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Women’s Media Group announces the 2018 Fellowship Recipients

August 08, 2018 4:11 PM | Shanta Speller

NEW YORK, NY (August 8, 2018) - 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. Two women were honored during a luncheon which took place at the Upper Story restaurant in New York City on June 14, 2018. The fellowships were presented by Miral Sattar of Bibliocrunch, who is WMG’s Co-President, along with Dee Dee De Bartlo of De Bartlo & Co.

In recent years, WMG has partnered with Retha Powers, Assistant Director of the Publishing Certificate Program (PCP) at the City College of New York, to identify students who show exceptional promise and a strong commitment to working in media. Fellowship recipients receive invitations to WMG events over the summer, one-on-one mentoring from its members, and a stipend to help cover living costs, among other benefits.

Jennifer A. Perry, Vice President, Worldwide Publishing, at Sesame Workshop, was host to the two WMG Summer Fellows for a one-day mentorship focused on licensed publishing. Said Perry, “My whole team was involved—they were excited to share their personal career paths as well as their expertise to help nurture the next generation of publishing professionals.”

Worldwide Publishing at Sesame Workshop was host to the Women’s Media Group Fellowship recipients for a one-day mentorship focused on licensed publishing. l. to r.: Aurora Soriano, Jennifer A. Perry of Worldwide Publishing / Sesame Workshop, and Tahmena Hussain.

The 2018 WMG Fellowship Recipients

  • TAHMENA HUSSAIN graduated from The City College of New York, with a B.A. in English Creative Writing. She has been on the Dean's List, 2016, and her attention to detail in her writing earned her The David Markowitz Essay Award, 2017. Shortly after graduation, Tahmena interned at Penguin Random House with Penguin Young Readers Group in the publicity department writing pitch letters, researching bloggers and media outlets, and drafting itineraries for author tours.

  • AURORA SORIANO is an English Literature major and Theatre minor at the City College of New York, where she is also enrolled in the Publishing Certificate Program. She is an English Honors student, and loves reading both contemporary YA novels and classic literature. Aurora is the current feature editor and a staff writer for CCNY's magazine The Campus, and is interning with the Children's Department of McIntosh & Otis this summer.

The WMG Fellowship and Scholarship Committee Members Are:

  • Moira Bailey, Editorial Director, Public Affairs at Empire State Development
  • Michelle Burford, Michelle Burford Editorial Services LLC
  • Emi Ikkanda, Senior Editor, Spiegel & Grau
  • Kristine Puopolo, Executive Editor, Doubleday Books
  • Darcie Rowan, Darcie Rowan PR & Social Media
  • Tessa Shanks, Business Manager, W. W. Norton & Co., Inc.

“We look forward to mentoring and working with these outstanding young women and we hope to contribute to more diversity in the book industry by welcoming them into our community,” said Miral Sattar, Co-President of WMG.


Susannah Greenberg
Susannah Greenberg Public Relations
646.801.7477 / publicity@bookbuzz.com

The Women's Media Group provides a forum for networking, career development and advocacy. Activities include monthly meetings, seminars, cultural events. The group also runs a college fellowship for minority women.

WMG is proud of the accomplishments and diversity of its members and seeks to advance the position of all women through the power of communication and media.

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