• Cyndi Stivers

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Hi there. It’s a pleasure to virtually meet you.

Building upon a wide-ranging media career, I’m now editing what amounts to a living magazine as director of the TED Residency, an idea incubator that hosts an array of dazzling humans at TED headquarters in New York. I also curate special events for TED, and often serve as a board member, adviser, business strategist, and startup coach. In 2017, I was named one of Forty Women to Watch Over 40.

I began my working life in hot-type newspapers, and have since shepherded media startups and reinvigorated venerable brands on nearly every platform, including magazines, television, radio, and online (where my experience extends back to the early ’90s, launching Premiere magazine on CompuServe).

From 1995 to 2005, while in charge of North American operations for London-based Time Out Group Ltd., I led the creation of Time Out magazines, guidebooks, and websites for New York and Chicago. From 2008 to 2011, while I was managing editor of EW.com, we doubled the site’s audience and garnered wide industry recognition. The EW Must List mobile app, timed to the launch of the Apple iPad, won a 2010 Advertising Age Media Vanguard Award.

For six years, I taught a digital-magazine workshop at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. I’ve served on the advisory boards of New York University’s Center for Publishing and of Consumer Reports WebWatch, and was an active board member of the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA) and the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), of which I’m a past president. I drafted the magazine industry’s first Internet-publishing guidelines, which now sounds terribly quaint!

I graduated with a BA (and honors in English) from Barnard College while working full-time as a reporter at the New York Post. I’m a 14-year member of the Barnard Board of Trustees, co-chairing the committee on governance. In 2013, I received the college’s Woman of Achievement Award.

The other scintillating details of my work experience are here.