Background Image

News & Events


Essence Magazine Editor-in-chief Susan Taylor To Speak At Clarkson University March 3

[A photo of Susan Taylor for newspaper use is available at]

POTSDAM, N.Y. -- Susan L. Taylor, editor-in-chief of Essence magazine and senior vice-president of Essence Communications Inc. (ECI), will speak at Clarkson University’s Snell Auditorium Friday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m.  Her appearance is part of “The Essence of Life,” a simultaneous celebration of Black History Month and Women’s History Month.Susan L. Taylor

Doors to Snell Auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m.  At 7 p.m., noted storyteller and Buffalo educator Karima Amin will perform “Preserving our History: Tellin’ Our Stories.”  Amin has worked in the Buffalo Public Schools system for 24 years, and has been a professional storyteller for more than 15 years. She is one of the founding members of Spin-A-Story Tellers of Western New York, a group that promotes the art of storytelling in that region.  The evening’s events are free and open to the public.

Taylor will offer a program to the general public on Friday concerning entrepreneurship and how to achieve success and spiritual health. Following her presentation, Taylor will sign copies of her books

– the best-seller In the Spirit and Lessons in Living— and Confirmation: The Spiritual Wisdom That Has Shaped Our Lives, which she co-authored with her husband, Khephra Burns.

Taylor will also be the keynote speaker for the “Leaders in the New Millennium” conference for Clarkson students on Saturday, March 4.

Through her monthly column, “In the Spirit,” her numerous public appearances and extensive international travel, Taylor has become an inspiration to millions of people who see her as a living symbol of the award-winning magazine and the positive aspects of the African-American community it promotes.

Taylor became the magazine’s beauty editor in 1971 after the successful launch of her customized cosmetics and natural skin care products the year before. In 1972, her position at Essence was expanded to include fashion.

Since becoming editor-in-chief in 1981, Taylor has guided Essence through a period of phenomenal growth, making it the largest and most highly regarded magazine for black women in the world with a monthly readership of more than eight million people, a third of whom are men.  In 1986, she was named vice president of ECI, and was promoted to senior vice president in 1993.

In addition to serving as the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Taylor is the executive producer of the Essence Awards, which honors and celebrates the accomplishments of distinguished African-Americans and is televised annually on Fox.  She serves in a similar capacity for the annual Essence Music Festival, which brings chart-topping performers and nearly 200,000 people to the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans over the July 4th holiday each year.  Besides overseeing show production, she also produces the popular Empowerment Seminars, which bring together information and inspirational speakers to address issues of importance to African-Americans.

As a member of the board of directors of ECI, Taylor oversees the company’s many ventures including Essence Books, the Essence By Mail, Essence Eyewear and Hosiery, Essence Butterick Patterns and the Essence Entertainment and travel division.

Taylor is a graduate of Fordham University and is a graduate student at Union Theological Seminary.  She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the American Society of Magazine Editors and Women in Communications.  Taylor is the recipient of numerous awards and citations as well as honorary degrees from Lincoln University, the nation’s first college for African-Americans, and Spellman College.

“The Essence of Life” is hosted by Students Proposing to Engineer Cultural and Thorough Relations Uniting the Minority and Majority (SPECTRUMM), the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).

Taylor’s appearance is made possible by the generous contributions of the Alcoa Foundation, Corning Incorporated Foundation, Eastman-Kodak Company, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, IBM and the Clarkson Offices of Clarkson Union Board (CUB), Clarkson University Senate Association (CUSA), Pipeline of Educational Programs (PEP), Student Activities Student Affairs, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Women’s Programs.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

Calendar View the full calendar >>

Full Calendar RSS Feed