CEO and Chief Content Officer, Mansueto Ventures

Stephanie Mehta is chief executive officer and chief content officer of Mansueto Ventures, publisher of Inc. and Fast Company. She previously served as editor-in-chief of Fast Company, where she oversaw digital, print, and live journalism. Under her leadership Fast Company was a National Magazine Award finalist in design for three years in a row, and the title added two new annual conferences. She has worked as a writer and editor at Vanity Fair, Bloomberg Media, Fortune, and The Wall Street Journal.

Mehta sits on the boards of the American Society of Magazine Editors, the Women’s Forum of New York, and Airbel Impact Lab, the research and innovation arm of the International Rescue Commission.

Mehta began her career as a business reporter at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia. She received a BA in English and an MS in journalism from Northwestern University. A Chicago-area native, she now lives with her husband and two children in Scarsdale, New York.


Presenting The Matrix Award to Stephanie Mehta

Chair of the Board of Directors, City Limits

Martha Nelson currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of City Limits, a non-profit news organization covering New York City.  She is also the Vice-Chair of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Chair of their initiative “Where Women Made History”. She serves as a Director for Andrews McMeel Universal, an independent publishing company. 

In 2018, she was a fellow at the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. Prior to that, she was a Senior Vice-President and Global Editor-in-Chief at Yahoo. Before joining Yahoo, Nelson held the post of Editor-in Chief of Time Inc., the first woman in the company’s 90 year history to hold the title. In that role she was responsible for overseeing the editorial content and talent for the 21 brands at Time Inc., including Time, People, Fortune, Money and Sports Illustrated. Her career at Time Inc. began in Australia, working on the launch of Who Weekly. She returned to the US and became the founding editor of InStyle, nurturing Its explosive growth and establishing it as a leading brand.  She next became the editor of People and is credited with reinvigorating the title, guiding the relaunch People.com to become the number one entertainment magazine website. She went on to serve as Editor for the Style and Entertainment Group and then as Editorial Director for Time Inc.  

Nelson began her career as managing editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and went on to become a staff editor at Ms. Magazine and Editor-in-Chief of Savvy magazine and then, in San Francisco, of Women’s Sports and Fitness. 

 Nelson has been honored many times for her achievements and philanthropic efforts.  She also served for 9 years as a judge and 2 years as Jury Chair for the G. F. Peabody Awards, which honor the best in television, radio and online media. Nelson, who received her B.A. from Barnard College, lives in New York City. 


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