Women’s Day Inspiration: Noa Nichol

Women’s Day Interview with Noa Nichol, Editor-In-Chief of Vita Daily
– A graduate of Ryerson Journalism, Noa is an extremely talented editor who has known since she was a little girl that she wanted to work on a newspaper or magazine. With a young entrepreneurial spirit, she published her own magazine and delivered them to neighbours. When she’s not writing or planning the next issue of VITA, she takes part in yoga and looks after her young daughter.

International Women’s Day was created in the early 1900s as a way to celebrate the accomplishments of women. Today we are honoured to share with you women who inspire us in the Arts, Media, and Community. Because it’s not just the future that is female, it’s right here, in the present.

How does Vita Daily empower women?
Vita Daily and VITA is ALL about and ALL for women (sorry guys). It’s taken on my own voice in a big way, and that voice is, I hope, a powerful, feminine one.
How do power and femininity help you as Editor-In-Chief?
I’d say they are useful qualities as a woman entrepreneur (I’m also publisher, in addition to editor, of Vita Daily Media Inc.). Power in that I am the ruler of my own destiny as someone running her own business; femininity in that, if I were out of touch with myself as a woman, I’m not sure I’d be able to do what I do. For me, being a woman – and a female business owner – is unique in that I can be emotional about what I do. I don’t have to pretend that things don’t matter to me, or be aloof about daily business matters.
What are the current challenges for women in your industry? How do you overcome them?
I actually think women in media have it better than ever. With the Internet and influencer culture, especially, there are more opportunities than ever for us to be content creators and get our voices out there. I think the pay thing might still be off, but I know a whole lot of women who are doing their own thing, making their own money and setting their own rules – and that’s a great thing!
How do you create a supportive environment for yourself and your team?
I actually work solo most of the time, but I have a huge team of freelancers who I mostly keep in touch with via email. I encourage them to pitch me their unique content and story ideas, and to provide a place for them to flex their creative muscles.
Who has been your greatest influence/mentor in your life?
All of the former female editor-in-chiefs I’ve worked for and with.
What are you most proud of doing/accomplishing?
Launching VITA print four years (and 41 issues) ago and then taking it on as my own nearly two years ago. Also, my daughter – my greatest challenge and greatest accomplishment to date.
In regards to your daughter, how do you teach her the importance of self-worth, independence, inner beauty, and so on?
Sometimes I feel guilty about working so hard/much to run my own business. I feel bad about putting her in day care, instead of having her stay home all day with me. I feel horrible going away on work/press trips. But then I remember that she is watching her mom doing something she loves, working hard to make it, well, work. For me, these are important qualities to pass down to my daughter.

~ Carol Liu, Marketing Coordinator

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