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Alumna Lee Slattery ’81 hosted students at her NYC office and offered them advice and the opportunity to meet the editorial and marketing teams at Family Circle

June 14, 2016
Reflecting back on her own career, Slattery, VP/Publisher of Family Circle at Meredith Corporation suggested students “find mentors and build your network. Put yourself out there and don’t be afraid to ask someone for some of their time.”

Earlier this spring, Lee Slattery ’81, VP/Publisher of Family Circle at Meredith Corporation joined several other New York area alums who opened their NYC offices to give Girard School students an insider’s view of their companies. Slattery arranged for a half-day visit with both the editorial and marketing teams.

“I truly appreciated the opportunity to work directly with a talented group of students to help them navigate and visualize their own career path,” Slattery said. “It was also important to showcase our collaborative, diverse and inclusive workplace environment.”

The ten students representing Merrimack were a diverse group themselves – male and female, marketing and management majors and minors, graduates and undergraduates, and international and domestic students. What they shared was excitement for the visit.

Graduate student Latika Karnani M’17 said, “At Meredith Corporation we saw how women run a company. We met the heads of almost every segment of Family Circle – food, family, beauty, health and home. We saw how creative people research and brainstorm to deliver a magazine. Listening to their stories was a revelation and an inspiration.”

It has taken a great deal of hard work, dedication, focus and passion for Slattery to achieve continued success and hit major milestones throughout her career. In addition, Slattery emphasized the importance of building a strong network and making new connections to help accelerate your career path. She shared some personal insights and relevant experiences to encourage students to find mentors within the industry.

“Throughout your career, don’t ever underestimate the power of networking. It’s by far one of the most valuable tools and resources at your dispense. College alumni associations are a great example of how to leverage your personal connections,” says Slattery. “Or simply ask to do a job shadow to see what their job is like. Regardless of the outcome, put yourself out there and don’t be afraid to ask someone for some of their time.”

Upon graduating with a Psychology and Sociology degree from Merrimack, she moved to New York in pursuit of her love and interest of magazines. At the recommendation of a close friend in the business, she took an advertising class at NYU to learn more about the industry. The class was taught by guest publishers and helped to open doors, establish a strong network and launch her career. She began her career at Rodale Press in advertising sales for consumer packaged goods for Organic Gardening magazine. From there, she held similar positions at Weight Watchers magazine and McCall’s magazine. 

Her background includes a number of key leadership positions, including serving as the Associate Publisher for major women’s titles as Glamour; Allure; and, Condé Nast’s Women’s Sports & Fitness among others. Prior to joining Meredith, she served as Vice President and Publisher for Golf for Women, where she oversaw sales and marketing for the only women’s lifestyle publication dedicated to female golfers. Slattery joined Fitness magazine in July 2007 and was promoted to Vice President/Publisher in March 2010. Slattery has held the position of Vice President and Publisher of Family Circle since June 2011.

She was also recognized as a respected industry leader for more than 20 years, guiding the advertising and sales teams at her current title. Under her leadership, Family Circle has become one of Meredith’s cornerstone brands in the women’s lifestyle sector. Published 12 times a year, the magazine’s current rate base of 4 million reaches an audience of 16 million.

“I recognized early on during my career that developing relationships with key mentors and staying in touch with them, is absolutely crucial in today’s workplace. Honestly, I still write a thank you note to personally express my gratitude to those valuable people in my life,” says Slattery.

Slattery remains an active member of the Merrimack college community. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees, and most recently attended the undergraduate commencement ceremony.

Of the visit with the Merrimack students at her office she says, “I loved connecting with the students during their company visit. It’s wonderful to learn more about them, and better understand their expectations as they enter the workforce. I think we could have sat there for hours – they were well prepared and came with good questions.” 

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