“And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong and full of fire and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”
– Mark Anthony
Welcome to the July Women in Business issue of The VOICE. I was encouraged to share my own story for this issue as it resonates with this theme. Becoming publisher of a magazine had been a far off fantasy of mine for a number of years. A dear friend would listen to me for hours when I would call him up and go over a list of ideas as to how a magazine should look, from the content to the creative layout, that would be appealing to the community.
Several years ago, I called my good friend who was the editor in chief of The VOICE at the time and asked her if there was anything I could help with. She quickly replied, “I will be right over,” and speedily arrived with a bottle of champagne. I prepared a plate of cheese and crackers and we proceeded to chat about the possibilities. “Why don’t you write a column for us?” she said. I thought about it and asked, “About what?” Her reply was, “Anything you want!” So I did and it was thrilling. Sometime after that, I received a message from the owner requesting a meeting. The offer to buy the magazine and become publisher was put on the table and it took me a nanosecond to say look no further. I’m all in.
It is an honor to have such a powerful platform to showcase our beautiful community and make a difference with our editorial content. Each month we provide intriguing insight into different types of businesses, nonprofits and the goings-on around town. We want our loyal supporters – readers and advertisers who are local, national and international – to feel exhilarated when they see our publication delivered to their doorstep. We are grateful for that exhilaration and devotion and without it, we cannot do what we do so well, provide (release) The VOICE of Louisville to you each month.
Janice Carter Levitch Humphrey