You may not be familiar with Carley Fortune if you’re not in the publishing world, but you most likely have heard of all the publications she has played an important role in.
Carley started as an intern at Toronto Life and raised her hand when they needed an Associate Online Editor. Then, she joined The Grid as one of the founding members to launch this beloved Toronto weekly news magazine. A couple of years later, she joined forces with The Globe as the Assistant Editor, and her experiences there eventually led her to the role of Editor in Chief at Chatelaine.
Now, Carley is leading a team of 7 as the Executive Editor at Refinery29 Canada. Her extensive background in publications is very impressive. She is someone never shies away from opportunities- she senses them and she seizes them.
During our conversation, she shares her experiences of building a team from the ground up, opens up about her struggles of finding her identity as a new mom, and talks about her way of getting in touch with herself. Despite all the fear and unknown, Carley is willing to put herself out there for a bigger purpose.
Photography: Vai Yu Law
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“I think there is a trend of being open and telling our stories on social media, which sometimes to me feels a little performative too. I don’t post much about being a mom on social… I didn’t want to have to capture our relationship and perform it for social media. (That’s) part of life I’d prefer to keep it private and not have to put it out there...People do share in a way that is authentic to themselves. I just don’t want to have to figure it out what that would mean for me.” - Carley Fortune