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Lesley Jane Seymour

2016 Speaker

LESLEY JANE SEYMOUR is a media entrepreneur and one of the industry’s most respected editorial leaders. She is creating an online club called Kindred. Community ( for women who are life-long learners, who want the tools, connections and inspiration to make the most of their adult lives.  In January 2008, she was named editor-in-chief of More magazine, the leading lifestyle magazine for women over 40 with a readership of 1.5 million. She was also the editor-in-chief and social media director of, which attracted over 12 million monthly page views and 600,000 unique visitors. In July of 2015, Seymour created history by having the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, guest edit an entire issue—leading to 8.5 billion media impressions worldwide.  In 2008, Seymour led More to its first National Magazine award nomination in the area of personal service.  The magazine was also nominated for general excellence in 2009 and 2012 and won the Meredith Creative Excellence awards in 2008, 2009, 2010. In 2012, Seymour was named executive director of Meredith’s Beauty Center of Excellence. In 2009 she was named number four on the 2009 Most Powerful Fashion Editors list by Forbes magazine.

Before taking over More, Seymour served as the editor-in-chief for Marie Claire magazine.  Her experience in the women’s lifestyle field includes serving as the editor-in-chief of Redbook magazine, where she helped lead Redbook to a National Magazine award nomination for Personal Service for its comprehensive Breast Cancer Medbook, “What to Do When You Find a Lump.” Seymour also served as editor-in-chief of YM, beauty director of Glamour, and senior editor at Vogue. Seymour has appeared on every major television show, including “Today,” “Good Morning America,” “MSNBC” and “Hardball,” to CNN.  She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, and has 20,000 (un-bought) followers on social media.  In 2013 she was named chair of the editorial advisory board for Duke Magazine and a global ambassador for Vital Voices. She is a trustee at Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts. @lesleyjseymour