Ali Kaplan is currently the editor-in-chief of Twin Cities Business magazine after having spent eight years serving as Mpls.St.Paul Magazine's senior editor of shopping and style. Her knack for bridging the gap between lifestyle and business has given her a unique voice to narrow in on topics that matter to people.
If you could have a conversation with anyone - past or present - who would it be?
As a longtime reporter, I've been lucky enough to talk to many amazing people--politicians, athletes, celebrities. (I mean, when Sarah Jessica Parker compliments your dress, it's a really good day.) Many years ago, as a rookie reporter in Chicago, I even got to interview one of my favorite newspaper columnists turned novelist, Anna Quindlen. I wish it had happened more recently--perhaps I would have fawned less and asked better questions. Actually, probably not. I'd love a good long chat with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And it would be great if Michelle Obama wanted to join us. We would talk law, politics, equity, fame, legacy, and the importance of accessorizing.
What tool, object, or ritual could you not live without?
I was about to say reading the Sunday paper and magazines, but my teenager chimed in, "your phone! You HAVE to say your phone." So fine, I'll admit it, and here's why I'm not ashamed: I got my first smartphone --a Palm!--when my oldest son was a toddler and it gave me the freedom to take him to the park and to music classes in the middle of the work day. Is it perfect to answer an email in the middle of kid time? No, but I believe it's better to be present, and lead an integrated life. My kids know I work; my colleagues know I parent. Both make me who I am.
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