While studying abroad, Jay Lauf (IES Abroad Durham 1984-85 | Connecticut College) traveled extensively, visiting Berlin and what was then the Soviet Union. During these travels, he discovered that people around the world had more shared values than they did differences. Jay carried open-mindedness and respect for other cultures that he cultivated abroad into his professional life—from interacting with global importers while working in ad sales to leading teams at Wired magazine to working as publisher of The Atlantic during its digital transformation. Today, Jay is co-CEO of Quartz, a global digital news site with more than 100 journalists on five continents.
In our interview, Jay shares his professional journey in journalism, the inspiration behind Quartz, and how lessons he learned abroad have impacted him every step of the way.
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