Leadership conversations with women in journalism — a special virtual series with the Women’s Leadership Accelerator

Explore strategies and opportunities to advocate for yourself and your team, starting Nov. 4

By on October 27, 2021

We are excited to bring you a new series of leadership conversations inspired by the Women’s Leadership Accelerator. The accelerator is a yearlong, cohort-based program that supercharges the leadership and management skills of women pushing digital innovation. Each year we also organize community events to expand our impact beyond the cohorts — bringing inspiring, high-quality training to more women in journalism and other leaders motivated to empower women on their teams.

This year’s virtual leadership series includes three learning sessions, plus a facilitated networking meetup to connect inspiring women in digital news. Each learning session will dive into strategies and opportunities to advocate for yourself. The series kicks off Thursday, Nov. 4 with a focus on strategies to demonstrate the value and impact of your ideas and your team’s vision. Nadine Ajaka, Senior Producer, Visual Forensics, at The Washington Post, will moderate a conversation with Amy King, Creative Director and Managing Editor at the Los Angeles Times, and Irene McKisson, Co-Founder of AZ Luminaria.

Here is the schedule* of events. Name your own price to register for individual sessions or the full series.

Making the Case for your Ideas and Team
Nov. 4, 12 p.m EDT
Speakers: Amy King, Creative Director and Managing Editor, Los Angeles Times; Irene McKisson, Co-Founder of AZ Luminaria, a new nonprofit news organization for Arizona. Moderator: Nadine Ajaka, Senior Producer, Visual Forensics, The Washington Post.

Challenging the System on Imposter Syndrome
Nov. 11, 12 p.m. EST
Speakers: Evette Dionne, Editorial and Publishing Manager, Netflix; Federica Cherubini, Head of Leadership Development, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism; Lilah Raptopoulos, US Head of Audience Engagement, Financial Times; Kate Lesniak, Senior Manager, HubSpot for Nonprofits, Hubspot. Moderator: Imaeyen Ibanga, Presenter, AJ+, and ONA board member.

Building the Career you Want
Nov. 18, 12 p.m. EST
Speakers: Millie Tran, Vice President, Content Strategy and Growth, Condé Nast; Rubina Fillion, Director of Strategy, New York Times Opinion, and ONA board member; Versha Sharma, Editor-in-Chief, Teen Vogue, and ONA board member. Moderator: Kim Fox, Vice President, Product Strategy, CalMatters.

Women in Leadership Community Meetup
Nov. 19, 12 p.m. EST
This networking event free and open to all, thanks to support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Registration for the three learning sessions supports more ONA programming throughout the year, including the tuition-free Women’s Leadership Accelerator intensive program. Applications for the 2022 cohort will open Nov. 3.

The 2021 Women’s Leadership Accelerator is supported by lead funder Dow Jones Foundation, and additional support from the John S. and James L. Knight FoundationInasmuch Foundation, AlleyOtter.ai and Shindig.

To learn more about supporting the program, contact Jessica Strelitz, Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer, at jessica@journalists.org.

*Please note the shift from daylight savings time after the first event, from 12 p.m. EDT to 12 p.m. EST.

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