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Folio: and Admonsters are pleased to announce the 2020 Class of Top Women in Media! You’re invited to join the festivities as we celebrate over 100 leaders who have made a lasting impact on their brands, organizations and markets—spotlighting the diversity and progress of our industry. Hear about the creativity and achievements of your incredible colleagues from Meredith, Dotdash, TIME, Bloomberg, ESPN and more.

For general questions about the Top Women in Media Awards or for assistance in registering, contact Jessica Dombrowski at or 203-899-8436.



Women who’ve successfully altered the course of their brands or the industry for the better.

  • CSC Publishing
    Aileen Hough
  • Tastemade
    Amanda Dameron
  • Meredith Corporation
    Amy Conway
  • Apartment Therapy Media
    Anna Hoffman
  • Spark Foundry
    Becky Koontz
  • Trusted Media Brands- Taste of Home
    Beth Tomkiw
  • Bauer Media Group USA
    Carol Brooks
  • Active Interest Media
    Christina Lovullo
  • Atlantic Re:think
    Eleanor Bell Fox
  • 5280 Publishing, Inc
    Erin Skarda
  • Meredith Corporation
    Jennifer Darling
  • Becker's Healthcare
    Jessica Cole
  • Atlantic 57
    Kate Watts
  • Psychotherapy Networker
    Livia Kent
  • Forbes
    Lynn Schlesinger
  • Hearst
    Natasha Lunn
  • Cannabis Business Times
    Noelle Skodzinski
  • CNET
    Sharon Profis
  • Hello & Hola Media Inc.
    Sylvia Banderas

Corporate Champions

Women who’ve steered their companies into new markets, new opportunities, new audiences, and strong, measurable growth.

  • Haymarket Media, Inc.
    Adele Durham
  • Meredith Corporation
    Amanda Wolfe
  • excelerate
    Andrea Rowan
  • Travel Market Report
    Anne Marie Moebes
  • Rubicon Project
    Ashley Wheeler
  • Athlon Outdoors
    Carrie Roeder
    Cece Ryan
  • Harborside
    Claudine Kiffer
  • TechTarget
    Dara Such
  • Aging Media Network
    Elizabeth Ecker
  • Financial Times
    Finola McDonnell
  • HousingWire
    Jennifer Laws
  • Dotdash
    Jillian Schulz
  • Bloomberg Media
    Julia Beizer
  • Quartz
    Katie Weber
  • TechTarget
    Kelley Damore
  • Permutive
    Kristy Schafer
  • Complex Networks
    Krystyn Price Harrell
  • ESPN
    Laura Gentile
  • GIE Media
    Maria Miller
  • Meredith Corporation
    MaryRay Lombardo
  • Digitas
    Melissa Berger
  • Pensions & Investments/Crain Communications
    Nikki Pirrello
  • Index Exchange
    Pamela Ibarra
  • Gannett
    Rebecca Capparelli
  • Questex
    Rhiannon James
  • Trusted Media Brands
    Ronak Patel
  • Bleacher Report
    Stefanie Rapp
  • CBS Interactive
    Susanne Mei
  • Meredith Corporation
    Susan Parkes


Women who’ve launched or rebuilt brands or companies and continue to work tirelessly towards their success.

  • 605 Magazine
    Alana Snyder
  • Atlantic Business Magazine
    Dawn Chafe & Tonia Sheridan
  • Fig Industries
    Deborah Brandt
  • Culturs Global Multicultural Magazine for cross cultural identity
    Donnyale Ambrosine
  • SPARK Publications
    Fabi Preslar
  • The Dodo
    Izzie Lerer
  • Bloomberg Media
    Jean Ellen Cowgill
  • Today's Digital Media, LLC
    Kara Vavrosky
  • boostr
    Katie Schuele
  • Consumer Reports
    Leonora Wiener
  • Stringr
    Lindsay Stewart
    Lisa Sugar
  • Big Deal Media/Marketing Projects, Inc.
    Marilyn Schutz
  • Sensi Media
    Stephanie Wilson
  • Guitar Girl Magazine
    Tara Low
  • Las Vegas Baby Magazine
    Tiffany MItchell
  • Kindred PR & Et al.
    Tina Mulqueen
  • Jennings Social Media & MarTech
    Valerie Jennings

Industry Trailblazers

Women of all ranks who’ve had an exceptional impact on the direction of their industry in ways that are measurable beyond just their own companies.

  • BET Networks
    Amy DuBois Barnett
  • Marijuana Business Daily
    Cassandra Farrington
  • Ink Publishing
    Ellen Carpenter
  • Insider Inc.
    Jennifer Polland
  • Meredith Corporation
    Jessie Price
  • The Daily Beast
    Lauren Bertolini
  • Ink
    Leila Cobo
  • Trusted Media Brands
    Michelle Kim
  • My Lifestyle Magazine
    Sandra Escallon
  • Fullscreen
    Sara Grimaldi
  • National Geographic Partners
    Susan Goldberg
  • Questex
    Tracy Staton


Women who’ve made an extraordinary effort, and had an extraordinary impact, on the careers of their colleagues.

  • Meredith Corporation
    Allison Lowery
  • Ink
    Alyson Rosen
  • TIME
    Andrea Delbanco
  • Trusted Media Brands
    Bonnie Kintzer
  • Meredith Corporation
    Dara Kapoor
  • Meredith Corporation
    Deirdre Finnegan
  • Crain Communications
    Fawn Lopez
  • Dotdash
    Joetta Gobell
  • Artful Living
    Kate Nelson
  • Becker's Healthcare
    Katie Atwood
  • Fullscreen
    Katy Chapel
  • TIME
    Kelly Conniff
  • 360 Media Direct
    Kelly Vucovich
  • Bloomberg Tax & Accounting
    Lisa Fitzpatrick
  • Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel
    Nancy Daniels
  • Media Logic
    Nicole Johnson
  • ESPN
    Nicole Pelaez-Dandrea
  • The Atlantic
    Sandy Silverbush
  • AdColony
    Sheeva Banton

Up and Comers

Women on the rise, making their mark, even at the early stages of their careers.

  • Fullscreen
    Abby Jackson
  • TIME
    Abigail Murphy
  • MEL Magazine
    Alana Hope Levinson
  • Route Fifty
    Alisha Powell Gillis
  • SmartAsset
    Amanda Berg
  • Meredith Corporation
    Christina Park
  • Trusted Media Brands
    Ellie Martin-Cliffe
  • FreightWaves
    Emily Szink
  • Meredith Corporation
    Ivy Odom
  • Ink
    Jess Swanson
  • ESPN
    Kaitee Daley
  • House of Highlights // Bleacher Report
    Katie Thorpe
  • Meredith Corporation
    Katy Stovall
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
    Kristen Desmond LeFevre
  • TIME
    Lane Lytle
  • Trusted Media Brands
    Leora Schachter
  • Hearst
    Lisa Lok
  • Becker's Healthcare
    Margo Vieceli
  • Bloomberg Media
    Mirabella El Baze Villanueva
  • The Miami Herald
    Monique O. Madan
  • Atlantic Re:think
    Natalie Chang
  • OEM Magazine / PMMI Media Group
    Natalie Craig
  • Inc.
    Sara McCauley
  • Active Interest Media
    Taylor Jackson
  • Omeda
    Tracy Rivas
  • Bloomberg Media
    Tracy Yeung

Catalyst Award

Special Recognition

Honoring an individual who has driven a tremendous amount of growth for her business and team over the past year. Nominations in this category are complimentary.

    Lifetime Empowerment & Achievement Award

    Special Recognition

    Awarded to a woman who has truly set the standards for creativity, innovation, and leadership throughout her career. Nominations in this category are complimentary. 

    • US Weekly
      Vicci Rose

    Entry Requirements And Details


    Early Deadline: February 21 — entries received before midnight ET on February 21 are $375 each. If you submit the same entry into multiple categories, the additional fee is $250 per category. Entry fees are not refundable.  

    Late Deadline: March 6 — entries received after February 21 will incur an additional $75 fee per entry. Entry fees are not refundable. 


    Applicants must be employed by a media company, a digital-only media company, an association, or work as a consultant or other services-provider to the industry. Previous Top Women may be nominated again. 


    All nominations for Top Women in Media must include a narrative outlining which category they are entering in, and detailing their specific accomplishments. Testimonials and other supporting materials are encouraged but be kind to the judges and keep it brief. Here’s what you’ll need to include with each entry:

    1. Nominator contact and company information (the point person for all entry details) 

    2. Nominee information (the person who is being nominated for an award)

    3. Justification – Synopsis of why the nominee should win an award. Can include any specific traits and abilities that make this person stand out among peers and how this person’s influence extends beyond her company. (500 word max)

    4. Career Achievements – Please provide a description that includes 3 specific accomplishments and milestones achieved by the nominee.  

    5. Hi-res headshot of the nominee

    6. OPTIONAL – Supporting documents (any supporting documents, videos, URLs to support your entry)


    Honorees will receive significant exposure and unparalleled recognition with a 100 word profile on, which received 49k visitors each month. Honorees will also be promoted through email promotions to the Folio: database of 60k and on all Folio: social media networks of 41k magazine media executives.


    Wednesday, September 9, 2020

    11:30AM – 2:00PM

    Edison Ballroom South, NYC 
    240 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

    The women spearheading the progression of the publishing industry will be recognized at the Top Women in Media Awards Luncheon. Join your industry peers, the Folio: and AdMonsters Team and a few surprise guests to celebrate the honorees and all of their accomplishments. Honorees are encouraged to bring their teams, or clients and partners. 

    Early Bird Pricing & Package Options:

    Past Honorees

    • Diane Alfano

      Chairman & CEO
      Institutional Investor
    • Janelle Faulk

      Head of Programmatic Operations
    • Annie Granatstein

      Head of WP BrandStudio
      The Washington Post
    • Mirin Fader

      Bleacher Report
    • Kathy Ishizuka

      Executive Editor
      School Library Journal
    • Bonnie Kintzer

      President and CEO
      Trusted Media Brands
    • Jaime Levitt

      Head of Engagement
      Index Exchange
    • Joy Profet

      Chief Operating Officer
    • Martha Stewart

      Founder and Chief Creative Officer // Martha Stewart Living & Martha Stewart Weddings
      Meredith Corporation
    • Shauna Sweeney

      Industry Marketing and Intelligence Lead, Global Business Marketing
    • Maria Taylor

      Analyst, Host and Reporter
    • Natalie Williams

      Chief Operating Officer
      Brief Media


    “Receiving the inaugural Catalyst Award was an incredible honor. I’m grateful to Folio: for recognizing the achievements of women in the publishing industry, and for bringing together so many talented women in media to celebrate and inspire one another.”

    – Sarah McConville, Harvard Business Review

    “Accepting the Top Women award in a room full of female industry peers – women of several generations, those who forged a path for us and those who will be the next generation of industry leaders – was moving in a way that I hadn’t anticipated. It was incredibly meaningful not just to be recognized, but to share in that legacy of women breaking barriers in their careers. It was a powerful reminder that we are as women all linked to one another, and that our support of one another makes everything possible.”

    – Mia Tramz, TIME

    “As a woman who has been passionately involved in journalism for more than two decades, it was such a proud moment to be recognized as a Folio: Top Women Honoree. Being able to connect with other dynamic women in the magazine industry at the Folio: Awards Gala gave me insight and inspiration I could bring back to my team so we can continue to grow and innovate. It is so important to recognize the value that female media professionals bring to the industry and Folio: has always made it a point to both honor their accomplishments and also to try to help them navigate challenges that may arise.”

    – Alison Overholt, ESPN

    “As a business entrepreneur who founded a magazine thirty-six years ago, I found it thrilling to be talking to young media professionals who had already reached a level of success that few could have hoped for back then. While their paths will be markedly different from mine, it is still scattered with sexist obstacles. Recognition of their accomplishments by Folio helps to overcome these.”

    – Carol Ott, Habitat Magazine

    For general questions and assistance please contact

    Jessica Dombrowski
    (203) 899-8436

    For Sponsorship opportunities please contact

    Jonathan Toback
    (949) 960-0649
    Justin Loresco
    (973) 557-6915