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About Us

Exceptional Women in Publishing

ewip logoExceptional 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. widm logo 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, with our sixth anniversary event in March 2014. 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!

EWIP Board of Directors, 2015-2016

stacey kennellyStacey Kennelly Nester

Stacey Kennelly Nester is the Editorial Manager at Pottery Barn (Williams-Sonoma, Inc.), where she is redefining the brand’s voice and building its first editorial content team. She has published hundreds of stories in variety of news outlets and Diablo Publications, where she covered the San Francisco East Bay, managed Napa Sonoma magazine and was the inaugural editor of Diablo Weddings. She has a master’s in new media and magazines from the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Vera ChanVera Chan
Vice President

Vera Chan is Chief Journalist at Bing News @ Microsoft, a position that straddles content strategy and editorial expertise. Before Bing, she worked as a senior editor, Web trends spokesperson and Front Page writer at Yahoo!, where she was a Super Star nominee 7 times running and survived six CEOs. The EWIP veep also paid her dues in Bay Area newspapers and regional magazines, and did a stint at a computer software game company right out of UCB J-School. A recipient of Sisters in Crime grant, she is working on writing fiction on the side. She volunteer-teaches martial arts at UCB.

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.”

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.

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.

Katharine FongKatharine Fong


Katharine 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. She has a B.A. from UC Berkeley, and an M.A. in classical archaeology from Antioch University.

Linda RuthLinda Ruth
EWIP Cofounder / East Coast

Ms. Ruth is the CEO, 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 over 20 years of experience in magazine marketing, and has held management positions at McGraw-Hill and IDG Communications.

Thea SelbyThea Selby
EWIP Cofounder / Past President / Conference Sponsorships

Thea 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. Thea 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. Thea is a co-founder of EWIP. Thea holds an MBA from the University of Oregon and A.B. from the University of California at Berkeley.