A dirty diner in midtown.

A hot car stuck in gridlock.

A Mets-logoed recliner in a 400 square-foot wood-paneled apartment.

A folding table in an empty office in a Queens shopping mall.

A packed bar in Boston.

A soapy shower.

A staircase to the beach in Montauk in peak pandemic…

I run a company called Likeable. I spent the majority of my career dancing around upsetting anyone — finding the way for the largest number of people to find me “lovely” at any given time. Many times in my life, that has held me back.

I’ve worked hard to get…

Me and my dad, 1994

Today marks 9 years since my dad died. In the beginning, grief was everywhere. Every holiday was about him. Every anniversary. Every birthday. His death was all consuming. Over the past few years that’s changed. It’s not necessarily here on anniversaries like today. It’s not here on birthdays. And honestly…

Speaking at the National MS Society’s Runway for MS Fashion Show.

Mother and daughter relationships are complicated, and mine is no exception. But throughout it all — throughout the dreaded teen years, throughout the fights, the struggles, the ups and downs — one thing has been the common thread that tied us together:

A true, unconditional, never-ending love of Britney Spears.

The book was already written.

I had submitted the draft of my debut book, Work It: Secrets for Success from the Boldest Women in Business. I had received edits, I had made the changes, and my editor was absolutely thrilled.

So why was I so terrified?

I couldn’t for the…

My mother, my children, and me representing the sandwich generation, along with some actual sandwiches for good measure.

It’s 5 a.m. and the alarm clock rings. You’re hoping to get a few minutes to work out before the day actually begins, but you end up reviewing the calendar and seeing that you forgot to schedule your daughter’s orthodontist appointment. You check to see if you can make an…

I was sitting at my desk at work when I saw an email arrive in my inbox with the following subject line: “Cover Concept for Work It: Secrets for Success from the Boldest Women in Business.” This email contained the visualization of what I had devoted a year of my…

I just spoke at the Massachusetts Conference for Women. Other women who spoke there include Viola Davis, Meryl Streep, and Gloria Steinem. I know this because my speaker badge was next to theirs, and for a minute when I picked up said badge, I felt really cool.

Let’s get one…

Me, just a few hours before colossal disappointment

Gosh, I guess I’m really naive.

You see, I have had an incredible career. I’ve worked at terrific brands and media companies, and I’ve run my own company for ten years now. Ten years. Feels like a freaking lifetime.

I have never, in the history of my career, felt marginalized…

carrie kerpen

Mom of @charlottekerpen @sethkerpen and @princesskatekerpen. CEO @likeablemedia and married to @davekerpen. Usually smiling.

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