'I Think It's Fine to Be Underestimated'

Michelle Peluso, the CEO of Gilt, shares her advice on leadership, work-life balance, and shoulder pads. 

Throughout her career, Michelle Peluso has explored the rapidly evolving frontier of e-commerce. The company she founded in 2000, Site59, became a leader in last-minute travel deals before Travelocity acquired it in 2002. After serving as Travelocity's CEO for six years, she went on to Citigroup before becoming the CEO of Gilt, a popular destination for luxury shopping online.

In this first installment of Advice to a Younger Me, a new series from Atlantic Video, she reflects on some of the lessons she's learned over the course of her career. "Don't wear shoulder pads -- they don't look good on anybody!" she joked when we sat down with her in Gilt's New York office to hear what advice she'd have about life as a female entrepreneur. But she shares some big-picture perspective on leadership and work-life balance too; "I actually think it's a fabulous time to be a woman in business," she says with a smile. 

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Best 71-Second Animation You'll Watch Today

A rock monster tries to save a village from destruction.

Video

The Case for Napping at Work

Most Americans don't get enough sleep. More and more employers are trying to help address that.

Video

A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

Video

Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

Video

Stunning GoPro Footage of a Wildfire

In the field with America’s elite Native American firefighting crew

More in Video

Just In