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John Sykes, Tommy Hilfiger and a Real-Life Warrior Princess

1003_mockup.gifAs the faithful readers of this column already know, lunch at Michael’s is never really just about lunch, but it is (usually) a lot of fun. And today was no exception. I was invited to join a ‘girl’s lunch’ for author Mindy Budgor hosted by Jolie Hunt, AOL’s former chief marketing officer. Jolie, who knows practically everyone in New York, told me she decided to get a group of women together for Mindy, who recently moved here from Chicago, and “pop her Michael’s cherry.” Alrighty then. When Mindy asked if she knew “any interesting women in New York,” Jolie sprung into action and gathered The Wall Street Journal‘s media editor Keach HageyKyle Gibson, executive producer of Newsweek The Daily Beast‘s Women in the World; Deborah Needleman, editor of The New Yorks Times T magazine; recently departed Lucky EIC Brandon HolleySara Nelson, Amazon editorial director of books and Kindle, Wenda Harris Millard and yours truly to dine and dish at Table One. Mindy brought along former Today show senior producer-turned-media trainer Amy Rosenblum and Andrea Lustig, author and contributing editor for Glamour.

I chatted (OTR, sorry) with newlywed Sara Nelson (Congrats!) and Brandon Holley before we sat down for lunch. Uber chic Brandon, who I first met during her days at Yahoo! Shine, told me she’s planning to spend the summer with her family in Montauk. I can’t say I blame her. When the rest of the gang arrived we sat in rapt attention as guest of honor Mindy told the story behind her new book, Warrior Princess, My Quest to Become the First Female Maasai Warrior (Allen & Unwin). I hadn’t known what to expect when Jolie told me she was hosting this gathering for her friend who was — really — the first ever female Maasai warrior. I certainly didn’t expect her to be the sweet 30-year-old woman sporting a Bulgari pendant I mistook for some tribal gem who regaled the group of tales of slaughtering goats and cows and drinking their blood (so much for my appetite.)

Jolie Hunt, Mindy Budgor and Diane Clehane

It turns out a woman’s magazine has an exclusive on Mindy’s story — the details are very hush-hush — so I’m not allowed to share the jaw-dropping tale she told us over lunch. Before I was advised of the embargo, I asked why this self-described “nice, Jewish girl” decided to quit her job in Chicago and go off to Kenya, and she told me, “I felt my values were out of whack.”

I’m sworn to secrecy on the rest of her story (a first at Michael’s, I know), but I can share what’s on Mindy’s own website. The Santa Barbara native bought a ticket to Kenya and set off to volunteer building schools and hospitals in the Maasai Mara. While she was there, she asked the chief why there were no female warriors. After being told that women “are not strong enough or brave enough,” Mindy and her fellow volunteer, Becca, knew what they had to do. Her journey from bored MBA student to fearless female warrior is definitely inspiring. No doubt there’s plenty of lessons in the book (and some interesting photos from her time in Kenya) for those of us trying to survive in the concrete jungle. I’m starting Warrior Princess tonight.  Read more

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Wenda Harris Millard Named To YourTango Board of Directors

Wenda Harris Millard — president & COO of Media Link LLC and the former co-CEO and president, media, ofMartha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. — has joined YourTango, the online community devoted to sex and relationships, as a member of its board of directors.

Prior to her job at MSLO, Millard was chief sales officer at Yahoo and chief internet officer at Ziff Davis Media. She is also a founding member of the executive team at DoubleClick, where she served as executive vice president. She was also formerly president and group publisher of SRDS, senior VP and publisher of Family Circle and executive VP/group publisher of Adweek, Mediaweek and Brandweek.

MSLO Co-CEO Moves to Media Advisory Firm

14_wenda_harris_millard.jpgWenda Harris Millard, who joined Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in the summer of 2007 and became its co-CEO a year later, leaves the tower that proper etiquette built to work as president of Media Link LLC. Her new company specializes in media representation and strategic advising of media outlets.

“I am enormously excited about contributing to the quality counsel and implementation services Media Link provides to its impressive roster of international clients,” Millard, who served as chief sales officer at Yahoo before coming to MSLO, said in a statement. “I am as passionate as I have ever been about the media, marketing and advertising businesses, and I cannot think of a more opportune time or a more well-positioned company than MediaLink with which to apply my skills and knowledge in helping major global companies plan and execute intelligent marketing strategies.”

Her move, however, isn’t all gum drops and chocolate. According to the New York Post, tensions between Millard, the other co-CEO Robin Marino and Martha Stewart drove the former to MediaLink. Last week, Millard’s deputy Jacki Kelley, who came over from Yahoo to serve as MSLO’s executive vice president of media sales, left the company for a position at an advertising agency. Her boss didn’t take much time to follow her out the door.

Martha Stewart Cuts Staff, Magazines Post Almost Universal Decline in Sales

la0808_living_cover_m.jpgIn other news that has nothing to do with the Olympics, the NYP is reporting that Martha Stewart has cut 25 people across “merchandising, media, and corporate ranks.” Apparently morale there is low. The company co-CEO Wenda Harris Millard also announced that it “no longer planned to fund broadcasting internally,” meaning that Sheraton Kalouria is out as president of broadcasting.

Elsewhere in magazine land things are also dire. Dire by half, in fact. WWD says that “nearly every editor in chief is seeing the kind of declines that once would have gotten them fired,” and that a healthy magazine can no longer be defined by successive growth. They suggest that “less down is the new up” be the new mantra for the magazine world. Whether this steep decline is necessarily tied to the struggling economy is unclear, though as with everything else in media, one imagines even the staple fashion mags are going to have to figure out a way to transition online sooner than later.

Wenda Harris Millard Exits Yahoo for MSLO

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Yahoo! loses another–Wenda Harris Millard resigned to join Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia as president of media. Millard will be charge of all MSLO’s media businesses, which include publishing, Internet and broadcasting.

Millard had been with Yahoo for 6 years, and her departure comes in the wake of a reorganization of their ad sales departments.