Joanne Lipman
Joanne Lipman's Speaking Fee $25K - $40K

Joanne Lipman

Powerhouse editor Joanne Lipman has revolutionized newsrooms from The Wall Street Journal to USA Today, and was dubbed “innovator in chief” by the New York Times. Now she’s transforming workplaces, inspiring men as well as women to achieve gender equality at work and at home.
Journalist, Best-selling Author of That’s What She Said, Editor in Chief, USA TODAY, Chief Content Officer, GANNETT, Deputy Managing Editor, The Wall Street Journal

Expertise In:

  • Corporate Culture
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Business
  • Innovation
  • Women in Business Leadership
  • Gender Equality

Audience & Industry

  • Associations
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Corporations
  • Women's Events
  • The Finance Industry

Powerhouse editor Joanne Lipman has revolutionized newsrooms from The Wall Street Journal to USA Today, and was dubbed “innovator in chief” by the New York Times. Now she’s transforming workplaces, inspiring men as well as women to achieve gender equality at work and at home.

Joanne Lipman is one of the nation’s leading journalists. As the first Chief Content Officer in Gannett’s history, she served as Editor in Chief of USA TODAY and USA TODAY Network, leading a staff of 3,000 journalists at 110 newspapers, and overseeing coverage that earned an historic three Pulitzer prizes.

Dubbed “innovator in chief” by The New York Times and “star editor” by CNN, Lipman began her career at The Wall Street Journal. There, she rose from reporter to become the highest-ranking woman in the paper’s history, created Weekend Journal and Personal Journal, and supervised coverage that won three Pulitzer Prizes. Drawing on her own experience rising to the top of a male-dominated industry, plus extensive research for her bestselling book That’s What She Said, Lipman has become one of the country’s top experts on women’s leadership, and on strategies for engaging men to help close the gender gap. As she puts it, solving inequality “isn’t a ‘female’ issue. It’s a humanitarian issue.”

Lipman is a familiar face on television, appearing on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and PBS, among others. Her writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, USA Today, Fortune, and Harvard Business Review. Her keynote audiences have included the World Economic Forum, the Milken Institute Global Conference, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and Yale School of Management’s CEO conference, in addition to NBC Universal, Royal Bank of Canada, Boston Consulting Group, and Skadden Arps. That’s What She Said was the inaugural pick of the World Economic Forum’s newly created book group.

Featured Videos

Joanne Lipman's Speech Topics

After #MeToo: What Next?

The world has changed in the wake of the #MeToo movement. What comes next? In That’s What She Said, bestselling author Joanne Lipman, the former Editor in Chief of USA TODAY, offers real-world solutions and a path forward. There’s no man-bashing here; Lipman explores how men as well as women can join together to close the gender gap. In this lively talk, she’ll offer surprising insights into issues ranging from unconscious bias to childrearing to brain differences between the genders, and offer practical tips that all of us can use, right now, to help eliminate bias in the workplace.

Battling Unconscious Bias

Did you know that mothers routinely overestimate the crawling ability of their baby sons – but underestimate that of their baby daughters?  That parents of two-year-olds who ask Google, “Is my child a genius?” are more than twice as likely to ask that about a boy as a girl?  Unconscious bias – those prejudices we have buried so deeply inside of us that we don’t even realize they exist – are woven throughout every day of our lives, starting in infancy. In this lively keynote, That’s What She Said’s bestselling author Joanne Lipman looks at the roots of implicit bias, how it impacts our lives as well as our businesses - and offers solutions to help counteract these hidden prejudices.

Transformative Leadership: Gender Relations in a New World

Is it okay to hug a business friend of the opposite sex? Can a man compliment a female colleague on her outfit? Should supervisors leave the door open when meeting with a subordinate of the opposite gender?  In organizations across the country, we are at a transitional moment. The #MeToo movement has upended relations between the genders. There’s confusion on the part of both men and women about what is appropriate. How do we navigate this strange new world? Joanne Lipman offers insights, deep reporting, and shares the latest research and best practices to come up with solutions we can all use every day. An essential guide for leadership as well as for employees.

The Secret Lives of Women

A female CEO hires a voice teacher to lower the pitch of her voice, to sound more like men. A female surgeon enlists a drama coach to help her appear more confident to men. A female journalist wears high heels at work to look physically larger to men (and it turns out, taller women earn 8% more than shorter ones). Women make these and a thousand other adjustments – many of which they aren’t even aware of themselves - all day, every day, to fit in to a business world that was created in the image of men.  Joanne Lipman pierces the veil of secrecy to reveal the many ways that women transform themselves, in a talk that weaves together the latest research with examples that are by turn infuriating, funny, and gobsmacking.

The Business Case for Diversity

Joanne Lipman interviewed scores of male business leaders who are championing gender equality, and found that they share one quality in common: Each sees diversity as a business imperative. These men aren’t donning pussy hats and marching in women’s protests. They are instead battle-scarred executives who understand that diverse organizations are more successful. As Lipman shows, the research backs them up. With deeply reported data, surprising twists on conventional wisdom, and compelling anecdotes, she lays out the incontrovertible business case for diversity.

Works by Joanne Lipman