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2015 Keynote Speaker: Jory Des Jardins, co-founder of BlogHer

Jory-Des-Jardins_400If anyone knows about “Taking Risks, Blazing Trails,” it’s BlogHer co-founder Jory Des Jardins.

A writer, blogger and media strategist, Jory created BlogHer 10 years ago with two partners. They took blogging seriously, and built an organization to give women writers greater opportunities to reach a wider audience, make money and form a community.

As the keynote speaker for the Exceptional Women in Publishing’s 2015 Women’s Leadership Conference, Jory will detail her career adventure and the process of growing BlogHer and their annual conference to the behemoth it is today.

BlogHer sites drew more than 40 million unique visits a month when it was sold last fall to SheKnows, a content network that publishes articles aimed toward women, in a deal reportedly worth $30-40 million. Jory is now the senior vice president of global strategic alliances at SheKnows, and specializes in strategic media and brand partnerships.

As an author, Jory has written on a multitude of women’s issues, business, relationships, and pop culture for outlets such as Fast Company, The New York Times, Good Housekeeping and Inc. Magazine.

A well-decorated woman, Jory has been presented with a variety of honors, including the Fortune Most Powerful Women Entrepreneur Award 2013, Forbes Top 100 Websites for Women (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010), and Working Mother‘s Most Powerful Moms in Media.

EWIP is proud to have Jory Des Jardins as the keynote speaker for our 2015 conference. Join us on Thursday, March 26, to hear her story, as well as those of other powerful women in media, tech and publishing.

Susan Goldberg is EWIP Honoree in 2015

Susan Goldberg of National Geo is the 2015 EWIP Honoree

Susan Goldberg National GeographicExceptional Women in Publishing announces that Susan Goldberg, editor in chief of National Geographic magazine is the seventeenth recipient of the Exceptional Woman In Publishing Award. The 2015 Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award will be presented to Ms. Goldberg at the award celebration during the 2015 Women’s Leadership Conference in Berkeley, CA on March 26, 2015. “Having more women achieve success in newsrooms—and doing what I can to help make that happen—has been one of my goals for many years,” says Ms. Goldberg. “I’m delighted that EWIP is also working to make this goal a reality. I’m honored to be included with this wonderful group of women.” [Press Release]

In April 2014, Ms. Goldberg was appointed editor in chief of National Geographic, the eighth largest magazine in the U.S. Under her leadership, National Geographic is working to make the venerable brand a must-read, creating a daily destination for readers online on such topics as the environment, climate change, scientific breakthroughs and species preservation. Read her bio.

EWIP selects an accomplished woman each year to receive the Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award. Past honorees have included: Gloria Steinem, Kara Swisher of Re/code, Susan Taylor, founding editor of Essence; and Ardie and Marie Rodale of Rodale Press. The complete list is here.


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.

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