Anelle Miller, Director of the Society of Illustrators and the Museum of American Illustration in New York City, understands a successful career requires more than just talent. After all, it’s not what gifts you have, it’s what you do with them. Early on Anelle learned what to do, what not to do, and how best to harness the creativity of herself and those around her. For this conversation, Anelle discusses the importance of confidence (not arrogance!) and how being a team player, a good leader and “the kind of person others want to work with” has contributed to her success.
Since 2007, Anelle has served as Director of the Society of Illustrators and the Museum of American Illustration in New York City but her Creative Career story began many years earlier, in 1978, when she joined The Estée Lauder Companies. During her tenure, Miller helped to build their Origins-division to the 5th largest within the corporation. In the years following, Miller founded several successful businesses of her own including Bean Bag – a healthy food company featured in Women’s Wear Daily and Allure magazine, and Original Women a company whose mission is to celebrate the artistry of women from around the world by selling their handcrafted creations. She serves on the board of Friends of Materials for the Arts, Friends of Art and Design (a neighborhood association that supports the school) and has worked with groups such as New Alternatives for Children, Coalition for the Homeless, PENCIL, The Foundling, and AMAC, which supports autistic children and their families.