Folio:’s 2015 Top Women in Media
Honorees gathered to celebrate media industry excellence.
Folio:'s Top Women in Media Awards ceremony was created to join together and celebrate the women that make magazine media such a progressive and active industry. And from the start, the theme of the event was evident: inclusion.
The need to foster relationships with other women in an industry traditionally dominated by males was made clear by several of the 93 honorees accepting awards before a crowd of more than 200 attendees at the Grand Hyatt in New York City on Monday. The camaraderie among this unique and ever-growing community of female power brokers and innovators is evidence that the theme had caught on and has been adopted by many throughout their careers.
It was, perhaps, Jennifer Black-Glover of i5 Publishing who summed it up best, discussing her prior work experience, when she said, "there were approximately 50 to 70 executives at that company and just two of them were women." Even as many companies strive to balance and diversify their workforces, making an effort to work together with other women on their teams, elsewhere in their companies and even with competitors is critial to advancement.
Judy Robinett, author of How to Be a Power Connector and the event's keynote speaker elaborated on the point, focusing on the incredible importance of networking with a small group of 25-50 people; but not in the old-school way. Today, the new school approach is to no longer concentrate on what or who you know but, rather, who knows you.
The two guest presenters at the luncheon were Lauren Indvik, editor-in-chief of Fashionaista.com, and Samantha Skey, chief revenue officer of SheKnows.
The awards were broken into six main categories: corporate visionaries, director-level doers, entrepreneurs, industry leadership, mentors and rising stars.
You can see the full list of honorees and their profiles here.