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Joanne Lipman - Commissioner

Joanne Lipman is the bestselling author of THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together. A veteran journalist, she most recently was chief content officer of Gannett and editor-in-chief of USA TODAY and the USA TODAY NETWORK, comprising the flagship plus 109 local newspapers including the Detroit Free Press, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Des Moines Register, and The Arizona Republic. In that role, she oversaw more than 3,000 journalists and led the organization to three Pulitzer Prizes.

Lipman began her career as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, ultimately rising to deputy managing editor—the first woman to attain that post—and supervising coverage that won three Pulitzer Prizes. At the Journal, she created Weekend Journal and Personal Journal and oversaw creation of the Saturday edition. She subsequently was founding editor-in-chief of Conde Nast Portfolio magazine, which won Loeb and National Magazine Awards.

Lipman’s work has been published in numerous outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Fortune, Newsweek and the Harvard Business Review. She has appeared as a television commentator on ABC, NBC, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and PBS, among others. She is also a frequent public speaker, with recent engagements including the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Lean In international conference, and the Milken Institute Global conference in addition to numerous corporations. She also is co-author, with Melanie Kupchynsky, of the acclaimed music memoir Strings Attached.

A winner of the Matrix Award for women in communications and a 2017 honoree for New York City’s Literacy Partners, Lipman is a member of the Yale University Council; the Council on Foreign Relations; and the boards of the World Editors Forum, the Yale Daily News and the advisory boards of Data.World, and the Yale School of Music. She and her husband live in New York City and are the parents of two children.



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