New Board Elected for Premier Women’s Communications Organization

August 27, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Strategist & Storyteller Liz Kaplow To Lead
New York Women In Communications
New Board Elected for Premier Women’s Communications Organization

NEW YORK (August 29, 2013) -- New York Women in Communications, the leading professional organization for women in communications in the New York City metro area, has elected its new board of directors for the 2013-2014 year. Liz Kaplow, Founder and CEO of Kaplow Communications, has been appointed President. Ms. Kaplow succeeds Nancy Weber, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer at Meredith Corporation, who served as the organization’s president for the past year and will remain on the board.

New York Women in Communications is dedicated to promoting the highest standards throughout the industry with a two-fold focus of providing education and leadership for women in the workplace at all stages of their careers and in the changing landscape of communications.

Ms. Kaplow brings to New York Women in Communications more than two decades of expertise in developing successful communications strategies for world-leading brands. During her term as NYWICI Board President, she will continue as CEO of Kaplow Communications, which she founded in 1991 and has built into a leading independent Public Relations firm serving such major brands as Target, Skype and Unilever.  Kaplow is best known for its award-winning integrated programs that utilize digital and social media, along with traditional media channels, to connect brands with consumers and influencers through storytelling.

“I look forward to bringing the strategic approach we use with our clients to help NYWICI tell its story as the premier organization for the women who connect the world … at every stage of their careers,” said Ms. Kaplow. “NYWICI represents the changing face of communications, and we will reflect that in the year ahead as create tangible programming that will give NYWICI members opportunities to learn from one another and explore issues relevant to their lives.”

In addition to Ms. Kaplow, the 2013-2014 New York Women in Communications board of directors includes:

  • President Elect: Linda Descano, CFA, Managing Director and Head of Digital Partnerships, Content and Social, North America Marketing, Citi, and President and CEO, Women & Co.
  • Immediate Past President: Nancy Weber, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer at Meredith Corporation
  • Secretary: Stacy Martinet, Chief Marketing Officer, Mashable 
  • Vice President, Finance/Treasurer: Cheryl Surana, Associate Director, Marketing & Business Development, Columbia Business School
  • Assistant Treasurer:  Denise Gillen, Manager, Fragrances Communications and Sustainability Communications, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
  • Vice President, Integrated Marketing & Communications – Web Editorial/Content: Dimitra DeFotis Senior Editor, Barrons.com
  • Vice President, Integrated Marketing & Communications – Print Editorial/ Content: Michele Hush, Chief Storyteller, Internal Communications, Thomson Reuters
  • Vice President, Integrated Marketing & Communications – Public Relations: Debbie Coffey, Vice President, North America Communications and Global Public Relations, Avon Products, Inc.
  • Vice President, Membership: Diane Baranello, Principal, Coaching for Distinction
  • Vice President, Membership: Melissa Weisstuch, Director, Strategy & Communications Affiliates Risk Management Services, Inc.
  • Vice President, Programming: Lori Greene
  • Vice President, Programming: Ivy Li, Digital Communications Director, NYC Digital
  • Vice President, Sponsorship: Erika Nardini, Head of Marketing Solutions, AOL Advertising
  • Vice President, Strategic Planning: Jessica Kleiman, EVP, Communications, SANDOW
  • Vice President, Strategic Planning: Susan Schulz, Editorial Brand Director, Cosmopolitan, Hearst Magazines
  • Vice President, Foundation Liaison: Megan Hess, Assistant Editor, Mashable
  • Vice President, Foundation Liaison: Julie Hochheiser Ilkovich, Digital Editorial Director, Alloy Entertainment at Warner Bros.

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About New York Women in Communications

New York Women in Communications, founded in 1929, is a not-for-profit organization of more than 2,000 communications professionals dedicated to promoting the highest standards throughout the industry and to providing education and leadership for the next generation. The membership encompasses senior executives and other experienced communicators from a wide range of enterprises, as well as young professionals and students.  New York Women in Communications empowers women in all communications disciplines to reach their full potential by promoting their professional growth and inspiring them to achieve and share their successes.  

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