Essence and InStyle
As executive editor of Time Inc. magazines Essence and InStyle, Jacklyn Monk oversees the research, copy, and production departments at both publications. She joined Essence in 2015 and InStyle in 2017 after 15 years at Time Inc.'s Real Simple, with more than 10 of those years as deputy managing editor.
Monk is renowned for her excellent team-management skills: her ability to transform flawed workflows into strong ones, improve workplace culture, implement effective systems, and balance multiple projects at once. At Real Simple, she successfully managed editorial operations as well as finances, never missing a deadline or going over budget. There, she gradually shifted processes to meet increased demands for digital, while also overseeing production for more than a dozen Real Simple books. Within just one year of joining Essence, Monk implemented a new, streamlined workflow process for print and oversaw production of two Essence books.
Her leadership experience goes well beyond her days at Real Simple. Prior to that, she was the managing editor of Spin Media's VIBE magazine. For several years earlier in her career, she held beauty-editing posts at RFP Corp.'s Bridal Guide Magazine and New Woman.