Your own story is  so much more powerful  than any story someone else can write for you.  

 Over my two decades in media, including 5 years as Editor-In-Chief of ESSENCE magazine, I’ve had the privilege of learning how to use creativity to help others envision a new future for themselves. It’s a mindset that you’ll master as you check in here daily, listen to my podcast and connect with the EIC Suite community.


We grow exponentially when we realize we have the power to create the life we want, and then act on it.


Vanessa K. De Luca

I am a creative leader, driven by finding innovative ways to tell human-centered stories, guide new conversations, and grow brands.

I recently served as the Editor-in-Chief of ESSENCE magazine. In this role I oversaw the editorial vision and content creation across all platforms, including the magazine, digital, social, video and live experiences.

In addition, I developed editorial concepts for new initiatives including video series and TV partnerships, e-learning platforms, e-commerce and licensing, podcasts and special events.

Prior to this, my background focused on content strategy, planning and writing. I served at publications such as Glamour and Life, designing and executing editorial content strategy.

Above all, my greatest satisfaction comes from storytelling and feeding my insatiable curiosity. As a trusted leader in all of my roles, I can assess the market, ideate new ways to achieve growth, build and cultivate strong teams, and reinvent a brand.

Above all, my greatest satisfaction comes from storytelling and feeding my insatiable curiosity.

An award-winning journalist and co-author of the bestselling beauty and empowerment book, Tyra Banks Beauty Inside & Out, I have been a featured guest on several national television networks, including NBC’s TODAY Show; CBS This Morning; MSNBC’s Morning Joe, AM JOY and PoliticsNation; CNN and more. I have a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

With my new platform, The Editor in Chief, I hope to help others learn the skills they need to write their own future and become editor-in-chief of their own lives.

When I am not immersed in creative initiatives and serving EIC VIPs like YOU, I love discovering new foodie destinations, taking fantasy vacations and enjoying the latest films.



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