Journalism & the 2020 Election: The Outsized Role of Gender
How well is the media doing covering the upcoming 2020 election? Veteran editor Joanne Lipman, author of the No. 1 bestseller That’s What She Said: What Men and Women Need to Know About Working Together, takes a hard look at the news industry’s failings - and its opportunities - especially when it comes to politics and gender.
More women than ever are running for the highest office in the land, yet women represent only a miniscule percentage of newsroom leaders. That has a direct impact on coverage: Female newsmakers are covered less frequently and treated more harshly. They’re more likely to be targets of digital harassment. Lipman, former editor-in-chief of USA TODAY and chief content officer of Gannett, lays out the challenges - and potential solutions - drawing both on the latest data and her unique perspective as a longtime editor in chief.
After #MeToo: What Next?
The world has changed in the wake of the #MeToo movement. What comes next? In That’s What She Said, bestselling author Joanne Lipman, the former Editor in Chief of USA TODAY, offers real-world solutions and a path forward. There’s no man-bashing here; Lipman explores how men as well as women can join together to close the gender gap. In this lively talk, she’ll offer surprising insights into issues ranging from unconscious bias to childrearing to brain differences between the genders, and offer practical tips that all of us can use, right now, to help eliminate bias in the workplace.
Battling Unconscious Bias
Did you know that mothers routinely overestimate the crawling ability of their baby sons – but underestimate that of their baby daughters? That parents of two-year-olds who ask Google, “Is my child a genius?” are more than twice as likely to ask that about a boy as a girl? Unconscious bias – those prejudices we have buried so deeply inside of us that we don’t even realize they exist – are woven throughout every day of our lives, starting in infancy. In this lively keynote, That’s What She Said’s bestselling author Joanne Lipman looks at the roots of implicit bias, how it impacts our lives as well as our businesses - and offers solutions to help counteract these hidden prejudices.
Transformative Leadership: Gender Relations in a New World
Is it okay to hug a business friend of the opposite sex? Can a man compliment a female colleague on her outfit? Should supervisors leave the door open when meeting with a subordinate of the opposite gender? In organizations across the country, we are at a transitional moment. The #MeToo movement has upended relations between the genders. There’s confusion on the part of both men and women about what is appropriate. How do we navigate this strange new world? Joanne Lipman offers insights, deep reporting, and shares the latest research and best practices to come up with solutions we can all use every day. An essential guide for leadership as well as for employees.
The Secret Lives of Women
A female CEO hires a voice teacher to lower the pitch of her voice, to sound more like men. A female surgeon enlists a drama coach to help her appear more confident to men. A female journalist wears high heels at work to look physically larger to men (and it turns out, taller women earn 8% more than shorter ones). Women make these and a thousand other adjustments – many of which they aren’t even aware of themselves - all day, every day, to fit in to a business world that was created in the image of men. Joanne Lipman pierces the veil of secrecy to reveal the many ways that women transform themselves, in a talk that weaves together the latest research with examples that are by turn infuriating, funny, and gobsmacking.
The Business Case for Diversity
Joanne Lipman interviewed scores of male business leaders who are championing gender equality, and found that they share one quality in common: Each sees diversity as a business imperative. These men aren’t donning pussy hats and marching in women’s protests. They are instead battle-scarred executives who understand that diverse organizations are more successful. As Lipman shows, the research backs them up. With deeply reported data, surprising twists on conventional wisdom, and compelling anecdotes, she lays out the incontrovertible business case for diversity.
Joanne Lipman is the best-selling author of That's What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together. One of the nation's leading journalists, she is a CNBC contributor and most recently was chief content officer of Gannett and editor-in-chief of USA TODAY and the USA TODAY NETWORK, comprising the flagship title and 109 other news organizations including the Detroit Free Press, the Cincinnati Enquirer, and the Arizona Republic. In that role, she oversaw more than 3,000 journalists and led the organization to three Pulitzer Prizes.
Ms. Lipman began her career as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, ultimately rising to Deputy Managing Editor - the first woman to attain that post - and supervising coverage that earned three Pulitzer Prizes. While at the Journal, she created Weekend Journal and Personal Journal and oversaw creation of the paper's Saturday edition. She subsequently was founding Editor-in-Chief of Conde Nast Portfolio and Portfolio.com, which won National Magazine and Loeb Awards.
Lipman is a frequent television commentator, seen on ABC, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CNBC, and CBS, among others, and her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Time, Fortune, Newsweek, and Harvard Business Review. She is also co-author, with Melanie Kupchynsky, of the critically acclaimed musical memoir, Strings Attached. A winner of the Matrix Award for women in communications, Lipman is also a member of the Yale University Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, and is an International Media Leader for the World Economic Forum as well as a member of the Knight Foundation Commission on Truth, Media and Democracy. She sits on boards including the World Editors Forum and the Yale Daily News and on the advisory boards of Breastcancer.org and the Yale School of Music.