Jo Elvin

Editor of the market-leading GLAMOUR magazine Jo Elvin knows better than most the characteristics and tools required for success;  from ambitious young world-traveller to one of the most successful magazine editors in the UK, Jo is the perfect example of where persistence can get you, motivating audiences with her passion for publishing as an inspirational keynote speaker.

Now the award-winning editor of the marketing-leading GLAMOUR magazine, Jo Elvin is an inspirational keynote speaker, who knows better than most the characteristics and tools required for success.

It all began for Jo as a teenager in Australia, staring up at the posters on her bedroom wall and thinking magazine publishing would be a good way to meet pop stars. Working as a junior writer on teen mag Dolly, it was confirmed that she possessed the journalistic flair to match her vast aspirations.

An engaging, positive, and inspiring speaker. She offered a unique perspective coming from an industry outside of financial services.

Following a brief stint as a publicist for iconic soap Neighbours, where she gained access to the national press, Jo realised that her future lay in publishing and, in 1992, headed to London for her first job as deputy editor on TV HITS magazine: it was a natural fit.

Things really kicked off after becoming editor of Sugar, the first ‘glossy’ for teenagers, which ultimately changing the face of teenage magazines in the UK. In 1997, she launched B, achieving sales of 220,000 a month, and was consequently appointed as editor of New Woman, where she also increased sales significantly.

On a roll, Jo’s talents took her to the door of Conde Nast’s Glamour; under her editorship, the trailblazing publication was launched as the first ever ‘handbag size’ glossy magazine, which resulted in copies of its revolutionary format becoming available in several other markets, including the broadsheet press. After the initial launch, an extra 50,000 were printed to keep up with demand.

A decade later, Glamour is still the market leader.

Jo’s career has garnered her handfuls of awards, including the coveted BSME award for Editor’s Editor of the Year, and she has appeared on GMTV, Great British Hairdresser, The Apprentice You’re Fired and Gok Wan’s Miss Naked Beauty.

Her writing has been published in many newspapers including The Independent, The Evening Standard and The Observer.

A pioneer of glossy pages and in tune with the impact of digital, Jo is exemplary of the power of persistence, enabling her to inspire everyone from those just starting out to established industry leaders.

Her speaking topics include:

- Media in a digital age

- Power of persistence; personal journey

For further information or to book Jo Elvin, call us at Speakers Corner on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email

What people said about Jo Elvin

Jo was an extremely professional and inspirational speaker. Our students really connected with her and her story.
Queen Anne's School
Whilst her career was very different to the audience (being lawyers and accountants), Jo's story really resonated with us.
Rollings Butt

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