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Eminent Learning Centre – Tavi Gevinson

Eminent Learning Centre – Tavi Gevinson

Hello everyone! My name is Tavi Gevinson, and I have been given the privilege this year of speaking at the TALONS 2021 eminent night.

If you want to learn more about my life and how I was able to impact teenage girls around the world, click here. It will take you to my magazine, the Rookie Mag.

Once you have finished reading this month’s issue on my eminence feel free to ask any questions you have for me in the comments section.

Sidenote: There are a lot of things hyperlinked in my learning centre. Almost everything underlined is hyperlinked. Click on the hyperlinks to move to different parts of my learning centre.


Annotated Bibliography:

Christie, E. (2021, September 10). Who is Tavi Gevinson? the gossip girl actress who revolutionized Teen Media. Retrieved from

This website had a really great summary of Tavi’s life and accomplishments. I used the information from this website in my timeline and accomplishments section. The website made a few comments on Tavi’s acting career which were valuable to my accomplishments section on my learning centre.

Gevinson, T. (Ed.). (n.d.). Themes. Retrieved from

This is the Rookie Magazine. While writing my speech and writing my blog I referred a lot to Tavi’s articles to get a better sense of her voice and writing style. As my speech was a reference to her goodbye letter that she wrote when the Rookie mag was shutting down, I made sure to read that article. In general, throughout this past month, I read a lot of her work to get a better understanding of her influence and the kinds of things she talked about in her magazine.

Hudson, L. (2018, November 30). Online teen magazine rookie Mag shuts down after seven years. Retrieved from

Inverso, E. (2017, August 01). How teen fashion guru and entrepreneur Tavi Gevinson Stays inspired. Retrieved from

Mejía, P., Widdicombe, L., & Hsu, H. (2018, December 03). Rookie brought the inclusive spirit of zines to the internet era. Retrieved from

Mlotek, H. (2018, August 01). Just be Tavi Gevinson: An interview with the rookie editor. Retrieved from

Nijhawan, C. (2018, December 12). ‘it reconnected me to the rookie that I started’: Tavi Gevinson on Ending Rookie Magazine | CBC Radio. Retrieved from

Peiser, J. (2018, December 13). Rookie cataloged a generation of girlhood. Retrieved from

Phelan, H. (2012, July 30). Six reasons 16-year-old Tavi Gevinson is cooler than you’ll ever be. Retrieved from

Phelan, H. (2012, November 29). Tavi thinks it’s ‘awesome’ her front row seat at dior pissed so many people off. Retrieved from

Tavi Gevinson. (2021, October 16). In Encyclopedia Wikipedia. Retrieved from

When this project began, this was the first resource I read. It gave me a good start to understanding who Tavi was and how she impacted the world. In my learning centre, Wikipedia was quite helpful for finding specific dates in her acting career.

Wilson, E. (2009, December 24). Bloggers Crash Fashion’s front row. Retrieved from

Wilson, S. (2021, October 07). An online legacy: Rookie Mag Turns Ten. Retrieved from

This website focused on the Rookie magazine shutting down and the impact it had on teenage girls. It gave me a lot of insight into the way the Rookie mag was run, and how it created many jobs for other teen girl writers. I incorporated information from this website in my “Impact On The World” section.

Leaders in The Community

Leaders in The Community

Developing The Leaders Around You

The John Maxwell Co.

  1. Travel agents vs. the tour guides

John Maxwell said there are two types of leaders; the travel agent and the tour guide. The travel agent is the type of leader that points people in a direction without any concept or knowledge on how to get there. Tour guides on the other hand are leaders that give people directions while participating in the journey. Tour guides are great leaders because they have been to the destination before, and they don’t just give a “road map to the destination.” Instead, they are invested in the group and provide support along the way. In the Talons program, the grade 10s were able to act as tour guide leaders for the grade 9s, with their past experiences in the program. However, as grade 10 Talons learners this year, we can only teach the 9’s so much about planning overnight trips because all of our knowledge is based off day trips. In a normal grade 9 year we would’ve been mentored by the grade 10s on how to properly plan overnight trips, however, we weren’t allowed to do them. This means that the grade 9’s this year, will miss out on receiving the full grade 10 mentorship, as we will all be experiencing overnight TALONS trips for the first time.

  1. Leaders are reflective thinkers

John Maxwell said that all good leaders are reflective thinkers, as reflective thinking turns experience into insight. Reflective thinking helps you develop a questioning attitude, gain new perspectives, identify areas for change and improvement, and respond effectively to new challenges. The process of reflection also helps you increase your self-awareness, which is a key component of emotional intelligence, and in developing a better understanding of others. The Talons program is infamously known for its reflections. After every leadership trip, project, and event it is presumable that a reflection will follow. However, I think that reflecting on our work is a necessary step in our learning. Leaders need to be able to reflect on their work, as reflection helps develop skills and review their effectiveness, rather than continuing to do things the way they’ve always been done. It is about questioning, in a positive way, what you do and why you do it and then deciding whether there is a better or more efficient way of doing them. I remember writing my first big reflection for Talons after our fall day trips and thinking how tiresome and unnecessary the reflection seemed, however, I made some very interesting realizations while writing it. It made me think about the new skills I learned, the challenges our group encountered, and some of the aspects of the trip that I liked and disliked. In general, for leaders to grow and change, they need to be able to reflect.

  1. Pint = Gallon

In the third session, John Maxwell focused a lot on the concept “people do what people see.” In this concept he incorporated a very interesting idea: a pint of example is equal to a gallon of advice. Maxwell was trying to convey that showing, rather than telling, is much more powerful. The issue with telling people what to do, is that lots of information can be lost in translation. For example, you might be thinking of lots of crucial information, but you might forget to mention it, leaving people confused. When you lead by example, there is no confusion as to what is expected from others. Showing people what to do can also build a stronger connection between you and the people you lead. As grade 10 mentors we should always be striving to lead by example and show the grade 9s what to do, rather than tell them. However, this doesn’t mean that we should always be holding the grade 9s hands. At some point, they will need to learn some things on their own. All we can do as grade 10s this year is prepare them as best we can for next year when we won’t be there.



Maxwell, J. C. (2014). Developing the leaders around you, Participant Guide. The John Maxwell Company.

Partner Interview Reflection

Partner Interview Reflection

Partner Interviews:

Through the process of interviewing a peer, I was able to practice my interviewing skills and learn what my strengths and weaknesses were. While interviewing Draedon I felt calm and confident. I was told by Dylan that I had great expression in my voice and good hand motions too. However, I was told that at times I didn’t seem fully invested in the interview because of the tone in my voice and I was fidgeting with my pencil. Another thing that I did well on were my questions and my followups. I think did well on this because I prepared my questions beforehand. The last thing I noticed I could improve on was watching my filler words. This is something that I have been trying to improve for a while now.

Eminent Interview Update:

Over the past week, I have been struggling to find a person to interview. I have attempted to email my eminent person, however, Tavi Gevinson doesn’t have any of her personal contact information online, not even her PR team. I was only able to find multiple very uncredible-looking websites where you had to pay money to book supposed celebrities for events. From here I’m not sure where to go. Tavi Gevinson doesn’t have an organization to her name or professors that have dedicated their lives to learning about her work. It has just recently come to my mind to try and find some of the teenage girls that helped write the Rookie magazine and attempt to contact them.

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