Sunday, June 16, 2019
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
441 John Lewis Freedom Parkway, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30307
The Baton Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum will host a conversation and book signing featuring former Teen Vogue editor-in-chief and award-winning journalist Elaine Welteroth. This program is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
In More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) [Viking Books, 2019], Elaine Welteroth moves beyond the headlines and highlight reels to share the profound lessons she’s learned from being what Shonda Rhimes has eloquently called an FOD: “First, Only, Different.” The book is a deeply personal coming-of-age tale: the story of a young woman reckoning with race, family, friendship, heartbreak, and learning to look inward—and upward—for strength.
As a child in small-town California, Welteroth was always hustling, from using bath time to practice her interview skills to running a salon out of her backyard. But when she looked at the pages of the magazines she loved, she didn’t see people who looked like her. And as she moved forward in her career, entering the hallowed halls of Condé Nast, she often felt the same way looking around the office, the boardroom, or the photo shoot. Working her way up to editor of Teen Vogue, she became, at the time, the youngest ever and only the second Black American to hold that position at Condé Nast— and it catapulted her to the frontlines of change. At a moment of great upheaval in U.S. politics and culture, she helped infuse Teen Vogue with social consciousness–amplifying youth voices on key issues and proving there was more to the selfie generation. As the magazine’s popularity rose, so did Welteroth’s own star. She found herself seated front row at fashion shows, invited to speak on stage with feminist icons, garnering an Instagram following of more than 300,000, and even playing herself on the hit show Blackish. Yet, behind closed doors, she faced the unspoken consequences of being a barrier-breaker of many intersections: the only Black woman in the room and the youngest boss in the office.
Within the pages of More Than Enough, Welteroth explores what it means to come into your own on your own terms. Her story is intimate and inspiring, and brimming with vulnerability, humor, and hard-earned wisdom—it is much more than a memoir. More Than Enough is a fascinating exploration of race, identity, power, ambition, and love; an honest portrait of what success really looks like; and a moving affirmation for anyone who’s ever been told “no”—and didn’t listen.
About the Author
Elaine Welteroth is an award-winning journalist and judge on the new Project Runway and was most recently editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue. She was the youngest person ever appointed editor-in-chief in 2017, and the first Black American to ever hold the post of beauty and health director at a Condé Nast publication in 2012. Prior to Teen Vogue, she was the senior beauty editor at Glamour and the beauty and style editor at Ebony.
About the Interviewer
Writer and producer of over 300 episodes of television, Mara Brock Akil has left her mark on Hollywood. Beginning her career as a writer on series such as South Central, Moesha, and The Jamie Foxx Show, Akil quickly rose in the ranks proving herself to be both a pivotal voice in storytelling, as well as an incredibly talented producer. Following her work on those shows, Akil went on to create the seminal television series Girlfriends in 2000. Also during that time, Akil developed the spin-off series The Game, which premiered in 2006. In 2013, she developed her first one-hour drama, Being Mary Jane, which debuted to over 4 million viewers. In 2016 her company, Akil Productions, moved to Warner Bros. Since making the move, she and the company have been busy and, in 2018, launched 2 new series – Black Lightning, which premiered in January on The CW, and Love Is__, which debuted on OWN in June.
Beyond her work as a writer and producer, Akil has consistently been recognized by her peers as a leader in the industry. This year, Akil was honored with the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award by NATPE for exhibiting extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision through her work, as well as for her contributions to the medium of television as a content creator. In 2013, she received Essence magazine’s Visionary Award during their annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, as well as being recognized as an honoree during that year’s Black Girls Rock Awards. Additionally, Akil has been named to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter’s Showrunner Power List multiple times, and has made The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power100 for the past 3 years and running.
Akil’s impact transcends entertainment as she dedicates a great deal of time to philanthropic efforts. She held leadership roles and contributed to LAXArt, The Underground Museum, The Samburu Project, Dance Theatre of Harlem and The Studio Museum of Harlem. In 2014, Girls, Inc. honored Akil for her work inspiring and advocating for girls everywhere. Additionally, she serves on several boards, including the advisory board for the Humanitas Prize, WGA West’s Board of Directors, and Northwestern University’s School of Communication National Advisory Council. In the Fall of 2017, Northwestern honored Akil for the positive impact she has made in television and film by presenting her with their prestigious Medill Alumni Award and inducting her into the Medill Hall of Achievement.
Akil currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.
NOTE: Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission to the event will close once seating capacity is reached.
Registration is closed for this event.