#54 Pamela Murphy: Founder of Select 7

Drawn to the excitement and fast pace of the media world, Pamela pursued literature, psychology and women’s studies at the University of Rhode Island and later earned her Master’s Degree in Magazine Journalism from New York University. Working her way through the ranks of print media, she worked at some of the publishing world’s biggest women’s magazines, such as Fitness, Mirabella, Elle, and Glamour.

After successfully climbing the masthead, Pamela created her first independent venture, a national lifestyle magazine called Madison. She went on to add Film Producer (with actor Ed Burns) and Marketing Director (of her husband, Chef Marc Murphy’s restaurant group) to her resume, and also ran The R.E.S.T. Initiative, a non-profit organization that brought massage therapies directly into chemotherapy treatment rooms, which she started after completing her own battle with breast cancer. Today, the program runs at the NYU Clinical Cancer Center as part of the alternative medicine practice.

Murphy is now the principle of The Select 7, a platform imagined from years of travel, research, recommendations, and list-keeping. The Select 7 is a curated exploration into the worlds of philanthropy, food, beauty + wellness, travel, fashion, interior design and social media by some of the most interesting people out there. The site unlocks the worlds of today’s top tastemakers, acting as an exchange hub for people who want both the aspirational and the totally obtainable to share their finds, recommendations, and ideas by inviting you into one person’s world for seven days.

What do you consider your top 3 core values and how do they affect how you lead your business?

Authenticity, kindness and hard work, which I think pretty much speak for themselves. The Select 7 is a curated lifestyle website, but truthfully what I’m trying to create is a super authentic community, and that can only be done by creating an environment that is truthful, kind and that runs on hard wrk and perseverance. The key to ur success is that honesty and it’s how I run the business, and also how I try to run my life!

Can you share a time you either thought you failed, or actually did fail? How did you react and move past it, and what impact did it have on business decisions?

I started a magazine (yes, an actual print book!) called Madison in 1991 and it was wildly successful until it wasn’t. We managed to launch something with not so much money at a time when magazines were really starting to fail as an industry (or so it seemed) and there was huge success and pride in that, but ultimately we realized we weren’t business people (my partner and I were both writers and editors) and we had taken too many missteps with the running of the business to celebrate any kind of real longevity. That being said, I learned A LOT from that failure, the most important lesson of which was to really, really know what you don’t know from the start. And outsource, outsource, outsource.

What types of projects do you have coming up that we can look forward to seeing in the future?

A podcast! Called The Select Sessions, we are bringing our guests from URL to IRL and I’m really excited about making that live connection with our guests and our readers.