4 Questions for #WomenHeard Panelist Amy Conway
Editor in Chief, Health
Amy Conway was named Editor in Chief of Health, a Meredith brand, in June 2018. In addition to being a longtime lifestyle editor and brand builder, Amy—a marathon runner—brings personal passion to the role.
Previously, Amy held senior positions on several Martha Stewart brands, including Editor in Chief of Martha Stewart Weddings, Executive Editor of Martha Stewart Living, and editor of several best-selling cookbooks.She has also contributed to Consumer Reports, Marie Claire, Reader’s Digest, and Zagat guides, among other publications.
Whatever the topic, she specializes in bringing inspiring and useful content to readers to help enhance their lives, one idea at a time.
Amy lives in Westchester County, New York, with her family, two cats, and a pug.
1. What is some advice you can offer women looking to re-enter the workforce, and how can they prepare to make themselves stand out?
Be positive and believe in yourself! Don’t compare yourself or your journey to anyone else’s. Make a list of your skills, accomplishments, and talents—whether in the workplace or not—and own them! Look at the value that you can bring to a job and practice communicating about yourself in a way that shows off confidence.
2. What do you love most about the communications industry, and what is it that made you want to pursue it as a career?
The industry has evolved a lot since I started my career, my one thing remains constant: I am always learning. As a content creator, I feel so fortunate to be able to delve into topics I find fascinating, share the results with others, and maybe even make a difference in some lives.
3. What has been the greatest influence throughout your life, and how has this influenced you?
I worked for Martha Stewart’s brands for many years, and this icon influenced my life and work in many ways: From her I learned the value of paying close attention to detail, appreciating beauty in the everyday, and the importance of getting things right.
4. Is there a particular book or film you’ve recently read or seen that has made an impression on you? Why?
Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
This handbook for doing “brave work” encourages empathy, courage, and connection—something we all need more of in our lives!