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Oct 15th 2013

MAKERS@ Announces Key Corporate Partners for The MAKERS Conference

Today, we're excited to announce our first partners for MAKERS@: an invitation-only program that provides a platform for companies to celebrate and acknowledge their game-changing female employees. As the purpose of MAKERS is to celebrate the women who have made their mark on history over the last 50 years, the goal of the conference is to create change for women in the workplace over the next 50 years.

Through MAKERS@, these companies will receive access to the inaugural MAKERS Conference, a first-of-its-kind gathering of leaders and trailblazers across industries centered on women and work and setting an agenda for change in the workplace. The conference will take place from February 10-12, 2014 at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Our select group of partners include: American Express OPEN, AOL, BBDO, Edelman, Google, Hearst Corporation/Marie Claire magazine, Javelin Marketing Group, Microsoft, Ogilvy & Mather, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), Verizon, and founding partner Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.

The gathering will highlight the very best of our MAKERS' stories, creatively woven together with one on one interviews, fireside chats, lively panels, cutting edge case studies, and entertainment. We're thrilled to announce Kara Swisher, creator of the All Things D conference, as emcee. Sessions will also be led by groundbreaking "MAKERS" profiled on MAKERS.com together with celebrities, not-for-profit industry leaders and key policy-makers including Gloria Steinem, Sheryl Sandberg (COO, Facebook), Megan Smith (GoogleX), Wendy Clark (Coke), Bob Moritz (US Chairman and Senior Partner, PwC), Tim Armstrong (CEO, AOL), Michelle Kydd Lee (CAA Foundation), Linda Alvarado (Alvarado Construction), and many more.

Since our inception in February 2012 and the release of the documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America earlier this year, we've honored exceptional women and their pioneering contributions to helping shape the world. With the very first MAKERS conference, we are encouraging partners to continue our mission of empowering and honoring tomorrow's innovative leaders.

Full announcement here; For more information on MAKERS@, visit http://www.makers.com/conference and follow @MAKERSwomen on Twitter and Facebook at Facebook.com/makerswomen.

Oct 1st 2013

Leadership Changes Reflect AOL's Deep Roster of Talent

There are many reasons to be excited about our prospects as a company, but perhaps none greater than the level of talent we have at AOL across the board.

With that said, I'm excited to announce two changes within our leadership structure as we head into the final quarter of the year:

  • Maureen Sullivan will be taking over the leadership of AOL Homepage, effective immediately. You all know the tremendous work underway to revitalize AOL.com, and I'm excited to have Maureen take the helm at such a pivotal time. She is a tremendous brand builder and a results-oriented executive.
    In overseeing our Women's and Lifestyle Group, she has led the development and growth of the MAKERS brand as a global digital platform for documenting and celebrating the stories of extraordinary women. In addition, Maureen has led a reinvention of our Lifestyle group, developing unique brands covering weddings, food and style. She has generated great momentum across the board for the entire group this year evidenced by StyleList topping its category for eight consecutive months.

    She will continue to oversee the Women's and Lifestyle Group, as well.
  • As we continue to invest and grow our international footprint, Graham Moysey will take on the new role of Head of International and relocate from Toronto to our London office. Graham was appointed Head of International for the O&O business earlier this year. In his new role, he will oversee all international business for AOL with a dual reporting structure to me (for AOL Brands) and to Bob Lord (for AOL Networks). He will also partner with Bud on the Subscription business outside the U.S.
    During his tenure at AOL, Graham has illustrated the ability to collaborate across borders and across a variety of business units, and we are confident he will bring that spirit to his new role. Graham will be supported by the strong leadership team we have in place in our offices in Europe as well as in Tel Aviv, Bangalore and Tokyo.

Please join me in congratulating Maureen and Graham on their new roles.

For updates and the latest news from AOL, follow @AOLPR on Twitter.

Aug 28th 2013

AOL ANNOUNCES 200th MAKER

One of AOL's proudest achievements is launching MAKERS.com: the multiplatform video initiative that recognizes the pioneering contributions by women over the last 50 years – both known and unknown – from trailblazing women of today and tomorrow.

This week marked a milestone, as Lisa Leslie was released as the 200th MAKER. The Olympic gold medalist, three-time WNBA MVP and co-owner of the Los Angeles Sparks joined other groundbreakers that have initiated change, been firsts-in-their-fields and paved the way for those who followed. Now on MAKERS.com, Leslie's 16 short-form videos offer intimate accounts of her journey from a six-foot seventh grade basketball player, how she changed the game of women's professional basketball as the first female to dunk the ball, and how she overcame the challenges of competing in a male-dominated sport. Leslie's stories will be part of the online living library that highlights a new generation of women who are driving social change today.

The premiere of Leslie's video coincided with Women's Equality Day on August 26 – the date when the 19th Amendment officially granted American women the right to vote in 1920. To mark this occasion, MAKERS has showcased key moments in women's history – from Carol Burnett becoming the first woman variety TV show host to Nancy Pelosi becoming the first female Speaker of the House in US history – in this infographic.

MAKERS is also asking people everywhere a question: Why do women's stories need to be told? Print the MAKERS PDF, write in your answer, and post a picture of you with your answer to the Facebook page with your name, age, and where you're from, or share it on Twitter with hashtag #200MAKERS.
For updates and the latest news from AOL, follow @AOLPR on Twitter.

Mar 13th 2013

AOL Wins Four Digiday Awards!


(Accepting the awards: Emily Tanczyn and Daryn Strauss for MAKERS; Alex George for Moviefone, and Brian Sirgutz for HuffPost Impact)

We're happy to share that AOL topped this year's Digiday Publishing Awards finalists! AOL and Huffington Post were nominated in eight different categories and, last night, took home four of those awards. The awards honor excellence and breakthrough achievement in digital publishing, branded content and advertising technology.

Here are AOL's Digiday award-winners:

• Best Editorial Achievement by a Publisher: AOL for MAKERS.com
• Best Use of Video by a Publisher: AOL for MAKERS.com
• Best Use of Mobile by a Publisher: Moviefone iPhone App
• Best Branded Content Integration by a Publisher: Huffington Post Media Group for Cisco Impact

Additionally, AOL's TechCrunch was nominated for Best Editorial Achievement by a Publisher, Homepage for Heroes was up for Best Content Marketing Program, the Huffington Post iPad app was a finalist for Best Design and the HuffPost Live iPad app was nominated for Best Use of a iPad/Tablet by a Publisher.

See the full list of Digiday nominees and winners here. Congrats to all of the digital brands that were selected by Digiday, including the amazing AOL brands!

Feb 8th 2013

'MAKERS: Women Who Make America' Premieres in NYC


(L to R: Allison Williams, Tavi Gevinson, Katie Couric)

On Wednesday night, MAKERS hosted a star-studded red-carpet preview of the MAKERS.com-inspired documentary, MAKERS: Women Who Make America. The event was attended by many of the groundbreaking women featured on MAKERS.com, including Gloria Steinem, Martha Stewart, Katie Couric and Tavi Gevinson – along with special guest Allison Williams– at Lincoln Center to celebrate the remarkable strides women have made in America over the past 50 years.

One year after launch, MAKERS.com, the living library of ground-breaking women's stories, more than 35 million videos have been viewed. To mark its anniversary, and to continue to engage the growing number of users, MAKERS is redesigning the site to elevate the videos' prominence, improving categorization of the MAKERS and the browsing functionality. In addition, the new site will improve exposure to original blog content and the MAKERS Twitter feed.

Below is the trailer for MAKERS: Women Who Make America. To watch the entire documentary tune in to PBS on Tuesday, February 26th at 8pm ET (check local listings) and join the conversation during the broadcast at #MAKERSchat. Until then, view more than 160 women's stories on MAKERS.com, follow us on Twitter at @MAKERSwomen and find us here on Facebook.


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