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Road Warrior // Charlotte Beers on Manhattan

Charlotte Beers Sky July 2010

Photo by Anders Overgaard/Corbis Outline

Beers travels internationally and domestically at least twice a month, if not every week.

Current Role: Director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. since 2008.
Based: Charleston, South Carolina, and New York City
Days Spent on the Road: Beers travels internationally and domestically at least twice a month, if not every week.
Global Influence: She served as the under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs for President George W. Bush after 9/11.
Street Cred:
The one-time CEO of Ogilvy & Mather as well the first female vice president and chairman of the board of directors at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide, Beers is the stuff of Madison Avenue legend. Ad Age pegs her at No. 49 on its list of the top 100 players in advertising history, noting “A brilliant strategic thinker, Beers became the world’s highest-ranked woman in advertising.”

Best Place to Stay: Hotel Elysée
I love this hotel for real-life livability. The sprawling couches, chunky chairs and cozy nooks—paired with a cappuccino and a paper—in the hotel’s morning room make for the perfect entry into the day. And there’s a conspiracy of silence among guests. It’s a very civilized place. 

Best Place for a Power Breakfast: The Lowell, New York
For a big meeting at breakfast, I like the quiet, elegant drawing-room quality of the breakfast salon at this Upper East Side hotel. It has the best oatmeal in town. 

Favorite Manhattan Moment: The Offices at Martha Stewart Living
My secret high comes from walking through the offices of Martha Stewart Living in Chelsea. Down every hall there’s a creative explosion—sexy, soft sheets for Macy’s, a new cleaning product for The Home Depot, test kitchens that are completely open and fragrant. How can you not love a company that serves hot rich brownies at its annual meeting?

Favorite Museum: Acquavella Galleries and The Frick Collection
My husband was a private art dealer, so I’m prejudiced, but don’t miss the Acquavella Galleries on East 79th Street and the mysterious Frick Collection. 

Best Place for a Power Lunch: Four Seasons
It is still the best lunch show in town. Power teams cluster everywhere in the Grill Room. Edgar Bronfman Jr. once took me up to the easy-to-miss balcony section. Bronfman has been dining in that section since childhood: He was sent there to dine so the restaurant could hide his eclectic wardrobe. 

Guilty Pleasure: Papaya King
I crave a fix of the hot dogs and papaya juice at Papaya King on Third Avenue and East 86th Street. I stop here on the way to the airport.

This article has been adapted from the original, which appeared in the July 2010 issue of Sky.

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