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The Most Intelligent Woman in America

Susan SontagThe late Susan Sontag was an enigmatic writer, cultural critic and polymath whose prodigious output included essays, novels, films, criticisms, plays and more. She won numerous awards, including the National Book Award for the novel, In America and was once called the most intelligent woman in America. Sontag found that comment insulting however, as it “implies that the category of intelligent women is substantially smaller than that of men.” She wrote extensively about photography, culture and media, AIDS and illness, human rights, and leftist ideology. “What I like about writing,” she said, “is it’s a way of paying attention to the world.” The 2014 film by Nancy D. Kates, “Regarding Susan Sontag” airs on HBO on Monday, December 8th. Watch the trailer:


Holiday Mixer with EWIP & JAWS

Exceptional Women in Publishing and Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) are co-hosting a casual get-together for our members and friends in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bring a friend and join your colleagues for an evening of appetizers, drinks, and mingling!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
LinkedIn San Francisco
120 Kearny Street

The event is free, but we request you RSVP so we know how much wine and food we need. If you have questions about the event contact Stacey Kennelly.

About Journalism & Women Symposium
Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) is a national group that provides training, mentoring and networking for women in traditional and new media. Our mission is to promote the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and work toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.

About Exceptional Women in Publishing
Exceptional Women in Publishing (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 seventh anniversary event on March 26, 2015. EWIP functions because of the personal dedication of our board, our members and volunteers, with the generous support of our sponsors, partners, and the talented women who speak and participate at our events. Our membership has accelerated with the advent of social media. We welcome your questions and encourage active participation at our events and in online discussions.


Rocking the Podium: Top Women in Media Awards

I recently attended Folio: magazine’s Top Women in Media awards luncheon in New York. I was invited as a representative of EWIP to present several of the awards, which was a great honor—and also fun!

Michela OConnor AbramsThis was Folio:’s first year presenting these awards, and the room was certainly packed with media star power! Awards were given out in a number of categories: corporate visionaries, industry leadership, director-level doers, entrepreneurs, rising starts, and mentors. Folio: VP of Content Tony Silber and Editorial Director Bill Mickey invited each recipient to the stage to say a few words and to accept a glass award (occasionally accompanied by a spirited video made by colleagues who had secretly nominated them).

Top Women in Media-FolioCertain themes emerged in the women’s words of thanks. As Poppy McDonald, Publisher and President of National Journal, said “we all know we have to work harder as women.” It was clear from the accomplishments, energy, and dedication evinced by the award winners that this was indeed a ballroom full of women who work extremely hard to succeed.

Carolyn Kremins, Senior VP & General Manager of Epicurious, vowed to pioneer on behalf of other women and to help “watch each other’s back.” Jennifer Follett, Executive Editor of The Channel Company, challenged attendees to find a young woman to mentor, and Stacy Hawes, SVP of Data Solutions at Epsilon recommended that winners “put one hand behind you and grab the hand of another woman to help.” Nancy Gibbs, Editor at Time, said that women are in a good place now, and Tessa Gould, Director of Native Advertising at Huffington Post exclaimed that the awards proved that “girls can and do run the world!”

Kay KoplovitzKeynote Kay Koplovitz, founder of USA Network, spoke about important leadership qualities which include: a tolerance for ambiguity, an ability to work in the unknown, and an insatiable curiosity. She cited studies that demonstrate that “corporate leaders who are high performers have these attributes.” These people get promoted and advance faster. She believes these qualities contribute to the success of many of the award winners.

Overall, the award winners seemed quite pleased and proud to be part of this event. Many brought along numerous colleagues (men too!), and several brought husbands along as well to help celebrate their achievements. Says Editorial Director Bill Mickey, “Folio:’s Top Women in Media event was a terrific success. It was exciting to have so many high-powered executives in one room, and the sense of camaraderie was inspiring. This year marked the debut of an important event that we intend to make an annual franchise. Next year will be even bigger and better.”

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An Exceptional Day

In the elegant Julia Morgan ballroom in downtown San Francisco attendees of the EWIP Women’s Leadership Conference and Award Luncheon watched as Kara Swisher accepted the 2014 Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award.

The audience of 250 mostly professional women were charmed by her wit and stories.  She began by mentioning the definition of the “exceptional” and was pleased to discover, that in addition to its meaning as “outstanding, remarkable, and excellent,” it also means “unusual, abnormal, and weird.” Being abnormal, Swisher admitted, has been a positive thing in her profession.

ewip14award-karaswisherSwisher found success by grasping what the Internet meant early on and deeply understanding the consequences of the next new thing out of Silicon Valley. She has chronicled the emergence of digital technologies as the grand disruptor of old media and continues to gain insight, she says, by watching her young sons and other digital natives, interact with media from a whole new set of expectations.

The 2014 EWIP conference featured dozens of speakers in ten sessions covering a range of topics. To learn more about EWIP, watch the videos at our YouTube channel. Video by Stacey McKenzie. Check us out and view photos on Facebook. Connect with others on LinkedIn and if want to be notified about our future events and happenings be sure to sign up on our mailing list.


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