Jo Elvin inspires with Socrates Lecture

Our Socrates series of lectures continued with an inspirational talk by Jo Elvin, current Editor of the Mail on Sunday’s You magazine on Thursday evening. Ellie and Nina, year 11, tell us more:

Jo Elvin, long time editor of Glamour magazine and Sydenham High mum, visited us to discuss her very successful career as part of our Socrates Programme.

Starting from very humble beginnings, Ms Elvin worked her way up to the very top and held the prestigious position of launch Editor of Glamour magazine for 17 years. She began by working for an Australian magazine called Dolly, which began as work experience, and persevered until becoming Editor of Sugar.

Her move to London, with little experience, was a terrifying and risky manoeuvre but, in her own words, it was best “just to go for it”. Through various positions and ups and downs she managed to get the job at Glamour, with highlights including attending Glamour’s Woman of the Year and interviewing many celebrities.

For us, her most important message was to throw yourself into everything wholeheartedly, and realise that no career path was a straight incline – to reach the top you had to experience the bad as well as the good.