Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

Jacki Kelley
Chief Operating Officer, Bloomberg Media, Bloomberg LP

http://www.nywici.org/sites/default/files/jacki.pngJacki Kelley has been the Chief Operating Officer for Media at Bloomberg L.P. since September 1, 2014. Ms. Kelley served as the Chief Executive Officer of North America and President of Global Clients at MediaBrands Worldwide, Inc. since February 6, 2013. She served as Chief Executive Officer of North America at Universal McCann Worldwide, Inc. Ms. Kelley was the Chief Executive Officer of IPG Mediabrands North America and President of Global Clients of Ipg Mediabrands S A since February 2013. A dynamic leader with more than 20 years of experience, she is widely credited with disrupting traditional business models to successfully meet client objectives across the publishing and advertising industries. At Yahoo!, she served as Global Head of Strategy and Solutions, where she oversaw the integration of the search and display sales teams into an enhanced sales force.

Ms. Kelley served as the Chief Executive Officer of UM's North America at MediaBrands Worldwide, Inc. since January 2011. Ms. Kelley served as President, North America and Global Chief Executive Officer of Universal McCann Worldwide, Inc. at McCann Worldgroup, Inc. since January 2011. She served as President of UM's North America at MediaBrands Worldwide Inc. Ms. Kelley served as an Executive Vice President of Media Sales of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. since October 2007. She served as Vice President, Worldwide Strategies and Solutions at YAHOO. She joined USA Today International Corporation in 1987 and served as its Senior Vice President of Advertising since 2000.

In 2005, she was inducted into The American Advertising Federations Hall of Achievement and sits on the boards of the Ad Club, AAF and Free the Children. She has been honored time and again throughout her career for her extraordinary work. She was named a Matrix Award Honoree by New York Women in Communications; Advertising Woman of the Year by the Advertising Women of New York; and was inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement. She was named one of Crain's New York Business's 50 Most Powerful Women in New York in 2013, one Advertising Age's 100 Most Influential Women in Advertising and was number one on Business Insider's 30 Most Powerful Women in Advertising list. She integrated four sales forces into one while in the role of Executive Vice President, Media Sales at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, earning the honor of min's "Sales Team of the Year". She is the most recent addition in a series of high-profile structural changes in Bloomberg's consumer media operation, which began with naming Smith CEO of Bloomberg Media Group in July 2013.

 

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Kimberly Kelleher
Chief Revenue Officer & Publisher, WIRED Media

Kim Kelleher is the Publisher & Chief Revenue Officer of WIRED and Ars Technica. Kelleher’s career in media, marketing, and advertising spans over 20 years. Before WIRED, Kelleher was president of Say Media, where she oversaw the company’s business strategy, including global sales, marketing, production, communications, media solutions, and content operations. Prior to Say Media, Kelleher was worldwide publisher of Time. During her tenure, she was named Advertising Age’s Publisher of the Year in October 2011. She also served as vice president and publisher of Sports Illustrated, where she was the first female executive to lead Sports Illustrated advertising sales in the history of the brand. 
 
Previously, Kelleher was vice president and publisher of Self and was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement, the industry’s premier award for outstanding young advertising professionals. Kelleher is active in many philanthropic initiatives with organizations involved with breast cancer, heart health, and other important causes. She serves on several boards, including the Board of Governors of Cancer and Careers, the charitable arm of Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW), Upworthy, the American Advertising Federation, and New York Women in Communications. 

Kelleher is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and resides in New York with her husband and two sons.

 

PAST PRESIDENT

Linda Descano
Executive Vice President, Havas PR 

Linda Descano, CFA®, is Executive Vice President at Havas PR.  Previously, Linda was the Managing Director and Global Head of Content and Social at Citi, responsible for social media and content marketing efforts.Over her 20 years at Citi, Linda has had a ver

y diverse career, holding a number of roles across different divisions and functions. She joined Citi predecessor Salomon Inc. in 1994 as Vice President of Environmental Affairs. In 1999, Linda became a director and portfolio manager at Citi’s Private Portfolio Group. Linda joined Women & Co. in 2003 as Chief Operating Officer and was named CEO in 2010. She also served as Chief Administrative Officer of Global Marketing & Corporate Affairs from 2008-2010. Linda assumed her current responsibilities in 2012.

Linda is the author of Citi’s Financial Fitness blog as well as a LinkedIn Influencer. She also is a contributing blogger for Women & Co. and Manilla.com, writing on an array of personal finance, career and leadership, and marketing topics. She was selected as one of GoBankingRates.com’s Most Popular Personal Finance Experts of 2013.  Other honors include a 2013 Changing the Game Award  from Advertising Women of New York (AWNY) and 2012 Women of Excellence Award for Community Service from the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE). 

Passionate about community service, Linda is on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., the Director’s Council of the Penn Museum, and the advisory boards of Eve Echo, Fab&Fru and Generations. Linda currently serves as President of New York Women in Communications and is active in a number of other civic and professional organizations.

Linda lives in New Jersey with her husband and two cats.

 

PRESIDENT ELECT

Stacey Martinet
Chief Marketing Officer, Mashable

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Stacy Martinet is the Chief Marketing Officer of Mashable and sits on the company’s Operating Committee, which directs the company’s strategy, planning and operations. 

Stacy leads integrated marketing and communications, including brand, creative services, social media, corporate communications, external affairs, events and the company's social good initiatives. Stacy joined Mashable in December 2010 and the brand has since expanded globally, doubling its social media following and significantly increasing its monthly traffic. In January 2014, Mashable secured its first external capital raise. 
Stacy has spent her career at the intersection of media, technology and social media. Before joining Mashable, Stacy spent nearly a decade in corporate communications and digital marketing at The New York Times. She was part of the team that launched the company’s first social media strategy. While at The New York Times, Stacy was recognized multiple times with the company's Chairman's Award.

In 2012, Stacy was named the youngest member of PR Week’s 40 Under 40 list. This year, she was named a Social Media MVP by PR News, a Top Influential CMO on Twitter by Forbes, and was named to ExecRank’s Top CMO List 2014. Stacy occasionally writes for Mashable about marketing trends and has contributed to The New York Times and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

Stacy is an active member of New York Women in Communications. Stacy also serves on the board of Plant-A-Fish, an oceanographic and ecological health non-profit.  Stacy is a graduate of Towson University.

CHIEF MEMBERSHIP OFFICER

Gail Griffin
General Manager & VP, Digital, Barron's, Dow Jones

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Gail oversees digital business operations and product development for Barron’s, the financial magazine published by Dow Jones & Co. Gail has held a number of digital general management and product development roles at Dow Jones since 2001, including stints as GM of The Wall Street Journal Online and SmartMoney.com. Prior to Dow Jones, she was VP of product development for TheStreet.com, the financial news web site. She also held several editorial management positions for TheStreet.com, including managing editor.

Previously, Gail worked as an editor at Dow Jones Newswires in New York and The Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk, Va. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. 

VICE PRESIDENT, MEMBERSHIP

Saundra Thomas
Vice-President of Community Affairs, WABC-TV

http://www.nywici.org/sites/default/files/saundra.pngSaundra Thomas, Vice-President of Community Affairs at WABC-TV since 2001, has made community service the center of her life. Thomas is in her 28th year at Channel 7 and after years of writing and producing on-air topicals for Eyewitness News and award-winning ABC7 special programs, she has gone on to combine her creative skills with her need to serve.

In her current role, Saundra Thomas oversees all on-air public service announcements, community outreach and station community projects for the tri-state.  A recent candidate for New York City Council and an active board member, Thomas has served as a board member of Jazz Reach and Global Action Project and is currently serving on  the New York Women in Communications Foundation Board, and the current board chair of both Dancewave and Council for Unity. Thomas also sits on the advisory boards of The Grace Institute and Services for the Underserved.

Thomas is a recent recipient of an honorary doctorate in humane letters from St. Francis College (Brooklyn). Thomas holds a B.A. in Journalism from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Media Studies from the New School.  She is a proud and enthusiastic resident of Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, where she lives with her family.

CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Jessica Kleiman
Branding & Communications Consultant

As EVP, communications at SANDOW, Jessica manages internal and external corporate communications and all public relations efforts for the multiplatform media company and its various brands. SANDOW’s portfolio includes Culture + Commerce, Fred Segal, Interior Design, Luxe Interiors + Design, Material ConneXion, NewBeauty and Worth.

Previously, Kleiman served as vice president, public relations for Hearst Magazines, one of the world's largest publishers of monthly magazines. In that position, she was responsible for all PR efforts for 20 consumer magazine brands in the U.S., including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper's Bazaar, House Beautiful, O, The Oprah Magazine and Town & Country, as well as the company's international, digital, brand development, integrated media and consumer marketing divisions.

Prior to joining Hearst in 2000, Kleiman was director of PR at The Knot (now called XO Group), the nation's leading wedding website and media company, where she managed the public relations and investor relations for the company's online sites, books, magazines, gift registry and products for nearly two years and helped lead the company to a successful IPO. She started her PR career at The Rosen Group, a magazine publicity firm.

A graduate of University of Michigan with a BA in Communication, Kleiman has written for several magazines, newspapers and websites, including being a regular blogger for Forbes.com’s Work in Progress section. Kleiman co-wrote the career guide, "Be Your Own Best Publicist: How to Use PR Techniques to Get Noticed, Hired and Rewarded at Work" (Career Press, 2011) with co-author Meryl Weinsaft Cooper.

Kleiman has lectured about publicity and promotion at various universities, conferences and professional organizations around the country and was nominated in 2011 as "Publicist of the Year" by PR News.

VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS

Rachel Bowie
Editor, PureWow

http://www.nywici.org/sites/default/files/rachel_bowie_headshot_2015.jpgRachel is an editor for PureWow, where she regular covers travel, fashion, entertainment, DIY and more for the web edition. Prior to joining PureWow, she was the Associate Editor of Digital Editions for Good Housekeeping magazine, where she contributed to both the print and iPad editions, writing and editing fashion, travel and a column about cool lady bosses, in addition to producing and editing video content. Before moving to New York, she got her start in Boston at Niche Media, where she helped launch Boston Common magazine. She has written for a variety of places including GothamLA ConfidentialHamptons, New York ResidentParent & ChildForbes Travel Guide, Zester Daily and more. 

Rachel graduated from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a degree in Sociology and got her masters in Journalism from Emerson College. She has previously served on NYWICI's Foundation and Executive Boards as co-chair for both the Student Affairs and Young Professionals committees. Follow her on Twitter @rkbnyc or on her blog called The Rachel Papers.

FINANCE/TREASURER

Denise Gillen

ASSISTANT TREASURER

Audrey Pass
Chief Marketing Officer, Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.

Audrey B. Pass has enjoyed a 20-year career as a corporate communications and public relations specialist and media strategist.

Pass is currently Chief Marketing Officer, Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.  Previously, she served as Senior Director of Communications and Public Affairs for WNYW-TV/ FOX5 and WWOR-TV/ My9, the Fox-owned flagship television stations in New York. In this capacity, she oversees media and talent relations, as well as public and community affairs.  Pass serves as executive producer for two weekly public affairs programs, “Good Day Street Talk” and New Jersey Now.”  She has also executive produced the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, the Hispanic Day Parade, and Gospelfest 2008.  Previously, Pass was Director of Communications for WCBS-TV, where she oversaw media relations and corporate communications, including news, local programming, talent relations, community relations and public affairs.  Pass joined CBS from Harpo Productions in Chicago, where she served as Senior Publicist for Oprah Winfrey, Oprah’s Angel Network, Oprah’s Book Club and Harpo, Inc.  Before that, Pass was Director of Marketing and Public Relations for The Second City, Inc. and Assistant Director of Marketing and Press Relations for the Museum of Broadcast Communications.    

Pass serves on numerous Boards of Directors, including the Alliance for Young Urban Design and the Arts and the Publicity Club of New York.  She serves on the advisory boards of the New York Blood Center, the Committee for Hispanic Children & Families, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Puerto Rican Family Institute, and Harlem Week.   She is a member of New York Women in Communications and PR Masterminds.

Pass graduated cum laude with a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and spent her junior year abroad studying theatre and English literature in London.  A high school graduate of The George School, Pass was selected to deliver the commencement address. Upon graduating college, Pass moved to Chicago where she performed as a stage actress and pursued a career in arts management.

VICE PRESIDENT, STRATEGIC PLANNING

Susan Schulz
Content Creator, Editor & Strategist

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Susan Schulz is a freelance writer/editor and editorial media consultant who advises clients from a variety of sectors on brand positioning and content. Before this she was Editorial Brand Director for Cosmopolitan magazine, where she oversaw a variety of brand extensions including Cosmo Books and the Cosmopolitan line of merchandise at JCPenney. Before her tenure at Cosmo, Schulz was Special Projects Editor for Hearst Magazines, where she developed “bookazines”—newsstand brand extensions—for various Hearst titles. Schulz also served as editor-in-chief of CosmoGirl magazine for five years, during which time she built a safe and entertaining community for teen girls to find answers to their questions about body image, relationships, fashion, health, beauty, entertainment and more.

Schulz has made media appearances on the topics of teen body image, self-esteem, and other issues facing young women today. She has spoken to students about career opportunities and challenges at universities such as Harvard, Howard, Columbia, NYU and Fordham.

In addition to her role as Co-VP of Strategic Planning for NYWICI, Schulz was the President of the NYWICI Foundation from 2011-2013, where she spearheaded the development of the NYWICI Member Empowerment Grant Program (MEG). Outside of NYWICI, Schulz is on the Board of Directors for GlamourGals Foundation, a non-profit organization through which teen volunteers provide complimentary makeovers to women living in senior homes. Finally, Schulz is a member of the Media Advisory Group for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, and is an Advocate for Curiosity for the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Schulz is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland. She and her husband live in Tuckahoe, NY with their three children.

VICE PRESIDENT, STRATEGIC PLANNING

Lynn Lewis
President, East Coast Region and Global Chief Marketing Officer, UM

As East Coast President, Lynn Lewis is charged with building the culture and capabilities of UM’s East Coast offices, including oversight of the networks’ global headquarters in New York City.  The architect of J3, UM's dedicated media unit servicing Johnson & Johnson, Lynn will focus on bringing the J3 model of integrated planning, cross-media investment, the BAE and UM Studios across all accounts. 

Lynn also serves as UM's Global Chief Marketing Officer, the driving force behind UM’s brand positioning, helping to build the agency’s vision, and evolve the brand internally and externally. As such, she oversees UM’s strategic branding and awards initiatives globally as well as UM’s corporate philanthropy programs, ensuring the agency’s brand is communicated effectively across all channels and award-worthy client work is recognized within the media industry.

Prior to her current role, Lynn spent several years as is the Global Managing Partner of J3, UM’s dedicated Johnson & Johnson media unit. Her leadership at J3 has become an agency and industry model of how integrated communications planning leads to a new level of creativity and effectiveness. She has championed incorporating digital innovations, custom content, rapid fire analytics and retail activation across all Johnson & Johnson brands. Over the years Lynn has led J3 through a significant evolution which has resulted in ground-breaking and creatively-charged media executions including Clean & Clear’s “See the Real Me,” JOHNSON’S BABY “Treasure Everyday Joy” and Rogaine “Grow Your Game.”

Before taking the reins at J3, Lynn served as the Global Managing Partner on Sony at UM. Having spent her first 10 years in the industry at McCann Erickson as Account Director, she worked on such marquee accounts as Coca-Cola, L'Oréal, Gillette, Waterman, Nabisco, Vaseline and Bacardi. Her work has been singled out numerous times, having received many industry awards and recognitions.

Highly regarded throughout the industry, Lynn was named AWNY’s Working Mother of the Year in 2012. In 2013, she was inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement (AAF). She was also honored with the Jack Avrett Volunteer Spirit Award for her mentoring work, inspirational leadership and commitment to her community.  Lynn is currently on the board of the John A. Reisenbach Foundation and an Executive Member of AWNY.

As CMO, Lynn collaborates with all disciplines to strengthen and enhance UM’s product offering and ensure the UM brand vision resonates and evolves in meaningful ways. Keeping UM aligned with IPG Mediabrands and its core pillars, she oversees UM’s position within the portfolio and represents the agency in a number of strategic cross-agency initiatives. Lynn also oversees UM’s corporate communications team, awards program, and UM’s corporate philanthropy programs, ensuring the agency’s brand is communicated effectively across all channels and award-worthy client work is recognized within the media industry.

Prior to her role as CMO, Lynn spent several years as is the Global Managing Partner of J3, UM’s dedicated Johnson & Johnson media unit. Her leadership at J3 has become an agency and industry model of how integrated communications planning leads to a new level of creativity and effectiveness. 

Lynn has championed incorporating digital innovations, custom content, rapid fire analytics and retail activation across all Johnson & Johnson brands. Over the years Lynn has led J3 through a significant evolution which has resulted in ground-breaking and creatively-charged media executions including Clean & Clear’s “See the Real Me,” JOHNSON’S BABY “Treasure Everyday Joy” and Rogaine “Grow Your Game.”

Before taking the reins at J3, Lynn served as the Global Managing Partner on Sony at UM. Having spent her first 10 years in the industry at McCann Erickson as Account Director, she worked on such marquee accounts as Coca-Cola, L'Oréal, Gillette, Waterman, Nabisco, Vaseline and Bacardi.  Her work has been singled out numerous times, having received many industry awards and recognitions.

Highly regarded throughout the industry, Lynn was named AWNY’s Working Mother of the Year in 2012. In 2013, she was inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement (AAF). She was also honored with the Jack Avrett Volunteer Spirit Award for her mentoring work, inspirational leadership and commitment to her community.

VICE PRESIDENT, SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

Judith Harrison
Senior Vice President, Staffing and Diversity & Inclusion, Weber Shandwick 

http://www.nywici.org/sites/default/files/judith.pngJudith Harrison is Senior Vice President, Staffing and Diversity & Inclusion at Weber Shandwick. She drives programs designed to build a multicultural workforce that embraces and values different backgrounds and leverages different perspectives to bring the best strategic thinking and creativity to clients. Judith develops strategic plans, drives the sharing of best practices across the U.S., U.K. and E.U., partners with diversity & inclusion leadership development and professional organizations to increase awareness of Weber Shandwick’s commitment to diversity, and leads innovative talent outreach initiatives to build a strong pipeline of potential staff.  Prior to joining Weber Shandwick in 2006, Judith served as senior vice president of human resources at Ruder Finn, leading the agency’s global recruiting and retention initiatives. She began her career in recruiting as vice president of the Fry Group, which provides executive search services to public relations firms and client-side constituencies.

In addition to her human resources and recruiting expertise, Judith brings to Weber Shandwick a background in public relations and marketing communications. Her strength in corporate and entertainment communications was developed in positions at Burson-Marsteller, Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young), CBS and Media General. Judith has also provided communications counseling for organizations including Random House, the Italian Trade Commission and the International Art of Jazz.

Judith served the public relations firms industry’s trade group, the Council of Public Relations Firms, as chairwoman of its HR Roundtable for three years. She has been a guest lecturer in career management in public relations at NYU School of Continuing Education and has been a panelist at career seminars sponsored by the Public Relations Society of America, the International Association of Business Communicators, New York Women in Communications, the National and New York chapter of the Black Public Relations Society and the National Association of Market Developers. She has been listed in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World. She was awarded the 2011 STAR Award from New York Women’s Agenda and was named as one of Savoy’s2012 Top Influential Women in Corporate America. Judith serves on the boards of PRSA Foundation and New York Women's Agenda, and is on the advisory board of the Ron Brown Scholar Program, which provides scholarships and leadership opportunities for young African Americans of outstanding promise.  

VICE PRESIDENT, SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

Janet Warren Dugo
President, Waren Dugo Media Inc.

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Janet Warren Dugo is President of Warren Dugo Media Inc., a communications consultancy.  She is also Publisher Emeritus of Staten Island Business Trends newspaper.  She previously worked in the financial services industry, rising to the position of Vice President at RBC Wealth Management, a full-service national brokerage firm. 

In February 2006, along with her business partners, she founded Staten Island Business Trends, a news-monthly covering the central issues affecting Staten Island’s economic health, quality of life and community leadership.  She served as Publisher of the newspaper for close to ten years, stepping down from that role in 2015 to concentrate more fully on her consultancy business.

Janet is the immediate past-president of the Board of Directors of Soroptimist International of Staten Island, the local chapter of a worldwide volunteer service organization whose mission is to improve the lives of women and girls.  She is also an active member of the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation’s Executive Women’s Council.  She serves on the Business Advisory Council for the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island and is a member of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce.

Janet received the 2015 “Executive Woman of the Year” award from the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation.  In 2013, she was recognized as a “Woman of Influence” in business and economic development by the SIEDC and the New York City Council.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York in Business, Management & Economics with a concentration in Marketing, and recently received a miniMBA in Digital Marketing from Rutgers University. 

VICE PRESIDENT, CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

Elizabeth Kressel
Managing Director, Lizard Media

http://www.nywici.org/sites/default/files/lm_headshot.jpgLiz Kressel delivers agile, multi-platform solutions that get results. Liz has been delivering digital expertise to major corporations on content and commerce, as well as recommending operational improvements. Today, as founder of Lizard Media, Liz optimizes messaging, increases digital monetization, streamlines operations, develops global expansion strategies, and strengthens the foundations of top tier organizations.  Clients of her results-driven digital media consulting practice include Fortune 1000 brands in media, tech and consumer products: A+E Television Networks, Green Mountain Coffee/Keurig, Showtime Networks, MTV Networks, TIAA-CREF, Moneygram International, among others.

Building a digital lifestyle brand from scratch called Collectors Quest, Liz secured a million-dollar partnership with A+E Television Networks delivering custom content and selling out inventory for live TV sales orchestrated through second-screen interaction.  In Collectors Quest, Liz built a movement that resonated with its audience, reaching 500,000 monthly unique users within a year of launch without any marketing investment, gaining rich engagement with over 20 pageviews per visitor and more than five minutes average time on site, and creating a blog that consistently ranked in the Top 5% on Technorati.   Popular series such as Pawn Stars, American Pickers, and Counting Cars were part of the digital experience she developed.  For her entrepreneurial efforts, she was presented with the Highest Leaf Award in 2008 by the Women’s Venture Fund and was named a 2009 Company to Watch at the Pipeline Technology Awards given her focus on content and commerce. 

Before that, at PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Media Entertainment Practice, Liz developed strategies for ad sponsorships and cross-promotional revenue opportunities. She also co-authored “The Economic Impact of September 11th on New York City,” a financial impact study on the Media and Entertainment industry published by the New York City Partnership. While there she realized over $300M in total cost savings and prompted over $200M in investment for her clients.

At Time Warner, Liz increased sales by 15% through spending and profitability modeling and saved the corporation 20% by finding and eliminating unprofitable sources of customer acquisition across the $4B publishing division.   For the $250M BOMC division, she led a 12-person multi-disciplinary transition team in a $30M acquisition as she conducted due diligence, identified risks and opportunities, and integrated operations all within 12 weeks.

Liz holds an MBA in Finance from New York University and a BA in Economics from Brandeis University.  She has also served on several non-profit Boards; running sold-out leadership events as a long-time board member for Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and now heading the New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) Programming Committee, focusing on leadership and technology events.

VICE PRESIDENT, CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

Ashley Chauvin
Global Insights, Citi

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Ashley Chauvin is an insight driven brand strategist working with the Citi Global Brand team. Prior to this role she worked on the agency side, getting her start as a 'traditional market research' consultant at Marketing and Planning Systems (MaPS) and then moved into a brand strategy and research role at Hall & Partners. Ashley is passionate about gender equality and is a board member for Women in Market Research (WiRe) networking group and a junior board member with the NYC Alliance advocacy group. Ashley was also recently selected as a judge for the Ginny Valentine Badge of Courage Award. 

VICE PRESIDENT, PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMMING

Georgia Galanoudis
Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Pace Communications

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Georgia Galanoudis is currently the Senior Vice President, Managing Director at Pace Communications. She has been managing content driven marketing programs for clients since 1997. As Executive Director running custom content divisions at both Time Inc. and Meredith Corp. and as Managing Director at MXM, Georgia has driven the strategy and execution of a myriad of integrated programs for such clients as Proctor & Gamble, Walmart, United Healthcare and Bank of America. Georgia brings her knowledge of Consumer Insights, Branded Content, Digital, Social, Mobile and CRM to help clients develop innovative ways to engage with their core customers and drive business goals.

VICE PRESIDENT, PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMMING

Jennifer Owens
Editorial Director, Working Mother magazine & Founding Director, Working Mother Research Institute (WMRI)

Jennifer Owens is the Editorial Director of Working Mother magazine & founding director of the Working Mother Research Institute (WMRI), launched in 2010.

An award-winning editor and writer on women’s issues, workplace and parenting trends, Jennifer leads the editorial mission of Working Mother Media (workingmother.com) and the National Association for Female Executives (nafe.com) through their digital, print, social and video channels, reaching millions of women each month.

 At WMRI, Jennifer oversees the Working Mother 100 Best Companies, Best Companies for Multicultural Women, Working Mother/Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firms for Women and the National Association of Female Executives Top 50 Companies. Under her leadership, WMRI has also published more than a dozen white papers studying the intersection of career and gender (workingmother.com/wmri).

Jennifer blogs on CNBC, IvyExec and The Huffington Post and has been quoted worldwide, including in The New York Times, CNN, Fox Business News, ABC News and Fast Company. She is a sought-after public speaker and working mom to Gwendolyn and Owen.

VICE PRESIDENT, YOUNG PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMMING

Megan Hess
Mobile and Emerging Platforms Editor, Bloomberg 

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Megan Hess is a Mobile and Emerging Platforms Editor at Bloomberg. She recently served as an Associate Editor at Mashable, where she edited and developed stories across each of the site's verticals and published content to the site's front pages and various Twitter accounts. Previously, she was the digital editor at Scholastic Parent & Child magazine. Megan also founded and runs an award-winning career blog, NoJoeSchmo.com, and serves on the boards of New York Women in Communication and the New York City chapter of the Online News Association. She also dabbles in Mandarin Chinese.

 

 

VICE PRESIDENT, STUDENT PROGRAMMING

Danielle Dardashti 

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Danielle Dardashti - Emmy award-winner, author, and former TV reporter - is a video content marketing thought leader who has held senior business development roles at Tribune Publishing, Meredith Corporation, McMurry/TMG, IKA Collective, and Magnet Media - consistently exceeding revenue goals as well as client expectations. She is a bold innovator who has worked closely with many of the biggest brands in the world, helping them tell their stories through video. 

Danielle began her career as a local TV news reporter, first at NBC affiliates in Ohio and the Carolinas, and then at Fox 5 News in Atlanta. For several years she worked for Atlanta-based CWK Network (Connect with Kids) where she produced and wrote six television documentaries focused on children's health and wellness issues. Over the years she won several awards for her work, including an Emmy, a Telly, and a Parents' Choice Award. Danielle is also the co-author of three books for parents and educators, including the popular Jewish Family Fun Book.

Danielle grew up singing in a family band. She has lived in nine U.S. states and three countries, and now lives in Westchester with her husband and their two teenage kids.

VICE PRESIDENT, STUDENT PROGRAMMING

Lori Greene
Founder, LPG Enterprises, Digital Marketing, Content, Training

http://www.nywici.org/sites/default/files/lori.pngLori is a proven multi-platform content executive highly proficient in all aspects of media including social, mobile, broadband, television, digital, and print as well as digital ad sales. In her most recent position, Lori was the Senior Partner, Director of Content for Maxus Global.  Greene also teaches digital content strategies at New York University and is a guest speaker, panelist, and lecturer on digital subjects. Most recently, she executed a full digital rebrand of the global company WOBI, home of the World Business Forum, including content alliances with AOL, Inc., Wharton Business School, and Fast Company.  She was responsible for exponential social media growth and the company’s first expansion into Asia.Prior, she ran BBC America Digital where she increased web traffic over 100% and won Best Cable Website of the Year for her intelligent integration of television, digital, and social elements.  She also increased revenue, social and digital metrics by double digits.

During her tenure at A & E Networks, Lori Greene used her deep experience in content creation to reinvent History.com with a new strategic vision and a multi-million dollar budget, leading it to consistent record-breaking traffic.  She took dispirited staff, made smart hires, and coalesced them into a solid, goal-oriented team by inspiring and motivating them to bring Biography.com and History.com to higher levels of concept, content and design leading to a slew of awards including a Top Ten Website of the Year Award for 2007 from the Interactive Media Awards (IMA).  Greene’s collaborative skills led to integrated promotion on billboard signage, television, print, and more.  At Reader’s Digest, she led editorial creation and implementation of a global digital content syndication business that resulted in the company’s first licensing deal -- worth several million dollars.

Her stint at Courttvnews.com included saving the digital division from extinction by utilizing team-player strategies and totally integrating the site into the Court TV network.  When she ran digital ad sales marketing and operations for the company, she elegantly balanced editorial concerns with revenue goals leading to close to a million dollars in annual revenue.  Greene created content for Court TV’s first-ever mobile campaign, supervised the creation of three business-to-business websites, and oversaw innovative in-house promotions that were featured at the annual Promax/BDA awards.

Lori Greene was the President of Women in Cable Telecommunications’ New York Chapter and she spent several years on the board of directors growing membership, running sold-out programs, and devising new ways of engaging the cable business audience.  Before aiming to conquer the digital frontier, Greene was a highly sought-after television producer for Travel Channel, Food Network, and Lifetime.

Greene has a global perspective borne out of travel to all seven continents and over 100 countries from her days as a travel journalist. She interviewed subjects as diverse as Julia Child, Calvin Klein, a famous political prisoner in a Peruvian jail, and Dr. Michael Mann, the climatologist at the epicenter of the climate change debate.

When not working to transform digital entities, Greene concentrates on goal-oriented adventures -- she summited Mount Kilimanjaro, ran the New York City marathon, and snorkeled for miles with spawning salmon in a frigid Canadian river.

VICE PRESIDENT, HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMMING

Taylor Trudon
Youth Special Projects Editor, MTV

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Taylor Trudon is the Youth Special Projects Editor at MTV News, where she launched and oversees the brand's teen and millennial focused contributor platform. In addition to leading various youth initiatives, she frequently writes on teen Internet culture and its intersection within media, tech, and politics.

Taylor is passionate about community-building, advocating for young voices, and using social media as a catalyst for starting conversations. As a 2015 TEDxTeen speaker, she spoke about the power of the written word and how to amplify your story in today’s technology saturated world. From interviewing today's biggest Internet influencers toFirst Lady Michelle Obama, she regularly speaks at conferences and industry events, including the prestigious It's Our Turn Conference for young women, New York Social Media Week, SXSW, and VidCon, a multi-genre online video conference that is the largest of its kind. In 2016, Taylor spoke at TEDxLafayette on the significance of authenticity on social media platforms.   

Previously, she was senior editor of HuffPost Teen at The Huffington Post, where she doubled the section's traffic and social referrals.

Taylor studied journalism and women’s studies at the University of Connecticut, during which she was a two-time New York Women in Communications, Inc. scholarship recipient, holding internships at Seventeen and O, The Oprah Magazine. She currently serves as co-chair of High School Programming on the NYWICI Board of Directors and is a volunteer journalist fellow for the News Literacy Project, a national educational program that teaches middle and high school students how to navigate media in the digital age.

She was named one of the Most Influential Young Women of 2015 by Teen Vogue. Nicole Ritchie also once told her she was "really dope." 

 

VICE PRESIDENT, HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMMING

Stephanie Guzman
Assistant Account Executive, Ketchum  

http://www.nywici.org/sites/default/files/guzman.pngStephanie was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and is a graduate from The City College of New York where she earned degrees in political science and public relations in 2014. She's pursuing a career in public affairs and constituency advocacy. After graduating college, Stephanie landed her first big-girl job at Ketchum PR after completing their summer fellowship and now works as a publicist for public health related clients - such as NSF International, the Cleveland Clinic and the NYS of Health Marketplace. Prior to graduating, Stephanie's had the opportunity to intern for Weber Shandwick (NY) in their healthcare practice, Powell Tate (DC) working on grassroots campaigns for the Affordable Care Act the summer before its launch, and NYS's Governor Cuomo as a press intern. Stephanie is a a two-time NYWICI scholarship winner (2010, 2011), as well as a LAGRANT scholar (2013). Stephanie was recently accepted into the New School's Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy graduate program. She will begin her masters' in urban policy analysis and management with a concentration in politics, media and advocacy in the fall 2015.

 

VICE PRESIDENT, SPONSORSHIP

Laura Sequenzia
VP, Network Sales & Partnership, Condé Nast

http://www.nywici.org/sites/default/files/laura.pngLaura Sequenzia was named Head of Sales, Corporate Partnerships in January 2013 in which she leads an integrated sales team across print, digital and marketing services.
Ms. Sequenzia was most recently Publisher of Golf World. During that time, Ms. Sequenzia was instrumental in guiding the magazine to its first-ever inclusion on Adweek’s prestigious “Hot List” in the “10 Under 60” category. 
Prior to joining Golf World, Ms. Sequenzia held various roles within Conde Nast including National Travel Director for Golf Digest, Golf World and Golf For Women. 

Laura Sequenzia is a graduate of Quinnipiac University and was just presented The School of Business Outstanding Business Alumni Award.  She resides in New York City. 

Condé Nast is home to some of the world’s most celebrated media brands. In the United States, Condé Nast publishes 18 consumer magazines, four business-to-business publications, 27 websites, and more than 50 apps for mobile and tablet devices, all of which define excellence in their categories. The company also owns Fairchild Fashion Media (FFM), whose portfolio of brands serves as the leading source of news and analysis for the global fashion community. Condé Nast has won more National Magazine Awards over the past ten years than all of its competitors combined. For more information, visit condenast.com or follow us on Twitter @CondeNast.

VICE PRESIDENT, SPONSORSHIP

Piper Goodspeed
Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, WIRED Media

Piper Goodspeed is a Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships at WIRED, overseeing spirits, entertainment, travel, and home categories. Before joining WIRED, she served as executive director, corporate partnerships in the Condé Nast Media Group. Goodspeed received a bachelor of arts from the University of Arkansas. She currently lives in Montclair with her husband and daughters.

 

 

 


KELLEN COMPANY STAFF

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Maria Ungaro
Vice President, Kellen  

Maria is a Vice President of Kellen , an association management company of which NYWICI has been a client since 1996.  Maria is a seasoned association executive with almost 20 years at Kellen. She is highly skilled in strategic thinking, operational effectiveness, membership retention, growth marketing and major event planning and fundraising. Maria has previously served Kellen in many other capacities including executive director for the New York Women’s Agenda.

A graduate of Fordham University, Maria holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major of Political Science with a Minor in Economics, as well as a Master of Business Administration in Marketing.  She also currently serves as the Executive Director of The Content Council and is responsible for the Kellen Team that manages the College Media Association.  

 

DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Emily Brochstein

Senior Account Executive, Kellen 

Emily is a Senior Account Executive at Kellen an employee-owned association management company of which NYWICI has been a client since 1996. She has been with Kellen since 2005 and has worked with a variety of clients, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, New York City Chapter (NYC-AFP), The New England Society in the City of New York (NES), The Copper Club and the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA). She previously served as the Membership Director of NYWICI from 2005 to 2010. Emily holds a BS and MBA from Ithaca College.

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Sara Weissman

Account Executive, Kellen  

Sara Weissman, Account Executive at Kellen, is a passionate event planner. She is currently the Associate Director of New York Women in Communications.  Before joining Kellen, Sara worked at Event Management, located in Newington, CT.  While there for two years, she was the Communications Director and helped with planning both the New York Business Expo and Conference at the Jacob Javits Center, and the Market New York Expo.  Sara was the sponsorship liaison along with handling the company’s social media accounts.  Sara attended the University of Hartford, where she graduated early in December of 2014 with a BS in Human Communications.

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR

Amanda Tomaselli

Staff Associate, Kellen 

Amanda is responsible for visualizing and executing new strategies to retain and grow NYWICI membership. She comes to the organization with several years’ experience in  public relations from start-ups and agencies. Previously, Amanda interned for organizations handling brand management and membership communications. Prior to joining Kellen, Amanda attended the State University of New York at Oswego and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations.  At Kellen, Amanda also assists in managing The Content Council. 


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