Behind the brand: Jennifer Handt

Happy Birthday to our amazingly talented Editorial Director, Jennifer!

Amidst the craziness of building this brand, we've realized (the hard way sometimes) that we cannot do it all, and have had to reel in the experts to take over, doing what they do best.  

Last year we were fortunate enough to cross paths with one of those experts: Jennifer. Jennifer's initial pitch to us brought tears to both of our eyes. She had magically captured Dudley Stephens, quite possibly better than we ever could have, on paper.

Jennifer has brought so much to the table for Dudley Stephens, namely our beloved tagline/hashtag: #howdoyoududley, and many, many other stories that exist on our blog and social media channels today. With a sharp sense of humor and down-to-earth quality, she truly is a one of a kind friend, co-worker, and writer. Read more about Jennifer below and send her a Happy Birthday message on our Instagram post today.

Meet Jennifer Handt: DS Editorial Director

Dudley day-in-my-life: All things editorial! I am constantly brainstorming how to tell the Dudley Stephens story in creative ways that our community will find relatable. 

Personal style muses: 1970s-era Jackie O, Katharine Hepburn, Diane Keaton in Annie Hall

Pinch-me moment: Meeting my forever idol James Taylor after one of his concerts (I’ve been to five)! 

Secret superpower: Friends call me Dr. Handt because I’m fascinated by medicine and have accurately diagnosed their symptoms. 

Sunshine on a cloudy day: My boys’ smiles.

Wise words: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” -Mary Oliver

Go-to Movie: When Harry Met Sally

Book: Anything and everything by the late, great Nora Ephron. She and other female essayists like Joan Didion, Annie Dillard and Anne Lamott are the reasons I fell in love with writing.

Personal soundtrack: Shower the People by James Taylor

Desert island must-have: A great novel and a crisp glass of oaky Chardonnay

Guilty pleasure: Yacht Rock