Executive Director, Head of Event Programming

Penske Media Corporation, New York, NY USA

Content is the cornerstone to all we do, and our audience is why we do it.

Salary: Base + Benefits + 401-k

Level: Executive (Director, VP, Department Head)

Duration: Full-Time

Executive Director, Head of Event Programming

FMG is looking for an experienced Director of Event Programming to oversee, manage and support talent and speaker integration into global events and business programs across WWD, Beauty Inc, Footwear News and Sourcing Journal. In this role, Director of Event Programming will partner with FMG editorial, events, marketing, and sales to develop strategies around a calendar of live and virtual conferences, forums, summits, webinars, reports, videos, podcasts, and awards shows to extend FMG’s authority in the fashion, beauty, footwear, and retail space with a specific focus on speaker selection and content curation


  • Develop compelling content for live and virtual events as outlined in the FMG global calendar
  • Conduct speaker research; assist with recruitment of talent, guests, and speakers for project, including facilitating talent agreements
  • Help support programming, including making speaker recommendations and overseeing outreach; Source and book speakers/talent and topics across Fairchild’s relevant categories
  • Oversee all talent scheduling and with, direct and guide speakers/talent through the live and/or virtual event experience
  • Collaborate with FMG editorial team on the editorial agenda and oversee content direction and quality
  • Partner with FMG Events team to facilitate all aspects of speaker integration into event production leading up to event and have a strong voice in the development of overall event branding and execution where needed
  • Maintain consistent dialogue with marketing and sales teams to adapt audience development and/or sales strategies as required to meet financial projections for the project
  • Develop decks, scripts, talking points for speakers, talent, and Fairchild executives to align with the event message and FMG brand
  • Manage deep-rooted relationships with clients and agencies
  • Maintain and grow strong relationships with thought-leaders, talent agents, publicists, and influencers to enhance programming opportunities


  • 8-10 years’ relevant work experience
  • Experience in an events/conferences environment/team
  • Ability to effectively work cross-departmentally, and in a client-facing capacity
  • Prior experience in writing, proofreading, and editing
  • Excellent communication skills - written, verbal, presentation and interpersonal
  • Strong team player who can build relationships at all levels of the organization
  • Proactive, highly organized, and extremely detail-oriented
  • Maintains composure under pressure and highly adaptable
  • Self-starter with new, relevant ideas and concepts to the team; problem-solver
  • Creative thinker who is respectful of colleagues, peers, and various points of view
  • Travel is required, including occasional late nights and weekends

It’s all About You

At PMC, your wellness is top of mind. We offer a comprehensive benefits package to nurture you and your loved ones, including pets. Our package includes Healthcare (medical, dental, and vision) HSA with an employer contribution, FSA (Healthcare, Dependent Care & Commuter), EAP, Life Insurance, 401K with an employer match, Paid Parental Leave, Long-term Disability, generous Paid Time off (PTO), Pet Insurance, and Home & Auto insurance. Our Wellness initiatives rotate yoga, meditation, wellness weeks on a variety of topics, and financial wellness. We continuously elevate our offerings with more, for you.

About WWD:

Often referred to as “the fashion bible,” WWD provides a balance of timely, credible business news and key fashion trends to a dedicated readership of retailers, designers, manufacturers, marketers, financiers, Wall Street analysts, international moguls, media executives, ad agencies, socialites, and trend-makers. WWD’s parent company, Penske Media Corporation (PMC), is a leading digital media company, publishing, and information Services Company founded in 2003.

About Footwear News:

Footwear News is the publication of record for senior footwear and fashion executives, providing an insider’s perspective on top news, trends and strategies. FN keeps you and your business a step ahead on the retailing, manufacturing and financial aspects of the footwear industry. FN spotlights the hottest new designers, newsmakers, and business leaders, as well as reporting on the most groundbreaking fashion trends and more. Footwear News’ parent company, Penske Media Corporation (PMC), is a leading digital media company, publishing, and information Services Company founded in 2003.

About PMC:

PMC is a leading independent global media and information services company whose award-winning content attracts a passionate monthly audience of more than 310 million. Since 2004, Penske Media has been a pioneer in digital media and a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens across its ever-growing constellation of iconic brands, which includes Deadline, Variety, Rolling Stone, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, VIBE, WWD, SHE Media, Robb Report, Sportico, TVLine, BGR, ARTnews, Art in America, Fairchild Media, and, among many others. PMC’s journalists and content creators deliver daily the most comprehensive news and information in their industries and areas of coverage, unequaled in ambition, depth and courage. Headquartered in New York and Los Angeles with additional offices in 14 countries worldwide, PMC believes companies should not only be profitable but also forces for good. To learn more about PMC, our 2% Foundation, and our portfolio of brands please visit

About Penske Media Corporation

Penske Media Corporation (PMC) is a leading digital media and information services company whose award-winning content attracts a monthly audience of more than 260 million a month and reaches users in more than 175 countries as well as a collective 390 million social media followers. The company houses a constellation of globally prominent and legendary brands, including Variety, Rolling Stone,, WWD, Robb Report, SHE Media, BGR, IndieWire, Beauty Inc, Sourcing Journal, TVLine, FN, BlogHer, HollywoodLife, Gold Derby, and SPY. PMC delivers exceptional content to consumers, business leaders and organizations around the world across multiple platforms: digital, mobile, social, print, video, broadcast, and dynamic live events. Headquartered in New York and Los Angeles with additional offices in 11 countries worldwide, Penske Media is the way global leaders and influencers are informed, connected, and inspired.

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