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Talking Top Tens: Lisa Sugar

Co-Founder and President of POPSUGAR


Lisa Sugar is the co-founder and president of the global media company, POPSUGAR. Her first book, Power Your Happy: Work Hard, Play Nice & Build Your Dream Life, published by Dutton in September 2016, details how she started POPSUGAR and outlines her “work hard, play nice” management style, as well as lessons learned from mentoring a large and diverse staff. Lisa lives in San Francisco with her husband, three daughters, and a Jack Russell Terrier. You can follow Lisa on Twitter and Instagram for everything POPSUGAR and more!

And more with Lisa Sugar…

Favorite Instagram account to follow:

Besides all the POPSUGAR handles for news, fashion inspiration, and food videos, I LOVE Neville Jacobs. I’m a huge fan of dogs with a great personality! 

Your current Netflix addiction:

Stranger Things. I’ve been a huge fan of Winona Ryder forever, so I’m thrilled she’s back and signed up for season two, too!     

What do you love most about your work:

The people and the pace. I am constantly challenged and learning new things from our team as well as adapting to the times. We have people with so many varied skills, and learning them together has made this journey so incredible for the past 10 years.

One piece of advice you would give your 18-year-old self:

It’s OK to not know what you want to do yet! We stress so much about declaring majors in college and needing to know what we want to do when really we should be trying different jobs and learning basic work skills as well and taking away what we like and don’t like about each job.

Midnight snack of choice:

So hard to pick just one, but I love anything sweet. I love a great bowl of sugary cereal like Fruity Pebbles, a Hostess cupcake or a toasted marshmallow.

Your motto in life:

Work hard, play nice.

At 9am each day, you are:

At my desk cranking through email and drinking my favorite morning smoothie (POPSUGAR fitness flat-belly smoothie with kale, pineapple, blueberries, almond butter, and yogurt)

On Sunday, we’ll find you wearing:

After my morning Soul Cycle class, I’ll shower and change into my favorite JCrew jeans and an Everlane Ryan Tank or Everlane v-neck t-shirt and my Adidas Superstar sneakers.

The trend you hope never goes out of style:

Bomber jackets. I was thrilled when this trend came back into style a couple years ago, because I had saved my favorite Marc Jacobs bomber for over 10 years! Plus I’ve added a handful more to my collection;)

What’s the most exciting thing in your life right now:

Publishing Power Your Happy is beyond exciting for me. We’ve worked so hard to create a beloved brand and a company we are proud of. To be able to share our story as well as advice for our audience and become a published author is a dream come true!