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Still cringing about that mistake you made at work? We’ve all been there.

Making mistakes is human—but letting them paralyze you shouldn’t be. Gabrielle Hamilton, chef/owner of Prune; Anna Holmes, co-founder of Jezebel and author of The Book of Jezebel; Laurel Touby, founder of Mediabistro; and other inspiring guests join Jessica Bacal, editor of the new book Mistakes I Made at Work, to talk about their greatest mistakes—revealing how they became more thoughtful, purposeful and assertive as leaders because of what those mistakes taught them.

Jessica Bacal will be selling and signing copies of Mistakes I Made at Work following the event.


Can't make it to the event? Leave your questions for our guests below, and they might be used on stage during the Q&A. Keep an eye on 92Y On Demand after the event for any video clips we might share! You might see your question used on stage.


Brief Bios

Laurel Touby is an entrepreneur and the founder of, a successful publishing industry networking site, which sold for $23 million in 2007.

Gabrielle Hamilton is the chef/owner of Prune, in New York City’s East Village, which is regularly cited in the Top 100 lists of all major food magazines. She is the author of the best-selling memoir Blood, Bones and Butter.

Danielle Ofri is a clinician at Bellevue Hospital, and a professor at New York University School of Medicine. She writes regularly for The New York Times about being a doctor and the relationship between doctors and patients.

Anna Holmes is the founder of the blog Jezebel, which—as noted—effectively mixes “feminism, politics and high culture ... with pop culture, comedy and low culture.” She recently edited The Book of Jezebel.

J. Courtney Sullivan is a bestselling novelist, author of Commencement, Maine and most recently, The Engagements.

Joanna Barsh is director emeritus of McKinsey & Company, and has been a strong advocate for women at McKinsey and beyond. Her new book is called Centered Leadership: A Breakthrough Program for Leading with Purpose, Clarity and Impact.

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