Upcoming WMG Events

  • Wednesday, 12/7/16, 6pm - WMG Holiday Party at the home of Madeleine Morel
  • Monday, 1/23/17, 12:30pm - Luncheon at 21 Club; Speaker: TK
  • Tuesday, 3/14/17, 12:30pm - Business Luncheon at Upper Story
  • Monday, 4/10/17, 12:30pm - Luncheon at 21 Club; Speaker: TK
  • Tuesday, 6/13/17, 12:30pm - Luncheon at Upper Story; Speaker: TK

Industry Events

March 7-9, 2017 - Digital Book World Conference & Expo, New York, NY
March 14-16, 2017 - London Book Fair, London, England
April 3-6, 2017 - Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bologna, Italy
May 31-June 2, 2017 - BookExpo America, New York NY

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Welcome!

Women’s Media Group is a New York-based nonprofit association of women who have achieved prominence in the many fields of media. Our members, drawn from book, magazine, and newspaper publishing; film, television, online and other digital media, meet, collaborate, inform and support one another as well as mentoring young women interested in publishing careers.  Find out more on the About Us page.

Interested in Joining Women's Media Group?

If you are a woman working in publishing and media in the New York City or surrounding areas, we'd like an opportunity to get to know you better and perhaps invite you to become a member. Please check out our website to learn more about us. If you'd like to contact us about joining, please e-mail membership@womensmediagroup.org. We look forward to hearing from you.


WMG Small Dinner at Harriet Bell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
From far right, and continuing counterclockwise: Hostess Harriet Bell, Lisa Gallagher, Barbara Monteiro, Michelle Tessler, Michelle Burford, Esther Margolis (Photographer: Kris Puopolo)

WMG Brown Bag Lunch November 3rd with Laurel Touby, founder of mediabistro.com

Join us as we welcome powerhouse entrepreneur Laurel Touby, founding partner at Flatiron Investors and the innovator behind mediabistro.com, to a Brown Bag lunch on Thursday, November 3, at 12:30pm.

Laurel will talk about how to be a woman warrior and reveal the path to achieving a happier, more productive life. She is enthusiastic about answering any and all questions and urges us to read her article on Medium “The Warrior Way."

As the founding partner of Flatiron Investors, Laurel brought together a group of 20-odd founders and high net worth individuals who meet monthly to work on deals together.

Prior to Flatiron Investors, she revolutionized how media people connect, communicate, and do business with mediabistro.com. During her tenure as CEO, she pulled the company through two recessions, pivoted, managed growth with minimal resources, and developed audience via guerrilla and social marketing (before that term even existed). Following the sale of the company to Jupiter Media for $23 million, Laurel remained with the company through June 2011.

Laurel is a dynamic public speaker and hosted “Secrets of Successful Startups” on CBS Interactive. An inveterate connector, she inspires the entrepreneurial community via her monthly co-hosted Cereal Entrepreneurs breakfast, VC Deal Dinners, Flatiron Investor events and Startup Digital Dinners.

Guests welcome! Please RSVP here.

WHEN: Happening soon!! Thursday, November 3, 2016, at 12:30pm

WHERE: Random House, the Club Room 2nd floor, 1745 Broadway

Small Dinner at Elisa Petrini's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left to right: Liv Blumer, Elisa Petrini, Lisa Faith Phillips, Judith Sternlight,Toni Sciarra Poynter, Lauren Marino, and Judy Kern‎.
Not shown: Gareth Esersky who is snapping the photo.

WMG Lunch: The Future of Media Is Podcasting—A Panel w/Hosts, Producers, Innovators

Who knew the hottest entertainment form would be audio? Let’s start with this simple fact: To date, more people have downloaded Serial, the podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig, than have watched Girls and Game of Thrones combined! 

On October 18th, Women’s Media Group will host a panel discussion on how to tap into the quickly expanding and evolving medium of podcasts. We’ll find out:

  • Whether podcasts, like blogs, are something authors or aspiring authors should be encouraged to create 
  • How podcasts inform and connect to other social networks
  • What podcasts have in common with other storytelling and news mediums like books, magazines, newspapers, and television
  • Who’s producing them and how they are produced
  • Who’s listening and how to build an audience
  • What makes for a good podcast and how authors can use them to share their stories and add their voice to the marketplace of ideas
  • How podcasts are being monetized
  • The future of podcasting, as more and more podcasts are produced.

Join us as we welcome Samantha Henig, the editorial director for audio at The New York Times, who is spearheading its growing podcast network, Amy Brinker and Lindsay Jacobson, creators and hosts of the Penguin/Random House podcast Beaks & Geeks, and Jenny Blake, a former Googler who just launched her first podcast to coincide with the release of her book, Pivot

Another dynamic panelist will be announced soon! 

Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at 12:30pm 

WHERE: Upper Story on the 14th Story of the D+D Building, 979 Third Avenue (between 58th & 59th)

**NOTE: The price for Upper Story luncheons is $50.00**

RSVP DEADLINE: Thursday, October 13 at 6pm
CANCELLATION DEADLINE: Thursday, October 13 at 6pm

WAITLIST LINK: If you are unable to RSVP because the RSVP deadline has passed, please click on the link below to add your name to the wait list. We will contact you if you can be added to the guest list due to a last-minute cancellation. Please do not come to the luncheon unless you have been informed that you are off the waitlist. Regrettably, members and guests who arrive at the luncheon who have not RSVP'd or who haven't been notified that they are off the waitlist will not be seated. Visit https://goo.gl/forms/cxgn7j6uCgyg73Ev1 to be added to the waitlist.

WMG Luncheon with Elizabeth Vargas, co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20

On September 19th, we kicked off our fall lunches with ABC News 20/20's Elizabeth Vargas, who joined us for an inspiring Q&A about her new memoir Between Breaths with HarperCollins' Lisa Sharkey at 21 Club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Lisa Faith Phillips, Elizabeth Vargas, Lisa Sharkey, Patty Negar, Deedee DeBartlo

Join us for the first lunch of the season on Monday, September 19, 2016 as the Women’s Media Group welcomes Elizabeth Vargas, co-anchor of ABC News’ 20/20 and author of Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction. 

As an award-winning news anchor, Elizabeth Vargas has traveled the world covering breaking news stories, reporting in-depth investigations, and conducting interviews with international newsmakers. Called one of the most “intellectually brave” women in broadcast news by the New York Times, Vargas proved equally courageous in her personal life when she uttered the painful and honest words, “I am an alcoholic” to interviewer George Stephanopoulos while at the height of her career.

In her new book she discusses growing up with anxiety, which began suddenly at the age of six when her father served in Vietnam, how she dealt with this anxiety as she came of age, and how she eventually turned to alcohol for relief. She tells of how she found herself living in denial, about the extent of her addiction and how she kept her dependency a secret for so long. She addresses her time in rehab, her first year of sobriety, and the guilt she felt as a working mother who had never found the right balance.

The format of this luncheon program will be an in-conversation between Elizabeth and WMG member Lisa Sharkey, a former ABC News colleague and the Senior VP Director of Creative Development at HarperCollins. In addition to talking about her book, Elizabeth will also talk about being a woman in the broadcast news business. 


Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.

WHEN: Monday, September 19, 2016, at 12:30pm

WHERE: The 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street

RSVP DEADLINE: Thursday, September 15 at 6pm

CANCELLATION DEADLINE: Thursday, September 15 at 6pm

Don't Miss WMG Back-to-Work Happy Hour

We hope everyone is having a fantastic summer, and enjoying these final days of August!

Fall will be here before we know it, and what better way to celebrate the back-to-school spirit than with a WMG happy hour—a purely fun, social event where we can connect with friends old and new.

We are delighted to be hosting a September 13th happy hour at The Gander, a chic new restaurant in the Flatiron district. The event will be cash bar, with some amazing happy hour cocktails, beers, wines, and inventive appetizers.

Capacity is 50 people, so please RSVP below.

We look forward to seeing you there!

RSVP here.

Location: The Gander, 15 West 18th Street
When: Tuesday, September 13, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Why: Back-to-Work Happy Hour

** Other upcoming Fall events include a September luncheon at the 21 Club and an October luncheon at Upper Story. Details to come. 

Last WMG Lunch of the Season: Women-Owned Independent Booksellers Rebecca Fitting, Carol Hoenig, and Kurestin Armada in conversation with Libby McGuire

Join us for a lively panel discussion on how women-owned independent bookstores are creatively and actively helping publishers and authors build their audience and connect with readers.

The number of independent bookstores in the U.S. has grown by 27 percent since 2009, according to data from the American Booksellers Association. After years of decline, indies are growing and thriving, especially here in New York City and surrounding areas. How are they competing with Amazon and chain stores, how do they cultivate customers, and how can we help them grow so that they can help authors and publishers sell more books?  

This luncheon will provide answers and strategies from women on the front lines of these changes. We are thrilled to welcome Rebecca Fitting of Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn, Carol Hoenig of Turn of the Corkscrew Books & Wine in Rockville Center, and Kurestin Armada of Little City Books in Hoboken for an engaging in-conversation with Libby McGuire on Tuesday, June 21st, at 12:30 PM at our bright and airy lunch space Upper Story.

Libby McGuire, WMG board member and former publisher of Ballantine Bantam Dell, where her best-selling authors included Lee Child, Justin Cronin, Paula McLain, Jodi Picoult, and Danielle Steel, will moderate a discussion with Fitting, Hoenig, and Armada to find out what it’s really like to own, manage, and work at an independent bookstore.  

If you want to know how these booksellers make buying decisions, how they engage with their communities and partner with authors and publishers, and the biggest challenges and rewards of indie bookselling, you won’t want to miss this lunch!

Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 21 at 12:30pm

WHERE: Upper Story [PLEASE NOTE VENUE] in the D+D Building, 979 3rd Ave (between 58th & 59th), 14th Floor

RSVP DEADLINE: June 16 at 6pm

CANCELLATION DEADLINE: June 17 at 6 pm

WAITLIST LINK: If you are unable to RSVP because the RSVP deadline has passed, please click on the link below to add your name to the wait list. We will contact you if you can be added to the guest list due to a last-minute cancellation. Please do not come to the luncheon unless you have been informed that you are off the waitlist. Regrettably, members and guests who arrive at the luncheon who have not RSVP'd or who haven't been notified that they are off the waitlist will not be seated. Click here to be added to the waitlist.

Another Great WMG Small Dinner!

Lively conversation and a fabulous meal at Bridget Marmion's beautiful apartment.

Here we are having cocktails on her roof, with a lovely New York City skyline in the background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shown left to right: Gayle Feldman, Brooke Carey, Shawna Mullen, Kathryn Sandler, and hostess Bridget Marmion kneeling.

Spring 2016 WMG Small Dinner with Soumeya Roberts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
From top right to left: Joelle Dieu (holding the cat), Liz Gately, Amber Hoover, Serena Jones.
From bottom right to left: Sarah Smith, Angie Venezia, Rhea Lyons, Soumeya Bendimerad Roberts.

Small Dinner with Lisa Sharkey

A fantastic dinner with Lisa Sharkey hosting on Thursday, May 5th.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



The group includes (not in any order at all!):

Kathryn Sandler, DeeDee Debartlo, Michelle Tessler, Yona Deshommes, Helen Atsma, Jennifer Unter,  Vicky Bijur, Cindy Ratzlaff, Meredith Bernstein, Jennifer Weltz,Tracy Sherrod,  Alix Strauss, and hostess Lisa Sharkey. 

Small Dinner in Jersey City

We had a wonderful time with hostess Susan Seliger sharing her home and GORGEOUS VIEWS of the NYC skyline.  Amazing stories about our industry as well as some endearing tales of "how I met my guy....."  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Right photo: Standing left to right:  Wendy Sherman, Agustina Casal, and Susan Seliger;
Seated l to r:  Tara Singh Carlson and Jodi Lipper.    (Photo credit:  Jill Sansone)
 
Left photo:  same with Jill and Susan switching places.

WMG & AUTHORS.me invite you to Appy Hour: Productivity Edition!

You, especially, should come to Appy Hour!

We're always trying to be more productive in our professional lives. We’ve adopted ways and workarounds, both digital and nondigital. Some work well enough; others are terrible. Often we just wish for something better. But who’s got the time to research, test, and investigate the flood of digital products that hope to solve our problems? If you're a small business or an independent, you, especially, know what we're saying.

This joint event from Women's Media Group of New York City and AUTHORS.me of Austin, Texas is a great opportunity to meet, mingle, and learn in a larger group of our comrades-in-business.

Appy Hour is a relaxed way to share our favorite apps with our colleagues and to hear about new ones from them. This “Productivity Edition” of Appy Hour will focus on work applications--whatever you use to stay sane while conducting business. (In other words, not Candy Crush or Headspace!) We’ll draw from the pool of wisdom and experience, like a mini-Consumer Reports.

Bring your laptop, tablet, and/or phone: We’ll ask you to show us your app and tell us why you like it. You can also tell us what you wish an app could do for you; someone in the group may have just the right app solution.

There will be snacks, wine and other beverages, and more. Don’t miss this chance to mingle, share, and learn.

Your first productivity assignment: Get this event into your calendar and RSVP.

Note: Photo ID is required by WeWork Charging Bull, so please bring one with you!

WHEN: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

WHERE: WeWork Charging Bull - 25 Broadway 9th floor, New York, NY 10004

RSVP required; please RSVP here.

WMG Brown Bag:  How to Tap into the Tremendous Business Opportunities of the Self-Publishing Revolution 

Join us as we welcome Miral Sattar, self-publishing expert and innovative entrepreneur behind Bibliocrunch, for our next Brown Bag Lunch.

Currently, on Amazon, 40% of the bestselling e-books are self-published books.  Because the book publishing industry is one of the last industries to go digital, it’s going through a rapid transition which provides many publishing professionals and authors an unprecedented opportunity.

Authors now have access to powerful tools and are able to publish high-quality books that are moving many toward self-publishing.  Launching a book is like launching a startup. Putting together a quality book involves not just writing it, but getting it edited, formatted, designing a cover, and having a marketing strategy around it. Authors now are putting together their own publishing teams and need to work with quality editors, designers, marketing folks, and book shepherds. Learn how to find these authors and help them publish their best book possible.

Reading on smartphones, e-readers, and tablets has become ubiquitous. Whereas a range of factors affected the e-book market over the past five years, in 2016 the book market will be relatively unfettered for the first time since 2012. So what does that mean for the next wave of DIY and digital innovation in publishing?

Miral Sattar will share case studies of successful self-published authors along with strategies on how their books were marketed, sold and consumed.  She will also discuss how online communities that make it easy for consumers to make quick decisions based on desirability will shape how self-published books are produced and marketed.

Miral Sattar is the CEO of LearnSelfPublishingFast and Bibliocrunch, an award-winning marketplace that connects authors with vetted book publishing professionals like editors, designers, and marketers. She has worked in the media industry for 11 years, most recently at TIME where she launched several digital initiatives including an iPad and mobile site, mobile apps, a video and podcast channel, blogs, and SEO. Miral and her writing have been featured in TIME, Forbes, Consumer Reports, CNN, NY Daily News, among other media publications. She has a MS in Publishing (Digital + Print Media) from NYU and a BS from Columbia University. Follow Miral on Twitter at @miralsattar.

This Brown Bag will be held at 12:30pm on Wednesday, May 25, at the Random House Building, 1745 Broadway, in Room 1201 on the 12th floor.

This is a FREE event, but please RSVP here, as space is limited. Guests are welcome.

Spring 2016 WMG Small Dinner with Regina Ryan

Lovely dinner with delicious food and lively, enlightening conversation at Regina Ryan's charming home, Thursday, April 7.

 

 

 

 

 

Order from left: Susan Schwartz, Dawn Raffel, Regina Ryan, Paige Wheeler, Anne McCormick, Jean Naggar, (Debra Werksman had left to catch a train). Photo taken by Lisa Faith Phillips.

WMG April Lunch: Beyond Digital with Chantal Restivo-Alessi of HarperCollins

Please join us for an illuminating lunch on April 19 as Women’s Media Group welcomes Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President, International at HarperCollins, Chantal Restivo-Alessi.

The digital world is constantly changing the way we sell, market, consume, and publish books and magazines, forcing us into unchartered territory that can be intimidating and exciting, depending on how much we know.  Where is it taking us and what can we do to harness the tools and intelligence that power our brave new world?

Chantal Restivo-Alessi worked in the music industry as it experienced a seismic shift that forever changed it.  She is on the forefront of the digital revolution and will share what she knows and how agents, authors, publishers, booksellers, and marketers can adapt and thrive amidst tremendous upheaval.

Since joining HarperCollins, Ms. Restivo-Alessi has pioneered the use of new digital sales channels, signing numerous deals with new distributors, such as subscription services Scribd and Oyster. In addition, she led the launch of the company’s e-commerce platform on www.HC.com, opening yet another channel for the company, and enabling its authors to sell directly from their web properties.

Ms. Restivo-Alessi has extensive expertise in strategy development and execution, as well as change management in the media space. She has held numerous senior strategy positions and has more than 20 years of international media management experience. She joined HarperCollins from ING Bank in London, where she was Head of Media Corporate Finance. In addition, she has worked at Aegis Group PLC in senior strategy and operational roles, EMI music, and Booz & Company.

Ms. Restivo-Alessi is fluent in six languages, holds an MBA from Columbia University, a Masters in Foreign Trade and International Marketing from ICE Italian Institute, and a Laurea (MA) in International Political Sciences from University of Rome.

Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 19 at 12:30pm

WHERE: The 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street

RSVP DEADLINE: April 14 at 6pm

CANCELLATION DEADLINE: April 14 at 6 pm

WAITLIST LINK: If you are unable to RSVP because the RSVP deadline has passed, please click on the link below to add your name to the wait list. We will contact you if you can be added to the guest list. Regrettably, members and guests who arrive at the luncheon who have not RSVP'd or who haven't been notified that they are off the waitlist will not be seated. Go here  to be added to the waitlist.

Meet, Greet, and Swap at Our Annual Business and New Member Luncheon!

Please join us at our annual business and new member luncheon. This lunch is for members only.

In addition to voting in the new board and welcoming new members who've joined over the past year, we’ll also be hosting our popular annual Media Swap.

To celebrate our love of all things media, at this lunch we ask each attendee to bring a book, magazine, DVD, or CD that she loves packaged in a plain manila envelope. The packages are placed in the center of your designated lunch table, and once we sit down to lunch, each person selects a package and opens it. The person who brought each item then can share something about it. After that, people can swap and share as they please. It's a great way to get to know our new members and leave lunch with something new to read or watch, plus a few more ideas jotted down to check out later.
 
Our March business luncheon is always a high point that affirms our bond, continuity, and growth as a community. We look forward to seeing you there!

WHEN: Tuesday, March 22nd at 12:30pm

WHERE: **Upper Story**, D&D Building - 979 Third Avenue at 58th Street, 14th Floor  

[**Please note that this event is being held at our new venue, not at 21 Club**]

RSVP DEADLINE: Thursday, 3/17 at 6pm

CANCELLATION DEADLINE: Friday, 3/18  at 12 pm

Please RSVP here.

WAITLIST LINK: If you are unable to RSVP because the RSVP deadline has passed, please click on the link below to add your name to the wait list. We will contact you if you can be added to the guest list due to a last-minute cancellation. Please do not come to the luncheon unless you have been informed that you are off the waitlist. Regrettably, members and guests who arrive at the luncheon who have not RSVP'd or who haven't been notified that they are off the waitlist will not be seated. Click here to be added to the waitlist.

WMG 2/24 Brown Bag: Inside Medium, the communication platform with 30 million followers practically made for authors, with Kate Lee, Head of Outreach

Medium is HUGE! Created by Ev Williams, cofounder of Twitter, Medium is a global blogging platform that taps into a growing desire for long-form content—at Medium, they generally say "content longer than 140 characters"—which makes it perfect for authors, bloggers, thought leaders and pundits.  

A well-designed digital media outlet for thought-provoking pieces, Medium was where Jeb Bush wrote a piece about his daughter’s drug addiction, a former Twitter manager wrote about the company's challenges with diversity, and in August, Jeff Bezos countered the New York Times’ Amazon expose by writing a response on Medium, and The New York Times fought back not on its own pages, but on Medium. All of these posts went viral, raising awareness and sparking conversation. 
 
The great thing is, anyone can post on Medium, sharing their stories, thoughts, and ideas, and responding to readers who comment on their pieces. It’s a great way to help authors reach and communicate with readers.
 
Kate Lee has worked at Medium since it was launched in 2012.  A former “publishing prodigy” and “wunderkind agent” at ICM, Kate will discuss how authors can best tap this innovative platform to reach a vast number of readers who want more than 140 characters.    
 
Kate Lee is Head of Outreach at Medium.com; a role which is the perfect culmination of the career path that precedes it. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she started her career as a reporter for US Weekly. However, at a time when the internet had not yet entrenched the magazine world, Kate still turned to it, and the early world of blogs for inspiration. It was in her next job, as a literary agent at International Creative Management, that this inspiration turned into much more: a niche offering which Kate found a competitive edge while helping to actualize the true potential of some of the prominent voices of the budding digital landscape. However, as the internet grew, Kate made the leap from a 10 year career for something new. After spending some time consulting and soul searching, she ultimately found her place at Medium where her current role allows her to continue to give prominent people the opportunity to share their point of view with a global audience. While the entirety of her career was not spent with a digital focus, it was certainly a major influence, one which she is continuing to learn about and directly impact with her gift of finding the industry’s boldest voices.
 
This Brown Bag will be held at 12:30pm on Wednesday, February 24, at the Random House Building, 1745 Broadway, in Room 1301 on the 13th floor.

This is a FREE event, but please RSVP here, as space is limited and we expect high demand. Guests are welcome.

WMG 2015 Holiday Party

Our annual WMG holiday party was held at Punch, a spacious new venue for us just off Union Square. It was a big success with people having so much fun it was hard to leave.

Thank you to everyone who helped out, including Madeleine Morel, Darcie Rowen, Dee Dee DeBartlo, Kris Puopolo, and especially Brandi Bowles for organizing such an inviting space!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caption (left to right): Brandi Bowles, Tisse Takag, and Dee Dee DeBartlo  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Caption (left to right):  Jill Sansone and Gayle Feldman
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caption (left to right): Bevery Wettenstein, Kathy Sandler and Carol Hoenig

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Caption (left to right): Lisa Leshne and Kris Puopolo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Caption: Thank you Madeleine Morel and Darcie Rowan for welcoming our members at the check-in as the party started.

WMG Lunch with Farai Chideya on how women can find professional and financial success in the age of disruption

Join us for an illuminating and inspiring lunch on January 12 as Women’s Media Group welcomes reporter, analyst, educator, and author Farai Chideya.

In her powerful new book, THE EPISODIC CAREER, which Publishers Weekly calls “smart and savvy…an enlightening map of the current job landscape which will help readers figure out how to ride the inevitable changes in the marketplace and make the best decisions,” Ms. Chideya offers analysis and insight into how to retrain ourselves in our era of disruption and psychological self-empowerment, how to advocate for our long-term financial health, and what we need to do to find new paths in a world of technological and economic change.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Farai Chideya is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. A 1990 graduate of Harvard University, she was also a spring 2012 fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. She frequently appears on public radio and cable television, speaking about race, politics, and culture.  She is currently a Senior Writer at the news site FiveThirtyEight.com, covering the 2016 election and consumer issues in the digital age.  She previously hosted NPR’s News and Notes; was a reporter for ABC News; a political analyst for CNN; a host for the Oxygen Network; and a reporter for Newsweek magazine. She and the teams she has worked with have won awards including a National Education Reporting Award, a North Star News Prize, and a special award from the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association for coverage of AIDS. Earlier in her career she worked for Newsweek, MTV News, CNN, and ABC News.

Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 12 at 12:30pm

WHERE: The 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street

RSVP DEADLINE: January 7 at 6pm

CANCELLATION DEADLINE: January 7 at 6 pm

WAITLIST LINK: If you are unable to RSVP because the RSVP deadline has passed, please click on the link below to add your name to the wait list. We will contact you if you can be added to the guest list due to a last-minute cancellation. Please do not come to the luncheon unless you have been informed that you are off the waitlist. Regrettably, members and guests who arrive at the luncheon who have not RSVP'd or who haven't been notified that they are off the waitlist will not be seated. Click here to be added to the waitlist.

Small Dinner at Madeleine Morel’s Home on the Upper West Side

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left: DeeDee DeBartlo, Deborah Brody, Michelle Tessler, hostess Madeleine Morel, Anne Kostick, Jill Sansone, and Sydny Miner.  Photographer: Jane Wesman.

WMG Brown Bag, December 3rd: Legal Essentials with Jan Constantine, General Counsel for The Author’s Guild

“Could I get sued for this?” It’s a question every one of us in the media has asked at one time or another.

If you write, publish, or broadcast, or if you represent or advise others who do, you won’t want to miss this Brown Bag.

Jan Constantine, a WMG member and a veteran attorney with decades of experience in intellectual property, trade regulation, and corporate law, and longtime General Counsel for The Authors Guild, will walk you through the essentials of issues like these:

  • What are the definitions of libel and invasion of privacy, and what are best practices to guard against them?
  • When is it necessary to get permission to quote material?
  • What exactly is “fair use”?
  • What’s the best way to find out whether content is in the public domain?
  • In what circumstances should releases be obtained and what in general should they cover?
  • What are the legal issues to be aware of when using content from the internet?
  • When publishing candid photos or footage, do all the people depicted have to sign releases?
  • What are the key legal issues to watch out for in memoir? What about investigative/exposé?
  • Should creatives buy their own liability insurance? How much can they expect to be covered by a publisher’s or other media outlet’s liability insurance?

Jan F. Constantine has served as General Counsel for The Authors Guild (https://www.authorsguild.org/), a non-profit organization representing a membership of over 8,500 published authors and freelancers, since 2005. In addition to her other responsibilities, she has been overseeing The Authors Guild, et al v. Google, Inc., a class action lawsuit, filed in September 2005. She has over thirty years of legal experience in the practice of general corporate law and litigation, with specific expertise in intellectual property, trade regulation, and employment law. Previously, Ms. Constantine was Executive Vice President of News Corporation and, prior to that, Deputy General Counsel for Macmillan, Inc. After graduating law school, she worked as a staff attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. and the New York Regional Office as well as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where she was Deputy Chief of the Civil Division. Ms. Constantine is a longstanding member of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York. From 2005 until 2013, she was an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Ms. Constantine received a B.A. from Smith College and is a graduate of George Washington University’s National Law Center.
 
This Brown Bag will be held at 12:30pm on Thursday, December 3, 2015, at the Random House Building, 1745 Broadway, in Room 1301 on the 13th floor.


This is a FREE event, but please RSVP here, as space is limited. Guests are welcome.

Small Dinner Pix!

Small Dinner at Becky Kraemer's Home in South Orange, NJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front (l to r): Jen Levesque, Amy Edelman, Liza Dawson, Jodi Lipper. Rear (l to r): Helen Wan, Susan Weinberg, Claire Roberts (photographer: Becky Kraemer)

Small Dinner at Soumeya Roberts' Home in Brooklyn, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left to right: Charlotte Abbott, Tessa Shanks, Julia Passatore, Sarah Dickman

Small Dinner at Anne Kostick's in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seated: Beth Fisher, Kathy Huck, Michelle Howry. Standing: Soumeya Roberts, Lisa Faith Phillips and Hostess Anne Kostick (photographer: Kris Puopolo)

WMG Luncheon: YA Superstars, October 26th at Upper Story

Join us for an exciting lunch on October 26, 2015 as Women’s Media Group welcomes an exceptional panel of women to discuss the future of Young Adult Literature.

YA publisher Julie Strauss-Gabel, super agent Mollie Glick, and YA author Alyssa Sheinmel will discuss

  • How YA has changed in our digital age
  • What’s trending now and what's ahead
  • How adults have increased and influenced YA sales and marketing
  • Why the YA bestsellers list seem to be dominated by male authors  

The conversation will be moderated by Maria Russo, Children’s Book Editor at The New York Times Book Review.

NOTE: This will be our first luncheon at Upper Story, award-winning chef Charlie Palmer’s restaurant in Manhattan’s iconic D&D building.  The cost is $50.00/person. We expect this panel to be popular, so please rsvp early!

Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.

About the Panelists

Julie Strauss-Gabel joined Penguin in 2002 as Editor at Dutton, and became Dutton’s Vice President and Publisher in 2011. She previously held positions at Disney-Hyperion and Clarion. In her time at Penguin, Julie has honed many breakout talents, publishing such skilled authors as Ally Condie, Gordon Dahlquist,  Adam Gidwitz, John Green, Nina LaCour, Lauren Myracle, Stephanie Perkins, Kat Rosenfield, and Nova Ren Suma, as well as the children’s debut novels of New York Times–bestselling authors John Grisham and Meg Wolitzer, and Alex Award winner, Gregory Galloway.  For more on Ms. Strauss-Gabel, here’s a wonderful profile of her in the New York Times.

After graduating from Brown University, Mollie Glick began her career as a literary scout, advising foreign publishers regarding the acquisition of rights to American books. She then worked as an editor at the Crown imprint of Random House, before becoming an agent in 2003. Mollie represents New York Times bestsellers Jonathan Evison (West of Here), Carol Rifka Brunt (Tell the Wolves I’m Home), Sarah McCoy (The Baker’s Daughter) and Ali Benjamin (The Thing About Jellyfish), but she also takes great pride in breaking out a number of debut novelists each year. Her list includes literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, popular science, memoir, and children’s literature. More about Mollie here.

Alyssa Sheinmel is the author of several young adult novels including Faceless and Second Star, as well as the co-author of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, based on the YouTube series of the same name.  Bestselling author Luanne Rice called Faceless “gorgeous and wrenching... a vivid, compelling, beautiful, immediate novel.”  Of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, R.L. Stine said, “I was on the edge of my seat from the very first page,” and horror icon Wes Craven wrote, “Things that go bump in the night are afraid to read this book…” Alyssa grew up in Northern California and New York, and attended Barnard College. She worked at a literary agency and was part of the marketing team at Random House Children’s Books before she began writing full-time.  More about Alyssa here.

Maria Russo is the children’s book editor of The New York Times Book Review.  She is a veteran of TBR, having filled in as a preview editor under Chip McGrath. She was previously books editor at Salon and features editor at the New York Observer.  She is the mother of three children, who, she points out, conveniently fall into YA, middle-grade, and picture-book territory respectively. Find her on Twitter here.

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WHEN: Monday, October 26, 2015, at 12:30pm

WHERE: Upper Story, D&D Building - 979 Third Avenue at 58th Street, 14th Floor

RSVP DEADLINE: October 22 at 6pm

CANCELLATION DEADLINE: October 23 at 12 pm

WAITLIST LINK: If you are unable to RSVP because the RSVP deadline has passed, please click on the link below to add your name to the wait list. We will contact you if you can be added to the guest list due to a last-minute cancellation. Please do not come to the luncheon unless you have been informed that you are off the waitlist. Regrettably, members and guests who arrive at the luncheon who have not RSVP'd or who haven't been notified that they are off the waitlist will not be seated. Go here to be added to the waitlist.

WMG Luncheon with Lucy Kaylin, Editor in Chief of O, The Oprah Magazine

Join us for lunch on September 21, 2015 as the Women’s Media Group welcomes Lucy Kaylin, editor in chief of O, The Oprah Magazine.
 
When Lucy Kaylin started at O as deputy editor in 2009, she came to the magazine while it was in a transition period, following a phenomenally successful first decade, to help move it forward, “not so much to reinvent it, but to evolve it.”  As Kaylin, who became editor in chief in 2013, says, “Complacency being the enemy of creativity, we knew we couldn’t just rest on our laurels and expect the magazine to continue succeeding.”  So how did she change the magazine to keep O’s loyal readers happy and attract new ones?  And how does she and her team keep ahead of the curve in an ever-shifting media landscape?   
 
Find out what Kaylin, who has had a dynamic 28-year career in publishing, thinks the future looks like for O and for other print publications, and what she knows for sure about what women want, whether they’re baby boomers or millennials.  

Lucy Kaylin started her career in magazines as a fact checker at Vogue, spent 19 years writing for GQ, 3 years at Marie Claire, and 6 at O, winning two National Magazine Awards in her first two years as editor in chief.  She is also the author of  For the Love of God: The Faith and Future of the American Nun and The Perfect Stranger:  The Truth About Mothers and Nannies. You can follow her on Twitter at @LucyKaylin.
 
Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.

WHEN: Monday, September 21, 2015, at 12:30pm

WHERE: The 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street

RSVP DEADLINE: September 17 at 6pm

CANCELLATION DEADLINE: September 18 at 12 pm

WAITLIST LINK: If you are unable to RSVP because the RSVP deadline has passed, please click on the link below to add your name to the wait list. We will contact you if you can be added to the guest list due to a last-minute cancellation. Please do not come to the luncheon unless you have been informed that you are off the waitlist. Regrettably, members and guests who arrive at the luncheon who have not RSVP'd or who haven't been notified that they are off the waitlist will not be seated. Go here to be added to the waitlist.

WMG Presenting Panels at BEA 2015

Once again, WMG is organizing dynamic panels at BEA. Here are the details:

Thursday, May 28, 9:30am-10:20am—Women on Top: Women and Leadership in Publishing

With the recent news of women still fighting for equal pay and chipping at the glass ceiling, a number of publishing houses are being led by strong, talented women leaders. On this panel, three of these women leaders share how they rose to the top, and what it’s like up there.

What differentiates a leader from an executive? How would they describe their leadership style? How did they build leadership skills and leverage them for success? Did they experience a glass ceiling? What professional experiences were most formative or important in helping their success? Were there any role models (male or female) along the way? What personal and/or professional sacrifices were necessary?

Speakers include:

  • Bethlam Forsa, President, Learning Services, Pearson
  • Madeline McIntosh, President, Penguin Publishing Group, Penguin Random House
  • Lisa Sharkey*, Senior Vice President, Director of Creative Development, HarperCollins Publishers

For details, go to: http://bit.ly/1Qev7BV

Friday, May 29, 9:30am-10:20am—Women Entrepreneurs: Launching and Building a Start-Up

The changing digital landscape has brought the word “start-up” into our daily lives, but what does it mean to launch and build a start-up from the ground up? You’ll hear from women entrepreneurs who’ve been there and are doing that. Questions they’ll address include: What helps a start-up thrive? What inspired or motivated them to take on the start-up challenge? What is it like to compete for financing and credit in the male-dominated worlds of venture capital and banking? What were the biggest obstacles to launch and growth? What would they do differently in hindsight? Was being female a help, a hindrance, or not a factor? What advice would they give to others looking to launch a start-up? Speakers include:

  • Joanna Stone Herman*, CEO, Librify
  • Linda M. Holliday, CEO, Citia
  • Ann Hedreen, Co-owner, White Noise Productions
  • Susan Ruszala, President, NetGalley

* WMG Member

For details, go to: http://bit.ly/1POLRwG

We’re also hosting a WMG and Bay Area Digital Book Women Meetup on Thursday, May 28th from 4:00pm to 5:00pm at the BEA Content and Digital Stage (in the Digital Zone. It’s a great opportunity for WMG members to meet members of the Bay Area Digital Book Women, a networking group of senior women with deep publishing roots who are leading digital change in their companies. The group was co-founded in 2012 by WMG member Charlotte Abbott of Abbott Communications, with Robin Seaman of Benetech/Bookshare and Anne Kubek of INscribe Digital, who have since become WMG’s first West Coast-based members. Come and meet key executives from companies like Apple, Chronicle Books, Goodreads, Inkling, and INscribe Digital–and show that women are at the helm of digital change in our industry. We will gather under a red balloon! Please note there will be a cash bar. RSVP here.

Summer Fun: First-Ever WMG/AAR Mixer!

We're delighted to be co-hosting our first-ever mixer with The Association of Authors' Representatives (AAR)! Yup, and it's co-ed, too! We'll be mixing it up on the evening of June 25th at the Wix Lounge, from 6pm-8pm. This is a members-only event. Make it part of your summer fun!

P.S.: What is Wix Lounge? It's an event space by night and a free co-working space by day, sponsored by Wix.com. With an HTML5 drag-and-drop website editor, hundreds of web apps, designer-made templates, and tons of features, Wix provides the tools to build, launch, and manage a free and professional online presence. For details, click here: http://bit.ly/wix-wmg

WMG Luncheon: Celebrate Publishing Then and Now with Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year

Please join us for lunch on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, as the Women’s Media Group welcomes Joanna Rakoff, author of the dazzling memoir My Salinger Year.

At the literary agency where young Joanna Rakoff was hired as a temp in 1996, Selectric typewriters and Dictaphones still ruled, a pall of cigarette smoke ever hung in the air, and the most prized client was a famous recluse, J. D. Salinger. My Salinger Year is Rakoff’s sharply rendered tale of an unforgettable first year on the front lines of literature that The Guardian says “will have bookish women everywhere shuddering in recognition.”   

Since that memorable year, Joanna Rakoff has become a prize-winning novelist and freelance writer. Her novel A Fortunate Age won the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers and the Elle Readers’ Prize, and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a San Francisco Chronicle best seller. She has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, The Millions, and other publications. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
       
“For an insight into old-fashioned publishing this must be hard to beat. Everyone smokes, returns tiddly from boozy lunches, and authors are treated with respect.” —The Sydney Morning Herald

Come celebrate publishing past and present at our last luncheon of the season. Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at 12:30 pm

WHERE: The 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street

RSVP DEADLINE: June 11 at 6 pm

CANCELLATION DEADLINE: June 11 at 6 pm

WAITLIST LINK: If you are unable to RSVP because the RSVP deadline has passed, please click on the link below to add your name to the wait list. We will contact you if you can be added to the guest list due to a last-minute cancellation. Please do not come to the luncheon unless you have been informed that you are off the waitlist. Regrettably, members and guests who arrive at the luncheon who have not RSVP'd or who haven't been notified that they are off the waitlist will not be seated. Click here to be added to the waitlist.

WMG Small Dinners: Notes from the Field

Small Dinner host Tara Parsons writes:

We had a wonderful dinner a couple of weeks ago! Great company, food (if I do say so myself ;)), drinks, and dessert (Joelle Delbourgo is a master!). Guests in attendance included Susanna Einstein, Wendy Sherman, Joelle Delbourgo, Claire Roberts, Jodi Lipper, and Jennifer Levesque.

From left to right: Tara Parsons, Wendy Sherman, Claire Roberts, Susanna Einstein, Jodi Lipper, Jennifer Levesque
 

And from Jill Sansone (the genius who organizes these amazing events for us):

We had an outstanding small dinner at Melissa Danaczko's west side apartment on Tuesday, May 12th.  Our conversation ranged far and wide: our crazy industry, food, Ina Garten, Melissa's outstanding cooking (a recurring theme of the evening), best unknown podcasts, upcoming books (our own and others), the great big bag of circulating maternity clothes, how much we love small dinners, and more. A great group of funny, smart, vibrant women, I must say.

From left standing:Soumeya Bendimerad, Kendra Harpster, Maya Ziv, Laura Tisdel, Jackie Deval, Talia Krohn, our hostess extraordiaire Melissa Danaczko,  Paula Rizzo  
Down in front: yours truly, Jill Sansone

Small Dinners Fun

WMG cake!

 

(back row, from left to right) Co-host Heather Alexander, Kathryn Sandler, Emily Loose, and Denise Marcil
(front row, from left to right) Jill Danzig, Shawna Mullen, and Stephanie Bowen
 

Delicious dinner and great conversation at Sarah Dickman's Brooklyn place on April 28.

Anne Kostick took this picture of (L to R) Kris Puopolo, Sarah Dickman, Michelle Howry, and new member Dawn Michelle Hardy.

WMG Luncheon with Pamela Paul of The New York Times Book Review

Join us for lunch on Monday, April 20, 2015 as the Women's Media Group welcomes Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review.

Pamela Paul was named editor of The New York Times Book Review in 2013 and has implemented many changes, and has plans to make more. This is your opportunity to hear about her vision and perhaps to share your own. There will be an extended question-and-answer period, at Ms. Paul’s request, to encourage discussion.

Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review, having previously served there as features editor and children’s book editor. She is the author of three books, The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony, Pornified, and Parenting, Inc. She edited the 2014 anthology, By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life, and is working on a new book, My Life with Bob, about her life through the lens of her reading. A graduate of Brown University, Paul began her writing career as a London- and New York-based correspondent for The Economist.

Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.

WHEN: Monday, April 20, 2015, at 12:30 pm

WHERE: The 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street

RSVP DEADLINE: Thursday 4/16

CANCELLATION DEADLINE: Friday 4/17

WAIT LIST LINK: If you are unable to RSVP because the RSVP deadline has passed, please click on the link below to add your name to the wait list. We will contact you if you can be added to the guest list due to a last-minute cancellation. Please do not come to the luncheon unless you have been informed that you are off the wait list. Regrettably, members and guests who arrive at the luncheon who have not RSVP'd or who haven't been notified that they are off the wait list will not be seated. Click here to be added to the wait list.

Meet, Greet, and Swap at Our Annual Business and New Member Luncheon!

Please join us at our annual business and new member luncheon. This lunch is for members only. In addition to welcoming our newest members and voting in our new board, we’ll also be hosting our popular annual Media Swap.

To celebrate our love of all things media, at this lunch we ask each attendee to bring a book, magazine, DVD, or CD that she loves packaged in a plain manila envelope. The packages are placed in the center of your designated lunch table, and once we sit down to lunch, each person selects a package and opens it. The person who brought each item then can share something about it. After that, people can swap and share as they please. It's a great way to get to know our new members and leave lunch with something new to read or watch, plus a few more ideas jotted down to check out later.
 
Our March business luncheon is always a high point that affirms our bond, continuity, and growth as a community. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
The luncheon will be held at 12:30pm on Tuesday, March 10th, at the 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street.
 
RSVP here.
 
*If you need to cancel, you must do so by March 5th or you will be billed for the lunch.
 
Meet Our New Members
 
We’re happy to announce that the Board has accepted the following new members:

  • Alexis Hurley
  • Alexis Welby
  • Allison Cohen
  • Amber Hoover
  • Ann Pinkerton
  • Betty Wong
  • Caitlin Ellis
  • Cara Bedick
  • Carmela Ciuraru
  • Carrie Majer
  • Carrie Thornton
  • Dawn Michelle Hardy
  • Eliza Rothstein
  • Ellen Lerner
  • Emily Griffin
  • Emily Loose
  • Gareth Esersky
  • Hannah Wood
  • Jan Constantine
  • Jeanette Zwart
  • Jeany Wolf
  • Jennifer Risi
  • Jody Lipper
  • Julia Prosser
  • Kara Cesare
  • Karen Schechner
  • Kate Lloyd
  • Kathryn Huck
  • Kathy Sandler
  • Katy O'Donnell
  • Laura Mamelok
  • Laura Silver
  • Lauren Galit
  • Lauren Oliver
  • Libby Jordan
  • Lisa Sharkey
  • Liz Gately
  • Lori Glazer
  • Maja Thomas
  • Maria Gagliano
  • Michelle Burford
  • Patty Brown
  • Priyanka Krishnan
  • Rhea Lyons
  • Richelle Zizian
  • Rosemary Brosnan
  • Sandy McCormick Hill
  • Sara Weiss
  • Sarah Cantin
  • Sarah Smith
  • Shara Alexander
  • Shawna Mullins
  • Soumeya Bendimerad
  • Stephanie Bowen
  • Sue Fleming
  • Susan Corcoran
  • Talia Krohn
  • Yelena Gitlin Nesbit


Welcome! And to all who nominated candidates, thank you for your time and for your support of WMG.

Upper West Side Small Dinner

Another wonderful Small Dinner gathering at Meredith Bernstein's lovely home on Riverside Drive.

From left: Judy Kern, Regina Ryan, Liv Blumer, Jill Danzig, Meredith Bernstein, Jill Sansone.

Hoboken Small Dinner

From Small Dinner organizer extraordinaire Jill Sansone: We had a great small dinner in Hoboken---my first as hostess! Thanks for coming out to dine in the 6th Borough, especially from Brooklyn and the UES!

From left: Miral Sattar, Nina Shield,  Kate Napolitano, Jill Sansone

WMG February Brown Bag: How to Command Attention and Be Heard with Media Coach Terri Trespicio

Being able to articulate your needs in a powerful, persuasive, compelling way is crucial to your success. Terri Trespicio will show you how to prepare your authors, your clients and yourself for every speaking opportunity, whether it’s a media interview, important meeting, presentation, or everything in between.

You’ll learn:

  • The biggest misconceptions about media appearances, and how to avoid making the same mistakes over and over
  • What every TV producer lies to you about
  • What the media wants from you—and how to justify it with what you want (they’re not always the same thing!)
  • The ways women in particular undermine their own messages, every time
  • How to overcome the fear of being forthright
  • How to handle unsolicited feedback; i.e., dealing with haters (and you’ll have them)
  • How to frame a compelling narrative
  • Tips for communicating with conviction, passion, and authority
  • The key difference between public speaking & broadcast, and how to shape your message accordingly
  • How to use every appearance to build your brand, rather than check a box

About Terri Trespicio:

Terri teaches authors and experts to rethink what they’re saying and how they’re saying it, showing everyone from media newbies to high-profile personalities how to sharpen their opinions and fine-tune their on-air delivery. For nearly a decade she served as a senior editor at Martha Stewart’s Whole Living (formerly Body+Soul) magazine and hosted a live, daily, call-in show called “Whole Living” on Martha Stewart Living Radio on Sirius XM. She has appeared on many television shows, including the Today show, Dr. Oz, and Anderson Cooper, and currently hosts her own show, Solopreneur, on the Whatever It Takes Network.

This Brown Bag will be held at 12:30pm on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015, at the Random House Building, 1745 Broadway, in Room 1301 on the 13th floor.

This is a free event but please RSVP here as space is limited. Guests are welcome.

Winter Delight: Small Dinner in Midtown Manhattan

The weather outside was frightful...but the conversation so delightful! Six intrepid WMGers braved single-digit temperatures for a Small Dinner at Cafe K hosted by WMG Business Manager Karina Mikhli. Great career stories, life plans, and book recs were swapped all around.

Pictured clockwise from top left: Jill Sansone, Karina Mikhli, Toni Sciarra Poynter, Myrsini Stephanides, Anne Kostick, Carolyn Carlson.

WMG Luncheon with NYT Public Editor Margaret Sullivan: Her Life on the Media Watch

Join us for lunch on January 26, 2015 as the Women's Media Group welcomes Margaret Sullivan, Public Editor of The New York Times.

Today, a social media firestorm can ignite demands for a longtime New York Times reporter’s resignation within hours of the first outraged tweet. Ms. Sullivan will reveal how she investigates matters of journalistic integrity at the Times while working independently, outside of the reporting and editing structure of the newspaper, and will lead a lively discussion of journalism in the age of 24-7 online scrutiny. We are thrilled to have Ms. Sullivan join us as she discusses a role that she has given new attitude and bite.

Margaret Sullivan is the fifth public editor of The New York Times, and the first woman appointed to the position, which she took up in September 2012. She writes about the Times and its journalism in a frequent blog—the Public Editor’s Journal—and in a twice-monthly print column in the Sunday Review section.

We encourage you to check out Margaret Sullivan’s recent post, “17 Hopes and Dreams for The Times in the New Year,” where she asks for less Bush-and-Clinton oriented Presidential coverage, more women’s voices on the Op-Ed pages and a more diverse Times staff, cliché-free coverage of “flyover country, ” and “more absurd Styles trend stories. Long may they run.”

You can learn more about Margaret Sullivan’s trailblazing career here.

There will be an extended question and answer period, as Ms. Sullivan would like to encourage discussion and invites your questions.

Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.

WHEN: Monday, January 26, 2015, at 12:30 pm

WHERE: The 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street

WMG Event: Get Organized in 2015 with "Listful Thinking" author Paula Rizzo

So, where do you keep yours? To-do list, we mean! On the back of a receipt or an old envelope? In a notebook? In an app? Or do you have beautiful stationery for all your ongoing to-do lists?  Regardless of where you keep your lists -- we want to see them and help make them work better for you in the New Year!

Join us for a night of interactive fun and productivity as we also congratulate one of our own on the publication of her first book.  Women's Media Group member Paula Rizzo is the author of Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed, to be published in January. Wine and snacks will be served.

As Paula recounts it: "I've always been a list maker, but I kicked it into high gear when I started my career as a television producer. When you're dealing with live TV -- stuff happens with or without you so you have to be ready.  Checklists and lists make that possible. I started applying my list-making ways to my homelife and immediately saw a difference in my productivity, success and happiness. So I started my blog ListProducer.com to help people become more efficient with their time and make better lists. That blog inspired this book, Listful Thinking."


WHERE: Book Culture, 450 Columbus Avenue (between 81st and 82nd St.) This is a brand-new store, so please come out to support an indie bookseller!

WHEN: Thursday, January 15th, 7:00pm-8:30pm

BRING:  Your lists! Seriously -- bring them.  Paula will give us tips on how to actually cross everything off of those lists and get more done.

RSVP here. Guests are welcome, so bring friends in need of a productivity boost, too!


Interested in more of our past events and posts? Check out our archive by clicking here.

 
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