Terri talks to Lesley Jane Seymour about why she created CoveyClub for women over the age of 40 and how important it is to leverage these women in making the world a better place.
Who is Lesley Jane Seymour?
Lesley Jane Seymour. Lesley is a media entrepreneur and founder of CoveyClub, a new club for lifelong learners that she launched in February of this year. The CoveyClub is for women over the age of 40 and has virtual salons, a monthly magazine, a daily blog, and a weekly podcast for women to bond over issues of interest and concern.
Lesley was named Editor-in-Chief of More Magazine in 2008 and was Editor-in Chief and Social Media Director of More.com. Before More, she served as Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire and Redbook magazines, and teen book YM. She was Beauty Director of Glamour and Senior Editor at Vogue. She is author of two books, On the Edge, 100 Years of Vogue, and I Wish My Parents Understood. 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.
Lesley shares what CoveyClub is and why she created it. She expands on how women over the age of 40 are disenfranchised and being left out of the conversations.
Terri comments that technology has increased the sense of loneliness and how ironic it is that Lesley is using technology to reduce the loneliness and bring women together.
Terri talks about the importance of getting together in person to fill her soul.
Lesley observes that there are no longer places for people to come together like offices, town squares, religious institutions, and community centers.
Lesley named the company CoveyClub after a small group of birds. She wants the groups to be small and provide ways for women to get to know who is in the room.
Lesley talks about having a significant career and an amazing life and wants to be able to help women connect and help their dreams come true.
Lesley knows that if you want better content, you’ll have to pay for it and she believes that others are looking for this.
Lesley comments that right now our politicians in Washington DC don’t stay in town to eat together, to get to know each other, to see the humanity in each other, to be able to reach across the aisle to work together.
Terri comments that we need to be intentional about coming together in person to connect as humans. Terri loves how her city, Redwood City, makes a lot of effort to bring people together at various events around town.
Terri talks about how quickly women over the age of 40 are overlooked and easily dismissed. Lesley talks about how when we were in our 20s, we were seen as T&A and now she would like us to be seen for our $19T in assets that have control over.
If Lesley had a magic wand, she would make Donald Trump go ‘poof’ and disappear. Terri talks about the fear from the patriarchy who are trying to keep things as they were, and she hopes that we take this as an opportunity to slingshot forward. We need to drag everyone we know to the polls to make a difference in November.
Lesley’s favorite founder resources are Hello Alice and the group that she is created to provide her with support (the red cup club).
Terri’s Key Takeaway
Technology rather than bringing people together is leading to a sense of loneliness and isolation and it is time to reconnect in person.
References in the Podcast
CoveyClub podcast on reinvention: https://www.coveyclub.com/podcast/
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