Women's Media Group
Connect • Inspire • Rise


Upcoming Events

    • October 20, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Wednesday, October 20th, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET

    Free for WMG members and non-members

    Biases, micro-aggressions, and workplace inequities: how can we heal from these traumas and how do we interrupt the cycle that prevents everyone from excelling? What are the strategies we can use to put painful career disappointments behind, and in doing so, thrive? What are the ways organizations and individuals can take responsibility for driving true change, based on equity and belonging?


    We’re addressing these critical questions around the imbalance in career opportunity (and its impact) with authors, Minda Harts (Right Within: How to Heal from Racial Trauma in the Workplace) and Melinda Briana Epler (How to Be an Ally: Actions You Can Take for a Stronger, Happier Workplace).


    The WMG Programming Committee is thrilled to partner with Shakespeare & Co. for this important conversation with Minda and Melinda. Order your copies of the books we’re discussing here.


    About Minda Harts:


    Minda Harts is the CEO of The Memo LLC and an award- winning and best-selling author of The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table. Minda is a Professor at NYU Wagner and hosts a live weekly podcast called Secure The Seat. In 2020, Minda was named the #1 Top Voice for Equity in the workplace by Linkedin. She is an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar and has been featured on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Fast Company, The NY Times, and Time Magazine. Minda frequently speaks at companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Nike, and Bloomberg on topics such as Managing Diverse Teams, Courageous Leadership, and Advancing women of color in the workplace. Right Within: How to Heal from Racial Trauma in the Workplace is the essential self-help book for women of color to heal—and thrive—in the workplace. 


    About Melinda Briana Epler:


    Melinda Briana Epler has over 25 years of experience developing business innovation and inclusion strategies for startups, Fortune 500 companies, and global NGOs. As CEO of Change Catalyst, she works with the tech industry to solve diversity and inclusion issues. Her popular TED talk “3 Ways to Be a Better Ally in the Workplace” reached one million views in the first 24 days of its release. She is also host of the popular podcast series “Leading with Empathy and Allyship.” In How to Be an Ally: Actions You Can Take for a Stronger, Happier Workplace, Melinda show how through the power of allyship, each of us can create an equitable, innovative workplace where everyone feels safe, valued, and able to thrive


    About The Moderator:


    WMG Board Member, Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships In A Hyper-Connected World, a modern guide on how to build the powerful, real relationships you need to succeed in our digital world. She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) and included on EBW 2020’s list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”.

    About Shakespeare & Co:


    Shakespeare & Co. is an iconic Manhattan bookstore founded in 1983. Its store at 939 Lexington Avenue, adjacent to the Hunter College campus, has been a staple on the Upper East Side for over 20 years. Shakespeare & Co second location in New York is at 2020 Broadway (between 69th and 70th Streets) and they also are located at 1632 Walnut Street (between South 16th and South 17th Streets) in downtown Philadelphia.

    • October 26, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Tuesday, October 26th, 6:00-7:30 p.m. ET

    Free for WMG members and non-members

    Halloween how-to featuring celeb makeup artist, propmaker, costumer and set decorator Stacia Gorsuch!

    Come for Stacia’s ghoulish demo and stay for spirited book chat, cocktails and costume review. This event is virtual—dress up and drink up.

    Moderator Kelly Hoey will be joined by Jan Knuth, the owner of Grey House Haunts, a professional haunted house in Central Nebraska, and LaNelle Freeman, co-owner of Texas Haunters Convention. With the summer release of their book, Not Afraid to Slay, Jan and WMG’s own Candi Cross have appeared at Midwest Haunters, Texas Haunters Convention, and on numerous podcasts. Next stop: WMG’s Zoom room as Jan opens up her house for the season. Best costume and spirited cocktail will be selected and praised!    

    About Stacia Gorsuch:

    Stacia applies her mad makeup, fabrication and set design skills to feature films, music videos and events across the country. She is based in Las Vegas. Check out her work here.

    About Candi S. Cross:


    Candi S. Cross dressed as Raggedy Ann on her first wild Halloween night out as a toddler. She is the founder of You Talk I Write, a modern ghostwriting agency. She has co-developed approximately 150 books with authors worldwide.

    About LaNelle Freeman:

    LaNelle Freeman is part owner of the Texas Haunters Convention. The Texas Haunters Convention is a two day Halloween convention targeting Halloween and cosplay fans. It is geared towards haunt owners, industry professionals, home haunters, families, trick or treaters, and just anyone who loves the Halloween season. 


    About Jan Knuth:


    Jan Knuth became fascinated with Halloween as a child and acted on that passion in 2007 when she started a home haunt, which ran through 2013. She then went on to become the sole owner and director of Grey House Haunts, a Halloween haunted house, in 2014. In 2019, with the goal of helping the haunt industry continue to grow and thrive, Jan joined the board of the Chamber of Haunters as 2nd vice-chair. Not Afraid to Slay is her debut as an author.  


    About the Moderator:


    Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Kelly Hoey recalls her Halloween costumes always included rubber boots and a raincoat - and that a paper mache space helmet wasn't the smartest costume design. Kelly is the author of Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships In A Hyper-Connected World wherein she addresses the frightening topic of networking.

    • November 08, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Monday, November 8th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. ET

    Free for WMG members, $15 for non-members

    Are you a writer looking for tips on pitching story ideas to global or niche digital outlets? Are you a publicist who wants to improve on the success rate of engagement for your press releases? Are you a brand-builder keen to understand how digital media is or is not like pitching to traditional news outlets?

    Learn about the process and best practices from industry experts.

    Zahara Hill (Moderator), Deputy Editor at Blavity Inc.

    Meena Ganesan, Senior Editor at FiveThirtyEight

    Anna Halkidis, Features Editor at Parents.com

    Diane Di ConstanzoEditorial Director of Millie magazine

    You’ll hear about:

    • The ideal format for an editorial pitch
    • How to find an editor or journalist who is likely to connect with your topic
    • Creative ways to stand out in an overcrowded in-box
    • When is the best time to initiate outreach
    • If outreach on Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn will help you get your pitch seen
    • And more!
    • November 12, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Friday, November 12th, 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET

    Free for WMG members only

    A fun and informal way for new members to virtually connect and really get to know each other. It's a wonderful way to meet meet other talented, high-energy women, all ready to assist one another in our professional endeavors.

    This social is open to anyone who joined WMG between November 2020 and now and will be hosted by WMG Co-President Kathy Sandler.

    Email us at info@womensmediagroup.org with any questions.

    • November 16, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Tuesday, November 16th, 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET

    Free for WMG members only

    Have you missed the exchange of ideas, industry information, random conversations about topical events, and general camaraderie that used to happen in the “before times” at the water cooler, in front of the restroom sink, and in the lively chatter before the start of a WMG event? As we optimistically look forward to more in-person communication, we could all use a little TLC, so come Talk, Listen, and Connect! 

    Join WMG member Sally Ekus for an hour of chit-chat about whatever you want to discuss the day we meet, with an emphasis on meaningful connections to benefit those in this virtual room. Sally's area of expertise is cookbook representation, so you can be sure there will be a chance to tip one another off to your favorite recipes that are getting you through each day. 

    Plus, who is looking for a bit more laughter in their lives too? In her personal life Sally also does improv comedy and enjoys bringing a bit of fun to the day to day. She will lead the group in a few fun prompts to help lift our spirits and offer a change of pace to zoom fatigue. Come to network, stay to laugh!

    About WMG Member Sally Ekus: 

    Sally Ekus is the co-owner and a Literary Agent at The Lisa Ekus Group, a full service agency specializing in cookbook representation. She also sits on the board of Happier Valley Comedy and during pre-pandemic times, is a Main Stage cast member in both an adult and children's improv troupe. She has a deep appreciation for tacos.

Past events

October 14, 2021 New Member Social with WMG Co-President Julie Blattberg
October 13, 2021 WMG Social with Terri Trespicio
September 29, 2021 Building a Media Brand Now with Ann Shoket
September 28, 2021 Books, Broadcasting and Beyond: The New Content Trends in Media
September 23, 2021 Conversation with Memoir Collaborator and New York Times Best-Selling Author, Michelle Burford
September 22, 2021 Job Seekers Unite! with Chandra Turner
September 15, 2021 How to Use Influencer Marketing to Drive Awareness & Sales
September 14, 2021 Children's Books and Adult Beverages with Susan Knopf
August 26, 2021 WMG Newbies + Long-time Members with Kathy Sandler
August 25, 2021 Savoring Every Second of Summer with Brianna Yamashita
August 04, 2021 Bring Your Baggage and Your Favorite Beverage: Happy Hour with Author Helen Ellis
July 27, 2021 Talk, Listen, Connect
July 21, 2021 New Member Social with WMG Co-President Kathy Sandler
June 23, 2021 New Member Social with WMG Co-President Julie Blattberg
June 01, 2021 Negotiate for Your Career Success with Deborah M. Kolb PhD
May 26, 2021 New Member Social with WMG Co-President Kathy Sandler
May 20, 2021 May is for Movie Lovers—Online Screening Featuring WMG’s Sarah Montana
April 13, 2021 Cry from Laughter! Annabelle Gurwitch in Conversation with Sandra Tsing Loh
April 07, 2021 New Member Social with WMG Co-President Julie Blattberg
March 31, 2021 "You Don't Have to Read the Book" Book Club: Mango and Peppercorns
March 17, 2021 "You Don't Have to Read the Book" Book Club: Come Hope or High Water
March 10, 2021 Annual Business Meeting
February 26, 2021 New Member Social with WMG Co-President Kathy Sandler
February 25, 2021 "You Don't Have to Read the Book" Book Club: Bookish Broads
January 27, 2021 New Year Networking Ball (Rescheduled)
January 14, 2021 "You Don't Have to Read the Book" Book Club: Listful Living
January 06, 2021 New Year Networking Ball
December 10, 2020 "You Don't Have to Read the Book" Book Club: Sophie Last Seen
December 08, 2020 Forging Powerful Connections in the Virtual World with Annie Meisels
December 02, 2020 New Member Social with WMG Co-Presidents
November 11, 2020 Virtual Happy Hour with Bay Area Women in Publishing
October 14, 2020 How to Become Photogenic
October 08, 2020 Is There Still Sex in the City?
October 01, 2020 Resume Refresh
September 23, 2020 Stories of Successful Career Pivoters
September 15, 2020 Secrets Beyond Your Plate for Health and Happiness
August 26, 2020 Bourbon Night with Jill Sansone
August 20, 2020 Literary Trivia with Kelly Costigan & Susan Knopf
August 19, 2020 Supporting #BLM in Business with Stacey Staaterman
August 19, 2020 How to Write Persuasively with Trish Hall & Lydia Denworth
August 10, 2020 Media Technology with Kathy Sandler
August 07, 2020 Audio Entertainment with Heather Alexander
August 05, 2020 Children's Books with Nevin Mays
July 29, 2020 Ghosts & Other Writing Ghouls with Candi Cross
July 28, 2020 Own Your Worth Session 2
July 23, 2020 Travel with Paula Rizzo
July 22, 2020 Catchall/Anything with Julie Blattberg
July 17, 2020 Uncanny Valley Book Club with Cara Bedick
July 16, 2020 Book to Film/Screen with Charlie Schroder
July 15, 2020 Publishing Entrepreneurship with Janna Morishima
July 14, 2020 Own Your Worth Session 1
July 09, 2020 Networking Through Play with Sally Ekus
July 07, 2020 Live In Your P.O.W.E.R.® - 5 Keys to Inner Peace & Increased Productivity
June 24, 2020 Do and Dream Wednesdays with Networking Expert Kelly Hoey
June 17, 2020 Do and Dream Wednesdays with Networking Expert Kelly Hoey
June 10, 2020 Do and Dream Wednesdays with Networking Expert Kelly Hoey
June 03, 2020 Do and Dream Wednesdays with Networking Expert Kelly Hoey
May 26, 2020 Tavia Kowalchuk's Virtual Visit
May 17, 2020 Suzanne Kingsbury's Virtual Visit
May 14, 2020 Julie Blattberg's Virtual Visit
May 14, 2020 Tricia Brouk’s The Art of the Big Talk
May 12, 2020 Charlie Schroder's Virtual Visit
May 11, 2020 Brianna Yamashita's Virtual Visit
May 06, 2020 Rachel Barry's Virtual Visit
May 04, 2020 Stacy Grossman's Virtual Visit
May 04, 2020 Kathy Sandler's Virtual Visit
April 15, 2020 Creating the New Normal: Powering a Productive Mindset and Purposeful Actions
April 08, 2020 Crisis Leadership: Creating Adaptive Strategies in Times of Disruption—Webinar
April 07, 2020 Rx for Leading During Difficult Times—Webinar
March 24, 2020 WMG Annual Business Luncheon 2020
February 11, 2020 Let's Get Social!
December 02, 2019 Holiday Party
November 12, 2019 How to Sell Your Product, Your Brand, or Yourself on Linkedin
October 24, 2019 Wine + Cheese + Women Who Lead
October 04, 2019 Himalayan Happy Hour!
September 10, 2019 Screening: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
August 06, 2019 Summer Social 2019
June 12, 2019 Rise-Up Roulette: Speed Coaching for Happiness and Profit (Personally and Professionally!)
May 15, 2019 Women's Media Group (WMG) FUNdraiser: Women Authors of Comedy Night
April 11, 2019 BEYOND THE BOOK: How Authors, Publishers and Agents are Developing New Revenue Streams
March 25, 2019 WMG's 2019 New Member & Annual Business Luncheon!
February 06, 2019 Talks@WMG: Jill Abramson in conversation with Lesley Stahl
January 24, 2019 WMG Master Class: Conquer Your Inner Critic, Stop Making Excuses, and Make It Happen! A Plan for the New You.
December 03, 2018 WMG Holiday Party
November 12, 2018 WMG Master Class: How to Join the Resistance
November 07, 2018 Talks@WMG: Gretchen Rubin in conversation with Jenny Blake
October 10, 2018 WMG Special Event: Rise Up Roulette
September 12, 2018 Talks@WMG: Leveraging Trends in Audiobook Publishing
June 14, 2018 Talks@WMG: The Power of Influencer Marketing
June 05, 2018 PRODUCE LIKE A PRO: How to create compelling videos & content that turn followers into fans and clients
May 11, 2018 Why Every Author Needs a TEDx Talk...and What It Takes to Get One
April 19, 2018 WMG's New Member & Annual Business Luncheon
February 26, 2018 CEO of Cookit Media on How Influencers Build their Brand and How You and Your Clients Can Too
February 06, 2018 WMG Winter Luncheon: What men need to know (and women need to tell them) about working together

Member Talks

We are pleased to introduce Member Talks. Member Talks are an opportunity for any WMG member to contribute to the professional development, enjoyment and personal interactions of WMG members. 

Copyright © 2016 Women's Media Group. All rights reserved. WMG is a registered trademark of Women's Media Group, Inc. Women's Media Group Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible as allowed by law.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software