5 Mins With Stephanie Kaplan, an Inc '30 Under 30 Coolest Young Entrepreneur'
Stephanie Kaplan is CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus, the #1 online community for college women, written entirely by the nation’s top college journalists with 3,000+ contributors and counting.
Stephanie has grown Her Campus to over 1.4 million monthly users with chapters at 200+ colleges nationwide and has formed content partnerships with Seventeen magazine, SELF magazine and The Huffington Post, among others.
Stephanie is a 2010 graduate of Harvard University where she majored in Psychology and minored in Economics. Stephanie spent the summer of 2009 as an American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) intern at SELF magazine at Condé Nast Publications, and during the summer of 2008 as a Features Intern at Seventeen magazine at the Hearst Corporation.
Stephanie has been admitted to Harvard Business School via the 2+2 Program. Stephanie was named in Business Week’s 25 Under 25 Best Young Entrepreneurs, Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Coolest Young Entrepreneurs, Glamour Magazine’s 20 Amazing Young Women and The Boston Globe’s 25 Most Stylish Bostonians.
Estelle spoke to Stephanie about how it all began; what she loves most about her job; and her advice for women who want to work in the media.
EA-K: Did you encounter any obstacles when you first started Her Campus?
SK: We were full-time students at Harvard at the time, balancing full course loads, extracurriculars and on-campus jobs with starting a business, so time management was definitely a challenge! Also none of us had ever taken a business course since Harvard doesn’t offer them, so we had a ton to learn.
EA-K: How has Her Campus evolved over the past few years?
Since its launch, Her Campus has grown from a chapter at one college to chapters at over 200 colleges, to over 1.4 million monthly users; from a team of three to a team of over three thousand contributors.
We’ve launched additional platforms including a job board, nightly email newsletters, annual conferences, College Fashion Week, and more.
EA-K: Did you always know that you wanted to work within the media industry?
SK: I was always interested in journalism and media but growing up I never would have thought that I would be starting my own business.
EA-K: What does a typical day at work look like for you?
SK: Every day is different! I might be meeting with our Senior Editor or Director of Campus Development about the projects they’re working on, editing content, working on contracts with advertisers, planning our annual conference, brainstorming article ideas and much more!
EA-K: What do you love most about your job?
SK: I love getting to work with such an amazing, talented, and hardworking group of women, both in terms of my co-workers as well as the college women who make up our entire team across the country and overseas.
EA-K: Do you have any advice to give to young women who want to work within the media industry?
Get as much experience and as many clips as you can so that you have a strong application when it comes time to apply for jobs and internships and network as much as possible and keep in touch with the people you meet!
EA-K: Is there anything that you would like to tell young female entrepreneurs who want to create their own start-ups?
SK: Find co-founders whose skills complement your own and who you work well with, and get started as soon as possible!
Born and raised in Mauritius, a small island off the coast of Africa, Estelle Ah-Kiow is currently based in Mississauga, Canada. She is a writer at Swiggtalk.com and a member of PLAN Canada's Because I am a Girl Speakers Bureau. A student at the University of Toronto, Estelle has been recognized with local, national and international awards for her writing and social justice advocacy.
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