Elizabeth Webbe Lunny’s passion for marketing and advertising began while she was a student at Florida Tech where her father, Dr. Frank Webbe, is a professor and the former dean of the School of Psychology. Elizabeth cultivated strong relationships with her professors while earning her bachelor’s degree in humanities. She credits her Florida Tech family—Dr. Gordon Patterson, Dr. Rudy Stoeckel, Father Doug Bailey, and others—for giving her the self-confidence that would ultimately catapult her career into the big leagues.
Elizabeth has risen to the top of the luxury media world as vice president of media at The New York Times. “Constructive criticism is your friend. Use it as fuel,” she said. “It’s the only way you’re going to excel and show that you have the ability to grow in both your current position and those that follow. As you rise through the ranks, you really have to become the type of leader where people will follow you and believe they can achieve anything.”
Heeding her own advice—be comfortable not being the smartest person in the room, unless you are a company of one, don’t complain, and do your best to develop a thick skin—is what brought Elizabeth to where she is now. In her dual role, she oversees all luxury advertising revenue for the NYT and is the publisher of T Magazine, The New York Times fashion brand. T Magazine focuses on fashion, style, art, literature, design, interior, and travel. She previously held high-profile positions at Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue, Women’s Health, Women’s Wear Daily, and Three Lions Entertainment.
Elizabeth was featured in Florida Tech’s 60th Anniversary special edition book, “60 for 60: Celebrating Sixty Years of Alumni at Florida Institute of Technology.” Copies are available for purchase here.