Executive Leadership Summit (October 2021)


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October 4, 2021– October 6, 2021

Executive Leadership Summit (October 2021)

This three-day online program is designed for senior newsroom executives who want to move their organization forward after one of the most challenging years in modern journalism.


  • Capitalize on hard-earned lessons from the pandemic and racial reckoning as you define what’s next for your newsroom
  • Connect with a cohort of forward-looking news executives during an off-the-record online gathering
  • Apply by Sept. 1, 2021. Capacity for Poynter’s first Executive Summit is limited to 20 participants


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Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn from esteemed Poynter leadership faculty Cheryl Carpenter and Butch Ward, from fellow news executives and from guided introspection. Topics include:

  • What the future workplace dynamic — hybrid or otherwise — demands of senior leaders
  • Protecting and caring for your staff as you move forward together
  • Retaining and continuing to challenge your best people
  • Processing feedback about your communication style from your inner circle to become a more effective leader
  • Understanding how you respond to crisis so you can improve your conflict management skills
  • Strategies for building a successful newsroom that is influential with new audiences


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  • Capitalize on hard-earned lessons from the pandemic and racial reckoning as you define what’s next for your newsroom
  • Connect with a cohort of forward-looking news executives during an off-the-record online gathering
  • Apply by Sept. 1, 2021. Capacity for Poynter’s first Executive Summit is limited to 20 participants

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After a year and a half of leading through ongoing crises, senior news executives are staring down a new challenge: Adjusting the alchemy of the media workplace as the U.S. emerges from the pandemic.

Poynter’s 2021 Executive Leadership Summit will provide the space, tools and connections to help you guide your organization forward with strategic insights. This three-day, online gathering — timed as many newsrooms reopen in hybrid or in-person models —  is designed for top-level media leaders who will set the tone and vision for the future of their enterprise. 

What did you learn about your audience, your staff and yourself during the pandemic and racial reckoning that should inform your strategy moving forward? How can you stave off the “Great Resignation” and keep your newsroom thriving as you bring people back together? How do you align forces to launch the products your audience needs and wants?

Poynter’s leadership experts — Cheryl Carpenter and Butch Ward — will facilitate vigorous discussion around these questions, and draw upon Poynter’s vast network of industry leaders to suggest inventive solutions you can start implementing immediately. 

Apply now to be one of 20 participants in Poynter’s first Executive Leadership Summit. 


If you need assistance, please email us at info@poynter.org

This program takes place Monday, Oct. 4 through Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time. 

Participants will convene online for roughly six hours per day, moving between guided group discussions and small conversation circles. Space to share and integrate insights will be prioritized. All conversations will be off-the-record. 

Expect a slate of notable guest speakers, a focus on the future and practical takeaways you can apply right away. 

Who should apply

This Summit is for leaders who are No. 1 or 2 in their organization and/or a department head with 10 or more years of experience. We intend to have a limited cohort of news executives who are reshaping the industry post-pandemic. We encourage and welcome diverse applicants from all mediums.

Application process

The process to apply is straightforward and simple. No letter of recommendation or reference is required. Please be prepared to answer questions about your professional experience, areas of interest and basic demographic information.

Only 20 spots are available. Please apply as soon as you know the Executive Summit is for you.

The deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. 


Tuition for the three-day Executive Summit is $1,125. Accepted participants will receive 18 hours of live instruction, peer group discussion and coaching on their 360° ViewPoynt report and Conflict Dynamics Profile. More than these concrete benefits, the Executive Summit will foster self-awareness, connect you to industry leaders and spark innovation during this crucial era of transformation in the journalism industry.

In order to complete your application, we require authorization of payment. Your card will not be charged until you are accepted into the program. Upon acceptance to the program you will receive an email notification and your credit card payment will be processed.


Lead Faculty

  • Cheryl Carpenter
    Leadership Faculty
    Cheryl Carpenter is a leadership faculty member at The Poynter Institute. In 2017 and 2018, she coached eight newspapers through their performance management challenges in...
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  • Butch Ward
    Butch Ward has been a journalist and teacher of journalists for nearly five decades. He was managing editor of both The Baltimore News American and...
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Guest Speakers

  • Nicole Carroll
    Editor-in-Chief, USA Today
    Nicole Carroll is the editor-in-chief of USA TODAY. She is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Benjamin C. Bradlee "Editor of the Year" and proud mom of...
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  • Andrew Pergam
    Director of Global Strategic Initiatives, Facebook
    Andy Pergam joined Facebook in July 2019 as Director, Global Strategic Initiatives. The team helps advise on and lead in critical issue areas like content...
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  • Emily Ramshaw
    Co-founder and CEO, The 19th
    Emily Ramshaw is the cofounder and CEO of The 19th, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization founded “to empower women—particularly those underserved by and underrepresented in...
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  • Rene Sanchez
    Editor and Senior Vice President, Minneapolis Star Tribune
    Rene Sanchez leads the Minneapolis Star Tribune, overseeing all aspects of the print and digital editions. He joined the Star Tribune in 2004 as a...
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  • Krissah Thompson
    Managing Editor for Diversity and Inclusion, The Washington Post
    Krissah Thompson is The Washington Post’s Managing Editor of Diversity and Inclusion. She is the first Black woman to hold the title Managing Editor. She...
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  • Yvette Miley
    Senior Vice President, NBCU News Group
    Yvette M. Miley is the Senior Vice President of NBCU News Group. Previously, Miley was Vice President for MSNBC. Before that, she was Executive Editor...
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