"Work hard, innovate, move with change..." How Kerrie McCallum got to the top of the magazine industry
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Kerrie McCallum has just been appointed Editor-in-chief of Sunday magazine, a role she will take up in October. Originally a journalist, Kerrie has written for a number of Australian magazines and newspapers, including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, The Australian and The Sydney Morning Herald. In 2009 Kerrie launched InStyle's Women of Style awards to celebrate Australia's most inspiring female talent across a range of disciplines. Kerrie is also a mother.
Growing up, what kind of career did you want to pursue?
Archaeologist/hairdresser/policewoman…. Then journalist!
Who is most surprised by your achievements?
Definitely me. I didn’t quite think I’d do everything I have.
How have women helped shape your success to date?
I’ve loved all the editors (all women) I’ve worked for and they’ve given me every opportunity.
Who inspires you?
Who do you regard as your mentor?
All the editors and publishers I’ve worked for I still regard as mentors in different ways.
What qualities do you most admire in a female colleague?
Honesty, commitment, creativity, open to change and willing to do what it takes to get the best result.
You are a role model for women, how do you think you can assist in their success?
Ensuring you never hold someone back, even if the end result doesn’t serve your purpose.
What is the best path to success in your field of endeavor?
Work hard, innovate, move with change, and remain open-minded at all times.
What’s the key to successfully balancing work and life?
Get help when you need it!
If you had an afternoon to yourself, how would you spend it?
Reading or sleeping
What makes you happy?
Lying in bed with my kids and hubby in the morning.
What brings you sadness?
I try not to think about it!
What personal attributes have you used to overcome adversity in your life?
Determination and positivity.
What are your career goals from here?
Keep creating great content.
What are your life goals from here?
Make sure my kids (and hubby) grow up safe and happy.