Career Code: Lauren Conrad's Smart Work Tips Will Get You Ahead

In honor of Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power’s upcoming book, The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career ($17), we’re kicking off an interview series featuring 17 questions (in honor of the book's 17 chapters) about the work lives of the most inspirational female leaders in the fashion industry. We tapped Rebecca Minkoff first. Up next? Lauren Conrad.

It’s basically impossible to sum up Conrad’s legacy in just one paragraph. Since bidding farewell to the reality TV life, LC hasn’t let anyone or anything stand in her way, as evidenced by her thriving fashion and lifestyle empire. We’re talking two clothing linesnine best-selling books, including her just-released book Celebrate and her first novel LA Candy, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list, a wildly popular website, and philanthropic endeavors like The Little Market, which empowers female artisans across the globe. Oh, and she’s done all of this by the age of 30. Yes, 30. Naturally, there’s a thing or two to learn from this powerhouse.

Keep scrolling to see her answers to our burning career questions and get inspired to take the reins of your own work life—just like LC.