At Make Life Work I offer my columns and things of interest that I discover in the spirit of creating a community and interactive dialogue around the issues that affect work, life, health, and aging.
Prior to launching Make Life Work, I was fortunate to work in a lot of wonderful places. In the late 1970s and early 80s I was part of the team that distributed and co-produced Sesame Street around the world. A few years later I helped launch SPY magazine, about which has been said, “It’s pretty safe to say that SPY was the most influential magazine of the 1980s.” In the 1990s when my kids were young I had the perfect job — Worldwide Creative Director for Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite, where I created and launched Nickelodeon magazine.
At the turn of the century, I switched careers becoming a columnist for the cutting-edge business magazine Fast Company. After that I created the monthly “American Treasures” column for Martha Stewart Living. In 2007 I published my first book,Going Gray, What I Learned About Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity And Everything Else That Matters, and wrote a Yahoo blog, “Going Gray, Getting Real.” It’s Always Personal, a book exploring the new realities of emotion in the workplace was published April, 2011. I’m currently working on my next book, Plan C, about the unprecedented professional adaptability required of everyone in the 21st century. I’m also a frequent contributor to HarvardBusinessReview.org and NextAvenue.org.
I graduated from Harvard College and live in Brooklyn with my husband, Kurt Andersen, the novelist and host of public radio’s Studio 360, and our two daughters, Kate and Lucy.