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CDT to Honor Teen Vogue with Annual Digital Visionary Award

In 2016, Teen Vogue became a leading voice for youth activism and civic engagement, while shifting to a digital-first format. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) will honor Teen Vogue’s leadership team with its Digital Visionary Award at its 2017 Annual Dinner, Tech Prom, on April 20.

“Teen Vogue is leveraging the internet and digital communications to foster democratic participation and engage the next generation of civic leaders. They are demonstrating the power of a free and open press, while breaking down stereotypes and bringing new voices to the forefront on important social issues. We are thrilled to recognize the leadership team at Teen Vogue for their innovative and inspiring efforts,” said CDT President & CEO Nuala O’Connor.

Under the new leadership trio of Elaine Welteroth, editor, Phillip Picardi, digital editorial director, and Marie Suter, creative director, Teen Vogue has refocused itself on cross-cultural and cross-generational conversations that bring its audience together, all under the common goal of educating, enlightening, and empowering the next generation of leaders. As an ally to young women everywhere, the brand has taken on the political, social, and cultural issues its audience cares most about both in print and online, from the latest fashion and beauty trends, to social justice issues like #BlackLivesMatter and LGBT rights. Launched in February 2003, Teen Vogue publishes 4 issues a year, has a circulation of more than 1 million, and delivers 27 million-plus monthly impressions through a combination of print,, more than 15 social media platforms, and a robust video channel.

“We are so honored to be recognized by CDT with this award,” said Picardi. “Now more than ever, it is important for us to use our platforms to share the truth, the untold stories, and the unheard voices. We hope that Teen Vogue’s success proves to everyone that there’s hope…and that teenage girls are going to save the world!”

Picardi and Suter will receive the award on behalf of the Teen Vogue leadership team, and will share their thoughts on inspiring the next generation of civic leaders in America at Tech Prom.

CDT is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates for internet policies and practices that protect our fundamental rights in the digital age. Tech Prom, which will take place at the Washington Hilton, attracts the most influential minds of today’s tech policy world, and highlights the pressing issues in the field. More information is available at