Meredith Lepore

Meredith Lepore

Meredith Lepore is the Deputy Editor of Ladders. She is based in New York City and can be reached at

Articles by Meredith Lepore


Bill Gates (with 5 adorable puppies) unveils his summer book list

Bill Gates is many things. A tech mogul, innovative genius, philanthropist, avid reader and apparently he is also obsessed with puppies The last one is very true as on his blog, he recommends five books for your summer reading pleasure using a variety of adorable puppies to reenact the plots.

Mental Health

Doing this primal, animal-like ritual may help reduce your work stress

There are tons of tips out there on how to reduce stress. From meditation to exercise to a daily glass of wine, but perhaps the simplest one and arguably most effective one has been around since humans came into existence. Letting out a loud and long primal scream may be the way to reduce stress, according to research.


WTRMLN WTR cofounder on the magic of working with Beyonce

OK so pretty much anything Beyonce touches tends to turn to gold, but that doesn't mean you can completely slack off once she likes your product. That is exactly what WTRMLN WTR Co-Founders Jody Levy and Harlan Berger have done as even though they got the Beyonce nod of approval early on with their company, they have continued to build and innovate to keep their product a hot commodity.


According to this 1976 referral letter, ‘flaky’ Steve Jobs did not come across well on the phone

Steve Jobs may have been one of the greatest minds of our time, but he didn't come across that way when he was launching the Apple 1 computer back in the mid-70s. According to letters written by Mike Rose in 1976, a Silicon Valley advertising executive, after speaking with Jobs on the phone he found the project they were working on to be "flakey" and even called him a "joker."


From supermodel to super role model: Karlie Kloss’s effort to get more women in tech

We are constantly told there are not enough women pursuing careers in the STEM fields. Part of the problem is the pipeline issue. This is something model and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss has been tackling since 2014 when she launched her foundation Kode With Klossy to help teach young girls to code.

career change

What we can learn from Meghan Markle … about updating a resume

We are only a few days away from The Royal Wedding there is so much information out there about anything and everything having to do with the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. From her dress to the food being served at the wedding to the flowers in her bouquet but we want to focus on something really sexy: how Markle will be updating her resume as she transitions from being an actress to an official Royal person. This is what everyone has been dying to know!


Offices are being torn apart by Laurel and Yanny. Here’s why it’s definitely Laurel

If you work in an office with humans and computers there is a good chance that most of you are talking about the latest debate to take hold of the internet. Forget that banal blue white dress fiasco (and for the record, it was definitely blue), now it is all about Yanny-Laurel.


This best-selling author says this is the key to fueling your productivity

If you have ever felt bad about coming home after work and collapsing on your couch to watch hours of reality TV, don't. Simply look to New York Times best-selling author Jessica Knoll whose second novel, The Favorite Sister, is centered around the intriguing lives of reality TV stars. Knoll, who is a huge fan of The Real Housewives franchise and often binges on seasons, realized there were so many rich, story templates sitting right in front of her eyes that writing about this subject for her follow up book was a bit of a no brainer. And there is no doubt that this book will do as well as her first, The Luckiest Girl Alive, which sold over 450,000 copes and spent four months on the Times' best-seller list. Oh and Reese Witherspoon bought the rights for the film.


This class will literally teach you how to brag about your career

Though you may know your good at your job and have accomplished a lot, when it comes to sharing that news with others many people struggle, especially women. Luckily, now there is a class to help you become a better bragger. 


What the cofounder of this hot startup looks for in potential hires

Ladders spoke with LOLA cofounder Alexandra Friedman about collaboration, what she looks for when hiring, and being a cofounder, and mother.


The ‘done is better than perfect’ mindset has carried this career guru to major success

You may not recognize the name Benjamin P. Hardy but if you are a regular Medium reader or have just Googled basic career or life advice in the past few years (and who hasn't done that at least once) then you have definitely stumbled upon his work.

Parents at Work

Daughters of working moms may get this major career benefit

Though being a working mom is extremely hard and often guilt inducing this gem of a study will bring you some good news and just in time for Mother's Day, especially if you have a daughter. According to the study which looked at family and career data on more than 100,000 men and women and was published in the journal Work, Employment and Society, adult daughters who grew up with working moms, are more likely to be employed and if they are employed, they have bigger roles, work longer hours and make more money then their peers who had stay at home moms.


You may sleep through your next vacation, according to this new travel trend

Americans do not get enough sleep. This is a fact. And even when we do get sleep it is not usually high quality due to our inability to never be near a blue lit screen. And this is starting to cost us. This is why some hotels are now offering sleep packages and sleep vacations are becoming all the rage.


The ‘jerk premium’ for men’s earnings kicks in at this age

Nice guys may get the girl but they won't get the higher salary, according to a new article from the Harvard Business Review. The article and research are by Miriam Gensowski, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Copenhagen. In her study she looks at how childhood personality and education can impact lifetime earnings and men and women's overall professional success.

Highest Paying Jobs

These are the 15 cities with the most $100K+ jobs for May

Ladders put together a list of the 15 cities hiring the most $100K+ jobs using data from its continuously updated database of high-paying jobs this month. Check them out — and click through to see which cities and their job openings that might be right for you.


4 secret benefits of business travel you better get in on

Traveling for work can be rough. It's stressful, it's structured and it usually involves some very early mornings and mediocre coffee. But business travel isn't slowing down any time soon as in 2016, U.S. travelers took 458.9 million domestic business trips and this is expected to reach 478.2 million by 2020. But if you do have a chance when traveling for work to get a moment to just explore, whether it is tacking on an extra day to a trip or just taking a long lunch, it can have a profound impact on you. 


These are the cities gaining and losing the most workers right now

Where have all the workers gone? According to the monthly LinkedIn Workforce Report for April which looks at hiring, skills gaps, and migration trends across the country, and insights into localized employment trends in 20 of the largest U.S. metro areas, workers are flocking to certain cities. The data was looked at through a state tax burden filter, but the report found that job opportunities and affordable housing were the main reasons people were migrating to certain cities. Let's take a look at the cities everyone is flocking to and the ones people are fleeing fast.

Highest Paying Jobs

These are the Top 15 companies hiring for $100K+ jobs in May

To help you find what you are looking for, Ladders has compiled this list of companies hiring for the highest paying jobs as of May 2018.


What we can learn about collaboration from Major Lazer’s DJ Jillionaire

You may not associate Christopher Leacock AKA Jillionaire with being a career guru but the Trinidad-born DJ, entrepreneur and now restauranteur is full of sage career advice, especially when it comes to collaboration.


The 10 states where you will have the most fun outside of work

Work hard, play hard. However, depending on what state you live in it may be easier to play a little harder outside of work. Personal finance site WalletHub looked at all the states and ranked them for fun levels depending on factors including movie costs to accessibility of national parks to casinos per capita.


15 companies where most employees make at least $100K

Looking for a new job but only if you are sure of the salary? Well you are in luck because as of February public companies are now required to disclose a ratio that compares the salary of their CEO with the pay of their median employee. Some of the ratios were a bit to closely aligned with the Economic Policy Institute's estimation that CEOs were making as much as 270 times that of their average workers in 2016.


Doing this one thing may help you not get sick at work

We've made it through winter, but that doesn't mean there are still plenty of colds and other bugs going around just waiting for you. So how can you try to remain healthy this spring and summer? A new study provides some actually rather counterintuitive advice.


You may actually be allergic to your office because of this

On those hot, humid summer days it is great to come in from your sweaty commute to a nice, cool office except after 20 minutes you are all cooled off and then you begin to freeze. And for one woman that strong office AC became detrimental to her health.


These are the countries with the highest percentage of robots in the workforce

We know the robots are coming for our jobs but depending on where you live this may happen in a shorter amount of time. According to online statistics, market research and business intelligence portal Statista, there are already a number of countries where the rise of the machines is very much in play. In a new chart using data from the  International Federation of Robotics Statista looks at the countries where you will find the highest density of robot workers. 


Study reveals the time of the year you might be the most stressed

Unless you live in a year round warm climate, winter is pretty rough for most of us However, a new surprising study finds that it is actually a different season that actually makes us more stressed.