Upcoming WMG Events

JOIN THE FUN! SAVE THESE DATES for 2014-2015 WMG Events! 

  • Monday, 9/15, 12:30pm - Luncheon at '21; Speaker: Liza Donnelly, New Yorker cartoonist and writer
  • Wednesday, 10/22, 12:30pm - Brown Bag Lunch at RH; Speaker: Ilise Benun of marketing-mentor.com
  • Monday, 11/10, 12:30pm - Luncheon at '21; Speaker: Sarah Weinman, News Editor for Publishers Marketplace
  • Tuesday, 12/2, 6:30 pm - Holiday Party at Brasserie Cognac
  • Monday, 1/26, 12:30pm - Luncheon at '21; Speaker: Margaret Sullivan, New York Times Public Editor
  • Tuesday, 2/10, 12:30pm - Brown Bag Lunch at RH; Speaker: WMG Member/media coach Terri Trespicio
  • Tuesday, 3/10, 12:30pm - Luncheon at '21; Annual Business and New Member Luncheon
  • Monday, 4/20, 12:30pm - Luncheon at '21; Speaker: Pamela Paul, Editor of New York Times Book Review
  • Tuesday, 6/16, 12:30pm - Luncheon at '21; Speaker Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year

Industry Events

January 13-15, 2015 – Digital Book World Conference & Expo.  Details: digitalbookworld.com
March 1-27, 2015 - Advanced Digital Publishing Institute (ADPI), NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Publishing. Details: http://scps.nyu.edu/publishing/adpi or e-mail adpi@nyu.edu
March 24-27, 2015 - Bologna Children's Book Fair. Details: www.bookfair.bolognafiere.it
April 14-16, 2015 - London Book Fair. Details: www.londonbookfair.co.uk
May 28-30, 2015 - Book Expo America 2015 (BEA). Details: www.bookexpoamerica.com
July 12-17, 2015 - Yale Publishing Course: Magazine Media. Details: http://publishing-course.yale.edu/
July 19-24, 2015 - Yale Publishing Course: Book Publishing. Details: http://publishing-course.yale.edu/
May 12-14, 2016 - Book Expo America 2016 (BEA). Details: www.bookexpoamerica.com

Member Events

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
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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.

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!

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.
News Editor for Publishers Marketplace, book reviewer, former LA Times and Baltimore Sun book columnist, early-adopter of all things digital (her must-read blog Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind launched in 2003, long before blogs became popular, and she has over 200,000 followers on Twitter), anthologist, and editor of several books including the much-praised Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives, Weinman will discuss the flux of the publishing industry, news and trends, innovative authors and industry people, the growing success of women crime writers, and her career as an author, expert of “domestic suspense,” blogger, and industry maven.   
We’re delighted to host Sarah Weinman, whose idiosyncratic mind is one of the industry’s most lively and engaging. Bring your questions and prepare to be informed and inspired!

For more on Sarah Weinman, go here, here, here, and here.
Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.

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.

Ilise specializes in business coaching for creative professionals and understands their unique concerns. She'll discuss:

  • the habits of successful solopreneurs
  • best practices for pricing and talking money
  • self-marketing smarts, including perfecting your elevator pitch
  • tips for stepping up your game

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.

Ilise Benun is the author of 7 books, a national speaker, and the founder of Marketing-Mentor.com and the "Creative Business" track of HOW Design Live, the largest design conference in the U.S. For more than 25 years, she has been providing business coaching, advice, and accountability to creative professionals who are serious about growing their business. Benun has consulted with thousands of freelancers and creative professionals (including designers, writers, photographers, consultants, and other service-based solopreneurs and freelancers) on their marketing, money, and related business issues, providing basic business training, tailored guidance, accountability, encouragement, brainstorming--and sometimes a bit of nagging. Benun has conducted marketing workshops for schools and trade organizations that cater to creative professionals, including the Freelancers Union, Graphic Artists Guild, The School of Visual Arts (NYC), Editorial Freelancers Association, International Freelancers Day, International Association of Business Communicators, Business Marketing Association, NYU Entrepreneurship Summit, the 92nd St. Y, and many more.

She writes a regular “Freelance” column in HOW Magazine and is the lead author on 2 blogs: The Marketing Mix Blog and the Creative Freelancer Blog, and publishes a bi-weekly email newsletter, "Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor," which is read by 15,000+. Her work has been featured in national publications (online and off), including Entrepreneur.com, Inc. Magazine, Self, Essence, Crains New York Business, Working Woman, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and more. Her books include The Creative Professional’s Guide to Money, The Designer’s Guide to Marketing and Pricing, Stop Pushing Me Around: A Workplace Guide for the Timid, Shy and Less Assertive, The Art of Self Promotion, Self-Promotion Online, Designing Web Sites for Every Audience, and Public Relations for Dummies, 2nd Edition, which she co-authored with Eric Yaverbaum and Bob Bly.

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.

This Brown Bag will be held at 12:30pm on Wednesday, October 22nd at the Random House Building, 1745 Broadway, in Room 1201 on the 12th floor.

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

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.

SPECIAL NOTE: Do you have specific questions you'd like Ilise Benun to answer? After you RSVP, just take a few extra moments to email them to info@womensmediagroup.org, and we'll forward them to Ilise.

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.  

Liza Donnelly is a cartoonist and writer with The New Yorker, where she has been drawing cartoons about culture and politics for over thirty years. She is also a columnist and cartoonist for Forbes.com, specializing in politics and women’s rights as well as a featured weekly political cartoonist for Medium.  Her writing and cartoons have also appeared on Politico, HuffingtonPost, DailyBeast, WashingtonPost, and Salon. In 2014, Donnelly received an honorary doctorate from University of Connecticut, where she delivered the commencement address to the Graduate School ceremony.

Donnelly is a Cultural Envoy for the US State Department, traveling around the world speaking about freedom of speech, cartoons and women’s rights.  As a public speaker, Donnelly has spoken at TED (Technology Entertainment and Design), the United Nations, and The New Yorker Festival, to name a few. Donnelly was profiled on CBS Sunday Morning, NBC.

Donnelly is the author/editor of fifteen books. Her most recent book is Women on Men, a collection of her cartoons and writing, a finalist for the celebrated humor award, The Thurber Prize.  She has published When Do They Serve the Wine? The Folly, Flexibility and Fun of Being a Woman,  Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Greatest Women Cartoonists and Their Cartoons, a history of the women who drew cartoons for the magazine, Sex and Sensibility: Ten Women Examine the Lunacy of Modern Love in 200 Cartoons and Cartoon Marriage: Adventures in Love and Matrimony with the New Yorker’s Cartooning Couple (with Michael Maslin).

Donnelly conceived of and edited three collections of cartoons for Ballantine Books: Mothers and Daughters, Fathers and Sons and Husbands and Wives (the last two with Michael Maslin). Husbands and Wives and another collection for Andrews McMeel entitled Call Me When You Reach Nirvana were collections of Ms. Donnelly’s and Mr. Maslin’s cartoons. She has also illustrated numerous adult humorous books.

We’re excited to host Liza Donnelly for a humorous kick-off to our WMG fall speaker’s luncheons. Bring your questions and prepare to be amused!

For more on Liza Donnelly, visit her charming website: Lizadonnelly.com.

Guests welcome. Please RSVP here.

IMPORTANT NOTE: A few of you have not yet paid your dues to renew your membership. If you haven't yet renewed, you won't be able to RSVP for this luncheon--and we hope you'll want to do both! To pay your dues, please log on to the WMG website, go to the Member Center, and click on "Pay Your Annual Dues Here".  If you have not renewed by September 15th, your membership will be moved to "inactive" status and you will need to contact our business manager Karina Mikhli at info@womensmediagroup.org after that in order to renew. If you are not sure whether you renewed, Karina can check for you. Hope to see you soon!

Join WMG & NYWICI for a Night Out

We 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
Time:     6:00-8:00pm
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.

In March, HarperCollins published Oliver’s newest YA novel, Panic (optioned by Universal) and in September Ecco will publish Rooms, her first adult novel which they call “a mesmerizing story in the tradition of The Lovely Bones, Her Fearful Symmetry, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane.”  Oliver's  books have been translated into more than thirty languages and are New York Times and international bestsellers.

The daughter of two literature professors and writers, Oliver says, “I started writing as a way of extending my love of reading; when I read a book I loved, I would continue to write sequels for it (I was inadvertently a fan fic writer, before “fan fiction” was even a term!)”. But her creativity didn't stop with writing her own books. Her talent for developing compelling stories, combined with that of former Razorbill editor Lexa Hillyer, now fuels Paper Lantern Lit, the company they co-founded, which Fast Company describes as “a team of idea generators who invent premises, map out plots and characters, and then match the blueprints with undiscovered writers.” As Oliver explains: “I had ideas that weren’t appropriate for me to write because they weren’t my kind of book.” At the end of 2013, Paper Lantern Lit had an impressive 100% sell rate, having placed 30 young adult novels with major publishers.

We’re excited to host Lauren Oliver who will kick off a lively discussion about a fresh topic for WMG: what is working in YA publishing. Bring your questions and prepare to be inspired!

For more on Lauren Oliver’s own books, visit her wonderful website Laurenoliverbooks.com. For more on Paper Lantern Lit, visit paperlanternlit.com.
Guests welcome. Please RSVP here by end of day 6/12.

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.
  • Publishing, Digital Technology & Women: The View from the Cutting Edge (Wednesday, May 28 
11:00 am - 11:50 am)
  • The New Success Tracks for Women: Publishing Careers in a Time of Change (Thursday, May 29 
11:00 am - 11:50 am)
  • Girl Books, Boy Books, Gender Hooks: Packaging, Positioning and Reviewing in the Fiction Marketplace (Friday, May 30 
11:00 am - 11:50 am)

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

Standing:  Amy Edelman, Betty Kelly Sargent, Hostess Regina Ryan, Pam Harwood, Judy Kern

 Seated: Jill Sansone, Pam Harwood

WMG Luncheon with Rebecca Mead: Her Life in Middlemarch and at The New Yorker

Join 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

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 Power

In 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.

RSVP here.

Meet, Greet, Swap, AND CELEBRATE! 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.
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.
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:
  • Marta Hallet
  • Stephanie Meyers
  • Ronit Feldman
  • Antonella Iannarino
  • Chrissy Festa
  • Nicole Wise
  • Lindsey Pollak
  • Lucinda Blumenfeld
  • Elizabeth Fisher
  • Flora Esterly
  • Lori Sayde
  • Laurie Muchnick
  • Pamela Kruger
  • Michelle Tessler
  • Abigail Koons
  • Nina Shield
  • Julie Will
  • Libby Ford
  • Deb Werksman
  • Tracey Guest
  • Jennifer Levesque
  • Jennifer Griffin
  • Dervla Kelly
  • Wendy J. Strothman
  • Valerie Streit
  • Maya Ziv
  • Laura Tisdel
  • Heather Alexander
  • Nadine Billard
  • Margot Schupf
  • Jan Constantine
  • Lillian Laserson, PC
  • Amanda Moon
  • Louise Quayle
  • Karen Wolny
  • Joy E. Bomba
  • Megan Pearlman
  • Tara Parsons
  • Agustina Casal
  • Lindsay Fradkoff
  • Whitney Peeling
  • Tessa Shanks
  • Emily Lavelle
  • Kate Napolitano
  • Allison Hunter
  • Allison Adler
  • Khia Mercer
  • Tisse Takagi
  • Betsy DeJesu
  • Beth Adams
  • Robin Seaman
  • Anne Kubek
  • Vanessa Tiongson
  • Susannah Greenberg
  • Anjali Singh
  • Mary Choteborsky
  • Yona Deshommes
  • Sally Dedecker

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.

Whether you’re an editor or designer, author or agent, publicist or marketer, filmmaker or HR manager, work in house or independently you should be using social media to your advantage.

Learn the basics of each of the top platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, and decide which networks are right for you, as well as tips and tricks to make the best use of your time.

Once a skeptic, now an evangelist, Julie Blattberg will leave you conversant in social media and motivated to grow your own social footprint.

As Executive Director of Consumer Engagement at Open Road Integrated Media, Julie Blattberg is focused on developing a highly engaged audience of ebook readers through e-mail marketing, social media, and the creation and syndication of compelling web content. A book-industry veteran (and book club member since 1998), she works closely with internal marketing teams to craft messaging and create data-driven programs that foster discoverability and conversations around books and authors.

Julie Blattberg was most recently Director of Marketing Content for HarperCollins, where she developed engaging content for social media, e-mail newsletters, and other communication channels; strategic opportunities to promote books and authors; best practices for marketing metadata; and digital products that capitalize on author- and consumer-generated content.

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.

Follow Julie on Twitter at @JulieBlattberg.

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 Industry

Join 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."

Have you attended or hosted one of this season's WMG Small Dinners? Those who have rave about the great conversation, info-sharing, and food . . . oh, and the wine that seems to flow as freely as the conversation! Send a photo of your smiling faces and we'll post!


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 RSVP here. This event is free to all members.
The details:
What: Fall Reception for our WMG Summer Fellows
When: Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at 6 p.m.
Where: The Random House Building, Room 1301
1745 Broadway, between 55th and 56th Streets

Please note: Free to all members, RSVP requested.
We hope to see you there. 

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.

RSVP here.

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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