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Maria Aspan is a senior writer at Fortune, where she writes features primarily focusing on gender, finance, and the intersection of business and government policy. Her work has won multiple honors from SABEW and others, and her investigation into the risky business of breast implants received the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award for public service in magazine journalism, among several other public-service awards. She is also a co-chair of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women International and CEO Initiative conferences, and of Fortune Connect. Before joining Fortune in 2019, Maria was editor-at-large at Inc., where she wrote features while overseeing Inc.’s financial coverage and its annual Female Founders 100 list. She is the author of Startup Money Made Easy: The Inc. Guide to Every Financial Question About Starting, Running, and Growing Your Business (Harper Collins). Maria has also covered business and finance for the New York Times, Thomson Reuters, and American Banker. She is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Sciences Po in Paris. She is based in New York. Follow all of Maria's stories here.