EWIP 2015: Taking Risks, Blazing Trails

Event: EWIP’s 7th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference
Date: March 26, 2015
Location: Clark Kerr Conference Center
University of California, Berkeley
2601 Warring Street, Berkeley, CA 94720 [map]
Host Sponsor: kdmcBerkeley
9 A.M. – 7 P.M.

About this Event: Taking Risks, Blazing Trails
Our seventh Women’s Leadership conference promises to inspire and inform content creators of all stripes. With our signature all-female speaker roster you can dive into three program tracks: creating top-notch content, reaching more readers, and the best strategies for making money. Sessions will include exceptional speakers, engaging panel discussions, and hands-on training. Join us for the day of learning and celebrate with the EWIP Award presentation and cocktail reception. Taking risks and blazing trails is all about connecting with people and ideas that will help you transform your career.

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Launch a Print Magazine in the Digital Age!

Afar magazineWhat were these publishing neophytes thinking? In 2009, the audacious co-founders of Afar Media launched a print magazine featuring information they wished they had during their own travels. They could not find what they were looking for on newsstands, so, they reasoned, there must be others like them who would value a publication that helped travelers (armchair and otherwise) connect with people and learn about other cultures as experiential travelers. Despite the obsession in the publishing world with all things digital, three years into their dream project, Greg Sullivan and Joseph Diaz, and their exceptionally talented publishing team have defied the odds with a successful, unique, and beautiful print magazine, Afar.

Afar Media: Launching a Print Publication in the Digital Age
Friday, June 8, 2012

Noon – 2:00 pm
Featured speaker, Laura Simkins, Afar Media
Moderator, Kate Byrne, EWIP
Hosted by: EWIP and WFMA

Twitter Hashtag: #ewipJun8


Laura SimkinsEWIP and WFMA members and colleagues in media and tech are invited to learn about this award-winning publication from Laura Simkins, general manager and VP operations at Afar Media, a multi-platform travel media brand that cultivates the passions of experiential travelers. Laura has more than 17 years of experience in media and publishing, specifically in the areas of finance, audience development, research, digital, and events strategy for a range of properties. After successful tenures at established brands including Health and Mother Jones, she ultimately embraced her affinity for launches as a founding member of the teams who created AFAR and Dwell Media. Laura is the featured speaker at the June 8th luncheon co-organized by EWIP and WFMA. The event features a Q&A session moderated by Kate Byrne of EWIP.

Blu Restaurant—Yerba Buena (private dining room)
747 Market Street @4th Street
Inside the Sports Club/LA (4th floor)
Register by June 7th: $35
At the door: $45
or contact Carol Rives at carol@prepress.com for more information.

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Record Attendance at the Women’s Leadership Conference

Bd President-WLC2011Over 225 women and men are expected to attend EWIP’s Women’s Leadership Conference and Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. This is the fourth year EWIP has held the annual conference and award presentation in San Francisco. In recognition of the success of the event, EWIP received a thank you letter from Democratic Leader, Nancy Pelosi who extends a warm welcome to all participants. In her letter she recognizes the value of those working to help women become strong leaders and applauds the group for providing “examples of great partnerships and collaborations, and [providing attendees with] opportunities to interact with innovative leaders” in publishing and media.

Thea-Colleen-WLC2011There are over 30 speakers in the all-female roster who will speak to the theme, Taking Our Next Step: Content, Community, Collaboration in the highly interactive conference.

A highlight of the Women’s Leadership Conference is the Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award presentation, an opportunity to publicly honor an influential leader. Michela O’Connor Abrams, president of Dwell Media is the 2012 Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award recipient and will be honored during the March 7th luncheon.

Sponsors for the 2012 Conference include, Brown Printing Company, Dwell Media, Graphic Communications, Infogroup, PM Digital, Publishers Press, RR Donnelley, The Magazine Manager, Time/Warner Retail, Verified Audit, and Zinio.

Tickets for the nearly sold-out event are available online till 8:00 pm PST on Tuesday. For more details on the conference program, session schedule visit the registration site online.

Photos courtesy Kathryn MacDonald