Women's Media Group
Connect • Inspire • Rise

Who We Are

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.

Location: Barbetta / 321 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

Cost: $65
Members only

Treat yourself to a very special lunch in the exceptionally beautiful back room of female-owned Barbetta on Restaurant Row!

Join us in honoring the WMG Woman of the Year Joni Evans! Not only was Joni one of the original founders of the Women’s Media Group in the early 1970s, her publishing career includes serving as Publisher of Simon and Schuster and Random House, and VP and senior literary agent at the William Morris Agency. In the digital age, her entrepreneurial spirit led her to founding wowOwow.com with Mary Wells Lawrence, Lesley Stahl, and Liz Smith, and co-founding www.PureWow.com a lifestyle website for women which grew out of wowOwow.  

Joni Evans will be  interviewed by our very own Dee Dee DeBartlo. And we assure you that our honoree will provide inspiring stories about her incredible career speak about how the landscape for women in media has changed over the years and highlight what it means to be a powerful woman in the workplace. 

Bring a book wrapped in a plain manila envelope and let your table mates know what makes it special and why they'll love it.

Our networking lunch is always a high point of the year that affirms our bond continuity and growth as a community. 

This is also our annual business meeting where we vote in the new board, welcome new members, and ask for new committee volunteers.

We look forward to seeing you there!

This lunch is for members only.

Judy Gold, Maeve Higgins, Chloé Hilliard, Gabi Conti, Charlyne Yi, Sarah Dooley, + Terri Trespicio! To benefit WMG scholarships!!

We all need a good laugh right about now, so come out and have lots of them as these amazing female authors/comedians take the stage for a special event in support of Women’s Media Group fellowship/scholarship program! The night starts with a networking cocktail hour that includes 2 drinks and delicious passed hors d’oeuvres. Then we’ll enjoy tons of fresh comedy from this super lit line-up!

Judy Gold (Author of "Yes, I Can Say That: When They Come for the Comedians We Are All in Trouble" and host of "Kill Me Now" podcast)

Maeve Higgins (Author of "Aliens of Extraordinary Ability" and co-host of "Mothers of Invention" podcast)

Chloé Hilliard (Author of "F*ck Your Diet: And Other Things My Thighs Tell Me" and host of "Social Misfits" podcast)

Gabi Conti (Author of "Twenty Guys You Date in Your Twenties" and writer for Cosmopolitan)

Charlyne Yi (Author of "You Can't Kill Me Twice: (So Please Treat Me Right)" and actress)

Sarah Dooley (Author of "Are You My Uber?: A Parody" and songwriter)

Terri Trespicio (Emcee)

CAUSE: WMG’s Fellowship/Scholarship program, which supports young women of color who are interested in publishing careers. These include a stipend for fellows from City College of New York's Publishing Certificate Program; tuition, room and board for the Columbia University Publishing Course Scholarship; and a scholarship at the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Publishing Summer Publishing Institute. 

BOOKS: Will be for sale at the event


WMG Annual Business Luncheon 2020

One of the most popular activities of Women's Media Group is our small dinners, which provide a fun informal way to connect and really get to know each other.

Dinner is simple and casual: either the host's favorite easy homemade dish OR her favorite local restaurant. We have 16 dates available. Spots fill up fast so sign up today!

Registration is closed.

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Raise a glass with friends and colleagues at the WMG Annual Holiday Party!

Dress to impress and enjoy decadent hors d’oeuvres, delicious wine, and sumptuous sweets in the glorious salon room upstairs at the very chic Norwood Club.

And in the spirit of giving back to the community, please bring a book or two for our kids’ book drive. We’ll be collecting new books for local nonprofits that serve local families with babies, toddlers, young readers, and teens.

Please note that this is a members-only event.

When: Monday December 2, 2019, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Norwood Club, 241 W 14th St

Price: Free!

We hope to see you there!

Registration is closed.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

WMG is pleased to have Afiya Addison the Education Lead, The B2B Institute @ LinkedIn, present all you ever wanted to know about LinkedIn, arguably the most import platform for your professional life.


You’ll learn:

How to optimize your personal profile

Best practices for brand pages

The art of engaging content

Effective advertising solutions

What LinkedIn analytics can teach you about your campaign


As this is a midday program, you’re welcome to bring your own lunch. Water and cold drinks served.



12:00 PM to 1:30 PM


LinkedIn office in the Empire State Building

20 W 34th St.


Registration closes 11/6/19 at noon. Please arrive no later than 12:00 to get through ESB security.


WMG members and their guests are welcome. 


All proceeds from this event will benefit the WMG Education Fund. 


WMG members: $10 

Guests: $10

Registration is closed.

Thursday, October 24th

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

There’s No Crying in Newsrooms is “a commanding critique of the current state of women in media boosted by constructive advice applicable to workplaces other than newsrooms. A crucial resource for women leaders in any field. ” —Booklist

Kristin Grady Gilger and Julia Wallace, who were calling in news stories while in labor and parking babies under their desks, never imagined that 40 years later young women entering the business would face many of the same battles they did – only with far less willingness to put up and shut up. 

WMG is pleased to have Kristin and Julia share the findings from their book and talk about what it takes to succeed in media or any other male-dominated organization.

Penguin Random House

1745 Broadway

 Maya Angelou Auditorium

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Light refreshments will be served.

WMG members and their guests are welcome.

All profits from this event will benefit the WMG Education Fund.

Registration is closed.

Ease yourself into the weekend with friends and colleagues at Café Serai at the Rubin Museum!

The Rubin presents art that traverses Asia’s diverse cultures, regions, and narratives. Its special exhibitions celebrate art forms that range from ancient to contemporary, including photography and multimedia, while its permanent collection galleries are focused primarily on art from the Himalayan region.

WMG members and their guests will enjoy complimentary wine and appetizers with their registration, converse against the backbeat of DJ David Ellenbogen, and explore the museum’s exhibits to their hearts' content. 

This informal mixer is a great opportunity to introduce other outstanding women in your orbit to WMG, so give some thought to your contacts—and have them join us, too.

We hope to see you there!

WMG members: $20

Guests: $20

Registration is closed.

As the world unites in mourning the passing of Toni Morrison, WMG is pleased to bring our community together for a screening of Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, the highly acclaimed documentary directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.

Professor Yvette Christiansë, Professor of Africana Studies & English Lit at Barnard College, and author of Toni Morrison: An Ethical Poetics will introduce the film.

Location: Penguin Random House

Maya Angelou Auditorium

1745 Broadway

6:00 - 6:30 Wine and cheese

6:30 - 6:40 Introduction

6:40 - 8:40 Screening 

WMG members and their guests are welcome.

All profits from this event will benefit the WMG Education Fund.

WMG members: $20

Guests: $20

Registration is closed.

Toni Morrison: THE PIECES I AM, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

The first round’s on us!

Raise a glass with friends and colleagues at the luxurious Two E Bar at the Pierre Hotel, a room befitting the occasion of our gathering. We rock.

You clicked and we heard — socializing and networking is a top priority, so please come out, come out, from wherever you work!

With emphasis on the “happy” part of “happy hour,” enjoy wine, beer, specialty cocktails, premium spirits, soft drinks and snacks in a gorgeous setting, and get to know other successful women in media.

We hope to see you there!

This event is for members only.

Registration is closed.

Rise-Up Roulette: Speed Coaching for Happiness and Profit (Personally and Professionally!)

Join friends and colleagues for an exciting and engaging evening of career building, personal development, and networking. 

The program will begin with an hour of networking, snacks, and sips. 

The main event features "speed coaching” (it’s like “speed dating, but 10,000% better!). We’ve assembled a lineup of career and lifestyle experts to help you re-energize, re-focus, and revive your professional life.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Balance work and life and wellness
  • Expand your self-awareness to unlock next-level success
  • Be the author of your own life with storytelling and communication
  • Elevate your authority through thought-leadership content 
  • Know when to start a side hustle and when to take it full-time

In small groups, you’ll get to work with and learn from: 

  • Sara BlissNew York Times bestselling author, speaker, and brand advisor; author of Take the Leap: Change Your Career Change Your LifeForbes contributor 
  • Jodi Brockington: Lifestyle coach, fusing career, health, and fitness; master connector and strategic stalker; creator of Conscious Connections; and contributor to several books, including Sister to Sister: A Guide for African American Girls
  • Deborah Burns: Founder of Skirting the Rules and author of Saturday's Child: A Daughter's Memoir; former Chief Innovation Officer for Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S.; Chief Brand Officer of Elle Decor/Met Home 
  • Jane Pollak: Certified Professional Co-Active Coach serving women entrepreneurs; author of Too Much of Not Enough 
  • Stacey Staaterman: Certified Professional Coach (leadership and career); founder of Renovate Your Career, career expert featured in the Wall Street Journal, Bumble, and Forbes

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Registration Closed

Women's Media Group is thrilled to welcome
our 2019 Fellowship Recipients Candice Coote and Alfha Gonzalez

Candice Coote Alfha Gonzalez

 Women's Media Group (WMG) FUNdraiser:
Women Authors of Comedy Night

Humor + Cocktails (or Mocktails) + Friends = Fun! We all need a good laugh right about now, so come out and have lots of them as 8 amazing authors/comedians take the stage for a rare WMG evening event in support of our fellowship/scholarship program. The night starts with a networking cocktail hour that includes 2 drinks and delicious passed hors d'oeuvres. Then we'll sit back in a room to ourselves and enjoy tons of fresh comedy from this super lit line-up:

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Registration Closed

WMG + CharityBuzz: Bidding is Now Open
(but not for long)

Every year WMG aims to grow networking and knowledge opportunities for our membership, as well as the scholarship, fellowship, and mentorship opportunities for young women of diverse backgrounds who aspire to become the next generation of publishing and media leaders.

We are thrilled to announce we have partnered with online auction powerhouse CharityBuzz on a fundraising campaign to support WMG's scholarship and fellowship programs.

WMG members Kris Puopolo (Executive Editor, Doubleday) and Jennifer Weltz (President, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency) are graciously donating their time and expertise to create TWO once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that are up for auction:

We are so grateful to Kris and Jennifer - and we would appreciate your help in spreading the word! Do you know an aspiring author looking for expert feedback? A media expert with an interest in writing a book? This may be their golden opportunity to connect with publishing luminaries - if they act fast! Our auctions CLOSE on Tuesday, April 2.

Lunches will be awarded to the highest bidder - and proceeds directly support to our scholarship and fellowship programs that are critical to ensuring our media and publishing industries are a representative, vital force in our society.

If you'd like to promote on your social platforms, here's a handy link to our CharityBuzz page: https://www.charitybuzz.com/support/4858

BISG Annual Meeting on Innovating Across the Supply Chain 

The book industry community comes together at BISG's Annual Meeting to listen to expert panelists, hear Q&A sessions, honor deserving candidates with recognition and awards, have networking opportunities, and to celebrate another year of the Book Industry Study Group! WMG member Julie Blattberg will be moderating a panel called "The Innovative Workforce" and WMG member Charlotte Abbott will be presenting an award.

How Authors, Publishers and Agents are Developing New Revenue Streams

Podcasts, online courses, webinars, partnerships, and innovative events are leading the way to new revenue streams and increased brand awareness for top authors, publishers, and agents. This panel will explore how they’re delivering value to their audiences and expanding their platform by developing new models for paid content in a world saturated with free information. Registration Closed

WMG's 2019 New Member & Annual Business Luncheon!

Meet New WMG Members, Mingle with Friends, and Celebrate Our Wonderful Woman of the Year at WMG's spring lunch at Upper Story on Monday, March 25th at 12:30 PM.

This year WMG's Woman of the Year is Jill Sansone, longtime publishing colleague and former WMG president. If you came to a WMG small dinner in the past ten years, you have Jill to thank! Think about all the connections and friends you've made because of these gatherings and Jill's work in putting them together. Please come and share our tribute to her!  Register Today!

Jill Sansone's 38-year career in book publishing started in 1975 at the Book-of-the-Month Club where she held several positions from Book Production Assistant to Acquisitions Director. She left the company after 18 years to become Associate Director of Subsidiary Rights at G.P. Putnam & Sons. Two years later, she joined Hyperion, the publishing imprint owned by the Walt Disney Company, to become Director of Subsidiary Rights, overseeing both the juvenile and adult departments. While there, she founded Hyperion Audiobooks and initiated the development of the publisher's ebook program.

Jill has been a WMG member since 1987 and was WMG President from 2006 through 2008, during which the group recruited some 45 new members, a near record at the time. Her robust Program Committee offered a roster of impressive speakers: Katrina vanden Heuvel, Francine Prose, Ruby Dee, Jennifer Weiner, Carolyn Reidy, and Nora Ephron. At the end of her WMG tenure as President, Jill founded our Small Dinners Program: members hosting meals in more intimate settings to provide a great way to network and support one another.

After retiring in 2013, Jill has done some consulting, but mostly spends time pursuing things she couldn't do while drowning in manuscripts and raising 3 children. She lives in Hoboken, NJ, with her husband, Peter Warner, a writer and retired President of illustrated book publisher Thames & Hudson. Registration Closed

Jill Abramson in conversation with Lesley Stahl

We are honored to welcome Jill Abramson, author of the eye-opening and important new book, Merchants of Truth, and preeminent broadcast journalist Lesley Stahl, to Talks@WMG for a conversation you won’t want to miss!

Abramson, who made history as the first woman to hold the title of executive editor of the New York Times, will offer us a scintillating insider’s look at the precarious state of the news business. Simon & Schuster has also generously provided lunch attendees a copy of Merchants of TruthSOLD OUT

WMG Master Class
Conquer Your Inner Critic, Stop Making Excuses, and Make It Happen! A Plan for the New You.

Join us for a high-impact Master Class that will empower you and accelerate your goals! A power lunch and coaching session with professional development leaders Susan Brady, author of Mastering Your Inner Critic, and Sally Helgesen, author of How Women Rise, as they teach you how to conquer self-doubt, stay energized, and get what you want. Registration Closed

Gretchen Rubin in Conversation with Jenny Blake

At the last gathering of the Women’s Media Group at Upper Story restaurant in Manhattan, Gretchen Rubin, author of many bestselling books, including The Happiness Project and the forthcoming Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness (Harmony / Random House, March 2019), and host of the top-ranking podcast “Happier with Gretchen Rubin,” answered questions from Jenny Blake, career and business strategist, international speaker, and author of Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One  Read More...

WMG Master Class
How to Join the Resistance

Are you upset about the way things are and want to know how you can do something, even while you have a full-time job? Have you ever dreamed about turning a mission-based passion project into an organization with scale? Are you ready to launch something meaningful in order to make a difference in your community?

Women’s Media Group is pleased to invite you to an evening Master Class with stellar speakers. Come meet and learn from some powerful and purposeful change-makers who will share their stories, vision, and how they made it happen. Registration Closed

Gretchen Rubin in conversation with Jenny Blake

Related imageGretchen Rubin is one of today's most influential and thought-provoking observers of happiness and human nature. She's the author of blockbuster New York Times bestsellers The Four Tendencies, Better Than Before, and The Happiness Project and host of the popular podcast Happier. Did you know that she was once a member of WMG? Well, she's back to share her wisdom with you! Gretchen will be in conversation with career and business strategist Jenny Blake, author of the award-winning book Pivot and host of the Pivot podcast.  To learn more about what this dynamic discussion will focus on. Registration Closed

WMG Spins the Wheel of Wisdom

WMG Rise Up Roulette with Kelly Hoey, Susan Gordon, Janice Kaplan, Kate White, Amy Morin, and Susie MooreNowhere else would you get unprecedented advice on six life matters in the span of two hours but WMG’s “Rise Up Roulette.” On Wednesday, October 10, all brains were ablaze and ears perked up for answers to questions on top talent recruitment, personal branding, meaningful transitions, crowdfunding, transforming passions into cash, attitude overhauls, and much more.  Read More...

WMG's 2018 Fellowship Recipients

The Women’s Media Group announced the recipients of its 2018 Fellowship, created to support young women of color who are interested in publishing careers. Tahmena Hussain a graduate from The City College of New York and Aurora Soriano an English Literature major and Theatre minor at the City College of New York were honored during our June 14th luncheon.  Read More...

Terri Trespicio Master Class

On Friday, May 11 at Random House Terri Trespicio gave a terrific master class on Why Every Author Needs a TEDx Talk...and What It Takes to Get One. Read More...

Women’s Media Group Focuses on Trends in Audiobooks

Women’s Media Group hosted a panel, ‘Leveraging Trends in Audiobook Publishing’ featuring audiobook leaders and pioneers including: Beth Anderson, Audible EVP and Publisher; Nita Basu, Senior Marketing and Publicity Coordinator, Hachette Audio; Amanda D’Acierno, President and Publisher, Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group; and Mary Beth Roche, President and Publisher, Macmillan Audio; moderated by Robin Whitten of AudioFile magazine. Read More...

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