I had a conversation recently with a former colleague who is now a freelancer, working for a variety of media brands. She'd been asked to do a report for a B2B brand on top women in that market. She asked me if these kinds of programs were common in B2B media.
I don’t really know how common they are. And when we started ours, for magazine-media professionals, we weren’t sure how it would be received in the market. Would our female colleagues welcome the recognition? Would they agree with our premise? The essential mission of this program is to recognize the creativity and accomplishments of our female colleagues, sometimes against the grain and often against a glass ceiling.
It turns out that the reception has been overwhelmingly positive. Not only have we had hundreds of entries since the program’s inception, but it has grown every year. The people who are selected are as diverse as the magazine-media industry itself. We have people from B2B, consumer, enthusiast media, digital-only companies, startups, association media, regionals, and more. It’s an extraordinary list—and the accomplishments of our honorees are staggeringly impressive.
It’s these folks—well-known and under the radar, at large brands and small—who bring so much of the energy and ideas to our industry, and keep it vital and moving ahead.
Each of our honorees in the 2016 class of Top Women in Media has made a lasting impact on their brands, organizations, and markets, carving out leadership roles that keep us moving forward. Our Rising Stars represent the best of the new generation, the people destined to lead our brands in the decades ahead.
For more than 40 years, Folio: has been an idea brand at its core. It has been dedicated to seeking out and sharing the best ways to start up and grow successful media businesses. This is a celebratory topic, and our forthcoming print magazine is a keepsake profiling more than 100 leaders. But’s it’s true to the core Folio: mission. Here, you can read about industry leaders, corporate visionaries, doers, mentors, entrepreneurs and up-and-comers—all of whom have amazing stories of creatively moving their businesses in new directions. And, more than that, they’re driving growth and making the people around them better. Those great stories are here.
Often, we’re moving too fast or we’re too busy to stop and reflect on the professional excellence that’s surrounds us. We usually don’t recognize the true creativity and remarkable professionalism of people we sometimes view as “mere” colleagues.
This list is a way for us to step back, reflect on the accomplishments all around us, and to celebrate everyday pros who richly deserve that honor.
And on June 9th, you can join us as we honor this group of extraordinary people.
Congrats to the 2016 class of Top Women in Media, and I hope to see you June 9th.