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Essence Magazine Editor Susan L. Taylor to Speak at Moravian College

Editorial Director of Essence Magazine to discuss “Passionate Leadership: From the Inside Out

Bethlehem, Pa., February 13, 2007— Susan L. Taylor, editorial director of Essence Magazine, will speak at Moravian College on Monday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. The lecture is titled “Passionate Leadership: From the Inside Out.” Taylor has been the driving force behind one of the most celebrated African-American owned business success stories of the past three decades. She is the senior editorial executive at Essence Magazine and author of the popular “In the Spirit” column each month.

Taylor's presentation will offer the tools for crafting a vision for one's life and leadership style that is energizing and inspiring. She will demonstrate how passionate and effective leadership begins from within—with self-awareness. She shows how identifying and articulating one's own personal path in life are critical steps in successfully leading others and being authentically respectful of their feelings, values and differences.

A fourth-generation entrepreneur, Taylor was the founder of her own company, Nequai Cosmetics, before becoming Essence's fashion and beauty editor and, in 1981, its editor-in-chief. She has authored three books: In the Spirit: The Inspirational Writings of Susan L. Taylor, Lessons in Living and Confirmation: The Spiritual Wisdom That Has Shaped Our Lives, the latter co-authored with her husband, Khephra Burns. She is a sought-after speaker, delivering inspiring messages of hope and possibility that encourages one to reclaim and reorient lives and society and to create peaceful, productive, sustainable communities.

Taylor is the first African-American woman to receive the Magazine Publishers of America’s Henry Johnson Fisher Award in 1999.  Other honors include her 2002 induction into the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame and receiving NAACP President Bruce Gordon’s first President’s Award last year.

The presentation is free and open to the public.  Prosser Auditorium is located in the Haupert Union Building at the corner of Locust and Monocacy Streets in Bethlehem, Pa.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.