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Exceptional Woman in Publishing for 2012

EWIP Honors Michela O’Connor Abrams

Michela O'Connor Abrams

Michela O’Connor Abram is the fourteenth recipient of the annual EWIP award. The award is given to a woman who has achieved a high standard of professional excellence, has made extraordinary contributions to publishing, and has demonstrated success and leadership in nontraditional and/or exceptional ways. The 2012 EWIP award will be presented to Ms. O’Connor Abrams at the luncheon celebration during the 2012 Women’s Leadership Conference in San Francisco on March 7, 2012.

Michela O’Connor Abrams is President of Dwell Media, an award-winning media company founded in 2000. Ms. O’Connor Abrams’ nine years of leadership at Dwell has led to General Excellence at the National Magazine Awards, a 2009 finalist in the corporate category for the prestigious National Design Awards, and National recognition for both circulation growth and newsstand sales. In 2005, she conceived and launched Dwell on Design, the largest design show on the West Coast hosting 20,984 design professionals and enthusiasts this past June. She has led the development and growth of Dwell Media’s digital platforms including web, mobile, and tablet products which were recently recognized as “#1 Most Innovative” in Affinity Research’s August 2011 survey.

Ms. O’Connor Abrams was honored in 2005 by Media Industry News as Sales Leader of the Year. She is President of the Board for Goodweave (formerly RugMark), Chairman of Home & Gift for Project Angel Food’s Divine Design, sits on the boards of Magazine Publishers of America’s Independent Magazine Advisory Group, Linguastat, Halogen Media, Afar Media, and serves on the Board of Trustees for Marin Horizon School. She speaks all over the country at countless industry and business events sharing her passions for good design and business innovation. This past May she was an honored Alumni of the Year by her alma mater Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo for the School of Liberal Arts.

Ms. O’Connor Abrams lives in Mill Valley, California with her husband Alan, a wine entrepreneur, and their thirteen year old daughter, Taylor.