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December 11, 2000

Real-World Alpha Females

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Allison Cooper

Age: 25

Location: Boston

Job: I'm a full-time MBA student now; I used to be a management consultant.

Hours at work per week: About 67

Early alpha inklings: I was usually the youngest by 20 years and the only woman at client presentations. Once, a consultant told me he was impressed by how I "acted like I deserved to be there as much as the rest of them." It was meant as a compliment, but felt demeaning.

Best part of being me: I don't have to worry about what my life will be like. I know I'll be able to handle anything.

The downside: It's hard to relinquish power and delegate.

Plugged in: I always have my PDA, phone, iPod, and laptop.

My posse: I'm usually the one who decides what we do — I get annoyed after a few minutes of indecision.

Kids: My fiancé and I definitely want kids when the time is right, but it will take some adjusting. We're both ambitious.

The real me: It can be draining to always strive to be at the top of my game. But it's satisfying.

Theme song: "Fix You" by Coldplay


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