Elaine Welteroth: More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are

Event date: 
Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

The Baton Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum will host a conversation and book signing featuring former Teen Vogue editor-in-chief and award-winning journalist Elaine Welteroth. This program is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Charis will provide books for sale for the signing after the event.

In More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) [Viking Books, 2019], Elaine Welteroth moves beyond the headlines and highlight reels to share the profound lessons she’s learned from being what Shonda Rhimes has eloquently called an FOD: “First, Only, Different.” The book is a deeply personal coming-of-age tale: the story of a young woman reckoning with race, family, friendship, heartbreak, and learning to look inward—and upward—for strength.

As a child in small-town California, Welteroth was always hustling, from using bath time to practice her interview skills to running a salon out of her backyard. But when she looked at the pages of the magazines she loved, she didn’t see people who looked like her. And as she moved forward in her career, entering the hallowed halls of Condé Nast, she often felt the same way looking around the office, the boardroom, or the photo shoot. Working her way up to editor of Teen Vogue, she became, at the time, the youngest ever and only the second Black American to hold that position at Condé Nast— and it catapulted her to the frontlines of change. At a moment of great upheaval in U.S. politics and culture, she helped infuse Teen Vogue with social consciousness–amplifying youth voices on key issues and proving there was more to the selfie generation. As the magazine’s popularity rose, so did Welteroth’s own star. She found herself seated front row at fashion shows, invited to speak on stage with feminist icons, garnering an Instagram following of more than 300,000, and even playing herself on the hit show Blackish. Yet, behind closed doors, she faced the unspoken consequences of being a barrier-breaker of many intersections: the only Black woman in the room and the youngest boss in the office.

Within the pages of More Than Enough, Welteroth explores what it means to come into your own on your own terms. Her story is intimate and inspiring, and brimming with vulnerability, humor, and hard-earned wisdom—it is much more than a memoir. More Than Enough is a fascinating exploration of race, identity, power, ambition, and love; an honest portrait of what success really looks like; and a moving affirmation for anyone who’s ever been told “no”—and didn’t listen.

About the Author

Elaine Welteroth is an award-winning journalist and judge on the new Project Runway and was most recently editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue. She was the youngest person ever appointed editor-in-chief in 2017, and the first Black American to ever hold the post of beauty and health director at a Condé Nast publication in 2012. Prior to Teen Vogue, she was the senior beauty editor at Glamour and the beauty and style editor at Ebony.

NOTE: Registration does not guarantee a seat. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Admission to the event will close once seating capacity is reached. Register Here.

Event address: 
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
441 John Lewis Freedom Parkway, NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) Cover Image
$23.40
ISBN: 9780525561583
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking - June 11th, 2019

“Elaine gifts us all with a beautifully intimate and powerful retelling of her ever-unfolding journey. In sharing her joys, pitfalls, adventures, self-doubt, and successes, she reminds us that through uncovering and discovering the many facets of ourselves, we are more than enough.”
—Yara Shahidi