The brilliant speakers either are currently involved in the magazine industry or have been in their past work lives, with credentials of Vogue, Allure, Elle and more.
These panelists were able to touch upon tough topics and enlighten the audience on what it truly takes to make a name for yourself, as it pertains to our industry. There’s no sure way to get to the finish line, and no two people will ever endure the same hardships, but ultimately it is the uniqueness of the struggles that make the outcome all the more sweet.
All I can say is, WOW! What a privilege it was to be amongst such hardworking, powerful women. I’ve learned so much from the few hours I was able to observe the panel.
Here’s what stood out to me the most:
Hillary Kerr, Co-Founder and Chief Ideation Officer of Clique Brands–
“YOU are the CEO of your own career. No one else is in charge of it, and at the end of the day it’s yours. That entrepreneurial spirit is something that will take you very far.”
“You’ve got to be a boss in every area of your life.”
Linda Wells, Founder of Flesh Beauty-
Rejection: “The publisher at Harper’s spent 45 minutes telling me how horrible I was, the Wednesday before getting my first job…at Vogue.”
Working at Vogue: “It was so much fun, so fantastic. I thought, Oh my gosh, this is what work is!”
Climbing the ladder: “The menial jobs are what you have to do when you start. It’s all an audition and people notice it.”
Approaching self-doubt: “These things are temporary and tomorrow I will not feel that way.”
Sue Williamson, Editorial Director at Girlfriend Collective–
Advice to graduating seniors: “Bite off more than you can chew and then learn to chew faster.”
Marissa Fuchs, Director of Brand Partnerships at Goop & Influencer-
Working in the magazine industry: “You have to be a natural leader. You also have to be able to work really well under pressure and be a people person, because there are a lot of personalities and emotions that come into play.
Standing out in Social Media: “Authenticity and consistency is what it’s all about.”
[Some statements were adjusted and/or explained for the sole purpose of easier comprehension.]