More magazine celebrates women of style and substance. We are the leading voice for the woman who lives in a state of constant possibility.

 

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Meet the More Staff

 

 

 

 Lesley Jane Seymour, Editor-in-Chief

 

What I like MORE about myself now: I’m MORE confident.

 

What MORE I can’t wait to accomplish: A way to outsmart the squirrels who are watching me plant my bulbs, then dig them up as soon as I leave. I am a brand-new gardener who's planning a TV show called Are You Smarter Than a Squirrel? The answer so far is no.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Lesley Kennedy, MORE.com Reporter

 

What I like MORE about myself now: Being older means having the confidence and experience to be a better mom to two perfect little girls, a better wife to an incredible man, a better sister and daughter to a fabulous family and the time to develop a career that feels more like fun than work. 

 

What MORE I can’t wait to accomplish: Watching my daughters grow up to be strong, smart, amazing women and being there to help guide them along the way. That would be the best thing ever -- although dropping these last 10 pounds wouldn’t hurt, either.

 

 

 

 

 

 Ilyssa Panitz, MORE.com Celebrity Reporter

 

What I like MORE about myself now:

I'm more comfortable with myself then when I was in my 20s. (Not that being 20 isn't fun. In fact, it was a blast!) When I look around, I love and am proud of what I see. I love what I do for a living. I love my husband, I love being a mom and I love being surrounded by a great family.

 

What MORE I can't wait to accomplish: A lot...
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Melissa Chessher, More.com Contributing Editor

 

What I like MORE about myself now: What I think about me matters more than the opinions of those around me.

 

What MORE I can’t wait to accomplish: A book would be nice. That and a work-free weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole Papantoniou, Assistant Web Editor

 

What I like MORE about myself now: I’m more of a risk taker when it comes to achieving my goals.

 

What MORE I can’t wait to accomplish: I can’t wait to one day be able to eat, cook, write and learn about food all day long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Judith Coyne, Executive Editor

 

What I like MORE about myself now: A quiet confidence in my own judgment.

 

What MORE I can’t wait to accomplish: I want to elect a woman president, develop better abs and visit Moorish Spain and the hilltowns of Italy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Ila Stanger, Managing Editor

 

What I like MORE about myself now: That my sense of humor (and of the absurd) has not deserted me

 

What MORE I can’t wait to accomplish: I know there is MORE I want to see and do and try, but I love not knowing what lies around the next corner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Jennifer Braunschweiger, Deputy Editor

 

What I like MORE about myself now: I’m more goal oriented and focused—and I’ve finally figured out how to fit exercise into my day!

 

What MORE I can’t wait to accomplish: I’m so excited to help my son grow up to be an awesome guy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Nancy Stedman, Deputy Editor, Health

 

What I like MORE about myself now: My eyebrows!

 

What MORE I can’t wait to accomplish: Move to Vermont and raise giant pumpkins and pygmy goats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Genevieve Monsma, Beauty Director

 

What I like MORE about myself now: Skin karma is finally on my side. The extra-oily skin I hated for decades is now keeping deep lines at bay.

 

What MORE I can’t wait to accomplish: Living less by my to-do list—and more moment to moment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nikki Ostasiewski, Associate Beauty Editor

 

What I like MORE about myself now: My decisiveness.

 

What MORE I can’t wait to accomplish: Inner peace, island ownership and learning how to cook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Susan Swimmer, Contributing Fashion Features Editor

 

What I like MORE about myself now: I’m MORE type B, less type A.

 

What MORE I can’t wait to accomplish: I can’t wait to accomplish the reduction of household clutter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebecca MacCurtain, Accessories Editor

 

What I like MORE about myself now: My understanding and acceptance that nothing is perfect, no matter how hard you try.

 

What MORE I can’t wait to accomplish: Undergoing exciting and enriching adventures, whether in my travels or my everyday life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Jennifer Barthole, Fashion Assistant

What I like MORE about myself now: I am MORE confident in my abilities and eager to try new things.
 
What MORE I can’t wait to accomplish: Reaching career goals, traveling, and starting a family!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Nanette Varian, Features Editor

 

What I like MORE about myself now: I’ve stopped smoking and started learning about jazz.

 

What MORE I can’t wait to accomplish: Circumnavigate the island of Manhattan on my bike.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Stephanie von Hirschberg, Features Editor

 

What I like MORE about myself now: My blondish hair; my improved tech skills (I can help a friend solve computer problems); knowing how to prepare a tasty, healthy meal for myself in minutes.

 

What MORE I can’t wait to accomplish: To learn more about medicinal plants, so-called weeds; to live a more sustainable, ecologically sound lifestyle with a composting toilet, my own veggie patch and a community of like-minded friends within walking distance of my house, situated on a beautiful mountainside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Susan Toepfer, Entertainment/Features Editor

 

What I like MORE about myself now: I basically don’t give a shit.

 

What MORE I can’t wait to accomplish: I would like, someday, not to live in the world’s most expensive doghouse. But that would involve actually training my bulldog, which is apparently impossible.

 

 

 

 

 

 Cathleen Medwick, Literary Editor

 

What I like MORE about myself now: At 63, I have (to my surprise) a surplus of energy and curiosity—both of which were in short supply when I was younger.

 

What MORE I can’t wait to accomplish: After I finish the book I’m working on—please let that happen soon—I want to travel to some windswept isle, probably in Scotland. Then I want to come home and just sit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Beth Protomastro, Copy Chief

 

What I like MORE about myself now: I’m MORE likely to know a good thing when I see one!

 

What MORE I can’t wait to accomplish: I hope to find the time to expand my website, OnlineStylebooks.com, which is a service to my profession.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beatrice Hogan, Research Editor

 

What I like MORE about myself now: I’m not afraid to speak up when I see something wrong or someone being mistreated.

 

What MORE I can’t wait to accomplish: I’d like to finish renovations on my Victorian home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debra Bishop, Creative Director

 

What I like MORE about myself now: My courage and confidence.

 

What MORE I can’t wait to accomplish: I can’t wait to accomplish the rest of my life with a better sense of perspective.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Faith Stafford, Art Assistant

 

What I like MORE about myself now: My height.

 

What MORE I can’t wait to accomplish: To learn to screen-print and letterpress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Anna Varjian, Editorial Business Analyst

 

What I like MORE about myself now: I don’t stress out about every little thing anymore, because there are MORE important things to worry about, such as my son.

 

What MORE I can’t wait to accomplish: I want to be able to run a 5K by the end of the year.

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