company that puts a unique twist on personal assistants.

Run Around Betties is the brainchild of this former overworked assistant and caters to multitasking moms and busy business people who need a Bettie or a Bob

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4 Critical Traits All Successful Leaders Share


It doesn’t matter what stage of life you’re in: everyone wants to be the best they can. When you see very successful business leaders, there can be a sort of “false aura” of unreachable success around them. If you can get beyond their paycheck, you will realize that the strategies they use can be applied by anyone. For example, when you look at the three founders of BlogHer, one of the largest publishing networks for women online, you will see that anyone can achieve what they call “World

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What I Wore: Cobalt

I have to say, this weekend was pretty fun. Sometimes I get into this anti-social mode, where I feel like I have to use the weekends to catch up on work. That usually leaves me feeling pretty blah. I enjoy hanging out with my friends, and I have definitely started to prioritize it more. The result? I have really been wayyyy happier.

The weekend started off with a bang. It was one of my oldest (not in terms of age; in terms of how long we have known each other) friend’s birthdays. We went out on Friday night, and it

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What I Wore: Dresses for Days

Recently, I have been thinking a lot about that quote “you have to dress for the position you want” or how ever it goes. Next week, I have a few big business things happening, and I realized that I didn’t really have any professional clothes that make me feel confident. While I have an ample amount of v-necks and jeans, other than a plain pair of black slacks and DVF rip-off wrap dress, I don’t have fashionable pieces for meetings, events, speaking gigs.

So, last weekend, I decided to change that, by taking a little trip to the mall. Nothing

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Three Things I Wish I Had Known in My 20’s: Jessica Bacal

MISTAKES Jess Bacal_cr Gabrielle Berkman-Levine

Not that long ago, I made a mistake that essentially turned out to be a publicists’ worst nightmare. I sent an e-mail in confidence to an editor, and it happened to have a careless typo in it. The e-mail (typo and all) was published very publicly accompanied by remarks about how no one should ever hire me again. At the time, I was mortified (I still sorta cringe when thinking about it) because it was a classic case of doing things too quickly.


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