Online Features Editor, Esquire
Eric entered magazines as a Ben Bagdikian Fellow at Mother Jones in San Francisco. He then made his way east to GQ, where he began in 2010 as the assistant to editor in chief Jim Nelson and left in 2015 as associate editor. He now is online features editor for Esquire, for which he attempts to create the same sort of rich storytelling—and accompanying lush visuals—in the digital space that are traditionally the purview of print magazines. He and Jeff Sharlet, a writer with whom he works, won the 2015 National Magazine Award for Reporting for a story about the crackdown on gay culture in Russia.
Associate Editor, Beauty + Style, SELF
Alexandra is an associate editor at SELF magazine working on the SELF Image section as well as the fashion and beauty features. Previously she was the assistant to the editor in chief at SELF as well as an editorial assistant at Cosmopolitan and intern at Esquire and Sports Illustrated. She graduated from Marquette University with degrees in journalism and political science.
Freelance Editor, Editor, Digital Content Strategist
Samantha Lefave is a full-time freelance writer, editor and digital content strategist covering fitness, health, nutrition, relationships, family, and travel. She contributes regularly to outlets like SELF, Shape, FITNESS, Women's Health, Redbook, DailyBurn, and Departures. Samantha started her career as a 2010 ASME intern at Fitness, and after graduating with degrees in journalism and creative writing from Oswego State, worked on the editorial, web and social media teams for the same publication for four years. She became the web editor at Redbook in early 2015, where she managed features content covering everything from fashion and beauty to health, sex, and relationships. In 2016, Samantha transitioned to freelance work full-time, and now you can find her 'gramming her favorite travel spots and fitness finds, working a Friends quote into every conversation, or trying to convince Kristen Bell to re-tweet her—of which she has been successful once.
Image Content, Licensing, and Sales Manager, Art & Archive Development, Condé Nast
Becky Mickel is the Image Content, Licensing and Sales Manager for Condé Nast's Art & Archive Development team, where she consults the publisher's iconic brands, including Vanity Fair, Vogue, The New Yorker and Bon Appétit, on how to monetize their expansive photo archives through product launches, events, auctions, and one-off printing. Formerly, Becky was the associate editor at Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, where she covered etiquette, planning, real weddings and registry—all while sampling cake and other treats (which she also reported on). A longtime devotee of the Martha Stewart brand, Becky first joined the team as the Martha Stewart Living ASME editorial intern in 2012. After graduating with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia the following year, the Louisiana native moved to Charleston, South Carolina to work for an event design firm. In October 2013, Becky traded in the south-eastern shore for bustling New York City and found a home away from home in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Associate Editor, Fast Company
Laynie is an associate editor at Fast Company, where she works on FOB stories about innovative people and game-changing businesses. Prior to joining Fast Company in January 2016, she spent three years at More magazine, where she started as an editorial assistant shortly after graduating from the University of Georgia. As an undergrad, Laynie was an ASME editorial intern at Money and editor of UGA's official student-produced magazine, Ugazine. She and her magazine-obsessed roommates live on the Upper East Side, where they can be found watching House Hunters and staring longingly at puppies in Carl Schurz Park.
Associate Travel Editor, Departures
Libby Sile is the associate travel editor at Departures, American Express' luxury lifestyle magazine, where she writes and edits stories on destinations, hotels and fine dining—near and far. She is also a freelance writer, editor and copywriter, and her work has appeared in Esquire, Parenting, Inc., and more. Before Departures, Libby was an editorial assistant at Esquire, where she edited the magazine's Politics Blog with Charles P. Pierce, and she was a 2010 ASME intern at Reader's Digest. She has degrees in journalism and political science from Ithaca College, where she edited the college's student newspaper and created a narrative nonfiction magazine.