About Us

Exceptional Women in Publishing


Exceptional Women in Publishing (EWIP) was founded in 1998 by women who felt the need for an organization that addressed the leadership aspirations of women in magazine publishing. EWIP, formerly Women in Periodical Publishing, was formed with two goals in mind: to educate, empower and support women in publishing and to educate, empower and support women and girls through the power of publishing.

EWIP/WIPP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. Our active volunteer members and board of directors strive to support women in publishing, in all manner of publications whether print, online, mobile, or other digital media. We also encourage female entrepreneurship, and offer a range of professional development programs through our national and regional events, online communications, mentoring, and research.

An Organization that Benefits YOU!

EWIP has built a diverse community through our events, website, social networks, the annual EWIP Award honoring an exceptional woman in publishing, and the Women’s Leadership Conference. EWIP functions because of the personal dedication of our members and volunteers, with the generous support of our sponsors, partners, and the fabulous speakers and participants. The growth of our membership has accelerated with the availability of social networking tools and we are thrilled by the many voices we hear from around the globe. We welcome your questions and encourage active participation at our events and in online discussions. Please sign up for the EWIP alerts, join our membership, and consider getting more involved. We hope to hear from you very soon!

Current Board President

Michelle Fitzhugh-CraigMichelle Fitzhugh-Craig

An award-winning journalist, Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig is CEO/Editor-in-Chief of shades Magazine – Celebrating All Women of Color, co-owner of ZM Productions & Media and Region VI director for the National Association of Black Journalists. She is a graduate of and former associate professor at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and co-author of Living in the Moment: A Guide to Living a Full and Spiritual Life. Find her on LinkedIn

Lisa RadlerLisa Radler
Vice President & Operations

Lisa Radler has more than two decades in the publishing industry, with stints at Health Magazine, IDG & Future US Media, where she headed up their audience marketing, mobile app and eCommerce initiatives. Ms. Radler has won several industry awards including the Folio Audience Development All Star Award for her accomplishments in mobile app marketing. She served as Audience Development Director at AFAR Media, a multi-platform travel media brand. @lradler Find her on LinkedIn

Advisory Board

  • Vera H-C Chan
  • Lisa Radler

Past EWIP Board of Directors

Vera ChanVera Chan
Interim Board President (Jan-June 2017) | Vice President (2016) | Board member (2016)

Vera Chan shepherded EWIP through its 20th anniversary celebration and 2017 conference featuring Eldridge strategist and media turnaround artist Janice Min. has worked at the largest online media destinations, reaching billions. Currently she serves as Chief Journalist/Content Strategist at Bing News @ Microsoft, providing marketplace, editorial and product insights. Before Bing, she worked as a global senior editor, Web trends spokesperson and Front Page writer at Yahoo!, where she was a Super Star nominee seven times running and survived six CEOs. Ms. Chan also paid dues in Bay Area newspapers and regional magazines, and did a stint at a computer software game company right out of UCB J-School. She has contributed to books such as Asia in the San Francisco Bay Area: A Cultural Guide and Martial Arts of the World: An Encyclopedia of History and Innovation. A recipient of Sisters in Crime grant, she is working on writing fiction on the side. She volunteer-teaches martial arts at UCB. @FastTalkingD Find her on LinkedIn

Michelle Fitzhugh-CraigMichelle Fitzhugh-Craig

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Katharine FongKatharine Fong

Katharine Fong is a journalist and publisher, and current Editor in Chief of California Educator magazine. Committed to advancing communications on all platforms and for all communities, she has held senior positions at the San Jose Mercury News, Miami Herald and Mother Jones, among others, and served as a board director for the Online News Association and Asian American Journalists Association-SF. Ms. Fong has a B.A. from UC Berkeley, and an M.A. in classical archaeology from Antioch University. @kathfong Find her on LinkedIn

Dorothy MarschallDorothy Marschall

With a successful career spanning more than 25 years, Dorothy Marschall has created award-winning designs for consumer magazines, print advertising and corporate identity. As art director at Health magazine, she received frequent recognition within the design community for publication design. With an expert knowledge base in print and extensive experience with web and online design, Marschall Design functions as a full-service firm, applying creative solutions across multiple platforms and disciplines. @MarschallDesign Find her on LinkedIn

Lisa RadlerLisa Radler
Vice President & Operations

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christine sarkisChristine Sarkis

Christine Sarkis is a Senior Editor at SmarterTravel, the online travel magazine owned by TripAdvisor. In addition to writing and editing, she oversees syndication partnerships and social media. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and an alumna of King’s College London. @ChristineSarkis Find her on LinkedIn

Deborah ToddDeborah Todd

Deborah Todd covers the Internet for Thomson Reuters, with a focus on Silicon Valley companies Yahoo and Google. Previously she served as business reporter on technology and entrepreneurship at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and a staff writer at the Pittsburgh Courier. @Deborahtodd) Find her on LinkedIn

Founding Members

Linda RuthLinda Ruth
EWIP Cofounder / East Coast

Linda Ruth is the CEO of PSCS Consulting where she offers advice on the keys to magazine launches, search engine optimization and audience development online and at retail. She is a co-founder of EWIP and President of Newsstands of America. Her books, Internet Marketing for Magazine Publishers; How to Market your Newsstand Magazine; and Secrets of SEO for Publishers can be found on Amazon. She has more than 20 years of experience in magazine marketing, and has held management positions at McGraw-Hill and IDG Communications. @Linda_Ruth Find her on LinkedIn

Thea SelbyThea Selby
EWIP Cofounder / Past President / Conference Sponsorships

Thea Selby is a Principal at Next Steps Marketing, where she supervises digital publication creation, directs audience marketing efforts and creates outreach programs for non-profit and governmental agencies. Ms. Selby was the CEO of Light Green Media, and managed the investment strategy and advertising for the flagship digital publication, greenlight-digital.com. When not at Next Steps Marketing, she puts these skills to use working with others to create a safe and thriving San Francisco. Ms. Selby holds an MBA from the University of Oregon and A.B. from the University of California at Berkeley. @TheaSelbyFind her on LinkedIn