The Jet-Setting CEO and Her Fifth Avenue Laptop Tote – Professional Profiles

Marilyn Mandel works in theatre and film as a casting director, writer and producer. She came to when she was casting for the role of her new laptop bag. So I was thrilled when she agreed to be profiled for our new 60-Second Profile feature. It’s like 60 Minutes! Except with seconds! And a lot less Andy Rooney.

  • Name: Marilyn A Mandel
  • Location: L.A./NYC/Seattle
  • Profession: casting director, writer, producer, real estate investor
  • Company Name: Onetomata Entertainment
  • Position: CEOWhen did you start your business? 25 years agoWhat inspired you to start your own business? I didn’t think alimony would be substantial enough to live on.

What has been your biggest business challenge? Putting up with people’s stupidity.

What has been your best business experience? Figuring out that no one really has the answer and you have to work it all out yourself.

What is the best piece of business you’ve been given? Trust your instincts, go forward with courage, and carry a Platinum American Express card. Oh and some great luggage from Career Bags!

How would you describe your personal/business style? Classic? Casual? Funky?

What bag did you purchase from and why?

I chose the Jack Georges Fifth Avenue Business Tote in Cherry – in other words, the laptop bag that least resembled a laptop bag. It’s beautiful and perfect for my on-the-go life – I can actually fit my laptop and several magazines inside. Pretty cool.

Thanks, Marilyn! Sounds like the Fifth Avenue laptop case has that star quality you were looking for. Check out the Fifth Avenue Business Tote and the rest of the Jack Georges line at!