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For Ban Bossy Campaign, Beyonce Says: ‘I’m Not Bossy. I’m the Boss’

Say it, sister!

You may have heard about a new campaign launched by Lean In author and Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg. In conjunction with former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, and Girl Scouts USA CEO, Anna Maria Chávez, the “Ban Bossy” campaign has officially launched.

“We call girls bossy on the playground,” Sandberg told ABC News. “We call them too aggressive or other B-words in the workplace. They’re bossy as little girls, and then they’re aggressive, political, shrill, too ambitious as women.”

The site provides tips for parents, kids, teachers and managers to build young female leaders. Celebrities like Beyonce, Jennifer Garner and Jane Lynch are on board as well in public service announcements to banish this word. Read more

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Freelancing 101 Online Boot Camp

Freelancing 101Starting April 28, this online event will show you the best way to start your freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your schedule and managing clients. By the end of this online boot camp you will have a plan for making a profitable career as a freelancer, and the skill set to devote yourself to it. Register now! 

Time Warner Inc. Names Karen Magee Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Photo courtesy of Time Warner Inc.

Photo courtesy of Time Warner Inc.

Karen Magee has been named executive vice president, chief human resources officer at Time Warner Inc. In her role effective January 1, 2014,

Magee will be responsible for the company’s human resources strategy encompassing global compensation, benefits, global organizational and leadership development, worldwide recruitment and executive search, and diversity. Read more

Several Media Execs Land on List of Most Powerful Women in Business

successWhen Fortune released its list of the 50 most powerful women in business earlier today, we devoured it looking for women in media and communications.

While Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer made the top 10 (number five and eight, respectively), several women in our industry also made the list and simultaneously made us proud.

Let’s hear it for Anne Sweeney, the co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group. Per the gallery, she has the golden touch. “From online players to iPads, Sweeney has helped lead Disney into the digital age. Media Networks brought in $19.4 billion in 2012 revenue, and she launched another tech platform in May: WATCH lets some Disney and ABC subscribers live-stream shows on any device.”

Susan Wojcicki, SVP, Ads and Commerce at Google, oversees advertising products as well as the commerce unit. As for Bonnie Hammer, the chairman of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment Group, well, she got promoted in February and oversees 11 entertainment cable networks. Read more

Check Out Our Webcast: Use Social Media to Find Your Next Job

mb logoTwitter, LinkedIn, Facebook. Google+ and Quora, oh my!

When it comes to using social media, are you really leveraging it to find your next job? We didn’t think so because odds are, we aren’t either.

That’s why we need to check out the upcoming Mediabistro online webcast! Next Wednesday from 4 – 5 p.m. ET, Sloane Barbour will reveal how to maximize your presence on social media to further enhance your career.

Barbour is managing director of Jobspring New York, where he’s recruited top talent for companies ranging from two-person startups to the largest Fortune 500′s in Chicago, Southern California, and now New York City.

Editor-in-Chief of ‘More’ Dishes About Fearlessness & Versatility at WiCi Awards

Photo credit: Jan Goldstoff

Photo credit: Jan Goldstoff

There’s no doubt about it, we’re still on an inspirational high after last night’s WiCi Awards honoring rising stars in communications. The New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) program celebrated 10 mavericks as More’s editor-in-chief Lesley Jane Seymour emceed. (Check out tweets at #WiCi13: One of our favorites? “Growth and comfort don’t coincide.”)

Congratulations to the honorees: Kendra Bracken-Ferguson, co-founder and chief operations officer, Digital Brand Architects; Deborah Brenner, founder and president, Women of the Vine;  Sara Haines, correspondent, ABC News and Good Morning America; Rachel Haot, chief digital officer, City of New York; Dustee Tucker Jenkins, vice president, public relations, Target Corporation; Abbey Klaassen, editor, Ad Age; Lauren Bush Lauren, CEO, creative director and co-founder FEED Projects; Kass Lazerow, co-founder and former COO of Buddy Media; Maria Cristina Marrero, editor-in-chief, Siempre Mujer Magazine, Jenna Wortham, technology reporter, The New York Times.

Naturally, we wanted to get the secret sauce to their mojo. What’s the deal with being fearless and versatile in this ever-changing industry? We caught up with Seymour in the green room. Recognizing the fearlessness of the winners, we wondered what the EIC of Meredith’s popular brand had to say. Keep in mind the successful editrix seems pretty fearless herself, having penned two books and published the magazine’s first compilation book. Oh, did we mention she was named to Forbes’ Most Powerful Fashion Magazine Editors list in 2009? No, we’re not gushing too much.

When it comes to being fearless, it turns out we have to no choice! She dished… Read more

Get a Free Webcast When You Purchase a Mediabistro Course!

Although it’s back to school time for the kids, why should they be the only ones to hit the books?

When you’re looking to propel your career, hone your skills and amp up your mojo, classes are some of the best ways to give your career a one-two punch to the next level.

From now until Thursday at 11:59 pm ET, when you buy any Mediabistro class you’ll get a free webcast! The promo starts today and all you have to do is use the promo code WEBCAST at checkout.

In particular, we’re fans of the course, Develop Your Freelance Career.  Taught by Brooklyn-based freelance writer Lauren Waterman, the class covers basic freelancing skills such as creating ideas to pitching them. In fact, by the end of the course students will create two pitch letters and a list of well-crafted salable story ideas. Read more

Department of Labor Announces New Regulations to Improve Disability & Veteran Hiring

And now for something completely different…let’s switch to hard news. Vice President Joe Biden recently announced two new rules regarding the advancement in hiring for veterans and individuals with disabilities. They will take effect in approximately 180 days.

The Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act will essentially ensure potential workers will have meaningful opportunities to get jobs they’re qualified for and will keep them as well.

What’s different about these rules in particular is that they provide metrics to keep employers accountable as it relates to equal opportunity for these two groups of candidates.

Per the notice we received, here are the regulations:

  • The VEVRAA rule requires contractors to establish an annual hiring benchmark, either based on the national percentage of veterans in the workforce (currently 8%), or based on the best available data and factors unique to their establishments.
  • The Section 503 rule establishes an aspirational 7% utilization goal for the employment of individuals with disabilities.

Join Our Webcast: Tax Guidelines for Freelancers & Small Business Owners

Are you considering quitting your full-time job to pursue your own business?

With the ever-changing tax laws for the self employed and small businesses, there are numerous factors to consider.  Should your company operate as a sole proprietorship, LLC, or S-Corporation? When do you need to file to be tax compliant?  What are the tax breaks so many freelancers and small businesses are not aware of? You need to know how to get it right, not only to save money, but to avoid government hassles by filing correctly and paying taxes properly.

Join Howard Samuels, CPA and Tax Partner at KDMS LLC (a certified public accounting firm) for a discussion about the ins and outs of running your own business. Understand the different types of companies to operate your business and decide if you need to incorporate. Learn how to file correctly based on your company status and know the difference between an employee and an independent contractor.

This 1 hour interactive webcast takes place on August 7 from 4-5pm ET. Sign up now to join!

Hearst Hires Troy Young as President of Digital Media

According to The New York Times, Hearst Magazines created a new position of president of digital media and hired Troy Young to fill the role.

In the position, Young will work with the company’s 26 online brands in terms of content, revenue production and development strategies.

Most recently, he was employed by digital media company Say Media until last August and for the past three years he’s served as an advisor to a variety of digital media companies, as per his LinkedIn profile. Prior to that, he worked as president and CMO at VideoEgg.

As per the piece, David Carey, president of Hearst Magazines, said Young was hired because “pure plays are increasingly the companies to watch in terms of how quickly they produce product, the orthodoxies they set aside and how they assemble their talent.”

‘The Chronicle of Higher Education’ Names Michael G. Riley Its New CEO & Editor-in-Chief

According to a press release we received from The Chronicle of Higher Education, Michael G. Riley has been named its new chief executive officer and editor-in-chief.

Riley will replace Philip W. Semas. He worked at The Chronicle for 44 years! The last 10 years of service were devoted to his job as president and editor-in-chief.

Riley’s most recent role has been editorial director at Bloomberg Government. As per the press release, prior to that job, he was editor and senior vice president of Congressional Quarterly.

In addition, his resume includes working at The Roanoke Times for eight years as editor. Early in his career he was a correspondent for Time in Los Angeles, Boston, Washington and Atlanta. Plus, in a joint venture of Time and CNN, Riley created and managed one of the first national political Web sites, www.allpolitics.com.

Corbin Gwaltney, founding editor and chairman of The Chronicle of Higher Education indicated in the release, “I am delighted that Mike is joining us. His combination of journalistic leadership, business acumen, and digital savvy is a perfect fit for our needs.”

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