CAREERS: My Big Break

My turning point was having the privilege to work with Betty

Moodie, my former editor at Glamour. As my first 'real job' out of

Hampshire College, working at Glamour was like getting a Master's degree

in business, journalism, how to speak, how to dress, and how to advance

in communications.

Betty Moodie was tough. She was a warrior with words, had incredible

style and demanded perfection. She expected the same of her editorial

assistants. Back in the late-1970s, we were writing on manual

typewriters at Conde Nast. If we made a typo, no white-out was to be

used on anything going outside the company. Had to start again.

'You can't make a second first impression,' Betty would say from the

master desk in her very chic and very white office overlooking Madison


Betty's attention to detail has stayed with me throughout my career.

From Glamour, I went on to more concentrated writing at House & Garden,

which eventually led to being on the other side of the desk from

editorial as director of media relations at Vorhaus & Company.

Here, Robbie Vorhaus, president and CEO, also believes in flawless

execution and doing the simple tasks perfectly each time. (Just like


Bonni Brodnick is director of media relations at Vorhaus & Co.

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