Corner Office Q&A: Nicole Lapin, Business News Anchor Turned Multimedia Mogul
10:30 am, December 19th | by Hillary Reinsberg
While we spend a lot of time writing about powerful women, we also like to hear from those women, in their own words. Today we spoke with Nicole Lapin, CNBC anchor turned financial media entrepreneur. In September, the 27-year-old left her gig as a CNBC anchor to found Nothing But Gold Productions, a new media company that aims to teach young women about the ins and outs of finance. Think of Lapin as your cool tour guide slash interpreter in the world of jargon-y finance. We spoke about why girls don’t dig chatting about money, and taking advice from Sex and the City’s Samantha.
Put simply, what exactly do you do and how’d you end up there?
I hope I never get “there!” Always another goal, always another “there, there.”
Before noon, you’ve already…
Read papers, read twitter, held editorial meetings with my teams, probably had a couple calls or meetings and likely seven cups of coffee.
You’re trying to educate people about finance. Do you feel women in particular shy away from learning about the business world? If so, why?
I think us gals would rather talk about EVERYTHING before talking about money issues. Not only do we shy away from it, but we get graphic, raunchy and way too personal before we discuss anything in the business world. It’s often because finance seems intimidating or scary and not fun to chat about. But, I’m here to say — it’s not that serious, ladies — we can and should be learning from each other and helping each other. Lord knows, we do with other issues that are TMI.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
“Where do I see myself in 5 minutes?!!” should be the question!
What do you wear to work?
My go-to outfit is skinny jeans and a white button-down with heels. But, most days I live in a DvF dress — they’re classic, feminine and never wrinkle!
Women shouldn’t underestimate the value of _________
What’s the best advice anyone’s ever given you?
I think it was Samantha Jones who said: “If I worried what every bitch in New York was saying about me, I’d never leave the house.”