posted Friday, February 6, 2015 by Emily Banks, Lindsay Smith & Esther McIlvain

Emily Banks, Director of Publicity:

Tavi Gevinson

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As I think about who, within the media, I’d like to sit down with, I often look to those younger than me who have accomplished incredible feats. One of those media mavens is Tavi Gevinson. At only 18 years old, Tavi has accomplished more than those twice (and even three times) her age. Her current job titles include: founder and editor-in-chief of Rookie, an online magazine for teenage girls that she created at 15, founder of Style Rookie, her personal style blog she started in 2008 at age 11, actress, writer, musician, front row fashion fixture, and all-around cool girl.

From Forbes 30 Under 30 (two years in a row) to being named one of "The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014" by Time magazine, and countless features on her accomplishments in New York magazine, Vanity Fair, The Colbert Report (Colbert called her an ‘international figure in fashion’) and more – she even delivered a TED Talk – Tavi truly is one to watch. I admire her tenacity and drive and it motivates me to continue to push forward. And did I mention she was recently featured on The Coveteur? Girl has some serious swag. #swoon.

Lindsay Smith, Senior Publicist:

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If I could pick the brain of anyone in the media right now, it would hands down be Kerry Diamond, Editor-in-Chief at Yahoo! Food and co-founder of Cherry Bombe magazine. From editorial and PR to beauty, food, and fashion, Kerry has created a name for herself in the digital space by often wearing many hats simultaneously. Did I mention she also co-owns three restaurants in Brooklyn?  

The accomplishments of this “quintuple threat” are beyond inspirational, but what intrigues me most is how she uses her talents to shine the light on fierce women who are making waves in the food and fashion industries. 

Esther McIlvain, Associate Publicist:

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If I could sit down with any “media maven”, it would absolutely be Aliza Licht (also known as DKNY PR Girl), PR extraordinaire and all-around social media superstar. She’s the SVP of Global Communications at Donna Karan International, and has created a social empire that even the Ancient Romans would envy.

She has taken the Donna Karan brand beyond the 140 characters of a single tweet and has connected it to fashionistas of all ages and in all corners of the world. Licht has quickly become a PR icon in the land of media and serves as a role model to all aspiring communicators. With her first book titled, Leave Your Mark, hitting shelves May 2015, the personality powerhouse shows no signs of slowing down. Written more as a mentorship instead of an advice book, it is sure to inspire the lives of many blooming professionals, myself included. She truly is ‘leaving her mark.’