Introducing the Women’s Leadership Accelerator: Summer Series

By on August 19, 2020

We’re excited to introduce our first Women’s Leadership Accelerator: Summer Series, conversations that dive into the topics we most often hear women want support around. The series will start on Aug. 27 with a discussion around leadership and launching the 19th* with Co-Founder and Publisher Amanda Zamora and Editor-at-Large Errin Haines, and run every Thursday at 12 p.m. ET for four weeks.

I am especially thrilled to hear from Amanda and Errin on how they’re setting the organization’s vision and their leadership styles. I think their work is inspirational for women looking to make an impact in digital media and embodies many of the themes that we will continue to explore throughout our Summer Series.

Here’s what we’ll be discussing:

Launching and Leading the 19th*
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, 12 p.m. EDT
Building the newsroom you want to see in the world, featuring Co-Founder and publisher Amanda Zamora and Editor-at-Large Errin Haines of the 19th*; Jennifer Mizgata, Director of Programs, Online News Association.

Women in Product
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, 12 p.m. EDT
Leading newsrooms from a product perspective, featuring Charo Henríquez, Editor, Newsroom Development & Support, The New York Times; Kim Fox, V.P., Product Strategy, CalMatters; Millie Tran, CPO, Texas Tribune; Shazna Nessa, Global Head of Visuals, The Wall Street Journal

Career Advice from the Women’s Leadership Accelerator
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, 12 p.m. EDT
Navigating your career path. Megan Greenwell, Editor,; María Sánchez Díez, Operations Editor, The Washington Post; Brooke Minters, Executive Producer of Video, POLITICO; Cara Anthony, Midwest Correspondent, Kaiser Health News; Paula Rogo, Founder/CEO, Kali Media; Tran Ha, Founder and Principal, Tiny Collaborative.

Women in Entrepreneurship
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, 12 p.m. EDT
Energizing the industry, featuring Áine Kerr, Co-Founder and COO, Kinzen; Candice Fortman, Chief of Engagement and Operations, Outlier Media; Carolina Guerrero, CEO & Co-founder, Radio Ambulante; Roxann Stafford, Managing Director, Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund.

You can sign up for just one session, or all four. You’ll hear from incredible women who are leading in their own style, with opportunities to ask questions about their experiences.

I’ve worked closely with women leading change in digital media for years, providing support through our Women’s Leadership Accelerator, a yearlong intensive program that supercharges the leadership and management skills of women who are pushing digital innovation. We’ve previously experimented with ways we can bring insights out of the accelerator and share with the broader community by hosting one-off workshops and events.

We’ve created these four unique, online sessions for women in leadership roles based on the feedback we’ve received from hundreds of women who’ve participated in our events. (Don’t be intimidated: We think you can define leadership on your own terms and you don’t have to be officially “managing” anything to get a lot out of these sessions.)

One thing I’m especially excited about is that we’re testing some new ways to connect after the talks, so you can get to know new people and chat with fellow attendees. Being a part of a community has been a critical aspect of our Accelerator program from the beginning, from building cohorts of women representing a range of backgrounds, to fostering conversations with newsroom leadership outside of our programming, to coaching other women beyond our established networks.

It’s important to me that even while we’re meeting online, we still have ways to connect with each other. With that in mind, if you have ideas or want to chat with me about what we’re planning, feel free to email me at

Registration comes with a suggested donation; we value these discussions at $29 per discussion per person, or $116 for the entire series. Donations support ONA programming throughout the year, including our tuition-free Women’s Leadership Accelerator program. The 2020 Women’s Leadership Accelerator program is supported by lead funder Dow Jones Foundation, with additional support from Microsoft, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Inasmuch Foundation; Disney Parks, Experiences and Products; the John S. Knight (JSK) Journalism Fellowships; and Flower Child. To learn more about supporting the program, contact Jessica Strelitz, Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer, at


Jennifer Mizgata

Jennifer Mizgata is Director of Programs at the Online News Association, where she leads the Women's Leadership Accelerator. At ONA, Jennifer focuses on identifying talented digital journalists and innovative journalism projects and providing them with support. Jennifer is a business and design strategist with over a decade of experience creating industry-changing training programs, investing in award-winning projects, and managing key relationships with journalism partners and tech stakeholders. She regularly coaches managers, senior leaders and entrepreneurs on challenges related to their careers and launching new ventures. Jennifer shares advice for navigating tough work challenges in Work Space, a monthly column for Fortune.