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Three Questions for Maria Cristina Marrero, Editor-in-Chief of ‘Siempre Mujer Magazine’

3QuestionsEarlier this week, we caught up with Maria Cristina Marrero’s at the WiCi Awards in Manhattan. The editor-in-chief of Siempre Mujer Magazine received her own award and we soon discovered the honoree possesses an impressive portfolio.

Her title has experienced a 25 percent increase in subscriptions after a radical redesign! Under Marrero’s leadership, their site was launched successfully with over 200,000 monthly uniques. In addition, this multi-tasker is frequently quoted as a lifestyle expert in Hispanic media on topics relating to women. Oh and by the way, she contributes on a weekly basis with CNN en Espanol’s Showbiz as their New York correspondent.

MJD: What does being fearless mean to you?

MCM: You have to start by thinking that fear does not exist, that’s what my father taught me and I know it’s a little difficult to believe at times but I always say that maybe I have a delay in that emotion or I just don’t have it in me. I do things and then six months later I go, ‘Oh my God, what am I doing?’ so I do feel it and I’m sensitive to it but I just do it! Read more

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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

The Turning Point in Your Career? ‘New York Times’ Tech Reporter Recalls Meeting Steve Jobs

Jenna-WorthamLast night in Manhattan at The WiCi Awards, New York Women in Communications’ event honoring rising stars in communications, the honorees were asked about the turning point in their career.

Jenna Wortham, honoree and technology reporter for The New York Times, shared a story that certainly wowed. And it reminded us why we love communications and journalism in the first place.

Here’s her story:

“I was hired to work for The Times when I had no experience and actually turned the job down in the beginning because I didn’t think I could do it because I didn’t go to J-school. I wrote about t.v. shows for a website from time to time. I didn’t have a ton of hard core business reporting but I had been working at The Times and was really inconspicuous at my desk….when you’re young and you’re green and starting out it’s hard to shake that.

I remember this experience of being invited to a product demonstration and I had been at the job maybe a year or two. I was still incredibly nervous and I got the invite — I didn’t want to say yes but there are some things you can’t say no to so I said yes. I was anxious and I was freaked out, so I didn’t sleep the night before. I went to work the next day and I’m sweating thinking, ‘I’ll get through this.’

So we go up to the room and we have this product demonstration and it’s Steve Jobs of all people. Read more