You’ve likely seen his face a thousand times, but how much do you really know about Burt Shavitz?
The septuagenarian creator of grooming behemoth Burt’s Bees is the subject of filmmaker Jody Shapiro’s new documentary, Burt’s Buzz, which peeks behind the iconic packaging and into the life of a New England curmudgeon who started his empire selling honey on the side of the road.
Through extensive interviews ... More
Photographer Tod Seelie showcases work inspired by New York City's empty, abandoned spaces
You might have heard of Tod Seelie, the Brooklyn-based photographer who captures people and moments at the fringes of the New York social scene. If not, you've probably seen his work: Besides his 2013 book, Bright Nights: Photographs of Another New York, his gritty, mesmerizing work has appeared in ... More
Bernie Kerik, Jack Abramoff and Dennis Kozlowski—three of the most high-profile men to be on the inside—smash the perception that prison life is anything like "Club Fed"
If there were ever a person who might be able to clue you in on what life in a white-collar—or minimum-security or "country club"—prison was actually like, it was this guy. You know this guy. How many former New York City police commissioners, former overseers of Rikers Island, former consultants ... More
Don’t apologize, don’t be dull and, please, don’t picture the audience naked. A public-speaking expert reveals his secrets
The place: an important business conference. The event: a morning keynote. All eyes on the speaker as he shuffles to the podium and then, with a nervous smile, begins: “Sorry, everyone. I know it’s early and you wish you’d been able to sleep later, especially since we went late last ... More
Quick tips for a perfect presentation by Own the Room CEO Bill Hoogterp. No gimmicky Power Point presentation needed
“Have you ever sat in a boring meeting?” Bill Hoogterp asks. Obviously, the answer's yes, which is why the author of Your Perfect Presentation has built a career on coaching some of the world's most visible speakers—athletes, actors, CEOs, media execs, anyone charged with a crucial More
For those who have never tried their luck at an auction, we asked Nazgol Jahan, head of Phillips' Jewels Department, for her advice
What do you look for in estate pieces?
In general, we look for pieces that are well-made with excellent craftsmanship, high-quality gems and, if possible, signed pieces. Pieces from the more renowned houses—such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, David Webb, Buccellati and Bulgari—will always be a collector’s item and hold value ... More
Lanny Davis, crisis manager for the rich and powerful, on what you should—and shouldn't—say
You're on the front page of the New York Times—but it's not good news. Your company is under investigation. Shareholders are clamoring for your removal. Employees are threatening a lawsuit. What to do? For the best connected, the answer is, "Call Lanny Davis." A lawyer and ... More
Spanx's Sara Blakely, Zipcar's Robin Chase, Flickr's Caterina Fake and others share their best tips in this special excerpt
We live in a golden age of start-ups. But a great idea, a big influx of VC cash or fantastic name recognition is no guarantee for success. For every Spanx, Zipcar or Flickr, there's a Pets.com, kozmo.com or theglobe.com (remember those?) that crashed and burned. For his terrific new book ... More
With her strong beliefs and her social-media savvy, Rocha is a standout in her field
The first thing that strikes you about Coco Rocha is, of course, her face. It has those perfect angles, the sharp, sculpted ones that seem to be a prerequisite for becoming a model. But before you can even process the rest of her otherworldly appearance—her flawless ivory complexion, her piercing ... More
At 50 years old, Lenny Kravitz—who’s releasing a new album and his first book this fall—isn’t even close to slowing down
In the opening moments of the music video for “The Chamber,” the first single off Lenny Kravitz’s new album, Strut, the screen is splashed with a quote from Friedrich Nietzsche. “The true man wants two things,” it reads, “danger and play.” But for Kravitz, who’s got 25 awards-strewn years in the music industry behind ... More