Dozens of Top Women in Media Slated to Speak March 6 at EWIP’s Women’s Leadership Conference in San Francisco

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Daylong event focused on “How To Move Forward: Women Leaders in Media” with speakers sharing successful business and content models and discussing important issues facing women media professionals

The program features over forty women, leaders in publishing, media, and technology participating in the 6th annual conference in San Francisco.

A full day of insights, advice, and inspiration on “How To Move Forward” from women in media leadership positions around the country are planned for the sixth Women’s Leadership Conference at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in the Merchants Exchange Building, San Francisco, on March 6, 2014. The event, produced by Exceptional Women in Publishing (EWIP), includes keynotes and panel discussions led by successful female media leaders. The organizers expect 250 attendees. Registration is still available at

EWIP has named Kara Swisher, co-CEO of Revere Digital, co-executive editor of Re/code, and co-executive producer of The Code Conference, as the 2014 recipient of the Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award. She is the 16th recipient of this annual award and will speak at the award luncheon, sponsored by Adobe. The award is given in recognition of achieved prominence in her career, extraordinary contributions to publishing, and demonstrated success and leadership.

The 2014 Women in Leadership Conference event details can be found at:

Conference topics and featured speakers include:
“How to Move Forward: Women Leaders in Media, ” by Eileen Gittins, CEO, Blurb, Inc.; Kristine Shine, president, San Francisco Chronicle and; Maureen Sullivan, president, and Lifestyle Brands; and moderator Molly Wood, deputy technology editor, Business Day, New York Times.

“Outspoken Women on the Internet,” by Kathy Sierra, author of the Head First instructional book series on programming and co-founder of Serious Pony; Maria Streshinsky, editor-in-chief, Pacific Standard; Clara Jeffery, co-editor, Mother Jones, and moderator: Rose Aguilar, host, Your Call on KALW.

“Innovation in Media,” by Una Fox, vice president of enterprise data, The Walt Disney Company; Mia Quagliarello, head of curation, Flipboard; Melissa Small, design director, The Bold Italic; Yumi Wilson, corporate communications manager, LinkedIn; and moderator Lindsey Turrentine, VP and editor in chief of reviews, CNET.

“Women in Tech,” by Liz Howard, director of operations and instructor, Hackbright Academy; Trish Mills Gray, software development manager, Expedia; Tasneem Raja, interactive editor, Mother Jones; Natalie Villalobos, women in tech advocate, Google; and moderator Goli Mohammadi, senior editor, Maker Media.

“Turning Broccoli Journalism into Traffic Gold,” by Victoria Fine, managing editor, Upworthy; S. Mitra Kalita ideas editor, Quartz; Andaiye Taylor, founder, Brick City Live; and moderator Carla Zanoni, director of social media and engagement, DNAinfo.

“How to Build Meaningful Community Using Social Media,” by Anastasia Ashman, social community builder,; Amanda Barbara, vice president, Pubslush; and Pamela Day, researcher and entrepreneur, Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab.

“A Fresh Look at Young Creators,” by Katherine Ann Rowlands, East Bay metro editor, Bay Area News Group and past president, Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS); Liberty Madison, founder, Life With Technology; Rebecca Ruiz, freelance reporter, Al Jazeera America, The Atlantic, Forbes, and; and moderator Stacey Kennelly, associate editor, Diablo and managing editor, Napa Sonoma.

“How to Manage Transitions and Grow Your Own Career,” by Amanda Enayati, author and columnist, CNN Health; Cynthia Samuels, partner, The Cobblestone Team; Peggy Northrop, editor-in-chief, Sunset Magazine and co-founder, Shebooks; and moderator Sarah Granger, author and founder, Center for Technology, Media & Society.

And, as a special feature in the final session, a few short interviews from the digital video series “Makers: Women Who Make America,” an ongoing initiative developed by AOL and PBS, to create a massive video collection of women telling their own story. Video interviews include: Gabby Giffords, Alice Walker, Jane Pratt, Malika Saada Saar, Ruth Beder Ginsberg, and Margaret Cho. And special in-person guests Maureen Nandini Mitra, managing editor, Earth Island Journal; Michela O’Connor Abrams, CEO and president, Dwell Media; and Lisa Stone, co-founder and CEO, BlogHer, Inc; will share a bit of their own personal journeys.

A wine reception, in the Julia Morgan lounge, sponsored by Publishers Press, offers the opportunity to network with speakers and attendees following the event.

Conference sponsors include: Adobe, AT Clayton, Brown Printing Company, B’stro, kdmcBerkeley, Publishers Press, Quad/Graphics, SubDirect, and Time/Warner Direct.

About the 6th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference
Connect with the women leading and transforming media and technology on March 6, 2014, at the Sixth Annual Exceptional Women in Publishing Women’s Leadership Conference at the Merchants Exchange Building, Julia Morgan Ballroom, 465 California Street, in San Francisco. The theme of the 2014 conference is “How To Move Forward: Women Leaders in Media.” Expect a day brimming with insight and intelligence. Each session of this daylong event will be packed with practical takeaways, creative ideas, and lively discussions about the successful business and content models and important issues facing media professionals today. The 2014 Women in Leadership Conference event details can be found at:

About Exceptional Women in Publishing (EWIP)
Exceptional Women in Publishing (EWIP) was founded in 1998 with two goals in mind: to educate, empower and support women in publishing and to educate, empower and support women and girls through the power of publishing. EWIP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. The 2014 Women’s Leadership Conference will be its sixth and it will also mark the sixteenth anniversary of the organization and EWIP Award. Get information on EWIP at

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