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Joanne Lipman  

Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer, Gannett; Editor-in-Chief, USA Today and USA Today Network

Joanne Lipman, the bestselling author of That's What She Said, is one of the nation's most prominent journalists. As Chief Content Officer of Gannett, and Editor in Chief USA TODAY and the USA TODAY NETWORK, she led the flagship title and 109 other news organizations including the Detroit Free Press, the Cincinnati Enquirer, and the Arizona Republic. In that role, she oversaw more than 3,000 journalists and led the organization to three Pulitzer Prizes plus an additional three Pulitzer finalists.

Lipman began her career as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, ultimately rising to Deputy Managing Editor, creating Weekend Journal and Personal Journal, and supervising coverage that earned three Pulitzer Prizes. New York Times media columnist David Carr described her as the Journal's "innovator-in-chief." She subsequently was founding Editor-in-Chief of Conde Nast Portfolio and, which won National Magazine and Loeb Awards. She is a frequent television commentator, seen on ABC, CNN, NBC, CNBC, CBS, MSNBC and PBS, among others, and her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Fortune, Newsweek and Harvard Business Review. Lipman is also co-author of the critically acclaimed musical memoir "Strings Attached".

Speech Topics

STRINGS ATTACHED and the Fine Art of Tough Love

Joanne Lipman discusses the critically-acclaimed STRINGS ATTACHED: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations, co-authored with Chicago Symphony violinist Melanie Kupchynsky, including insights from her widely-discussed Wall Street Journal essay "Tough Teachers Get Results" (9/29/13). STRINGS ATTACHED brings to life the power of music and the lasting influence of the great mentors in our lives. It sparks debate over education, helicopter parenting, coddling of kids - and the fine art of tough love.

Is Music the Key to Success?

Joanne Lipman looks at the correlation between music and success, based on her reporting both for the New York Times and her findings from Strings Attached, co-authored with Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist Melanie Kupchynsky. Lipman breaks down the lessons learned from one remarkable music teacher in Strings Attached, and how they dovetail with her research for the NYT including interviews with high-profile achievers like Alan Greenspan (former professional clarinet & sax), Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen (guitar), and Woody Allen (clarinet).

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