Eden Bridgeman Sklenar recently became the new owner of Ebony and Jet under Bridgeman Sports and Media. Now, the 34-year-old is ready to make her mark at the hallmarks of Black media.
“In the back of my mind I always knew I was going to be part of the family business,” Sklenar said in an interview with the magazine.
Sklenar’s father and former NBA star, Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman, started his corporate career shortly after ending his sports career. Thus, Bridgeman Sports and Media was born. Sklenar credits her father and his “family first” parenting style for fueling her latest venture.
“I think that the freedom my parents allowed myself and my brothers to have is that you could start anything and it could be part of and supported by the family business,” she said. “Something that obviously we’re doing with Ebony and Jet now.”
Sklenar is Building Her Own Empire
Although Sklenar works closely with her father, her successes have been very much her own. In addition to being the new owner of the brands, Sklenar is also the chief marketing officer of Manna, Inc. She manages the “Trifecta” black-tie fundraising event, too. The gala event brings together A-list Black celebrities prior to the annual Kentucky Derby.
The businesswoman and future mother’s background centers on media and marketing management. She plans to use her experiences to revamp the brands’ magazines, Ebony and Jet, particularly on the digital front.
And as the mind behind the brands’ rebirth, Sklenar says she feels humbled to be a part of the new team.
“A voice for people of color and a lense that told so many stories that would have otherwise never been heard,” she said in an Instagram post celebrating the transition. “To have the chance to carry on that legacy and make sure that this generation and future generations will have that same advocate for their story means so much.”
We here at RoyalTee Magazine are here for an Ebony and Jet comeback! It is because of these two magazines that publications like ours can exist.
Mia is a recent graduate of Penn State and an aspiring writer. When she is not writing for RoyalTee Magazine, she enjoys listening to music, learning graphic design, and reading.