Keija Minor – Catalyst Spotlight

What is your occupation, and how did you come to work in this field?

I'm the editor in chief of Brides at Condé Nast. After four years of practicing corporate law, I left to pursue my passion for publishing, first taking an internship at a start-up (now defunct) travel magazine called Travel Savvy. Over the next 10 years, I worked my way through various positions, including managing editor of L.A. Confidential, editor in chief of Gotham, and editor in chief of Uptown. In 2011, I joined Brides as executive editor and in 2012 was promoted to editor in chief.

What is the biggest challenge of your work?

Finding enough time in the day! Being an editor in chief has changed significantly in the last 10 years. I am now more of a brand manager. I divide my time between overseeing the Web site, magazine, special projects like our periodic Web series, and licensing partnerships for branded products like wedding stationery and decorations.

What is your proudest achievement?

Becoming an editor in chief at Condé Nast and increasing the circulation.

What leaders, thinkers, or doers do you admire most?

 

Anna Wintour for her commitment to editorial excellence, her decisiveness, and her fearlessness.

My parents for ensuring that their children have careers, not just jobs.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Making a difference in media. I want to make an impact and change the game in a meaningful way.

What would be your advice to young people who want their careers and lives to have an impact?

Follow your passion and success will come if you work hard.