On May 1, NATIONAL’s Toronto office welcomed Canadian fashion icon Jeanne Beker to a session of its Bold Thinking Speaker Series.
A household name best known for her hosting role on Fashion Television, Jeanne Beker has spent decades helping Canadians better understand the fashion and broader cultural movements.
Jeanne was changing the face of television even before Fashion Television. As host of The New Music, the program adopted a much more informal approach to interviewing rock stars, including one interview with a member of The Police from a bathtub! This was before even MTV began to tap into new ways of approaching music entertainment.
While Jeanne’s contribution to the fashion industry is legendary, she is also renowned for her charitable and community work. She is a recipient of the Variety Club Diamond Award for her fundraising, a former Honourary Chair of Fashion Cares, and is involved with Gilda’s Club of Toronto. Not surprisingly, she has been named as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women.
During her discussion, Ms. Beker spoke about taking chances. She encouraged all the staff members to not be afraid of jumping off the cliff to pursue their dreams. She also tracked cultural and media trends through her years in the journalism industry.
Throughout her fabled career, Jeanne has had a huge impact in the worlds of art, entertainment, fashion, journalism and literature.
Both Ms. Beker and the Toronto team looked especially fabulous for the event!