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December 11, 2000

Real-World Alpha Females

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Alison Schwartz

Age: 34

Location: New York City

Job: Producer, CBS News — The Early Show

Hours at work per week: 60

Early alpha inklings: In sixth grade I played Minnie Mouse in my elementary school play, and Mickey forgot his lines. So in front of everyone, I said, "Jon, you forgot your lines!"

Alpha motto: To do it all — wake up early, work out, give 110 percent to my job, rush out after work to get a manicure or run errands, meet friends for dinner. I try to be organized and disciplined.

Plugged in: I have four electronic devices on me at all times: cell phone, BlackBerry, iPod, digital camera.

My relationships: I need a man who can keep up with me. But I also like a guy who's a little tamer, because it usually brings me down a notch, which is a good thing! I get set up all the time.

Kids: I want to have children, but I love having a career, so I hope I'll be able to balance the two. I definitely worry about being able to have it all.

Best part about being me: I get to cover big stories at work, and I always meet interesting people in my personal life.

The downside: I always wonder if my single friends and I are single because we're into our careers, or if we're into our careers because we're single.

My posse: Among my friends, I'm the social coordinator. Need a tip on where to go to dinner? What bars to try? Who's having a party? I'll know.

The real me: Some people are taken aback by my energy!

Theme song: "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper.


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