December 2018

Note from the editor Lesley Jane Seymour

What We Give to Ourselves When We Give to Others

I’ve always gotten high off of helping other women — whether it was mentoring up-and-coming writers and editors while I was the editor in chief of More magazine or raising money for international charities while I ran Marie Claire. It was rewarding and empowering to see how small gestures like mentioning someone’s name to a higher-up for a company-wide promotion or sending proceeds from a T-shirt sale to victims of a tsunami in Thailand could change lives — literally.

I had no idea until I met the wonderful Caroline Miller, who wrote the December piece “7 Reasons Why Helping Other Women Will Make You Happier,” that there was science behind those feelings. She studies the science of flourishing, and she explains that you can actually do something great for your health by openly supporting women. You will have to read it!

The science helps explain that why one of the overarching goals of CoveyClub — to connect women in every way possible so they can support each other’s dreams —is also good for each one of us.

Don’t miss either gift guide in this issue, as they are both very special. The first one is the “Best of the Best from Clever Reinventors”— which means every time you purchase from someone profiled here you will help her reinvent her place in the world and help her along toward her success.

And then there is one I simply couldn’t resist. We had just come off of an amazing Coffee & Conversation virtual salon with Dr. Barb Depree, who talked to 17 of us about the secrets and truths about menopause. At the end of the salon, she did a random drawing for sexy giveaways: a vibrator and lubricants. When I saw the absolute delight on the face of the Covey member (I won’t tell names) who won that gift, I just knew I had to ask Dr. Barb for an article called  “Super Sexy Gifts for Menopausal Women.” Read it: you won’t be disappointed. And leave the link in your partner’s email somewhere. You will want something for yourself.

Have a wonderful holiday season. xo


Say what?

"When I was younger I strived for perfection. And now I realize my imperfections are the most interesting thing about me."

—Jane Krakowski

Hot flash!

"In terms of how effectively companies turn a dollar of investment into a dollar of revenue, start-ups founded and cofounded by women are significantly better financial investments. For every dollar of funding, these start-ups generated 78 cents, while male-founded start-ups generated less than half that — just 31 cents."

— Boston Consulting Group


Caroline Adams Miller

Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP is a speaker, educator, coach and the best-selling author of six books, including My Name is Caroline, Creating Your Best Life and Getting Grit. She has a Masters degree in Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, graduated from Harvard University and teaches in the Executive Education program at the Wharton Business School.

Kate Wood

Kate Wood is a one-time New Yorker, recovering Californian, and prodigal New Englander who’s spent the past two decades making it up as she goes and supporting herself through writing. In her current gig as a magazine editor, Kate’s happiest moments come when she’s able to uncover awesome small businesses, artists, and artisans and share their work with a national audience. Off the job, she enjoys spending time with her dog, backyard farming, and crocheting socks.

Katie Weisman

Katie Weisman is a lifestyle and fashion writer based in New York. A former editor for Women’s Wear Daily in Paris, she’s worked on both sides of the Atlantic and has written for W Magazine, Town & Country, and international editions of Vogue and the New York Times, among other publications. Married to a Frenchman, Katie is fluent in French and the couple has raised their two children bilingually; she’s unsure, however, which language the family’s dog and cats speak.