LOVE FEST: On Wednesday night, Self magazine hosted a dinner for its annual awards recognizing philanthropic work. Lucy Danziger, the editor in chief, was one of the first speakers. She introduced the awards, and also took her time at the podium to tell Condé Nast president Bob Sauerberg, seated directly across from her, she really, really loves working at Condé.
“I have to say there is somebody in the house who also needs a shout-out and that is Bob,” she said. “None of us would be here but for the great leadership at the top of this corporation.”
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She did not seem to run out of effusive praise for her employers of more than a decade.
It was the 12th anniversary of Sept. 11, and after a day of moving tributes, she had gotten to thinking about the small ways people honor their country. Personally, she felt proud Condé was doing its part too.
“I am so proud we’re going to be in that tower,” she said referring to the One World Trade development, where the company will move in 2015. “Because we symbolize the best of this city, this country, this age.”
Danziger has been editor in chief of Self since 2001, and after that long a tenure, it figures an editor would want to reflect on her legacy.
But Danziger emphasized she still has more work to do. Referring to her daughter, she said, “I never say to her, ‘I have to go to work.’ It’s not a sentence I’ve ever uttered to my children. I say, ‘I want to go to work.’ I feel so lucky to do what I do every single day.”
Danziger acknowledged her corporate enthusiasm might appear too transparent, but she pressed on anyway. It was the heroic women in the room who inspired her so, she said.
“I don’t like to tell that to people so often. When your boss is in the room, don’t say things like, ‘I could work for free.’ You really do need that paycheck. But, every single day, I think about tonight, and I would absolutely go to work for free because I’m so privileged to shine a light on the work you all do.”
The awards, called Women Doing Good and on their sixth year, later went on to a number of activists and philanthropists, like Shakira, Katie Lowes of TV’s “Scandal” and Padma Lakshmi, who delivered an emotional speech about her foundation.