Jessica Pels, Editor-in-Chief at Cosmopolitan, To Headline Annual New York Women in Communications Student Career Bootcamp


NEW YORK, November 4, 2019 – New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) today announced that Jessica Pels, Editor-in-Chief, Cosmopolitan, will deliver the keynote address at the NYWICI annual Student Career Bootcamp, which will take place in New York City at Twitter’s HQ (249 W 17th Street) on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 3:30-8:00pm. Other featured speakers include Khartoon Weiss, Global Head of Verticals, Spotify, Jessica Kleiman, Head of Communications, Peloton, Eve Eaton, Co-Head of Technology Communications at Morgan Stanley, and Daniela Pierre-Bravo, Author “Earn It!” & Producer, NBCUniversal.


This event will gather hundreds of students, young professionals, academics, HR professionals and leaders from across the industry to learn about landing their first job, using social media to find success in their career, and building relationships like a pro. Attendees will also gain insights into various industries — from marketing, PR, TV, audio, film, newspapers, magazine, digital and more. See the full agenda here


“The communications industry is undergoing a wave of disruption with the rise of new technology, changing media consumption patterns and shifting cultural expectations,” said Judith Harrison, President of New York Women in Communications and Senior Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, Weber Shandwick. “The 2019 NYWICI Student Career Bootcamp will bring together a community of rising stars and established leaders who are navigating these changes and rewriting the playbook for success. We hope that by focusing on students and young professionals, we can help budding talent find their way to a promising career in the comms industry.”


The NYWICI Student Career Bootcamp will showcase some of the top leaders in media, advertising, PR, social, marketing and entertainment. Speakers include:

  • Rima Abdelkader, Digital Journalist, NBC
  • Jessica Bras, Executive Director, Marketing, Meredith
  • Aundrea Cline-Thomas, Reporter, CBS New York
  • Julia Corbett, Senior Editor, Accenture Interactive
  • Danica Daniel, Senior Editor, Billboard
  • Amaiya Davis, Publicist, Republic Records
  • Emily Drewry, Head of Social Media, Nasdaq
  • Eve Eaton, Co-Head of Technology Communications at Morgan Stanley
  • Ali Frischman, Associate Director, Learning & Development, Cheer Partners
  • Shauna Gleason, Director of Social Media, Forbes
  • Julie Hochheiser Ilkovich, Managing Partner & President, Editorial Operations, Masthead Media Company
  • Kimberly Horner Tal, Senior Audience Strategy Editor, TIME
  • Ivy Jacobson, Deputy Editor,, Hearst
  • Meredith Janzsen, Chief Talent Officer, Rauxa
  • Sharon Jautz, Head of HR, Ascential North America
  • Susan Justus, Senior Director of Talent Development, Betterment
  • Jessica Kleiman, SVP, Global Communications, Peloton
  • Stephanie Mattera, Communications Professor and Social Good Advocate
  • Vanessa Mojica, Senior Director, Music Programming, SiriusXM
  • Jessica Pels, Editor-in-Chief, Cosmopolitan 
  • Leslie Pitterson, VP Communications, Nielsen
  • Neha Prakesh, Deputy Editor Condé Nast Social News Desk, Condé Nast
  • Lauren Ruotolo, Consultant, Johnson & Johnson
  • Vicki Salemi, Career Expert, Monster
  • Leigh Scheps, Senior Digital Reporter,, CBS Interactive
  • Saundra Thomas, Non-Profit Consultant, SPT Consults
  • Mary Whitlock, Director, Small Girls PR

The Bootcamp exemplifies the commitment of NYWICI to empowering young women who are interested in a career in communications. Over the past 90 years, NYWICI has supported women in the communications field at every career stage to reach their full potential and navigate the ever-changing landscape of communications. 


To join the conversation on social use, #NYWICIBootcamp


The NYWICI Student Career Bootcamp is hosted at Twitter. Brand supporters include Boxed Water is Better, The Happiness Planner, Thirty Madison and Queen V.



New York Women in Communications (NYWICI), founded in 1929, is a not-for-profit organization of over 2,000 communications professionals dedicated to promoting the highest standards throughout the industry and to providing education and leadership for the next generation. NYWICI’s mission is to support women at all levels of their communications careers and to help define the future of communications and stay ahead of the industry’s ever-changing landscape. The organization’s membership encompasses senior executives and other experienced communicators from a wide range of enterprises, as well as young professionals and students. NYWICI empowers women across communications disciplines to reach their full potential by promoting their professional growth, inspiring them to achieve and share their successes and helping them navigate the evolving and converging world of communications.


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