Susie Forbes, Guest of Honour at Sexey’s School’s annual Speech Day, treated the secondary school students, staff, governors and parents to an expos of the world of magazine editorial, providing them with her secrets to success.
Drawing on her experience of meeting and greeting the rich and famous through her career at ELLE and Vogue, Susie spoke of her life learnings – of the importance of building a career in what you love, and of networking and building contacts.
She advised Sexey’s students – and all young people – to “get ahead by being diplomatic, curious, decent, problem-solving grafters” as these are the individuals who will make the greatest success of their lives and careers, rather than those who expect the world to hand them opportunity on a plate.
Speech Day also proved an opportunity to celebrate the success of Sexeians past and present, with all prizes awarded to students by Susie Forbes.
Susie Forbes, the Principal of the Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design has spent over 25 years working in the fashion and media industries. Having started her career in the fashion department at ELLE, Susie joined British Vogue in 1995 as Editor-at -Large, and became Fashion Features Editor in 1998, Senior Editor the following year, and in 2001 was promoted to Deputy Editor, working alongside Alexandra Shulman. She was appointed as the founding Editor of Easy Living in 2004, a position she held until taking up the post of Principal of the Condé Nast College in September 2011. Susie divides her time between London and Somerset, is married to leather goods designer Bill Amberg and has three teenage daughters.
Commenting, Mr Irfan Latif, Headmaster at Sexey’s School said, “We thank Susie for taking the time from her busy schedule to come and share Speech Day with us, and particularly for her vital words on the value of hard work and persistent curiosity. We aim to teach our students to embrace and make their own opportunities and Susie’s words were an excellent reinforcement of the importance of that.”