Women’s Leadership Conference 2017

Standing Together: 20 years of Exceptional Women

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Celebrate our 20th!

Join us as we celebrate 20 years of supporting women in leadership roles across the media and publishing industries. Our signature conference with its all-female roster of speakers will look back at the evolution of groups such as EWIP, discuss the continued need to push for female leadership today, and explore the future of how publishing and media’s power can be deployed. Conference hashtag: #ewip2017

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Thursday, March 30, 2017 | Clark Kerr Campus Conference Center, UCB

Few industries are as unique as publishing, a largely straight-talking environment tasked with tracking the cultural shifts and hard-hitting social issues. Yet despite attracting women in great numbers as professionals and consumers, the numbers don’t always add up in newsrooms or literary houses when it comes to bylines, authorships, or that corner office position. Then we have the larger issue of divisive politics, years in the making, that have estranged a significant portion of our population from the mainstream. How do women step up to defend their own autonomy and also focus on the big picture? Forget drawing a line in the sand: It’s time to build a whole new sandbox. This conference is where we can help build and share those tools.

Our Women’s Leadership Conference features two tracks, personal brand and business strategy, bookended by phenomenal panels. The sessions will include exceptional speakers, engaging discussions, and practical skills to learn and use. Attend this high-energy day and make connections with women and men whose ideas, stories, and experience will help transform your career.

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EWIP Honors Janice Min with 2017 Award

A highlight will be our Exceptional Woman of 2017 awardee, Janice Min. Co-president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, Min rose to prominence as the top editor of Us Weekly which she remade into a consumer and advertising juggernaut. She took the helm of THR in 2010, engineering one of publishing’s biggest media turnarounds. In 2014, she also took over Billboard with similar results. Today, The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group reaches more than 24 million readers a month online, with a social footprint of more than 20 million, and moving also into video. Under Min’s leadership, The Hollywood Reporter (THR) has won multiple awards, including a National Magazine Award for General Excellence, Special Interest, in 2015 and 2016.

Read more about Janice Min and see the complete list of woman honored with EWIP Award since 1999.

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Exceptional Women in Publishing’s Leadership Conference

Schedule at a glance:

Standing Together: 20 Years of Exceptional Women

Thursday, March 30, 2016
8 AM – 6 PM
8 AM Registration and breakfast
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9 AM Breakfast Panel: Standing Together, Taking a Stand
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10:10 AM
Not In My Sandbox: Fighting unconscious bias & gender equality by knowing your rights [Personal Branding – Track A]
Who’s There? Developing the audience you want and need [Business Strategy – Track B]
11:10 AM 
From Crossroads to Intersection: How All Roads Lead to You [Track A]
Event as Brand, Platform and Distribution [Track B]
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Noon
19th Annual EWIP Award Presentation: Janice Min,
Co-president and Chief Creative Officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group
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1:30 PM
Live Now…: Video’s Third Wave [Track A]
The Art & Science of Making Money: Sponsorship, freemium, subscription, native advertising and other ways business is trying to figure it out [Track B]
2:30 PM
24-7: How to reclaim your life in a relentless technological pace [Track A]
Number’s Game: Pivoting to data and product thinking [Track B]
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3:30-5 PM
Publishers’ Panel + Authors’ Signing
Moderator: Laurie McLean
Panelists: Kerry Lonsdale, Brooke Warner, Lisa Westmoreland, 
Authors: Aya de Leon, Vanessa HuaNaheed Senzai
Clark Kerr Conference Center
University of California, Berkeley
2601 Warring Street, Berkeley, Calif. 94720

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Session descriptions:

Standing Together, Taking a Stand: How far have we come? In the past few years, we have seen more, not less, leadership academies aimed at addressing the glass ceiling, among them the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, and ONA’s Women’s Leadership Accelerator. Binders Full of Women, a Facebook secret group, had 30,000 women within six months of launching. Yet, as we’ve seen from a divisive election campaign, women still have to push relevant issues of harassment to the forefront of conversation. We still have to deal with “statistics” claiming women leaders fail. Now more than ever, media and marketing have to be vigilant that the facts get out there. (Krutch Theater)

Not In My Sandbox:Fighting unconscious bias and gender equality by knowing your rights. It has been 53 years since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 45 years since Title IX, eight years since the passage of the Lily Ledbetter Pay Act, and a year out from FOX’s Gretchen Carlson lawsuit and the infamous Access Hollywood leak. Even as information such as pay rates become more transparent, a new generation of women has ‘discovered’ that workplace harassment, while much improved, still exists. And among the generations who blazed trails, only some are speaking out now on endemic sexism. Publishing is a unique industry, with some disciplines dominated by women and overall with the straight-talking environment needed in newsrooms to cover hard-hitting social issues and in publishing houses with its predominantly female consumers. Also, the more casual attitudes can make it more difficult to gauge the new boundaries in today’s newsrooms and publishing houses. How do women step up, without isolating themselves in safe spaces? What policies need to be enforced in your workplace or business? And when do you decide to fight the trolls on behalf of your customers, when it might mean fighting company policy? Forget drawing a line in the sand: it’s time to build a whole new sandbox.

Who’s There? Developing the audience you want and need. You create and publish great stuff, but if you don’t have an audience (or two or three), it’s all for naught. And to grow your publication and brand, whether you’re a big company, sole operator or part of a startup, you need to grow audience continuously. Come hear audience development pros describe what they do, how they do it and why it’s so critical. You’ll take away their tips and insights on connecting with your core audience, finding audiences you never thought you had, and how to leverage opportunities – including new content, products, distribution models, programming and customer care – to grow audience and keep them engaged.

From Crossroads to Intersection: How all roads lead to you. Loyalty isn’t dead, but it sure isn’t what it used to be. Layoffs, turnovers and job-hopping are the new normal. Some Millennial recruiters look askance at job longevity, seeing it as a marker of stagnancy. Instead of interviews, job applicants are asked to do projects as proof of your worth, and even then there are no guarantees. In other words, we have all become our own freelancers, independents, vendors — and masters of all our destiny. Embrace the opportunity, and see how these women decided to make their own rewards.

Event as Brand, Platform and Distribution. As any social butterfly can tell you, how you throw a party — or any kind of gathering — reflects on your brand. Why publishing companies and newsrooms have begun embracing events as part of their audience engagement as well as practical tips on what types of events fit certain branding goals, what apps/ticketing process can ease planning and help with retention, and the all-important follow-up.

Live Now… Video’s ThirdWave. Video may have downsized to fit in the palm of our hands, but platform ubiquity has made it more powerful than ever. Social media companies have banked their appeal on videos, and giants like Facebook and Twilight are heavily investing in this area with livestreams, challenging the primacy of traditional broadcast. Now the definition of video becomes even more fluid with augmented reality, as seen with Pokemon Live’s summer breakout, and big bets in virtual reality.

The Art & Science of Making Money. Seasoned businesses and startups are trying to monetize content and other products in different ways, including sponsorship, freemium, subscription, native advertising and more. How will it ultimately play out? Hear from leaders on what their publications/companies are doing; what’s working; their predictions for the future; and how these strategies will impact audience, the industry and entrepreneurs who want to get in the game.

24-7: How to reclaim your life in a relentless technological pace. France may have passed a law limiting checking your work email, but we Americans don’t have that luxury: Technology has made us 24-7 workers, to the point that companies like Apple and Facebook include egg-freezing as a “fertility perk.” Work-life balance is an age-old issue that applies to women and men alike, from laborers to CEOs. Yet the promises of flex time, telecommuting, and family leave haven’t smoothed the career-track advancement, especially for the “sandwich generation” who have become caregivers for children and the elderly. What are our laws governing private and work life, how do we map out a long-range strategy understanding the realities of the “time-out penalty,” and movements can we support to promote a healthy workplace for all people?

A Numbers Game: Pivot to data and product thinking. While the Silicon Valley advice to fail fast and fail frequently might be a bit overstated, publishers have learned–at their peril–of the need to be ready to pivot and adapt to the breakneck speed of innovation and competition. The Bay Area business environment in particular is subject to at least three realities: a plenitude of startups, tech giants, and a concentration of media power in New York. The ability to pivot quickly is less grounded in marrying church and state, but having a “product mindset” and a firm grounding in big data.

Laurie McLean

We’re excited to feature a book publishing panel, organized and moderated by dynamo and Fuse Literary Agency founding partner Laurie McLean. (agentsavant.com, Facebook.com/laurie.mclean). McLean truly embodies an exceptional woman in publishing, having worked in a newspaper, CEO of a Silicon Valley publicity agency and nearly a decade years as an agent and senior agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents in San Francisco. She helps put together the San Francisco Writers Conference, one of the premier gatherings in publishing. The panel, which will round out an exhilarating day, gives an insider look at an industry in tumult as technology redefines the relationship among authors, publishers and readers. (Krutch Theater)

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About our speakers

Michela O’Connor Abrams, Chief Executive Officer and President, Dwell (@dwellprez)
Rochelle Bailis is co-founder of StoryCraft, and Global Content Director at Hitwise. She has experience crafting content for brands large and small. Before her current role, she was a Senior Managing Editor at Intuit, where she helped build the Small Business Center. She is passionate about telling stories that compel action. (@rbailis) From Crossroads to Intersection: How All Roads Lead to You
Jess Barron is VP & GM for LIVESTRONG.COM, the leading healthy lifestyle website with over 28 million unique monthly viewers. Jess and the LIVESTRONG team created the #StrongerWomen series, interviewing female leaders of food, fitness and wellness empires. Previously, she ran the team that chose the headlines for the front page of Yahoo!. (@JessDandy) Standing Together, Taking a Stand & A Numbers Game: Pivot to Data and Product Thinking
Elmy Bermejo, Regional Representative for US Labor Secretary Tom Perez at US Department of Labor (@ElmyBermejo) Standing Together, Taking a Stand & 24-7: How to reclaim your life in a relentless technological pace
Stephanie Blake is Channel Manager – Direct & Retention at the San Francisco Chronicle. With a successful career spanning more than 20 years, Stephanie has a proven track record of developing innovative and successful marketing programs; her knowledge and expertise cover multiple integrated marketing disciplines. (@udlvths) Who’s There? Developing the audience you want and need
Kate Byrne
Kate Byrne is VP of Business Development and Partner/Membership at Watermark, which provides leadership and board preparedness for women. She is founder of Girls Gone Global, a social enterprise charged with igniting girls’ voices, social impact, media and financial literacy skills. Kate has also served in leadership roles at the Tides Foundation, George Lucas Education Foundation, BusinessWeek, Fast Company and Inc. (@kbs2cents) Not In My Sandbox: Fighting unconscious bias and gender equality by knowing your rights
Writing and problem-solving have always been Indu Chandrasekhar‘s favorite subjects – when she discovered audience development, she realized she could do both. Indu leads audience development, social media and analytics at WIRED. Previously, she worked with MarketWatch, the Wall Street Journal and the UK’s Telegraph. (@indumania) Who’s There? Developing the audience you want and need
Aya de Leon teaches creative writing and is director of Poetry for the People at UC Berkeley. Kensington Books publishes her feminist heist trilogy: Uptown Thief (2016), The Boss (2017) and The Accidental Mistress (2018). Her work has appeared in Ebony, Guernica, Writers Digest, Bitch Magazine and Huffington Post. She recently completed a black spy girl YA novel. (@AyadeLeonBook Publishing panel
Stacey Brooks Delo, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Maybrooks.com (@staceydelo) 24-7: How to reclaim your life in a relentless technological pace
Nonny de la Pena is founder and CEO of Emblematic Group. One of the most influential pioneers in virtual reality, she is known for inventing the genre of immersive journalism. In 2016, the White House honored Nonny for her work to create media that cultivates empathy. A Yale Poynter Media Fellow, she is a Harvard graduate with a Masters degree from USC School of Cinematic Arts and Annenberg. (@ImmersiveJourno) Live Now… Video’s Third Wave
Margaret de Luna, president of TheStreet.com, has 20 years of experience in the media industry. She is responsible for TheStreet’s advertising-based flagship site and the consumer subscription business. Margaret spent more than 10 years at MarketWatch in managerial roles, with the most recent being interim General Manager. Before joining TheStreet, she was VP of Product at Praetorian Digital. Who’s There? Developing the audience you want and need
Jory Des Jardins
Jory Des Jardins co-founded BlogHer, a a category-defining women’s digital media company that was acquired by SheKnows Media in 2014. As BlogHer’s president, she led top relationships with Fortune 500 brands and digital/media agency leadership; at acquisition, BlogHer had 100 million monthly readers across multiple social platforms. As co-founder of The Virago Group, she advises numerous early to later-stage digital startups.(@ViragodotCo) The Art and Science of Making Money
Kristen Go is editorial director at Common Sense News, which covers children’s and family issues in-depth. Prior to that, she was managing editor of digital at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she oversaw several projects such as the acclaimed documentary Last Men Standing. Kristen has also worked at the Arizona Republic and was on the team that won a 2000 Pulitzer Prize at the Denver Post. (@kristenrgo) 24-7: How to reclaim your life in a relentless technological pace
Melissa Gunning has worked on both sides of the editorial/product divide at Allure, Glamour, SELF, and Yahoo!, among others, and has found her niche translating engineer-speak to editor-speak (and vice-versa). She holds a B.A. from UC Irvine and resides in the East Bay. A Numbers Game: Pivot to Data and Product Thinking
Lia Haberman is a digital media specialist in the entertainment and lifestyle space. With previous roles at Yahoo!, E! and the Style Network, she’s responsible for organic and paid audience growth and identifying editorial and social media partnership and revenue opportunities. (@liahaberman) Who’s There? Developing the audience you want and need
Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of Deceit and Other Possibilities, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. She has received awards from the Rona Jaffe Writers Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, and Asian American Journalists Association. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, and elsewhere. Her novel is forthcoming from Ballantine. (@vanessa_hua) Book publishing panel
Holly Kernan, KQED’s Vice President of News, has had a long career as an award-winning journalist, television and radio host, executive producer and editor. She has held teaching positions at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Mills College, Santa Rosa Junior College, Youth Radio and San Francisco State University. (@KQEDKernan) Standing Together, Taking a Stand.
Lila LaHood, Publisher, San Francisco Public Press (@lilalahoodEvent as Brand, Platform and Distribution
Kerry Lonsdale is the Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Kindle bestselling author of Everything We Keep and All The Breaking Waves. She is a founder of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, an online community of over 800 women’s fiction writers. She resides in Northern California with her husband and two children. (@KerryLonsdale) Book publishing panel
Laurie McLean spent 20 years as the CEO of a PR agency and 8 years as an agent before co-founding Fuse Literary in 2013. Laurie specializes in adult genre fiction plus middle grade and young adult children’s books. She is also co-director of the San Francisco Writers Conference. Find out more at FuseLiterary.com. (@agentsavant) Book publishing panel
As editor and publisher at Via, the largest-circulation travel magazine in the West, Anne McSilver is devoted to high-quality content and passionate about managing high-performing people and projects. (@amcsilverThe Art and Science of Making Money

Janice Min, President and Chief Creative Officer, The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group (@janicemin) 2017 Exceptional Woman in Publishing recipient & keynote speaker

Wanita Niehaus is a marketing and communications professional specializing in strategy, branding, design, public affairs and corporate social responsibility. She is founder and president of PowerHaus Consultants, a marketing, communications and training firm. Until 2014, she was the VP of Corporate Communications for Scripps Networks Interactive. (@WanitaNiehaus) From Crossroads to Intersection: How all roads lead to you
Liz O’Donnell is Chief Content Officer for Double Forte, which connects companies to the people who matter to them via digital, marketing and public relations strategies. Liz is also author of Mogul, Mom & Maid: The Balancing Act of the Modern Woman, which looks at the impact women’s personal lives have on their careers and ways business can support working women. (@LizODtweets) 24-7: How to reclaim your life in a relentless technological pace
Lisa Raphael kicked off her career as a Bieber Whisperer at J-14 Magazine, later working as a producer at Lifetime and for Katie Couric and her talk show before becoming Brit + Co’s Editorial Director. Currently, Lisa is VP of Content and Audience at media startup The Relish and consults for individuals and companies. (@LRapTweets) Who’s There? Developing the audience you want and need
Katherine Rowlands is a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University focusing on newsroom gender disparity. Most recently, she’s been deputy business editor of the Bay Area News Group. Rowlands has also worked in newsrooms in several California cities and spent four years in Honduras as a freelancer for The Economist and other publications. She studied at the London School of Economics, while working as a production assistant for ABC. (@news_kat) Standing Together, Taking a Stand
Linda Ruth is CEO of PSCS Consulting, where she advises on magazine launches, search engine optimization and audience development online and at retail. She is co-founder of EWIP and President of Newsstands of America. With more than 20 years experience in magazine marketing, she is author of Internet Marketing for Magazine Publishers, How to Market your Newsstand Magazine and Secrets of SEO for Publishers and has held management positions at McGraw-Hill and IDG Communications. (@Linda_Ruth) Standing Together, Taking a Stand
Thea Selby
Thea Selby is Principal at Next Steps Marketing, supervising digital publication creation, directing audience marketing efforts and creating outreach programs for non-profit and governmental agencies. Thea was CEO of Light Green Media, and managed the investment strategy and advertising for the flagship digital publication, greenlight-digital.com. She also puts her skills to use working with others to create a safe and thriving San Francisco, and holds an MBA from the University of Oregon and an A.B. from UC Berkeley. (@TheaSelby)Standing Together, Taking a Stand
Naheed Hasnat Senzai is the author of Shooting Kabul, chosen by the Asian Pacific Librarians Association as their Young Adult Literature winner and an NPR’s Backseat Book Club pick, along with Edgar Award nominee Saving Kabul Corner and Ticket to India. She spent her childhood in San Francisco and Jubail, Saudi Arabia; at high school in London she was voted “most likely to lead a literary revolution.” Her upcoming novel is Escape From Aleppo, about a girl fleeing Syria at the advent of the Arab Spring. (@nhsnatsenzaiBook Publishing panel
Roberta Steele is Regional Attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission San Francisco District Office. Throughout her legal career, Steele has worked as a plaintiffs’ attorney with a significant practice in employment discrimination law. She is also Program Director at the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), responsible for coordination of NELA’s amicus, judicial nominations and continuing legal education programs, and public policy work. Not In My Sandbox: Fighting unconscious bias and gender equality by knowing your rights
Leigh Stein is the author of three books, and the co-founder and Executive Director of Out of the Binders, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to advancing the careers of women and gender variant writers. Her newest book is the memoir Land of Enchantment. For her advocacy work, Stein has been called a “leading feminist” by the Washington Post and honored as a “woman of influence” by New York Business Journal. (@rhymeswithbee)Standing Together, Taking a Stand
Tracey Taylor is a journalist, editor and founding partner of Berkeleyside. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, Financial Times and San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Tracey has worked as an editor for business-to-business magazines and at the Financial Times, as well as for private clients including non-profits and authors. She has edited two books — and worked as a professional blogger.(@tktaylor) Event as Brand, Platform and Distribution

 

Elle Toussi is a cross-platform journalist and founder of nonprofit In One Minute. Toussi has history reporting on the film industry, Islam, the Middle East and all matters pertaining to Southern California. Her passions including reporting on the Middle East, women, technology and how these worlds come together. In One Minute uses mobile technology and philanthropy to meet specific needs of women around the world. (@ElleToussi) Live Now… Video’s Third Wave
Lisa Westmoreland is Executive Editor at Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Crown Books, Penguin Random House. She has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English Literature from Stanford University. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. (@lisawestmorelan) Book Publishing panel
Brooke Warner is publisher of She Writes Press, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of Green-light Your Book, What’s Your Book?, and three books on memoir. Brooke is the former Executive Editor of Seal Press. She writes a monthly column for Publishers Weekly and blogs actively on Huffington Post Books and SheWrites.com. (@Brooke_WarnerBook Publishing panel

 

As Editor at Large at LinkedIn, Marisa Wong works closely with product and engineering teams to build editorial features for the site. Her latest launch involves a new news-focused product, for which editors curate content and commentary. Prior to this role, Marisa served as Managing Editor of SlideShare (a LinkedIn company), and worked as a traditional journalist for publications such as The Wall Street Journal and People Magazine. (@Marisa_Wong) A Numbers Game: Pivot to Data and Product Thinking

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EWIP Conference Sponsors

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CONFERENCE SPONSORS

SubDirectSubDirect utilizes technology solutions to help brands connect to their end users in a thoughtful way. Whether it’s to distribute content, market a product for purchase, or enhance customer experience; SubDirect looks to the horizon to make sure our clients’ needs are met and meaningful.- Learn More
  LIVESTRONG.COM is the #1 healthy living site. Our team of editors provides the blueprint to simple healthy living. Our success is measured by the millions of people we help every day to improve their lives in measurable ways: whether they’re eating healthier, getting fit or losing weight with our free calorie tracker app. Learn More
VIA magazine’s goal is to excite, to inform, and to entertain Western travelers; to lay bare the secrets of destinations around the globe, across the country, and, most often, just down the road; to satiate and gratify the armchair traveler and, especially, to spark active travelers to pick up the phone, grab a mouse, or trek to the nearest AAA travel agency and begin making plans for their next trip. Learn More
StoryCraftStoryCraft is a creative digital agency that specializes in content marketing and brand storytelling. We believe the most successful brands of the modern age will be the ones with powerful stories to tell. We collaborate with businesses and organizations to discover and promote their best stories.- Learn More

PARTNERS

AAMPLogoTagThe Association for Audience Marketing Professionals (AAMP) is open to audience developers and marketers for print, digital, online and face-to-face audiences. The AAMP’s mission is to educate and connect the audience marketing community through webinars, community building and premier networking events like its signature CircDayLA. Learn More
Journalism and Women SymposiumThe Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) supports the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and works toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society. We do this at our Conference and Mentoring Project, through our fellowship programs and at regional gatheringsLearn More
The Solutions Journalism Network is a nonprofit organization focused on spreading the practice of solutions journalism: rigorous reporting on how people are responding to social problems. Since our inception in 2013, we have trained 75+ news outlets around the U.S. and the world and offer support in the form of educational resources, and online and offline community building in cities around the country. Learn More

Exceptional Women in Publishing

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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!

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EWIP Board of Directors

Vera Chan
Vera Chan|President
Vera Chan currently 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. Vera paid her dues at Bay Area newspapers and regional magazines, and did a stint at a computer software game company right out of UC Berkeley 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 writes fiction on the side. (@FastTalkingD)
Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig
Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig |Communications
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. (@shadesmagazine1)
Katharine Fong
Katharine Fong |Treasurer
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. Katharine has a B.A. from UC Berkeley, and an M.A. in classical archaeology from Antioch University. (@kathfong)
Dorothy 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)
Lisa Radler
Lisa Radler |Vice President
Lisa Radler is an audience development consultant with more than two decades in the publishing industry, with stints at Health Magazine, IDG & Future US Media, where she headed up its audience marketing, mobile app and eCommerce initiatives. Lisa 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)
Christine 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)
Deborah Todd
Deborah Todd |Membership
Until recently, 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)

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