• Cyndi Stivers Senior curator, TED Conferences / Media strategist

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

Building upon a wide-ranging media career, I’m senior curator at TED, the New York–based nonprofit media and conference business devoted to “ideas worth spreading.” I’m also a board member, adviser, startup coach—and one of Forty Women to Watch Over 40.

I began my career in hot-type newspapers, and have since shepherded media startups and reinvigorated venerable brands on nearly every platform, including magazines, television, radio, and online (dating back to the early days of the consumer internet, 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. When I was managing editor of EW.com (2008-11), the site’s audience doubled. The EW Must List app, timed to the launch of Apple’s iPad, won a 2010 Advertising Age Media Vanguard Award.

For six years, I taught a digital-magazine workshop at the Columbia School of Journalism. While on the board of the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA) and the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), I drafted the industry’s first online-publishing guidelines.

I graduated from Barnard College (while working full-time as a reporter at the New York Post), and served 14 years on the Board of Trustees; I’m now on the board’s committee for enrollment and strategic communications. In 2013, I received the college’s Woman of Achievement Award.

The other scintillating details of my work experience are here.