Michele Promaulayko

This year, under Michele’s guidance, all three titles were nominated for National Magazine Awards in the personal service category, and Cosmo took home the coveted ASME award.

Helen Gurley Brown probably would’ve loved Michele Promaulayko. Like the legendary founder of Cosmopolitan, Michele is powerful, smart and outspoken. Michele is the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, the largest women’s media brand in the world. She is also the editorial director of the Hearst Young Women’s Group, which means she is also in charge of Women’s Health and Seventeen—among other titles. Michele is responsible for shaping the editorial voice of all three brands, reaching an audience of more than 51 million readers. This year, under Michele’s guidance, all three titles were nominated for National Magazine Awards in the personal service category, and Cosmo took home the coveted ASME award. In this episode, Linda zeros-in on how Michele snagged the top job at Cosmo (after spending eight years in the number two position), what it is like to be advising the self-empowered millennials of today, and whether it is possible to, as Helen said, have it all.

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