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August 6, 2020 – Beginning nearly 10 years ago, Bold Magazine, one of two crown jewel properties of Bold Holdings, LLC (formerly Bold Media, Inc.) has covered women’s sports, business, media, and fashion. Having switched solely to plus size news and information in 2014, CEO Christopher Salute showed he was ready to take the leap as a straight, white, cisgender, male in a new and highly diverse space… a leap that was not without challenges. In 2017 and 2018, Salute presented all over the country and worked with some of the nation’s leading body positivity and plus activists. Now, in 2020, Bold has expanded to own multiple magazines, a Brand Management Company, radio shows, microblogs and more.
A New Voice
Being a Self-Acceptance Champion hasn’t always been Janet Conroy-Quirk’s primary job. A Social Worker by trade (Janet is an MSW), she graduated from Fordham University at Rose Hill with a BA in Communications. Conroy-Quirk then began a career in social services and obtained her MSW degree from Hunter College. Throughout her social work career in NYC, she served populations ranging from the homeless to older adults. She then transitioned into acting, and strongly believes that the two contrasting careers have a lot in common. She feels that every story heard and person met in her social work career helped her to understand life experiences and bring genuine emotion to her performances. She now uses her creative approach and advocacy skills as the new leader at Bold Magazine.
Conroy-Quirk began her relationship with Bold Magazine as a consumer and reader. Previously, a freelance writer focusing on the topics of Fat Acceptance and Size Diversity, she was also doing great work with the non-profit organization, “Realize Your Beauty.” Before attending Bold’s very first “Love Yourself Weekend” in Times Square in 2019, Conroy-Quirk was challenging fat stereotypes through appearances in off and off-off Broadway productions as well as feature films and documentaries. Bold and Conroy-Quirk were immediately drawn to one another and she began writing consistently for the magazine.
A Bold Vision
When it comes to the vision of a true body positive society, Janet Conroy-Quirk was a bold decision that didn’t need a second thought. Bold Holdings CEO, Christopher Salute, voiced his excitement at the hiring, “This wasn’t even a choice,” he says. “[Janet] is the only person who has the skills, passion, and energy to take Bold Magazine to where it needs to go.” Conroy-Quirk herself also expressed her own excitement. She says:
This position is a perfect mix of all of my passions – the power of words; the importance of advocacy; and the sharing of stories that highlight why each one of us is us. I love knowing that people are looking to our content to see themselves represented, and that they are celebrating the plus/fat world with us. Every day is a new experience and a new lesson. I’m now one of those people who can’t wait to start work every day.
The enthusiasm on both sides highlights the mutual devotion to the shared dream of Salute and Conroy-Quirk, two up and coming powerful voices for the plus-sized community.
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Dr. Christopher Salute, MBA, Ph.D.
CEO, Bold Holdings, LLC