Women brave storm and speak of hope, technology, and female brain

presidentspanelThe prediction was for snow in San Francisco, and on February 25th, the day did begin with howling winds and rain. But the sky cleared early enough to shine cool and crisp for the 175 women in publishing who attended the Exceptional Women in Publishing’s third annual Women’s Leadership Conference.  The women came from print, online, and a variety of publishing, media, and communication technology companies, to hear dozens of speakers, including the president’s panel who shared their thoughts on surviving these turbulent times. Madeleine Buckingham of Mother Jones suggests you “do a few things well, and focus on community;” Michela O’Connor Abrams of Dwell Media, believes “it’s a great time for personal creativity and entrepreneurship;” and Barb Newton of Sunset Publishing Corporation says “people want and can consume more information than ever before.”

EWIP will post more comments from attendees on the conference and share published stories from bloggers, reporters, and others heard around the social media networks. Send us your photos and links to share.

Conference panel moderator and deputy editorial page editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, Lois Kazakoff posted these comments..

Read the report from Nancy Davis Kho on EContentBlog who discussed several of the panels including the conference theme panel, “Woman and the Machine: Publishing, Technology, and the Female Brain.”

Watch the only VIDEO of the conference shot during the panel: “Reading the Future: Digital Magazines” with Cheryl Goodman from Qualcomm; Jeanniey Mullen of Zinio, and Kate Byrne of Future US. The panel was moderated by Marjorie W. Martay, of Nomad Editions.

Read Linda Ruth’s blog, Breaking Up the Boy’s Club on AudienceDevelopment.com.

Fabulous Door Prizes @WLC2011

You must Attend to Win
EWIP has just announced two fabulous training courses as door prizes to be given away during the Women’s Leadership Conference on February 25th. You must attend the conference and enter your name to win one of these career-enriching opportunities. Check them out and register to attend the conference today!

• Multimedia reporting workshop from KDMC – valued at $5000
• InDesign CS5 with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite for iPad from Webucator – valued at $425

These are amazing training opportunities that are one step beyond your typical conference giveaways.

Multimedia Reporting & Convergence Workshop

The Multimedia Reporting and Convergence Workshop from Knight Digital Media Center offers intensive week-long training that covers all aspects of multimedia news production; from basic storyboarding to hands-on instruction with hardware and software for production of multimedia stories. Participants will be organized into teams to report on a pre-arranged story in the Bay Area, and then construct a multimedia presentation based on that coverage.

The winner of this prize is entitled to an audit seat in the May 15 – 20, 2011 workshop and includes meals and lodging on the UC Berkeley campus. You will be taught skills needed to produce quality multimedia stories including: video recording and editing, photography and audio slideshows, audio recording and editing, voice coaching for narration or stand-ups, Photoshop and Web design concepts, and producing Adobe Flash interactive story graphics. Included are noontime and evening presentations by experts on the most pressing issues in online publishing. – Learn More

InDesign CS5 with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite for iPad


This prize is a live eLearning class from Webucator, a provider of Adobe training and iPad training. You will learn to use Adobe InDesign, in conjunction with the tools in Digital Publishing Suite, to create interactive documents, complete with media and links, for publication to iPad. This course is geared toward experienced InDesign users who are familiar with basic features, such as style sheets, image placement and document management. The winner can attend the class scheduled for May 6, 2011. – Learn More

Mediabistro Founder Honored

Laurel Touby awarded Exceptional Woman in Publishing 2011

Before MySpace, Facebook, or HuffingtonPost, there was mediabistro. Laurel Touby took her knack for hosting “media salon” parties for fellow writers and magazine editors, to launch a website devoted to community building, social networking, and career improvement. Soon professionals working in journalism, publishing, advertising, marketing, and design were visiting mediabistro.com frequently for news, insider job listings, and user-generated events. In 2007, Touby sold mediabistro.com for $23 million to WebMediaBrands.

Laurel Touby, founder of mediabistro.com is the thirteenth recipient of the annual Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award. Touby will be honored during the awards luncheon celebration at the third annual Women’s Leadership Conference in San Francisco on February 25, 2011.

Click here for Laurel Touby’s bio.

Early Bird Registration is Open

EWIP MarkThe third annual EWIP conference, “Woman and the Machine: Publishing, Technology, and the Female Brain” will address the ubiquitous use of technology, and its impact on our work, our products, our lives, and even our brains. Frequent announcements are posted here on the people you will hear from: the innovators and entrepreneurs, the business and creative leaders from a variety of publishing, media, and technology enterprises.

Make plans now to come to San Francisco on February 25, 2011 and learn how you too can live smart, work smart, and tame the digital machine.

The online registration site for the Women’s Leadership Conference is live.
You get the best deal now by registering with the early bird discount.
EWIP Members: $139.00 (Save 30%)
Non-members: $199.00 (Save 20%)
Join EWIP (regular annual membership is $75) and register for the conference: $259.00 for both!

Are you a member of one of our Partner organizations? Contact your group for the special partner discount code before registering online and save 30% on the full day conference.