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    September Luncheon
    9/12/18 12:30pm

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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 [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.


[email protected]: Leveraging Trends in Audiobook Publishing, September 12th at Barbetta Restaurant

Just how hot are audiobooks? They continue to grow, surpassing all estimates!

Did you know:

  • Nearly one-in-five Americans now listen to audiobooks - Pew Research, 2018
  • Publishers, such as Hachette, Penguin Random House, and Macmillan have doubled their audiobook production in the last few years. - The New York Times, June 2018
  • In the first eight months of 2017, publishers’ revenue from audiobooks grew 20% from the same period a year earlier, while print books only rose 1.5% and e-books slipped 5.4%, according to the Association of American Publishers, which collects data reported by 1,200 publishers. - Wall Street Journal, Feb. 2018

Come hear all about them from an all-star panel at our next lunchtime [email protected] on Sept 12th. You’ll hear from:

  • Ana Maria Allessi (VP, Publisher, HarperAudio)
  • Beth Anderson (EVP & Publisher, Audible, Inc.)
  • Amanda D'Acierno (President, Publisher, Penguin Random House Audio Group)
  • Mary Beth Roche (President and Publisher, Macmillan Audio)

The moderator is expert Robin Whitten - she founded Audiofile magazine more than 25 years ago! She will help us find out:

  • Who is listening? 
  • What content is working?
  • Where should our marketing be focused?
  • How should we think about audiobook metadata?
  • Why is now the right time to invest in the audio format?
  • And get answers to your questions!

Guests welcome. Please RSVP here

WHEN: Wednesday, September 12 from 12:30-2:00 pm
WHERE: Barbetta Restaurant, 321 W 46th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues - NOTE NEW LOCATION FOR THIS LUNCHEON ONLY
COST: $55.00
RSVP/CANCELLATION DEADLINE: Monday, September 10 at 6pm


​​​​[email protected]: The Power of Influencer Marketing on June 14 at Upper Story

With the readership of newspapers and magazines waning and the decline in radio and TV viewership, influencer marketing has proven to be one of the most effective forms of advertising and publicity. It was on every trend list in 2017 and will continue to be a focus in 2018. Influencer engagement is important - not just to grow your author or brand's reach through a vibrant marketing channel, but also to learn from thought leaders, stay up to date on the trends, and maximize your author and brand's relevance.

We are thrilled to welcome a panel of experts on the topic of influencer marketing to our lunchtime [email protected] on June 14th at Upper Story. You'll hear from:

  • Stephanie Smith of United Talent Agency's IQ, UTA's social media strategy division

  • Tina Cervera former SVP of VaynerMedia and current chief creative and digital officer of Lippe Taylor

  • Jodi McKee, photographer, blogger, social media influencer with over 4 million followers on Pinterest

  • Sara Yasin, Deputy Director News Curation at Buzzfeed.

Our panel will be moderated by author, journalist, and social media innovator Ann Shoket who will ask our panelists:

  • What makes for an influencer? 
  • How do you build influence?
  • How do influencers work with publishers, brands, and personalities and how do we work with influencers?
  • Who are influencers trying to influence and what are they and we getting out of it?
  • How do influencers create robust engagement? 
  • How do we truly measure influence?
  • Where is influencer marketing headed?

There will be plenty of time for Q&A and dialogue.

Guests welcome. Please RSVP here

WHEN: Thursday, June 14 from 12:30-2:00 pm

WHERE: Upper Story at 979 3rd Avenue between 58th & 59th Streets.

COST: $55.00

RSVP DEADLINE: Monday, June 11 at 6pm

CANCELLATION DEADLINE: Monday, June 11 at 6pm


​​​​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.

Terri Trespicio is a WMG member and award-winning writer, speaker, and branding pro, who works with individuals and organizations to help nail their messaging and craft signature TEDx talks. Her TEDx talk, "Stop Searching for Your Passion" earned more than 3.6 million views to date.

Find out more on how she can help you or your authors do a killer TED Talk at https://territrespicio.com


Terri Trespicio took the full house through her entertaining and informative presentation.

​​​​WMG Small Dinner

On May 10, 2018 Pam Krauss hosted a delicious small dinner in her beautiful home.


From left to right: Pam Krauss, Amber Hoover, Lisa Faith Phillips, Julia Pastore, Sarah Dickman, and Soumeya Roberts.

WMG Small Dinner

Bridget Marmion's hosted a Small Dinner on April 26th, here's the group enjoying the rooftop.

From left to right: Kelly Delaney, Anna Zappia, Bridget Marmion, Lisa Faith Phillips, Michele Weisman

Jill Sansone hosted a Small Dinner at her home.

From left to right: Lisa Faith Phillips, Susan Seliger, Gayle Kirschenbaum, Jill Sansone, Brandi Bowles, Natasha Zabohonski.
 
 

Susan Knopf’s Small Dinner at the restaurant Thaimee Table. The group discussed everything from the history of the WMG, projects we’re working on, and lots more.

From left to right: Esther Margolis, Judy Kern, Susan Knopf, Natasha Zabohonski and Kira Copperman.

​​​​WMG Business and New Member Luncheon

Please note we have moved our annual business and new member luncheon to Thursday, April 19th (it had been scheduled for March 27). It will still be at Upper Story. This lunch is for members only. At this event, in addition to voting in the new board and welcoming new members who've joined over the past year, and our popular annual Media Swap, we will also honor our WMG Woman of the Year 2018. This year we are thrilled to honor Jean Naggar for her illustrious career.

Our March business luncheon is always a high point that affirms our bond, continuity, and growth as a community. We look forward to seeing you there!

An email with a reservation link will be sent out.​

​​​​WMG Brown Bag:  CEO of Cookit Media on How Influencers Build their Brand and How You and Your Clients Can Too

Please join us for an inspiring and informative talk on how influencers build their brand and how you and your clients can too with Laurie Buckle, Founder + CEO of CookIt Media, a Los Angeles-based digital media agency, at our February 26th Brown Bag lunch at Random House. (Note Laurie has to fly later that afternoon back to LA so we will start the talk as close to 12:30 as possible.)

Laurie launched CookIt Media in 2014 with the goal of helping influencers create a unique brand strategy — a story that would resonate with a target audience and set them apart in a saturated market. Wanting to provide her influencers with brand partnerships that fit their goals and vision, as well as ongoing brand consulting, CookIt added brand management to their offerings in 2015. CookIt’s collective expertise in content production led to the creation of the content studio in 2016, which works directly with brands and influencers to create smart, engaging content that elevates their brand and grows their business.

Her passionate vision and ideas will help you and your clients ignite powerful and effective brand strategies.

​We will leave plenty of time for Q&A.

ABOUT LAURIE BUCKLE

Laurie is the Founder + CEO of CookIt Media, a Los Angeles-based digital media agency that works with food influencers to help them become bigger, better businesses. She is also on the board of directors of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP).

Laurie has more than three decades of experience in food publishing. She held key positions at Bon Appétit, Better Homes & Gardens, and Kitchn. As Editor in Chief of Fine Cooking magazine, she successfully redesigned and relaunched the brand. Her passion for storytelling and deep experience in content development inform every project CookIt takes on, from helping an influencer find their true north to helping a brand truly win at social.​​​​

Guests welcome. Please RSVP here​​.

WHEN: Monday, February 26 from 12:30-2:00 pm. Please arrive by 12:30 as we'll start the talk as close to 12:30 as possible as Laurie needs to depart for the airport.

WHERE: Random House, 1745 Broadway, between 54th & 55th Streets, Dr. Seuss room on the 14th floor

COST: Free

RSVP DEADLINE: Friday, February 22 at 6pm

WMG Small Dinner at Notaro Ristorante

 Lovely small dinner at Notaro Ristorante on the east side.  Great food and great company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left to right:  Gayle Feldman, Lathea Williams, Julia Pastore, Jill Sansone and host Susan Knopf.

WMG Winter Luncheon: What men need to know (and women need to tell them) about working together

As stories of sexual harassment and assault continue to proliferate, we need to talk about how to use the #metoo moment to make systemic, lasting changes that empower women as true equals and create​​ a​ safe and ​dynamic working environment which benefits women​ and men.

​​Please join us on February 6 at Upper Story for an illuminating and important in-conversation with Joanne Lipman, author of the new book ​THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together​. Lipman, a veteran journalist, began her career as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, ultimately rising to deputy managing editor​​—the first woman to attain that post​​—and recently stepped down from serving as Chief Content Officer of Gannett and Editor-in-Chief of USA TODAY​.

Lipman​ ​partly based her new book on a ​controversial ​article​ she wrote for the Wall Street Journal in 2014 titled​ ​​Women At Work: A Guide for Men. Her goal, she said "was to get to the bottom of issues that men face every day" when it comes to understanding their female colleagues and leveling the playing field. ​

Among the topics ​she'll address ​with moderator Ann Shoket​:

  • ​Sexual harassment
  • ​​The respect gap
  • Unconscious bias​
  • Interruptions
  • The pay and promotion gap
  • The motherhood penalty
  • “Bropropriation” and “mansplaining”
  • And more….

​​There will be plenty of time for Q&A ​and dialogue.
​ 
​​The lunch will be hosted at Upper Story on Tuesday, ​February 6 at 12:30 PM.

​​Guests welcome. Please RSVP here​​​​.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 6 from 12:30-2:00 pm

WHERE: Upper Story at 979 3rd Avenue between 58th & 59th Streets.

COST: $60.00

RSVP DEADLINE: Thursday, ​February 2 at 6pm

CANCELLATION DEADLINE: Thursday, ​February 2 at 6pm

​ABOUT JOANNE LIPMAN

​​Joanne Lipman is the author of THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together, published by William Morrow (January 30, 2018).​​ A veteran journalist, she has served as Chief Content Officer of Gannett, and Editor-in-Chief of USA TODAY. She began her career as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, ultimately rising to deputy managing editor—the first woman to attain that post—and supervising coverage that won three Pulitzer Prizes. Subsequently, she was founding editor-in-chief of Portfolio magazine and portfolio.com, which won Loeb and National Magazine Awards.

Lipman has pioneered integrating gender equality into the workplace. She has written on the topic for publications including The Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesUSA TODAY and Time. As one of the most senior women in the media industry, she has actively promoted women in the newsrooms she leads.

A frequent speaker about women in the workplace, she has addressed mixed-gender groups at major law firms, banks, professional and civic organizations, on issues such as unconscious bias, women in leadership, and bringing men into the conversation about gender equality. Recent speaking engagements on women's issues include the Aspen Ideas Festival, the World Economic Forum in Davos, and Women in Cable Television's national leadership conference, which she keynoted with Katie Couric.​ 

Lipman is a winner of the Matrix Award for women in media. She and her husband live in New York City and are the parents of two children.


​ABOUT ANN SHOKET

Ann Shoket has been a key architect in shaping the national conversation about and for millennial women. ​​Over the last 15 years, ​she brought two major young women’s publications to number one across every platform. As Editor-in-Chief of Seventeen from 2007 to 2014, Shoket repositioned the iconic fashion and beauty brand to dominate as the most relevant voice for its 13 million readers. As part of the launch team of CosmoGIRL in 1999, she helped revolutionize teen magazines by talking openly about important emotional issues that weren’t yet addressed by traditional publications.

Shoket’s book, The Big Life​,​ is a guide for millennial women who are changing what it means to be powerful and successful in the world​.

WMG Holiday Party

Please join us for our Women's Media Group Holiday Party!

Tuesday, December 5th from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: 1280 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor (at 109th Street)

This free event is for members only.


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