Lavinel Savu

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Media executive Lavinel Savu, in brief.

September 2, 2021
2 minutes
Lavinel Savu

Home: NYC.  Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY.  Title: Executive Managing Editor, InStyle and REAL SIMPLE.  Preferred pronouns: He/Him/His.  Alma mater: Columbia University; NYU.  Languages spoken: English, French, Italian, Romanian, Serbian.

Current project: Spearheading InStyle’s pledge to support Black-owned businesses and designers, committing 15 percent of the magazine’s editorial coverage to Black-owned brands and amplifying Black creatives and spotlighting voices of Black experts, stylists and artists to avoid incorrect attribution and appropriation. Latest contribution to others: Teaching media management, leadership and finance courses at the NYU SPS's Center for Publishing.  Recent unique acquisition: An Andy Warhol polaroid of Martha Graham that I gave my partner as an anniversary gift.

How do you define an ideal business relationship: The whole should be greater than the sum of its parts.  What is your greatest joy? Seeing my daughters laugh.  What is at the top of your bucket list? Taking my kids to Serbia to visit my parents' hometowns where I spend much of my childhood. Taking them to Disney World is a close second.

What three emojis best describe you? 🤹🤓📈.

Who has had the greatest influence on your life? My maternal grandmother Florica.  Whose work has had the greatest influence on your career? Andy Warhol, especially his work on Interview magazine.  What is the best advice you received growing up? Follow your passions.  What is the best advice you received in your career? Be quick and nimble.  

What change are you working on to effect in your profession/field? Fostering an inclusive culture that celebrates diversity so that everyone can have a sense of worth and belonging regardless of their background.  What widely-held belief do you reject? That people are either right-brained or left-brained.  What mega-trend most excites you? E-mobility.

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? Almost Famous.  What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Dylan McDermott.  As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? An astronomer.

Personal mission: To inspire others to be more than they thought they could be.  Personal motto: Don't be busy. Be productive.  Favorite quote: I became a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world (Henry Luce).

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