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Essence Editor Emeritus Taylor To Speak, May 22 in Lipsett

Susan L. Taylor

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will host Susan L. Taylor, editor-in-chief emeritus of Essence magazine in a lecture at NIH on Monday, May 22 at 11 a.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. The talk celebrates Women in History with the theme “Be Inspired” in honor of NIH’s commitment to EDI 365 and in support of equal opportunities for women to achieve their fullest potential. 

When Taylor joined Essence in 1970, she was the only single mom on staff. As she moved up the editorial ladder, she stressed the importance of enabling female staffers to live their personal lives as fully as their professional lives. Serving as editor-in-chief for 19 years, she helped Essence expand beyond publication with branded products and events such as the Women Who Are Shaping the World Leadership Summit. 

Taylor is the first and only African-American woman recognized by the Magazine Publishers of America, winning the industry’s highest honor— the Henry Johnson Fisher Award. She was also inducted into the American Society of Magazine Editors Hall of Fame. 

In addition to being a gifted writer, speaker and entrepreneur, Taylor is founder and CEO of the National CARES Mentoring Movement, which focuses on emotional, social and academic development. 

The lecture will be available to view live at

Individuals with disabilities who need sign language interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Joy Gaines at (301) 451-9662 or

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