Diane von Furstenberg

In Praise of First Jobs

Even mindless first jobs can prove to be invaluable experiences. How else would some of us know how to carry six plates at a time or fold sweaters so neatly? On a more serious note, starter stints can teach useful lessons about people and the nature of work as well as our chosen fields. Check out what initiated some of our 2016 speakers into the world of gainful employment—and what they learned. Read More

Diane von Furstenberg’s Take-Charge Tips for New Managers

Diane von Furstenberg

After decades at the helm of the luxury lifestyle brand she founded and years at the head of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Diane von Furstenberg is used to leading. To her, it’s simply “having clarity and tracing a path.” Even so, she says that she’s not perfect at it. “My problem is that I find the good in everything and everyone, and I am an enabler—not great for a leader,” von Furstenberg says.  

Still, the fashion designer and icon, who recently entrusted a first-ever chief creative officer with the reins to her eponymous company so she could devote more time to women’s causes, knows a great deal about managing and inspiring people. Here, her advice on how to be an effective boss. Read More

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