January 15, 2015, 7:00pm - A New Year’s Productivity Party
Help celebrate the publication of WMG member Paula Rizzo’s book, Listful Thinking.
Location: Book Culture, Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street
Bring a guest.
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SAVE THE DATE! WMG Brown Bag February 10, 2015
Mark your calendars for a terrific Brown Bag on February 10, 2015, when fellow WMG member and media personality, trainer, and coach 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.
Save the Dates: WMG Holiday party, NEW luncheon date, and more
Please mark your calendars for these exciting upcoming WMG events. Invitations with the opportunity to RSVP will be sent in due course. Meanwhile, please save the dates and we hope to see you at all three!
WMG Holiday party: Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 6:30-8:30pm
By popular demand, we are returning to Brasserie Cognac for our annual party to celebrate the season.
A New Year’s Productivity Party: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 7:00-8:30 PM
It’s a New Year, be a new you! Learn how to use lists to be more productive, more successful and a lot less stressed. And help celebrate the publication of WMG member Paula Rizzo’s book, Listful Thinking.
NEW Luncheon with speaker Pamela Paul, Editor of the New York Times Book Review: Monday, April 20, 2015, at 12:30pm
We have added a luncheon to the schedule to accommodate a most exciting speaker!
Breaking Publishing News and Blazing Digital Trails: WMG Welcomes Sarah Weinman, News Editor for Publishers Marketplace
Join us for lunch on November 10 at the 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street, 12:30pm-2:00pm, as Women's Media Group welcomes Sarah Weinman, one of the literary and publishing world’s most informed, knowledgeable, oft-quoted and enthusiastic champions.
WMG October Brown Bag: Success Strategies for Solopreneurs with Ilise Benun of marketing-mentor.com
Do you run your own solo business? Are you curious about going out on your own and wondering what it's like? Come to our next Brown Bag and hear marketing consultant Ilise Benun share the success strategies she has used to help thousands launch and grow their careers as independent professionals.
Whether you've been your own boss for a while, are newly independent, or are curious about the indie life, Benun's techniques can help you launch or grow your solo career from a solid foundation.
Benun started her Hoboken, NJ-based consulting practice in 1988 and has been self-employed for all but 3 years of her working life. Learn more about her on marketing-mentor.com, and on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.
Please note: e-mail confirmation will not be sent, so please read your online confirmation carefully to see if you made it in or if you are on the waitlist.
New Yorker Cartoonist Liza Donnelly: Breaking the Glass Ceiling with Humor, a Career as a Cartoonist
Join us for lunch on September 15 at the 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street, 12:30-2:00, as Women's Media Group welcomes New Yorker cartoonist and humorist, Liza Donnelly as she discusses being a New Yorker cartoonist, humor author and cultural envoy.
Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.
Join WMG & NYWICI for a Night OutWe are teaming up with New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) for a chance to socialize and network in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. NYWICI is a group for communications specialists in the New York metro area. Their membership represents all levels and all facets of the communications industry, including print, broadcast and online journalism, public relations, marketing, corporate communications, advertising, digital media and book publishing, as well as growing numbers of entrepreneurs.
Come join your industry peers, meet new friends, and build your network!
Date: Monday, July 21, 2014
Location: Pranna, 79 Madison Ave (between 28th and 29th Streets)
Price: $20 at door
Light appetizers will be served. There will be a cash bar with happy hour prices.
Festive Small Dinner on the Upper East Side
Wonderful small dinner on Wednesday night at Jennifer Josephy's apartment.
Attendees were (clockwise): Jill Sansone, Kris Puopolo, Jean Naggar, Jennifer Josephy, Karen Wolney, Denise Marcil, Alison Bond.
Small Dinner Plus Reading List Suggestions
Hosted by Karina Mikhli, WMG Business Manager, the small dinner at Cafe K had great food and conversation--plus discussion of favorite books!
Seated: Susan Knopf, Sarah Burningham, Christina Festa, Tessa Shanks
Standing: Nicole Wise, Beth Grossman, Kelly Leonard, Jill Danzig, Kate Napolitano, Karina Mikhli
Bestselling Author and “Story Architect” Lauren Oliver: A Young Adult Phenomenon Tells All
Join us for lunch on June 16 as Women's Media Group welcomes multitalented Lauren Oliver, bestselling author of the YA novels Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, and her forthcoming adult debut Rooms, as she discusses her transition from avid reader to editor to published author to highly successful “literary incubator” and e-publisher -- thanks to her four-year-old company Paper Lantern Lit.
WMG Secretary Patty Chang Anker completed her #SomeNerve Challenge
WMG Secretary Patty Chang Anker completed her #SomeNerve Challenge (declared at the WMG Some Nerve event in January) by captaining a team of 34 through the TD Five Boro Bike Tour on May 4. Her team included WMG members Becky Saletan (her editor at Riverhead) and Deborah Brody who both attended the WMG party. In the span of 4 months, Patty learned to ride a bike, trained for and completed the 40-mile tour of NYC, which she called "an exhausting, exhilarating and life-changing day." Recap and more pics here,
How is your #SomeNerve Challenge coming along? Send us updates!
Another Small Dinner Success Story
We thought we heard laughter in the air....South Orange rocked on Wednesday, May 7th when a group of WMG members met for a Small Dinner hosted by Susanna Einstein, Co-Director, Einstein Thompson Agency. Judging from the thank-you emails we saw, the food, libations, and great publishing stories were flowing!
Clockwise from left: Pam Kruger, Susan Weinberg, Tara Parsons, Susanna Einstein, Jennifer Levesque, Wendy Sherman, Amy Edelman and Jill Sansone (seated).
Missing: Claire Roberts, who left a bit early, and photographer/guest Becky Kraemer.
Happy Anniversary to Us!In celebration of WMG’s 40 years supporting women in publishing, we will present three terrific conference sessions during BEA 2014. Each session deals with the most important issues facing women in our industry; each will feature a panel of dynamic, high-profile industry professionals asking—and answering—tough questions. You won’t want to miss them.
For full descriptions and participants, click HERE.
And don’t forget to register for BEA using the best BEA discount for members ever! It’s good only until May 15th, so run, don’t walk, to this page for instructions.
Fun and Friendship at WMG Small Dinners
A good time was had by all at the April 10th Small Dinner hosted by Regina Ryan. As Jill Sansone notes: "It was a lovely evening with lots of stories, reminiscing, and book recommendations--oh, and great food and lots of wine!"
Seated: Lillian Laserson, Esther Margolis, Marta Hallett
Seated: Jill Sansone, Pam Harwood
WMG Luncheon with Rebecca Mead: Her Life in Middlemarch and at The New YorkerJoin us for lunch on May 12 as Women's Media Group welcomes Rebecca Mead, author of My Life in Middlemarch and a staff writer at The New Yorker, as she discusses how George Eliot's masterpiece affected her own life's journey and what Eliot has to teach all women.
Her new book, which Joyce Carol Oates called “a poignant testimony to the abiding power of fiction,” grew out of a piece she wrote for The New Yorker in which she examined the George Eliot-attributed quote, “It's never too late to be what you might have been.” Disagreeing with it, she noted that doors closed behind her as she entered middle age. “Recognizing that it was too late to be some of the things I might have been seemed part of what it was to grow older and wiser.” In My Life in Middlemarch, Mead explores the themes of Eliot's Middlemarch--the complexity of love, the meaning of marriage, the foundations of morality, and the drama of aspiration and failure--and brings them into our world.
Mead, who joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 1997 and has profiled many subjects, among them Lena Dunham, Christine Quinn and, most recently, Jennifer Weiner, will also discuss the measure of a great book and what it’s like to be part of the subject.
Come with questions and prepare to be inspired!
Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.
WHEN: Monday, May 12 at 12:30 pm
WHERE: The 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street
WMG SMALL DINNERS SPRING 2014--calling all hostesses
Women's Media Group is always looking for ways for members to connect with one another. This Spring 2014, we would like to do a round of our extremely popular Small Dinners Program. The idea is to have a chance to meet and chat with women you don't get to know at our lunches or other events.
Then I will play matchmaker and assign interested guests to your table. The groupings will be random rather than aligned to specific professional interests.
Best BEA Discount Ever for WMG Members!We've obtained a fantastic discount for WMG members for BEA 2014, May 28-31.
As we heard at Monday's luncheon, around half of our members are independents--freelance, sole business operators, or small business owners. So for those of us who can't depend on a corporate "platinum" badge, grab this offer!
And for the many of us in any area of work who'd be inclined to pass up attending BEA, this is the year to go! (Especially so that you can attend our WMG-sponsored, 40th Anniversary conference sessions; 11 am Wednesday-Friday).
Procrastinators take note! This discount is good until May 15, but after that you'll be out of luck. So don't stall.
To get your WMG discount, go to Member Center/Member Benefit Details.
WMG 4/1 Brown Bag: Tumblr's Director of Publisher Outreach Reaches Out to WMG about Tumblr's Creative PowerIn today's social media landscape, Tumblr is home to nearly 174 million blogs and has has become a powerful tool for creative people to expose their ideas and talents. WMG is thrilled that Rachel Fershleiser, Tumblr's director of publisher outreach, will join us for a Brown Bag Lunch on Tuesday, April 1 at 12:30pm to guide us through the best practices and opportunities that this essential social platform provides today's media professional.
Come learn about how you can use Tumblr to help promote yourself whether you are a freelancer using it to showcase your services, a publisher looking to promote your books and authors, or an editor or agent looking for that next blog-to-book bestseller. You'll also be introduced to various communities who use Tumblr for everything from book clubs to bookstore fundraising and how this platform fits within the overall social media landscape.
Rachel Fershleiser works on Tumblr's outreach team, specializing in publishing, nonprofit and cultural organizations. Previously she was the Community Manager at Bookish and the Director of Public Programs at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, where she now serves on the board of directors. She began her career in the publicity department at William Morrow. She is also the co-creator of Six-Word Memoirs and the co-editor of the New York Times bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning and three other books.
You connect with her directly at http://rachelfershleiser.com/ or https://twitter.com/rachelfersh.
The lunch will be located at the Random House Building, 1745 Broadway, in Room 1301 on the 13th floor. This is a free event for our members, but please RSVP as space is limited.
Meet, Greet, Swap, AND CELEBRATE! at our Annual Business and New Member LuncheonPlease join us at our annual business and new member luncheon. This lunch is for members only.
Our March business luncheon is always a high point, as it affirms our bond, continuity, and growth as a community. But this year's luncheon is special, because in addition to welcoming our newest members, voting in our new board, and hosting our highly popular Media Swap, we are celebrating our 40th anniversary and welcoming WMG founding member Joni Evans.
Celebrate Our Past, Anticipate Our Future
As you know, WMG was founded in 1974 by five forward-thinking publishing women: Judith Daniels, Elizabeth Crow, Joni Evans, Eden Lipson, and Carol Rinzler. At this special birthday-season luncheon, to remind us of our roots as women in media and to help us reflect on where we've been and where we're headed, we are thrilled to welcome founding member Joni Evans as a special speaker.
Joni Evans’ more than 40-year career in publishing includes serving as President and Publisher of Simon & Schuste, and Publisher at Random House. As Senior VP of the William Morris Agency’s literary department, she represented such bestselling authors as Marcus Buckingham, Ann Coulter, Fannie Flagg, Quincy Jones, Mary Wells Lawrence, Peggy Noonan, Martin Garbus, James Patterson, Liz Smith and John Stossel. In her dynamic career, she has brought more than 100 books to the bestseller list. Joni is a member of the Young President’s Organization, the Women’s Forum and a founding member of both the Committee of 200 and Women’s Media Group. She has served as a director of the Dreyfus Fund for 23 years. She has written for the New York Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, New York, and O. Joni is the recipient of Springboard Enterprises Northstar Entrepreneur Award, 2010. She is co-creator, with Lesley Stahl, Liz Smith, Lily Tomlin, Candace Bergen, and more, of wowowow.com (The Women on the Web), a free, daily internet website by, for, and about women.
Bring Something for Our 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.
The luncheon will be held at 12:30pm on Monday, March 10th, at the 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street.
*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:
Women’s Media Group: Social Media 101
Our next Brown Bag Lunch on Tuesday, February 11th at 12:30pm is with Julie Blattberg, Executive Director, Consumer Engagement, at Open Road Media. Julie will inspire you to start Tweeting and Tumbling and Instagramming strategically--and with confidence.
She was previously Director of Managing Editorial for Disney Publishing Worldwide, and has held a variety of managing editorial and marketing posts at HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster.
The lunch will be located at Simon & Schuster, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th Floor Large Boardroom (check in at lobby reception, take the elevator to the 14th Floor, and follow the signs).
This is a free event, but please RSVP as space is limited. Please note: e-mail confirmation will not be sent so read your online confirmation to see if you made it in or on the waitlist.
RSVP here by February 6. Guests welcome.
WMG Luncheon with Dominique Raccah: Thriving as CEO in a Rapidly Changing IndustryJoin the publisher known for being one step ahead of the future as she looks back at the milestones in her career and charts her course through the changes ahead.
Dominique Raccah has built Sourcebooks into the largest woman-owned trade publisher in the country over 25 years, relentlessly embracing change, and even daring to fail, while becoming one of our industry's most visible and inspiring female CEOs. Just 12 years after Raccah launched the company in her upstairs bedroom in Naperville, Illinois, Sourcebooks was named the second fastest-growing small publisher in the country by Publishers Weekly. In 2000, Sourcebooks became the only book publisher named to Inc. magazine’s annual ranking of America’s 500 fastest-growing companies. And the accolades keep coming. Just this fall, she was named The Most Inspiring Digital Publishing Person at the prestigious FutureBook conference, and was also singled out by an influential group of female entrepreneurs, The Committee of 200, for the Luminary Award: Muriel Siebert Entrepreneurial Champion.
At our lunch, Raccah will discuss how she masterminded the company’s growth through frequent acquisitions in key niches, and how audience building has remained a key to the company’s strength in digital publishing. She will also discuss her recent moves to build new audiences and distribution channels with online startups for writers, like Wattpad and Simple Truth, and to create a better bedtime experience for kids with a new approach to book personalization called “Put Me In The Story.”
Come with questions and prepare to be inspired!
Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.
WHEN: Tuesday, January 28 at 12:30 pm
WHERE: The 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street
WMG Small Dinners: Feasts with Friends
WMG co-president Kris Puopolo reports: "The WMG Small Dinner at Brettne Bloom's home was a smashing success. Picture to the left. From front and moving clockwise: Brettne Bloom, Jennifer Josephy, Anne McCormick, Rita Rosenkranz, Kris Puopolo, Sally Arteseros, Ellen Kadin, Steph Opitz."
Don't Miss the Fall Reception for our WMG Summer Fellows
This summer our two Women’s Media Group Fellows, Tai Nycole Harriss and Christen Pruitt, were able to meet many of our members at the May luncheon at 21 and through individual meetings with members through our WMG 30-Minute Mentor program. On Wednesday, October 16, at the Random House Building, 1745 Broadway, between 55th and 56th Streets, Room 1301, at 6:00 pm, we will celebrate the Fellows and the members who served as mentors at a wine and cheese reception. If you have not yet met our Fellows, this is the perfect chance to do so and have fun mingling with your fellow members.
Please note: Free to all members, RSVP requested.
WMG Luncheon with Rebecca Eaton: Behind the Scenes at PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery!
Come meet the force behind some of the most beloved and acclaimed dramas on TV including Upstairs, Downstairs, The Forsyte Saga, Inspector Morse, Sherlock, Prime Suspect, and Downton Abbey.
Join us for lunch on November 11 as Women's Media Group welcomes Rebecca Eaton, Executive Producer of Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! the longest running weekly prime time drama series on American television.
In a recent interview, Eaton recalled, "The same day we [Eaton and her husband] learned I was pregnant, I was offered the job of executive producer of Masterpiece Theatre. I got two phone calls, about 15 minutes apart." She came to PBS after a childhood steeped in theater and an “accidental apprenticeship” with the BBC as well as having an affinity for nineteenth century novels and culture. As she recounts in her new memoir, Making Masterpiece, Eaton introduced the period costume drama to American television viewers, significantly contributed to the Jane Austen craze of the early 2000s, and spearheaded an aggressive campaign to attract new generations of fans with Downton Abbey. Throughout, she has been behind the scenes with luminaries such as Alistair Cooke, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kenneth Branagh, Gillian Anderson, and Daniel Radcliffe, whose first TV role was as the title character in David Copperfield.
Under her leadership, the series has earned forty-four Primetime Emmy Awards, fifteen Peabody Awards, four Golden Globes, and two Academy Award nominations. In 2011 Eaton was one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.” And after nearly 30 years at the helm of Masterpiece, Vanity Fair wrote, “in the world of TV drama, names and faces appear and disappear with bewildering speed; Rebecca Eaton is immortal and immutable.”
The luncheon will be held at 12:30pm on Monday, November 11, at the 21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street. Guests are welcome.
Don't Miss WMG Brown Bag: LinkedIn Success Secrets with LinkedIn Ambassador Lindsey Pollak
In today's connected world, the resume and networking site LinkedIn has become a powerful career-building tool. WMG is thrilled that career and workplace expert and LinkedIn Ambassador Lindsey Pollak will join us for a Brown Bag Lunch on Tuesday, October 22 at 12:30pm to guide us through the best practices and opportunities that this essential social platform provides today's media professional.
Come learn about how you can use LinkedIn to help you reach your goals, whether you are a freelancer using it to showcase your services or a publisher looking for qualified freelancers, an editor or agent looking for experts to write your next bestseller, or someone who wishes to join or moderate conversations in any of the myriad professional communities on the site.
Lindsey Pollak is the author of Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World. Her next book, to be published by HarperCollins in fall 2014, will focus on Millennial generation leadership. She also serves as an official Ambassador for LinkedIn and Spokesperson for The Hartford’s “My Tomorrow” campaign. Lindsey’s keynote speaking and consulting clients have included more than 150 corporations, conferences and universities, including Barclays, Citi, GE, IBM, Liz Claiborne, Merrill Lynch, PwC, Ralph Lauren, Time Inc., Yale, Harvard, Princeton, MIT and many others. Her areas of expertise include marketing to Millennials, managing Millennials, succeeding in the multigenerational workplace, personal branding and career development. Her advice and opinions have appeared in such media outlets as The TODAY Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, FOX Business, Glamour, CNN and NPR. She appears on several “Best People to Follow on Twitter” lists, including Mashable’s list of top non-fiction authors on Twitter and Marie Claire‘s Twitters Every Woman Should Follow. Forbes named her blog one of the Top 75 Websites for Your Career. In her charitable work, Lindsey serves as Chair of the Board of She’s the First, a non-profit organization that sponsors girls’ education in developing world countries so that they can be first in their families to graduate from high school.The lunch will be located at the Random House Building, 1745 Broadway, in Room 1301 on the 13th floor. This is a free event, but please RSVP as space is limited. RSVP here by 10/17. Guests welcome.
Sad News About WMG Co-Founder & Past President Judith Daniels
A number of you may have read or heard about the death of Judith Daniels on September 1, 2013 at the age of 74. Judy was one of the five founders of Women’s Media Group in 1973 and served as WMG’s first president.
If ever a member worked for recognition and visibility for women as media professionals and as media consumers, it was Judy. As noted editor and writer Dominique Browning, who worked for Judy at New York and served as WMG’s secretary while Judy was president, recently wrote: “Judith Daniels was leaning in when Sheryl Sandberg was ten years old.”
A graduate of Smith College, Judy became a seasoned publishing professional who served as a model and a mentor for women looking to advance professionally. Her career included editorial positions at New York, The Village Voice, Time, Inc.—where she was the first woman editor of Life—and Condé Nast, where she held senior positions at Self and Glamour and originated Glamour’s Women of the Year awards.
In 1979, after raising $1.5 million, she started Savvy, the first glossy magazine for executive women, featuring articles on politics, finance, fashion (with fashion shoots produced by Anna Wintour long pre-Vogue), and much more. Savvy spoke to women as people and professionals with unique needs, broad interests, unabashed ambition, and money they’d like to spend and save wisely. In an interview, Judy said: “Other magazines . . . were always saying it’s O.K. to be excited about men. What I wanted to do was to release women and say it’s O.K. to be excited about your work.”
As noted in The Boston Globe: “Savvy became . . . the model for what women’s publications could be: broad-reaching, inclusive, direct, self-aware, funny, and confident. Daniels herself was all of those things.” Says author Patricia O’Toole, a writer and editor at Savvy, "She not only gave me my first big break as a writer, but she became a model of how to be in the world, how you treat other people and how to take an idea and carry it forward," Judy continued her interest in women’s issues in her volunteer work in Maine, where she served on the boards of the Maine Women’s Policy Center, the Women’s Lobby, among other involvements.
Says longtime WMG member Sally Arteseros, who was invited by Judy to be one of the group’s original 15 members and who served on WMG’s first board as second vice president: “Judy was so farsighted about the need for a group like WMG. There was no organization that we knew of where women in media could network. And already, the plans to found a magazine like Savvy were on Judy's mind.”
Contributions in Judy’s memory may be made to the Center for Maine Contemporary Art Building Fund, 162 Russell Avenue, P. O. Box 147, Rockport, ME 04856, and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England: Maine, 443 Congress Street, 3rd Floor, Portland, ME 04101.
Thanks to Sally Arteseros and to the following sources:
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