Most stylish: Deborah Jackson
OCCUPATION: PRESIDENT, CAMBRIDGE COLLEGE
> Do you ever get inspired by the way students dress? Being in Cambridge and at a college that includes a lot of younger and older students, I see people who have a fun attitude about life, and you can see that in the way they dress. Cambridge College focuses on adult learners, so our students aren’t typically the same age bracket as students at a traditional four-year college. But still, I find inspiration all around me. You see people walking around and think about how creative and fun they’re dressed.
> As a woman in a powerful position, do you have a strategy about how you dress to convey authority? There was a time early in my career when I was more aware of the way a woman would present herself. The kind of professional environments I worked in were mostly male. Now I don’t really think about that. That’s part of what’s so wonderful as the years go by. I just feel more comfortable and relaxed. You begin to develop a sense of what’s appropriate over time without thinking about it.
> I think people can be broken down into two groups: They’re either bargain hunters or they’re impulse shoppers. Where do you fall in the shopping spectrum? I’m a value shopper. I feel as though I’m happiest when I buy something I love and it’s on sale.
Christopher Muther can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.