There are traditional measures of success—think fame, fortune, philanthropy—and then there is the kind of professional prowess that captures the attention of billionaire Oprah Winfrey, research professor Brené Brown and self-made businesswoman Sophia Amoruso. Such is the story of Marie Forleo, whose winding career path took her from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to becoming a Nike elite dance athlete to an entrepreneur with 9 million podcast downloads.
At least one secret to her success is a mantra she learned from her mom at a young age: Everything is figureoutable. That’s also the name of her forthcoming book ($25, Portfolio/Penguin Random House), which Forleo delves into during a keynote speech and discussion with Karin Copeland, founder of the author-programming agency Creative X Change, who is hosting the event Sept. 25 (karincopeland.com/events). New Jersey native Forleo visited Philadelphia as a kid—“My fondest memory was a class trip to see the Liberty Bell; I was awestruck”—but you may spot her at a more off-the-beaten-path locale this time around. “I’d love to stroll the Italian Market,” she says.
Photography by: PHOTO BY ERIC PEARSON