The Association of Magazine Media

Speakers

  • Julie Alvin

    Senior Digital Director of Lifestyle Titles

    Meredith Corp.

    Julie Alvin is Digital Director of the Lifestyle group, overseeing content, strategy, and operations for InStyle, HelloGiggles, Real Simple, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living. Prior to this role, Alvinworked in various roles at Bustle, the most trafficked independent women’s website in the world. Most recently, she was the site’s Executive Editor and Director of Brand initiatives. Before joining Bustle, Julie held roles at Google, Crain Communications, and Conde Nast. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times and The Huffington Post, and she has appeared as a political commentator on CNBC, Fox News, and HLN.

     

  • Christine Beauchamp

    President

    Amazon Fashion

    Christine Beauchamp is president of Amazon Fashion, leading business strategy, innovation and brand development for one of Amazon’s fastest-growing divisions. Prior to this role, Beauchamp was a senior advisor to The Boston Consulting Group in their consumer, retail and private equity practice areas.  She was also a board member for a private-equity backed European retail brand and an angel investor/advisor to several online fashion technology start-ups. 

    Prior, Beauchamp was the global brand president of Lauren, Chaps, American Living and Ralph at The Ralph Lauren Corporation; co-founding partner of Protea, a New York-based private equity fund which invests in a curated portfolio of small- to mid-sized new luxury lifestyle fashion brands; brand president of Ann Taylor; and president and chief executive officer of Victoria’s Secret Beauty.

    Beauchamp began her career as an investment banking analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. She holds an AB with honors in politics from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • Kim Brink

    Global Chief Operating Officer

    GTB

    Kim Brink serves as global chief operating officer of WPP’s GTB (formerly Team Detroit and Blue Hive), having taken the reins in July 2015. As chief operating officer, she oversees the business strategy and global operations of a highly collaborative group of agencies dedicated to the Ford brand around the world with nearly 3,000 employees in 84 global markets.

    Prior to joining GTB, Brink served as senior vice president of marketing at NASCAR. During her 4-year tenure there, she transformed the sport’s marketing discipline by attracting top-tier talent, strengthening the analytics and fan insight practice and inspiring innovative outreach to new audiences.

    Brink joined NASCAR from General Motors, where she served as executive director of advertising sales and promotion for Cadillac. From 2003 to 2010, Brink held the position of general director of advertising and sales promotion with Chevrolet, where she introduced the highly regarded “American Revolution” campaign and was responsible for more than 20 vehicle launches.

    Brink’s energetic, bold leadership has not gone unnoticed by the sports marketing and automotive industries alike.  SportsBusiness Journal named her one of its Game Changers: Women in Business and Automotive News recognized her as an Automotive All-Star. Advertising Women of New York awarded Brink with the Changing the Game—Quantum Leap Award in 2014, and in 2016 she earned the 100 Leading Women in the Auto Industry Award from Automotive News.

  • Linda Thomas Brooks

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    MPA–The Association of Magazine Media

    Linda Thomas Brooks was named president and chief executive officer of MPA—The Association of Magazine Media in January 2016.

    Before joining MPA, Thomas Brooks came from the other side of the media desk.  She was Executive VP and Managing Director of GM Mediaworks in Detroit, President of Ingenuity Media at the Martin Agency in Richmond, Virginia, and Executive Director of Media & Marketing at Trilogy, a privately-held business technology company.  She was also the co-founder and president of GearDigital, a data-driven integrated agency and a subsidiary of Wilson RMS.  Her experience in the media business has included creating new organizational structures and strategic approaches for the ever-increasing size and scope of the media landscape.  Thomas Brooks developed media and marketing strategies for many well-known brands and companies, including General Motors, GEICO, The American Cancer Society, Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Permanente and Experian.

    She is passionate about viewing the media landscape through the lens of the consumer and is an ardent believer in the power of strong media brands to change the world.

  • David Carey

    President

    Hearst Magazines

    David Carey is president of Hearst Magazines, one of the world’s largest publishers of monthly magazines, with 21 brands in print and digital in the U.S., 19 brands in print and 24 digital brands in the UK and close to 300 editions and websites in 31 languages and 78 countries around the world. The company also operates the leading digital marketing services company iCrossing, as well as business process provider CDS Global and holds a majority stake in KUBRA, a customer experience management solutions company. Hearst Magazines and Condé Nast are partners in the publishing services company PubWorx. Carey is a senior vice president and director of parent company, Hearst.

    Previously, Carey was group president at Condé Nast, where he oversaw the company’s media properties targeted to business and executive audiences and launched the Portfolio brand. He was vice president and publisher of The New Yorker from 1998 to 2005, returning it to profitability after years of losses and before that, led the relaunch of House & Garden. Carey was the founding publisher of SmartMoney, a joint venture between Hearst Magazines and The Wall Street Journal, which reached profitability after two years and was named Magazine of the Year by Advertising Age.

  • Michael A. Clinton

    President, Marketing and Publishing Director

    Hearst Magazines

    Michael A. Clinton was named president, marketing and publishing director of Hearst Magazines in June 2010. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Hearst Corporation.

    Formerly, Clinton was the executive vice president, chief marketing officer and publishing director of Hearst Magazines, a position he had held since January 2001. Clinton joined Hearst in October 1997 as senior vice president, chief marketing officer, and added group publisher responsibility for five titles, including Esquire and House Beautiful, in 1998.

    Clinton oversees the publishing side of Hearst’s 21 titles, including print and digital revenue, corporate sales and marketing, brand development and consumer marketing initiatives.

    Prior to his time at Hearst, Clinton was executive vice president of Condé Nast Publications, where he oversaw sales and marketing. Before that, he spent 10 years at GQ magazine, including six years as publisher.

    Clinton is the founder and president of the non-profit organization, Circle of Generosity, which has given away more than $250,000 in angel donations.

    Clinton is also a photographer and traveler and is the author of eight books. He is an avid runner, and has completed marathons on all seven continents.

  • Andrew W. Clurman

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Active Interest Media

    Andrew W. Clurman is the chief executive officer and president of Active Interest, a media company comprised of more than 50 internationally renowned print, digital and social media brands, a state of the art video production company and first-in-class events. The company’s five divisions—the Equine Network, Home Group, Healthy Living Group, Marine Group, and Outdoor Group—reach more than 40 million people in 85 countries.

    Prior to starting AIM with Chairman Efrem (Skip) Zimbalist in 2003, Clurman was senior vice president of Time4Media, a division of Time Warner/AOL, serving as president and publisher of Mountain Sports Media and TransWorld Publications. Under his leadership, these two divisions grew to comprise fifteen consumer and trade magazines, an award-winning film and television production unit, and category-leading Internet, book, video/DVD publishing and event marketing businesses.

    Clurman’s career in publishing began at The Vineyard Gazette newspaper.  He later joined Ziff Davis where he was a sales representative, regional sales manager, marketing director and, finally, publisher of SKI and Skiing Magazines.

    Clurman serves as a board member of Yankee Publishing and a University of Colorado Leeds School of Business mentor.

  • Joanna Coles

    Chief Content Officer

    Hearst Magazines

    Joanna Coles is chief content officer of Hearst Magazines. She additionally sits on the board of directors of Snapchat, as well as the board of Women Entrepreneurs New York City, an initiative to expand female entrepreneurship, with a focus on underserved women and communities.

    The British-born editor arrived in the U.S. in 1997 as the New York bureau chief for The Guardian, before moving on to become the New York columnist for The Times of London. Coles joined Hearst in 2006 as editor-in-chief of Marie Claire. She was named editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, the world’s largest women’s media brand, in 2012.

    Over the course of her career, Coles has won numerous prestigious awards for journalism and media leadership. She was recently described by The New York Times as “one of the most powerful people in media.”

    Coles is currently writing a book with Harper Collins on relationships in the digital age and resides in Manhattan.

  • Jonathan Dorn

    Chief Innovation Officer

    Active Interest Media

    As Active Interest Media’s lead on digital, video, marketing services, and online education, Jon Dorn works with teams across the company’s 50 brands and 85+ websites. He oversees several central teams, including Catapult Creative Labs, AIM Studios and AIM U. He’s previously served as AIM’s editorial director, head of product development and digital senior vice president. Prior to that, as the longtime editor in chief of Backpacker, he led the brand to five National Magazine Awards, including General Excellence for both print and digital. Dorn lives and plays in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, two daughters, and Bronx, a 100-pound Bernese mountain dog. He serves on the board of the American Society of Magazine Editors and volunteers with Big City Mountaineers, a nonprofit that provides wilderness mentoring to at-risk teens.

  • Ronan Farrow

    Contributor

    The New Yorker

    Ronan Farrow is a contributor to The New Yorker. His commentary and reporting on human rights and international security issues, including coverage of atrocities in Ethiopia’s Ogaden desert and the Darfur region of Sudan, have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and other publications. He has also worked as an anchor and investigative reporter at MSNBC and NBC News, where his coverage of mental health care on college campuses received the 2017 CINE Golden Eagle Award and his investigation of sick and dying workers at the Department of Energy’s Hanford Nuclear Site was a finalist for the Society of Professional Journalists’ Deadline Club Award.

    Farrow is the author of the forthcoming War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence, from W.W. Norton. Prior to his career in journalism, he served as a state department official in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Middle East and North Africa.

    Farrow is a Yale Law School–educated attorney and a member of the New York Bar, and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He lives in New York City with his partner and dog.

  • Staci Hallmon

    Vice President and Brand Sales Director

    Essence

    Staci Hallmon serves as Vice-President and Brand Sales Director for Essence. In this role, she oversees its sales team responsible for generating revenue for the brand across platforms.

    Hallmon has significantly increased Essence’s revenues and built strategic, growth-focused teams since joining the brand in 2006. She has served in various sales roles, most recently as National Director of Live Event Sponsorships. She has been an invaluable contributor to the direction of Essence’s brand experiences and in enhancing its Live Events experiences such as the Essence Festival—which today stands as the nation's definitive African-American live cultural experience. Her contributions have also been critical in maximizing sponsorship revenue. Under her stewardship, the annual Festival—which attracts on average a half million people to New Orleans every Fourth of July weekend—has sustained and developed global marketing partnerships with Coca-Cola, Ford, Verizon, State Farm, McDonald’s and Wal-Mart to name a few. Hallmon has also successfully launched programming initiatives aligned with the Beauty, Style and Entertainment categories to create new revenue-generating opportunities for the Festival. In addition, working closely with the brand’s sales team, she has helped to bolster print and digital media revenue. She has effectively integrated programs across all Essence platforms, brought innovation to the annual Essence Festival Sponsor Summit experience and successfully spearheaded Essence’s first-ever national retail program with Wal-Mart tied to sponsors and talent promotions. Her role also allowed her to advise on the international expansion of the Essence Festival with the launch of Essence Festival Durban and to consult with People en Español on their growing sponsorship platforms.

    She joined Time Inc. in 2001 as an Executive Coordinator, and then later moved to Essence to serve as Promotions Manager. She continued to move up the ranks at the venerable brand to her present role.

    Hallmon’s passion, creativity and dedication to Essence are only matched by her commitment to excellence, achieving top quality results, and making sure everyone wins. In her spare time, she mentors and volunteers at various youth and women’s empowerment programs, as well as start-ups.

    Hallmon studied Theater at Spelman College and brings her creative passion to her leadership approach. She resides in New Jersey with her family.

  • Tom Harty

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Meredith Corporation

    Tom Harty is President and Chief Executive Officer of Meredith Corporation, the leading media and marketing company reaching nearly 200 million unduplicated American consumers monthly, including 85 percent of U.S. Millennial women. Meredith uses multiple distribution platforms − including broadcast television, print, digital, mobile and video − to provide consumers with content they desire and to deliver the messages of its advertising and marketing partners.

    In his current role, Harty oversees operations related to Meredith’s National Media and Local Media business groups. Most recently, Harty was instrumental in the acquisition of Time Inc. to create a media powerhouse with leading brands in the celebrity, lifestyle, food, home, parenting, wellness, news and sports content areas, with 60 million active magazine subscribers. The acquisition also transformed Meredith into a Top 10 digital player, with 170 million monthly unique visitors.

    Harty was President and COO before assuming the role of President and CEO in 2018. Prior to that, Harty served as President of Meredith’s National Media Group, a position he assumed in 2010. Harty has played a key leadership role in the development and execution of Meredith’s strategic initiatives by helping the Company increase its connection to the American consumer through growth in magazine audience, online traffic, brand licensing and marketing services. As President of the National Media Group, Harty led the acquisition of Allrecipes.com—the world’s largest food site—and subsequent launch of Allrecipes magazine. Harty also added the Martha Stewart Living, Rachael Ray Every Day, FamilyFun, Parenting, and EatingWell brands to the Meredith portfolio. He spearheaded the expansion of Meredith’s digital initiatives, as well as the Company’s high-margin brand licensing business, which includes Better Homes & Gardens products at Walmart, and the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Network.

    Under Harty's leadership, Meredith has consistently increased its share of advertising revenues against its competitive set. He created the innovative Meredith Sales Guarantee, which proves that advertising on Meredith’s media platforms directly leads to an increase of product sales at retail. It has subsequently been adopted across the industry. Additionally, Harty expanded advertising and digital revenue platforms, which led to Meredith being named the No. 1-rated Media Company by Advertiser Perceptions in 2010 and 2013.

    Before joining Meredith, Harty served as Senior Vice President, General Manager for The Golf Digest Companies. His broad media company experience includes senior leadership positions with several of the industry’s largest titles, including TV Guide, where he served as Vice President and Publisher; and Reader’s Digest, where he was Advertising Director. Harty has also held key business positions with The New York Times Company, Forbes and Gruner + Jahr USA.

    Harty earned an MBA from Iona College and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Castleton University. He currently serves as Treasurer and on the Board of The Association of Magazine Media.

     

  • Samir Husni, Ph.D.

    Founder and Director

    Magazine Innovation Center, The University of Mississippi

    Samir “Mr. Magazine™” Husni, Ph.D. is the director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi’s School of Journalism and New Media. As Mr. Magazine™, he engages in consulting and research for the media and publishing industry.

    He is the co-author of Managing Today’s News Media: Audience First, published by CQ PRESS, and the author of 28 annual Samir Husni’s Guide to New Magazines. Dr. Husni is also the author of Inside the Great Minds of Magazine Makers published by MIC, Just Common Sense: Mr. Magazine’s Ideas to Grow and Cultivate Magazine Media published by Nautilus Publishing Co.; and Magazine Publishing in the 21st Century, published by Kendall Hunt.

    He is “the country’s leading magazine expert,” according to Forbes ASAP magazine; “the nation’s leading authority on new magazines,” according to min:media industry newsletter; “a world-renowned expert on print journalism” according to CBS News Sunday Morning and The Chicago Tribune dubbed him “the planet’s leading expert on new magazines.” The EU’s Print Power magazine said, “Dr. Samir Husni is one of the world’s most influential voices in global publishing, advising major publishing houses across the globe on their editorial and advertising strategies. When he talks, the magazine industry listens.”

  • Gayle King

    Co-Host, CBS This Morning and Editor at Large, O, The Oprah Magazine

    Gayle King is a co-host of CBS This Morning and editor at large of the award-winning O, The Oprah Magazine.

    King previously hosted The Gayle King Show, a live, weekday television interview program on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. The program, which featured a discussion of a broad variety of topics that include politics, cultural developments, was also broadcast on XM Satellite Radio, where it premiered in 2006.

    Before moving into print and radio, King worked for 18 years (1982-2000) as a TV news anchor for CBS affiliate WFSB-TV in Hartford, Conn., during which period, she also hosted her own syndicated daytime program. Prior to joining WFSB, King worked at several other television stations, including WDAF-TV in Kansas City, Mo. (1978-1981), WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Md. (1976), and WTOP-TV in Washington, D.C. (1975).

    King has received numerous awards for her extensive work as a journalist. In addition to three Emmys, she was honored in 2008 with the American Women in Radio & Television Gracie Award for Outstanding Radio Talk Show and in 2010 with both the Individual Achievement Award for Host-Entertainment/Information and the New York Women in Communications' Matrix Award recipient.

  • Stephen M. Lacy

    Executive Chairman

    Meredith Corporation

    Steve Lacy is Executive Chairman of Meredith Corporation, the leading media and marketing company reaching nearly 200 million unduplicated American consumers monthly, including 85 percent of U.S. Millennial women. Meredith uses multiple distribution platforms − including broadcast television, print, digital, mobile and video − to provide consumers with content they desire and to deliver the messages of its advertising and marketing partners.

    Since joining Meredith in 1998, Lacy has been instrumental in transforming it into the multiplatform company it is today. In his previous role as Chairman and CEO, he oversaw Meredith’s acquisition of Time Inc., creating a media powerhouse with the leading brands in the celebrity, lifestyle, food, home, parenting, wellness, news and sports content areas with 60 million active subscribers. It also transformed Meredith into a Top 10 digital player with 170 million monthly unique visitors. Prior to the Time deal, Lacy led the acquisition of many popular national media brands – including Allrecipes, Shape and Martha Stewart Living – as well as a significant expansion of Meredith’s television footprint by adding stations in the Phoenix, St. Louis, Mobile and Springfield, MA markets. He has also spearheaded the rapid expansion of Meredith’s brand licensing and marketing services activities.

    He is currently chairman of the board for MPA – The Association of Magazine Media.

  • Michelle Lee

    Editor in Chief

    Allure

    Michelle Lee is the editor in chief of Allure. Since assuming the role in 2015, she has been committed to championing diversity and expanding the definition of beauty. Adweek named her 2017 Editor of the Year, while Allure won Adweek’s Magazine of the Year, and her work at the brand also earned her a place on the Glossy 50 “Modern Media” list in 2017.

    Prior to joining Allure, Lee was editor in chief and chief marketing officer at NYLON, where she was in charge of editorial content as well as the ideation and execution of native advertising. In that role, she worked on large 360-degree campaigns for global fashion, beauty and tech brands and helped launch NYLON Studio, the company's in-house creative agency.

    Prior to her tenure at NYLON, Lee was the chief content and strategy officer at Magnified Media, a branded-content agency for digital and print. She was part of the launch teams for Us Weekly and The Daily Front Row, as well as CosmoGIRL, and has held senior staff positions at Mademoiselle and Glamour.

    A prominent speaker, Lee has presented at Columbia University, SXSW, CES and Advertising Week, and has appeared on many TV outlets, including the NBC’s TODAY Show, Good Morning America, VH1, MTV, CNN and MSNBC.

  • Eli Lippman

    Director, Audience Development

    American Media, Inc.

    Eli Lippman is a Southern California native with an in-depth passion for emerging media. He currently serves as the director of audience development at American Media Inc. and focuses on implementing the best digital publishing practices across AMI's portfolio of brands, including Usmagazine.com, Radar Online, OKMagazine.com and MensFitness.com. He looks to manage and seek out new partnerships whenever possible and firmly believes in utilizing analytical platforms to supply business intelligence to each editorial team member. Lippman has a successful history in campaign management, audience development and user growth within the US digital media space. His goal each day is simple, to reach the largest and most engaged audiences out there.

    Be sure to connect with him on Twitter — @Elippman!

  • Jim McKelvey

    Founder

    Invisibly

    Jim McKelvey is an inventor, entrepreneur, pilot and artist.  With a strong belief that nothing is impossible and that problems are beautiful things, McKelvey tackles the world’s biggest challenges with breakthrough ideas, all driven by his personal motto: “If not you, then who? If not now, then when?”

    While best known for co-founding the mobile payments company Square, McKelvey is also a master glass artist and author, having written the world’s most widely-read text on the subject, The Art of Fire. He is the founder of Third Degree Glass Factory, one of the nation’s main centers of glass blowing arts and several other companies.  His designs have been featured in both the Smithsonian and the Museum of Modern Art.

    In 2013, McKelvey founded the nonprofit LaunchCode Foundation to address the worldwide shortage of programmers. 

    He is a director of the 8th District Federal Reserve Bank and consults frequently on economic matters. 

    His new project, Invisibly, is addressing the world's need for quality content. 

  • Adam Moss

    Editor in Chief

    New York

    Adam Moss was named editor in chief of New York magazine in March 2004. During his tenure, he has overseen an ambitious digital expansion, with the magazine and digital properties widely recognized for editorial excellence. During Moss’s tenure, New York and nymag.com have won 34 National Magazine Awards. 

    In his first year at New York, Moss completed an extensive renovation of the now 48-year-old magazine, launching new columns, ushering in new writers and photographers and increasing political and business coverage. He later reimagined the print magazine as it moved to biweekly frequency, adding features and columns and an increased emphasis on photography and visual storytelling. 

    In 2006, Moss oversaw a year-long relaunch of the magazine’s website transforming it into an up-to-the minute news and information site. He directed and expanded the development of Vulture, Grub Street, The Cut, Select All and the Strategist. Monthly unique users at the sites have grown to around 30 million per month.

    Before joining New York, Moss was the editor of the New York Times Magazine, as well as assistant managing editor of the paper.  He has also served as founding editor of 7 days, a New York weekly magazine. Before that, he worked at Esquire and Rolling Stone.

  • Alan Murray

    Chief Content Officer and Fortune President

    Meredith Corp.

    Alan Murray is Chief Content Officer. In this role, Murray oversees editorial operations and is responsible for its commitment to quality journalism and storytelling. He is focused on harnessing the collective power and scale of all Meredith Corp.’s brands to produce and distribute content on every platform.

    Murray also serves as president of Fortune. As editor in chief since 2014, Murray integrated the print and digital editorial teams, established new franchises and platforms and helped significantly increase Fortune.com’s traffic. Alan’s diverse background includes serving as President of the Pew Research Center, hosting an eponymous show on CNBC and spending more than two decades at the Wall Street Journal, where he served stints overseeing digital operations and the Journal’s Washington bureau.

    At Pew, from January 2013 to July 2014, Alan oversaw the rapid expansion of the center’s digital footprint, with website traffic doubling and social media referrals tripling during his time there. He also led the center into an exploration of new data methodologies in its research and an expansion of its global work.

    At the Wall Street Journal, Alan served as Deputy Managing Editor and Executive Editor, Online, from 2007 to 2012, with editorial responsibility for the Journal’s websites, mobile products, television, video, books and conferences. He also spent a decade as the Journal’s Washington Bureau Chief, from 1993 to 2002, during which the bureau won three Pulitzer Prizes. Between his stints at the Journal, Alan served as CNBC’s Washington Bureau Chief from 2002 to 2005, co-hosting, Capital Report with Alan Murray and Gloria Borger. At various times, he wrote the Journal’s weekly Business and Political Capital columns and won numerous awards for his writing on economics and international issues.

    Alan is the author of four books: The Wall Street Journal Guide to ManagementRevolt in the BoardroomThe Wealth of Choices and Showdown at Gucci Gulch, coauthored with Jeffrey Birnbaum. He is a member of the Gridiron Club, the New York Economics Club and the Council on Foreign Relations, and he serves on the Governing Council of the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.

    Alan began his journalism career as the business and economics editor of the Chattanooga Times. He also worked at the Congressional Quarterly in Washington and at the Nihon Keizai Shimbun in Tokyo on a Henry Luce Fellowship. He received a bachelor’s degree in English literature as a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina and earned a master’s degree in economics at the London School of Economics. In 2005, Alan completed the Stanford Executive Program. He is married to Dr. Lori Murray, Adjunct Scholar at the Council on Foreign Relations and former Special Advisor to President Clinton on the Chemical Weapons Convention. They have two daughters, Lucyann and Amanda, and live in Greenwich, CT.

  • Alison Overholt

    Vice President and Editor in Chief

    ESPN The Magazine and espnW

    Alison Overholt is vice president, editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine and espnW. In this dual role, she is responsible for developing comprehensive, multiplatform content strategies for espnW and for driving collaborative, innovative approaches to storytelling in ESPN The Magazine, with oversight of producing ESPN’s multiplatform enterprise content. Overholt is the first female editor-in-chief of a national, general-interest sports magazine.

    Since joining as espnW’s editor-in-chief in 2014, Overholt has overseen the transformation of espnW.com and espnW’s significant rising influence across ESPN’s platforms and beyond the network. Overholt added oversight of ESPN The Magazine in 2016 and under her guidance the magazine received the prestigious National Magazine Award for General Excellence in the “news, sports, and entertainment” category by the American Society of Magazine Editors, and was named the top magazine of 2016 in terms of brand audience reach according to the Association of Magazine Media.

    Overholt first joined ESPN in 2005 as general editor, sports business and lifestyle for ESPN The Magazine. In 2007, she was elevated to senior editor, special projects, ESPN The Magazine, overseeing its enterprise and investigative team, as well as managing the publication’s Olympics and X Games coverage. In 2009, Overholt was part of ESPN’s early efforts to research and develop a sports media offering for women and was espnW’s founding editor. Overholt departed ESPN in 2010 to found her own digital content strategy company. She returned to ESPN in 2014.

    Overholt was named one of AdWeek’s Most Powerful Women in Sports in consecutive years (2017 and 2016).  In 2017, she was honored as one of Folio’s “Top Women in Media,” a recognition she also earned in 2016, and was named to the 2016 Folio 100. She was also honored by the NYC Metro Chapter of WISE (Women in Sports and Events) in 2016 as a Woman of Inspiration, and in 2015, she was named a “Game Changer” by Sports Business Journal and one of the “Top Women in Digital” by Cynopsis. As an editor, Overholt oversaw stories that earned the Dick Schaap Excellence in Sports Journalism Award (2007) and both magazine and internet category wins from the New York Press Club Awards for Journalism (2010). Overholt was a member of the ASME National Magazine Award-winning team for General Excellence at ESPN The Magazine in 2006. In 2005, she received the AAJA National Print Journalism Award for her writing in Fast Company.

    Overholt began her career as a writer and editor at Fast Company magazine and her writing has appeared in FortuneThe Wall Street JournalO: The Oprah MagazineWorking MotherCosmopolitan, Inc., Sports Illustrated: Women and Fitness. Born in New York State, Overholt spent her childhood in Hong Kong. She is a former high school basketball player and an avid runner, having finished the Honolulu Marathon in 2003 and the New York City Marathon in 2013, with several half marathons between and since. She graduated with honors from Harvard University with an A.B. in government.

  • Jessica Shanken Reid

    Vice President/Business Development and New Media

    M. Shanken Communications

    A prerequisite for a leadership position at M. Shanken Communications is a passion for wine.  Jessica Shanken Reid’s preferred bottle is Kistler Pinot Noir.

    Jessica first joined M. Shanken Communications in 2009, in the advertising department of Wine Spectator and Cigar Aficionado, eventually becoming an account manager.  She left to earn her MBA at the NYU Stern School of Business and then joined Diageo as an Associate Brand Manager for Guinness Beer and then Crown Royal Whisky. During her tenure there, Jessica successfully launched two crown variants: Crown Royal 75th Anniversary and Crown Royal XO.

    Jessica returned to M. Shanken in 2015 to lead business development and new media. Among her accomplishments to date are the launch of Xvalues, a wine app for millennials; a full redesign and reimagine of Wine Spectator’s flagship app WineRatings+ as well as the launch of Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards app. She spearheaded site redesigns for CigarAficionado.com and WhiskyAdvocate.com and oversees external brand partnerships.

    M. Shanken Communications publishes iconic titles Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado and Whisky Advocate—the leaders in their respective lifestyle areas—as well as industry authorities Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter. The company hosts 20 events annually including the New York Wine Experience, the Big Smoke and WhiskyFest.

    Born and raised in Manhattan, Jessica is a graduate from University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Chelsea with her husband Jay and mini goldendoodle Lionel.

  • Brendan Ripp

    EVP, National Geographic Partners

    FOX Networks Group

    Brendan Ripp is EVP, National Geographic Partners, FOX Networks Group. In this role, Brendan oversees National Geographic Partners' brand revenue across all platforms including National Geographic Linear TV, OTT, as well as digital, social, mobile and print. Ripp, joined the company in November of 2016 to lead the National Geographic Advertising Sales and Client Solutions' teams.


    Brendan most recently served as President of Technology, Telecommunications & Finance, Sales and Marketing for Time Inc. In this role, he focused exclusively on these categories as part of Time Inc.’s new advertising sales go-to-market strategy.


    Before Time Inc’s vertical restructure in Q1 ’16, Brendan served as Group Publisher of the Sports Illustrated Group which also includes SI, SI.com SI for Kids, Fansided.com GOLF and Golf.com. He led the development of nearly two dozen brand extensions including a new film production unit, a college sports vertical, consumer events and most recently the launch of SI Overtime, a branded content studio.


    At Sports Illustrated Brendan shepherded the brand through unprecedented growth and diversification across all platforms, as well as new marketing and live-event initiatives. During his tenure, Sports Illustrated debuted four franchises and designed a groundbreaking OTT sports video network, 120 Sports. In collaboration with leagues and media companies, 120 Sports achieved record digital growth in audience and was named a 2014 Top 25 app by Apple. Brendan also served on the board of 120 Sports and SI Play, a business launched in 2015 that is devoted to youth and amateur sports.


    Prior to Sports Illustrated, Brendan attained success serving in leadership positions at Fortune, Time and Money. All three brands achieved consistent revenue gains and financial performance milestones while each brand expanded its consumer footprint through innovation and cross-brand collaboration. At Fortune, as Vice President of Advertising Sales, Brendan drove revenue growth and the continued expansion of Fortune’s robust conference business, which hosted its most successful Fortune Global Forum in Chengdu, China. Also, the 2013 Fortune 500 issue was the largest since 2008 and had the best ad performance of any Fortune issue since 2004. At Time, where he was Publisher, Brendan was responsible for growing Time’s business across new media platforms and for fostering Time’s reputation as a leading advertising solutions partner. In April 2010, Brendan helped launch Time’s iPad app, the first iPad app for Time Warner, which was followed by the hugely successful Life Photo App. As Publisher of Money he was instrumental in launching multi-platform, cross-title partnerships with This Old House and Real Simple.


    Brendan began his Time Inc. career in 2000 as a Junior Sales Representative for Time, and over the next decade rose through the organization, becoming the publication’s youngest Publisher (at 33) since founding editor Henry R. Luce. Before joining Time Inc., Brendan worked in JWT’s Global Account Management group, developing and coordinating television, print, digital and outdoor advertising campaigns that ran in more than 20 countries.


    Brendan graduated from Gettysburg College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in international business management and economics. In 2014, Gettysburg College President Janet Riggs presented Brendan with the 2014 Young Alumni Achievement Award. He is a board member for several organizations, including the National Board of Directors of the American Advertising Federation, Concern Worldwide, International Advertising Association (IAA) and the Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Advisory Board. Brendan is a member of the NY Ad Club,

  • Robert A. Sauerberg Jr.

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Condé Nast

    Robert A. Sauerberg Jr. is president and chief executive officer of Condé Nast, attracting more than 120 million consumers across its industry-leading print, digital and video brands in the U.S.

    Under Sauerberg’s leadership, Condé Nast has launched several new brands and transformed into a multiplatform force, with digital, video and social audiences growing dramatically and a commitment to creating best-in-class content and experiences for consumers and business partners. In 2011, Sauerberg led the creation of Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ) to develop film, TV and premium digital video programming. The company also has earned more prestigious National Magazine Awards than any competitor; CNÉ won its first Emmy in 2015, received a Peabody nomination in 2017 and has received multiple Academy Awards nominations for its short-form digital content since 2015.

    Prior to his appointment as president in July 2010, Sauerberg served as group president and executive vice president of consumer marketing.  He also served in a number of leadership roles at Fairchild Publications, Inc., including chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Earlier in his career, he spent 18 years with The New York Times Company in senior finance and administrative roles in the newspaper and magazine divisions, culminating in being named chief financial officer of The New York Times Magazine Group. He also spent several years at The New York Times’ regional newspapers, where he was in charge of financial operations and integrating new businesses.

  • Sir Martin Sorrell

    Chief Executive

    WPP

    Sir Martin Sorrell founded WPP, the world’s largest advertising and marketing services group in 1985 and has been chief executive throughout.

    WPP companies, which include some of the most eminent agencies in the business, provide clients with advertising, media investment management, data investment management, public relations and public affairs, branding and identity, healthcare communications, digital, eCommerce and shopper marketing and specialist communications services.

    Collectively, WPP employs over 200,000 people (including associates and investments) in over 3,000 offices in 112 countries.  The Group’s worldwide companies include J Walter Thompson, Ogilvy & Mather, Y&R, Grey, Mindshare, MEC, MediaCom, Kantar, Wunderman, Burson-Marsteller, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Landor, Brand Union, Fitch, The Partners, AKQA, WPP Digital and WPP Health & Wellness. Clients include 354 of the Fortune Global 500, 29 of the Dow Jones 30 and 71 of the NASDAQ 100.  In 2016, WPP had revenues of over $19 billion and billings of $74 billion. 

    Sir Martin actively supports the advancement of international business schools – advising Harvard, IESE, the Indian School of Business, the China Europe International Business School and Fundação Dom Cabral Business School in Brazil.

    He has been publicly recognised with a number of awards including the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award. In the Time 100 “Builders & Titans” he was voted one of the world’s most influential figures in business.  In October 2016, Sir Martin was ranked Britain’s best-performing CEO and was named the second best-performing CEO in the world by Harvard Business Review. In May 2017 he was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of Christ’s College Cambridge in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of commerce. 

    Sir Martin contributes to many important organisations and charities.  He is on the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum International Business Council (having been chairman from 2010-2012) and a member of the Business Council in the US.  He is a member of the corporate Advisory Group of the Tate Gallery and on the International Advisory Board of The Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.   In 2010 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Bloomberg Family Foundation. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Stanhope Capital and Bowmark Capital Group.

    He is chairman of IBAC London, IBAC Rome and IBAC Jerusalem.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Pam Wasserstein

    Chief Executive Officer

    New York Media

    Pam Wasserstein has been the chief executive officer of New York Media since May 2016, leading the premium content company on an ambitious expansion in several areas, including video, branded content, live events and e-commerce, while growing audience and revenue at core brands New York Magazine, nymag.com, Vulture, the Cut, Daily Intelligencer, Grub Street, Select All and the Strategist. Before becoming chief executive officer, Wasserstein served as co-chair and head of strategy.

    Prior to joining New York Media, Wasserstein worked at Tribeca Enterprises, most recently as vice-president, corporate development, spearheading new business initiatives. Before that she worked at Apollo Global Management, the private equity firm, where she evaluated potential investments and managed existing portfolio companies. She also worked for several years as a corporate lawyer at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz LLP.

  • Stephanie Zimbalist

    Actress

    Stephanie Zimbalist is a multifaceted actress who has performed in television, movies and theater. She has starred in over 30 television movies, including the miniseries Centennial, and appeared in Caroline? for Hallmark on CBS, which won three Emmys and earned her a Golden Globe nomination. For five seasons, Zimbalist played “Laura Holt” in Remington Steele with Pierce Brosnan. On the big screen, she was Jimmy Stewart’s last leading lady and starred in The Awakening with Charlton Heston.

    For many decades, Stephanie has trod the theatrical boards, including “The Tempest” with Anthony Hopkins, the National Theatre tour of “My One and Only” with Tommy Tune, “The Cherry Orchard” with Alfred Molina and the Los Angeles premiere of Pete Gurney’s “Sylvia.”

    Stephanie and her brother, Skip, come from a distinguished family. Their beloved grandfather Efrem Zimbalist was a towering violin virtuoso and teacher at the Curtis Institute of Music; their grandmother Alma Gluck was the great soprano of her era and the first person to sell a million records; their aunt Marcia Davenport was a brilliant historical writer and novelist; and their treasured father, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., was a prize-winning Broadway producer, gifted composer and celebrated actor, beloved for his two series, 77 Sunset Strip and The F.B.I.

  • Efrem "Skip" Zimbalist III

    Founder and Chairman

    Active Interest Media

    Efrem Zimbalist III is Founder and Chairman of Active Interest Media (AIM), a company he formed in 2003 to serve niche enthusiast markets. AIM has leading positions in five areas: Marine, Equine, Outdoor Sports, Specialty Homes and Healthy Living.  It produces over 30 events, publishes online education courses,  produces films, videos and social media websites and publishes magazines and websites in these areas.  Notably AIM produces the World Series of Team Roping whose $10 million prize pool makes it one of the richest equestrian events in the world.  It also produces and the Warren Miller Ski Film series.  It recently sold Show Management, the producer of the largest boat shows in the world. 

    Previously, Mr. Zimbalist was Chief Financial Officer of Times Mirror a Fortune 500 company. It operated newspapers, professional publications, and broadcast and cable television networks. Through its Times Mirror Magazines subsidiary, where Mr. Zimbalist also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, the company was a leader in sports publishing.

    Prior to joining Times Mirror, Mr. Zimbalist served as chairman and chief executive officer of Correia., a family-owned business and served five years at the management consulting firm of McKinsey and Co. in Los Angeles.

    Mr. Zimbalist served for two years as an officer in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corp, including one year in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. 

    He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Harvard College and a Master's Degree in Business Administration with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

    Mr. Zimbalist serves or has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Robert Louis Stevenson School (Pebble Beach, CA), Chairman of the Board of Overseers of the Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia PA), Vice Chairman of the MPA-The Association of Magazine Media,  as a member of the Carnegie Hall Corporate Fund Board and the Leadership Board of Lincoln Center (New York, NY), the House Ear Institute (Los Angeles), the Colorado Festival of World Theatre (Colorado Springs, CO), as Chairman of The Board of Directors of Active Interest Media (El Segundo, CA), and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Summit Media (New York, NY).

    Mr. Zimbalist is married to Paula DeVocht Zimbalist, and has 4 children and four grandchildren. 

     

  • Eric Zinczenko

    Chief Executive Officer

    Bonnier Corp.

    Eric Zinczenko was named chief executive officer of Bonnier Corp. in June 2015. Prior to that, he served as executive vice president.

    Since assuming the role of chief executive officer, Zinczenko has led Bonnier to record financial growth and its strongest operating margins. Under his leadership, the company has broadened its capabilities outside traditional media by diversifying into new revenue-growth areas in licensing, agency services, content syndication, digital and events.

    Zinczenko joined the company from Time Inc. in 2007 as part of Bonnier’s original management team and led the company’s largest business unit, the Bonnier Men’s Group, which includes three of the country’s largest special-interest brands, Popular Science, Field & Stream and Outdoor Life. As executive vice president, Zinczenko was credited with signing a number of highly profitable partnerships for Bonnier, and was directly involved in all M&A activity and managing its U.S. portfolio of assets. Before joining Bonnier, Zinczenko held management positions with other U.S. media companies, including Time Inc., Condé Nast and Rodale.

    Zinczenko currently serves as Secretary of the MPA Board. He is also a board member for the Alliance for Audited Media. In 2008, Zinczenko was inducted into MIN’s Sales Executive of the Year Hall of Fame for his contributions to publishing and has been named to the list of the 100 Most Influential in Media.