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.
BEYOND THE BOOK:
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.
Wednesday, April 11, 2019 • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
WMG + CharityBuzz: Bidding is Now Open
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
Women's Media Group (WMG) FUNdraiser:
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:
Tuesday, May 15, 2019 • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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.
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
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 Truth. SOLD OUT
WMG Master Class
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
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 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
Nowhere 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...