Rachel Weingarten is a marketing & brand strategist and president of 729.marketing. She’s a pop culture and trends analyst who frequently writes about business and style and the business of style. Rachel’s a sometimes professor, teaching personal branding and the history of beauty culture and cosmetic marketing on the graduate and undergraduate levels. She leads corporate seminars on topics including evolving communication and spirituality in the workplace. Rachel is also the author of three award winning non-fiction books. Tweet with her @rachelcw.
Articles by Rachel Weingarten
You’re invited! Now what? Dealing with summer soirees
Work, weddings, barbecues and other summer soirees; the invitations seem to come in fast and furious this time of year. So, do you have to attend just because you’re invited? And more than that, do you have to bring a gift or give a speech? And while we’re at it, when can you beg off?
Should you take Fridays off? The pros and cons of setting up summer hours
Some industries have an unofficial summer Friday policy in which they just aren’t around at all on Fridays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Before you start your own personal Friday-free policy, consider this first.
How to pay attention to the warning signs that you’re acting like a brat
“Anything you can do, I can do better.” Those may be classic lyrics from Annie Get Your Gun, but they also seem to be an underlying theme with a large percentage of people in the workplace.
7 career lessons you can learn from TV pilot season
Every year, about this time, the networks announce the new TV lineups and listings of shows that will debut in the fall. And every fall, the majority of those pilots disappear without as much as a whimper. Believe it or not, there are a lot of career lessons to be learned from the best and worst TV pilots.
Old expressions updated for the modern professional
How can you stop using those pesky expressions that mark you as being out of touch? First things first, identify why they’re so annoying.
Use the element of surprise to shake up your job search
Sometimes you really need to change things up if only to alleviate your own boredom with the process. Here are some fun ideas to inspire you while searching for your next gig.
What you can learn from IKEA that will make you better at your job
Love them or hate them, chances are extremely good that at some point in your life you’ve bought, assembled or hacked a piece of Ikea furniture. Believe it or not, there is a lot to be learned from the furniture giant.
Dressing for the office: How cute is too cute?
We all want to personalize our workspaces and make them feel friendlier or funnier, and many of us like to add a bit of quirkiness to the more traditional 9-5 corporate uniform.
Maybe it’s not always yes or no: The power of uncertainty
Whether you're too agreeable, or overly disagreeable, maybe it's time to embrace someplace in the middle and give yourself the gift of maybe.
How to stay humble and sincere when you’re doing really well
In the age of the humblebrag, it can be slightly complicated to know when or how to brag and when to keep your good news to yourself.
Happy Tax Day! Personal finance tips for the financially clueless
How to set a budget, shop smarter and live better without really knowing what you're doing.
From frocks to socks: Updating your spring work wardrobe
We gathered some of the season’s hottest (and most accessible) trends and ways to update your work or interview style to look seasonal, fresh and always professional.
Overrated and underrated careers (and what you can learn from them)
No matter your current career, you can probably find ways to use your skills in different professional arenas. Even if you love what you do, it might be interesting to challenge yourself to pair your best skills with completely different careers.
4 ways to be more formulaic in a good way
Adding as many formulaic activities to your professional life as possible can help with your own formula for success.
Why being the backup person at work isn’t such a bad idea after all
There is something to be said for not being the top dog at work. Here are some reasons to celebrate being the backup.
What do you do when your boss, supervisor or work wife gets fired?
What happens if the person you spend most of your days with and confide in at work ends up getting the ax? Here are some tips to help get you through the loss of your boss, work wife or supervisor.
When to be a lone wolf or choose to work with the herd
We’ve all heard the career tropes about there being no “I” in team and similar. So how do you know when to stick with the rest or when it’s best to strike out on your own?
Lessons in how to be an overnight success from a 14 time Grammy winner
Bluegrass phenom Dan Tyminski is a testament to the fact that people who seem like overnight successes are anything but. They've been working for this moment their entire lives. It's not their fault you've just noticed.
Beyond stereotypes: An interview with Native American designer Bethany Yellowtail
As a Native American woman, designer Bethany Yellowtail, of B. Yellowtail, also struggles with reaching acceptance and respect for both her culture and designs. She spoke with Ladders about trying to make her way as a female entrepreneur bootstrapping her business and smashing stereotypes on a daily basis.
Learn to successfully ask for and process advice
No matter how much of an expert of you are in your chosen career, sometimes you need outside perspective. Here's how to get the advice you want and need.
From Negan to Voldemort: Career lessons from classic celluloid baddies
Why are awful fictional characters so incredibly appealing? And more than that, is there anything we can actually learn from them?
Olympians with side hustles
If you’ve been breathlessly watching the dispatches from the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, you’ve noticed a lot of athletes on top of their winter sports game.
How to recover from the worst Monday (or week) ever
We all have them. Those days that are so horribly challenging that we wonder if we’ll ever fully recover. Before you give up though, consider this; some of history’s most famous winners were first losers.
Sarcasm vs. humor in the workplace
A rabbi, a priest, an imam, and a porn star walk into a bar … if you think a joke with that intro counts as appropriate workplace humor, you probably haven’t been paying enough attention. So, what does count as the right kind of humor and is sarcasm every an appealing option?
7 ways to conquer pre-interview jitters
How should you conquer your pre-interview nerves? Being prepared in advance is more than half the battle.