We had the good fortune of connecting with Maggie Phillips and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maggie, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
Having a purposeful mission is key to being passionate about what you do and keeping your employees passionate. Without a mission statement to rally behind, there can be a lack of focus. Everyone on our small team is so dedicated that we have to encourage them to take time off!!
What should our readers know about your business?
OFM has been around for 45 years, and it has not been easy. When the magazine started, queer literature was still outlawed. Over the years, we have struggled with limited budget, differing opinions, and a constantly changing landscape. However, it has all been worth it to continue the legacy and tell queer stories for each new generation. We have learned that hard work, team work, and a core mission are essential to success, and that intersectionality and listening to all voices is key.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them hiking in our beautiful foothills and mountains and exploring the awesome nature Colorado has to offer. I would also take them to Hapa Sushi, one of our longstanding business partners, for some delicious lunch. Denver has a variety of nightlife and restaurants to choose from as well as queer-specific bars and hangout spots.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shoutout to my business partner Addison Herron-Wheeler who also serves as editor of OFM. If it wasn’t for Addison, I don’t know that I would have taken on ownership of this 45-year-old business. With her knowledge of media and editorial, combined with my knowledge of operations and finances, we make a wonderful team. While we may not always agree on every issue that arises, we value each others’ input beyond measure. Also a shoutout to our OFM team; our people are so important in making sure we accomplish our core values and mission.
Veronica L. Holyfield