Catch Brazen Careerist on CNN today


That’s right. Me on CNN today. On the show Open House. I know that often times I have posted about me being on TV have not been moments of genius. Like, me mispronouncing Kucinich’s name. Or me not knowing how to put makeup on for TV.

So I haven’t said anything about TV for a while. But when I was complaining to a Fox News camera guy in Chicago, he told me that every single person who walks in the studio hates how they look on TV. That makes me happy. And brave.

But also, I’m raising a round of funding for my company this week. Lots of investors are looking at the blog. And if I don’t put a post about CNN on top, then the last post I ran, about my divorce, will be on top.

And, by the way, I bet there will be lots of comments today, in the divorce post, saying: “Why is divorce a topic for a career blog?” But if you could see how much the divorce impacts the terms of cashing out of my company, you would wonder why divorce is ever categorized as something other than career.

A lot of times when I’m pitching my company to investors, I tell them about how the blogosphere is great because the conversation is so authentic. And the investors always want examples. Now they have one: Me admitting that I put a post up about CNN not because I really want people to watch, but because I don’t want investors sidetracked by my divorce.

Update: Here’s a video clip of the CNN show, provided by TVEyes.

20 replies
  1. Leonard Klaatu
    Leonard Klaatu says:

    Sorry I missed it, but I got to the office at the butt-crack of dawn today. No CNN here. As for the divorce thing – I’m even more sorry about that (for all involved). Thankfully, I do not know what it feels like. Been married to my bride for over 30 years. I’m an old brazen careerist! THAT is authenticity.

  2. Marc
    Marc says:

    Hi Penelope,

    I just watched your segment on CNN at work, and I was compelled to make a comment.

    I am a 26 year-old Ivy League graduate with an advanced degree as well as a former U.S. Fulbright Scholar. I have approximately two years of work experience in financial services working at top firms, but I am terribly unhappy.

    I moved to New York for a contingent position and it isn’t taking me to the next level. For the last year and a half I have been thinking outside the box, networking, and seeking advice from mentors. I have been on literally hundreds of hours of interviews with top firms and called back in multiple times for final interviews. With all of this, I have yet to get one offer. I thought perhaps I was overestimating my interviewing skills. However, I do get called back multiple times, yet I am never able to seal the deal.

    I was rejected again from another firm yesterday – €“ and the backstory is just one more to add to my collection of HR horror stories. If the leaders of corporate America really knew how terrible HR was especially when considering how critical it is for a firm’s survival, they would be totally ashamed.

    Given my experiences, I am still trying to remain upbeat, but I am at a loss. Any advice you can provide for me and any of your readers who may be in a similar situation would be greatly appreciated.


  3. Mike
    Mike says:

    Lol, I love how you misspelled Kucinich’s name in a sentence about having mispronounced it.

    Don’t worry, you are in the company of another distinguished publication.

    * * ** * * *

    Oh my gosh. I can’t believe I misspelled the name. Makes me smile. But I fixed it. Thanks.


  4. Florence Brown
    Florence Brown says:

    As always, Penelope, your honesty is refreshing and intriguing. I regret to say I missed you on CNN today, but I wish you the best of luck with your hunt for funding. I know you’re going to come out of your divorce just fine, and I look forward to watching you and your company grow.

  5. Ken
    Ken says:

    Sorry I missed your CNN segment. Sometimes the ol’ 9-to-5 gets in the say.

    Hope it was good. Maybe we’ll be able to catch it on YouTube if you don’t provide a link first.

    Be well.

  6. Dale
    Dale says:


    You are the queen of taking lemons and making lemonade. I wish I were so outwardly brave, resourceful and honest.

    Will you be able to post the segment for the benefit of loyal fans who’ve missed it?

  7. Shefaly
    Shefaly says:


    I of course did not watch the segment but on the cameraman’s opinion that “every single person who walks in the studio hates how they look on TV”, it could be because we are used to seeing our own faces laterally inverted (in mirrors) in usually flattering lights placed right above them. So when we see the ‘true face’ we put out there, we are shocked. Naturally.

  8. Erik
    Erik says:

    I’m sorry to hear about everything going on with you Pen. I’ll look for the CNN bit on the net. Hope that Ryan and Ryan have been a big help for you especially with everything going on now!

  9. Elaine Basham
    Elaine Basham says:

    Hi, Penelope — just watched the CNN piece on YTube – great food for thought (and action!). I’m so sorry about your divorce – but I know you’re going to come out on the other side better than ever! Take care, hang in there and I’m really looking forward to the newest venture!!

  10. jwschiff
    jwschiff says:

    I just watched the clip – it was great and you can tell that the interviewer really enjoyed hearing your advice as well. Take care of yourself. I’m also getting really excited about the launch of the new Web site!!

  11. Soleil
    Soleil says:

    Hi Penelope,

    I saw your CNN clip and thought it was poorly done. You gave examples of industries to move into yet you were not able to back that up with facts. I think you should go back to school and specialize instead of jumping around and calling yourself a career expert. I’ve been an executive/corporate recruiter for years and the best advice is based no facts, not conjecture.

    Good luck learning how to research, you’ll nee dto “specialize” yourself in the future.

  12. Milani R.
    Milani R. says:

    This is a joke, right? If this is what Brandeis graduates, whoa, scary. I am not sending my kids there. I expected more from you Adrienne/Penelope/Trunk/Roston….

  13. Daryl Mather
    Daryl Mather says:

    Penelope, great segment, great advice, and a fantastic blog. Well done on all fronts. I am amazed by your sudden success and I sincerely wish you all the best with it.

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