Afar’s Laura Simkin Speaks at EWIP Luncheon

Event: Afar Media: Launching a Print Publication in the Digital Age
Date: Friday, June 8, 2012
Location: Blu Restaurant—Yerba Buena (private dining room)
747 Market Street @4th Street
Inside the Sports Club/LA (4th floor)

About this Event: Laura SimkinsThe public is invited to learn about Afar, an award-winning publication. The featured speaker isLaura Simkins, general manager and VP of operations at Afar Media. The luncheon from noon till 2 pm is co-organized by EWIP and WFMA features a Q&A session with Kate Byrne of EWIP. Register by June 7th: pay $35. Tickets at the door: $45. RSVP Here.

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EWIP Leadership Conference [the video]

You get a taste of EWIP’s 2012 conference viewing this snappy video. We captured much more from the event, including significant recordings of the panel sessions. Watch this overview now and when we complete editing the rest, we will share the remarkable video with you on EWIP’s video channel on YouTube. Subscribe to the channel and you will be notified when these more in depth “video conversations” are released.

Video produced by Jackson Street Productions, with additional photographs by Nader Khouri.

Women’s Leadership Conference – Year Four

EWIP’s 2012 Women’s Leadership Conference is now in its fourth year. We think it is going to be better than ever. This year’s program is designed to give you a clear window into emerging best practices with a highly interactive program featuring cross-platform expertise, examples of great partnerships and collaborations, and innovative leaders in publishing and media ready to share their strategies for new content and revenue opportunities.

ewip markRegister today. You will come away from this event with 5 key steps to take your organization or publication to the next level, meet 10 new contacts, hear smart ideas about partnerships, and best of all, get a renewed sense of inspiration for the challenges ahead.

Fourth Annual Women’s Leadership Conference
Taking Our Next Step: Content, Community, Collaboration
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

2012 Exceptional Woman In Publishing Award Luncheon
honoring the 14th recipient
Michela O’Connor Abrams
President, Dwell Media
Award presentation by Dorothy Kalins, who received the 2009 EWIP Award

Speakers | Sessions | Sponsors | Partners | Registration | EWIP Award | Venue

Twitter hashtag: #WLC2012

55 Cyril Magnin Street, LEVEL FOUR
San Francisco • Near Union Square
Parking and Directions
The special conference rate of $269/night is available for reservations made before February 14th. Please reference Women’s Leadership Conference when calling 1-800-697-3101 for a reservation. Reserve via email.

Hear Me Now?

miss representation

miss representation

As a feminist who came of age in the 70s I’ve spent much of my life trying to upend the status quo that simultaneously diminishes the challenges women and girls face and trivializes our actions and accomplishments. I’ve long since tired of the offerings of the corporate media, television, movies, and even my own industry (publishing) that so often miss represents “reality”.  I know I am not the only one who has consciously sought out progressive voices in books, music, film, and art, for ideas and entertainment that reflect on our world with a passionate and creative female voice. Despite the considerable effort made by many to increase the diversity of voices, there is damning evidence that we have seriously lost ground against the juggernaut that is the global consolidation of media corporations. The misrepresentation of women has contributed not only to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence but is a reversal of the gains made last century.

That is the message of a powerful new documentary called, Miss Representation, written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. This film premiered in 2011 at Sundance and aired nationally in October on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and reports in a dramatic and relentless fashion how awful the present situation really is for girls and women. In a recent post by Marianne Schnall, founder of, she said the film prompted “an inner tsunami of epiphanies and emotions”. I too, felt the essential truth of the message and still hear many of the words from the film’s speakers, including Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Caroline Heldman, Jean Kilbourne, Jennifer Lawless, Nancy Pelosi, Jennifer L. Pozner with the largest impact for me coming from the young and articulate men and women interviewed in the film. As part of the curriculum for media literacy that is flowing from the film’s producers, supporters are encouraged to take the pledge.

“I pledge to use my voice to spread the message of Miss Representation and challenge the media’s limiting portrayal of women and girls”

EWIP will screen this film in San Francisco, in January. (Details to be announced soon.) We know it will be an emotional and insightful experience. This documentary is important and we intend to make a special effort that boys and men will be there to see it too. In the meantime, check out the trailer and take the pledge. Miss Representation Trailer (8:52 min.).