Lesley Jane Seymour - Driven and Vulnerable

 photo by Maria Karas

photo by Maria Karas

Lesley Jane Seymour is a media entrepreneur who is launching a new platform for intelligent, stylish, influential women over the age of 35 called coveyclub.com  

In February 2016, when the women's lifestyle magazine More closed, Lesley found herself out of a job after eight years at the helm. In a published post on LinkedIn entitled: “The Joys of Losing Your Job in the Digital Age,” she explained that she was “prepared” when More folded. Ironically, the editor credited the first time she was fired from a big job as a buffer to ease her grief over More.

The point of all this, she notes is that “even if you have a job you love and have been there for 22 years, carry a reinvention plan in your back pocket….Work that social media! Work your connections every day. Don’t wait till you need to use them. The good news is that with preparation, losing your job today no longer means losing your identity: it can mean a new start — for a new you. “

Lesley was named editor-in-chief of MORE magazine in January of 2008 where she led the magazine to a 2009 National Magazine Award nomination for personal service for an investigative piece called “The Endangered Uterus”, and to a nomination for General Excellence in 2010. Under her guidance, the magazine was named to Mediaweek’s 2010 Hot List, and dubbed “The Vanity Fair for Women” by marketers. Lesley was also ranked 4th on Forbes’ Most Powerful Fashion Magazine Editors list in 2009.

Prior to joining Meredith Corporation, Lesley served as the editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, where she spearheaded the magazine’s signature cause-related programs, including It’s Time to Talk Day, in which the Congress renewed the Violence Against Women Act thanks in part to the magazine’s effort; she created the One World/One Wish campaign for the international relief organization Save the Children which authored legislation to take 1% of defense spending to put toward rehabilitating women and children after war.

Before Marie Claire, she was editor-in-chief of Redbook, where she repositioned the magazine, developed new editorial programs and features and guided the title to a National Magazine Award nomination for Personal Service for its comprehensive Breast Cancer Medbook. Her editorial experience also encompasses serving as the editor-in-chief of YM, beauty director of Glamour and contributing editor for Vogue.

Additionally, Seymour is the author of two books: On the Edge: Images from 100 Years of Vogue and I Wish My Parents Understood.

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