Keija Minor, Editor in Chief at Brides Magazine, Condé Nast
"My aunt, children's book author and illustrator Pat Cummings, once said to me, 'You never regret the things you do. Only the things you don’t do.' So whether it was trying to leave the law to go into publishing or if it's just stepping out of your comfort zone in your career or every day life, you’ll really never regret taking a chance. I’m naturally cautious, but I hear that in my head to just do it, just try it, and work as hard as I can to make it successful.”
After law school at Howard University and 4 years practicing corporate law, Keija took the bold step to move into her dream field, publishing. She saved up 12 months of mortgage payments and sent her resume out far and wide; she was first hired as an intern by a startup travel magazine, Travel Savvy. With stops in between as editor in chief at Gotham Magazine and Uptown, Keija joined @Brides in 2011. With her promotion to editor in chief the following year, Keija became the first African American to head a Condé Nast magazine in the publishing house’s 103-year history.
Photograph courtesy of Keija