Executive Leadership Summit (September 2022)


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Executive Leadership Summit (September 2022)

This three-day online gathering will empower top-level newsroom leaders to prioritize employee engagement and satisfaction through self-awareness, meaningful cultural shifts and change management strategies. 

September 19, 2022– September 21, 2022


  • Connect with a cohort of forward-looking news executives during an off-the-record online gathering
  • Dedicate time to reflect on your leadership style and how you’d like to grow moving forward
  • Focus on retaining your stars and inspiring your staff
  • Applications are rolling, and space is limited to 20 participants.


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Learning Outcomes

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

  • What the new workplace dynamic — hybrid or otherwise — demands of senior leaders
  • 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 to improve your conflict and change management skills
  • Strategies for building a successful newsroom that attracts top talent
  • Improving your skills as a coach for high-performing teams


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  • Connect with a cohort of forward-looking news executives during an off-the-record online gathering
  • Dedicate time to reflect on your leadership style and how you’d like to grow moving forward
  • Focus on retaining your stars and inspiring your staff
  • Applications are rolling, and space is limited to 20 participants.

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Poynter’s 2022 Executive Leadership Summit will provide the space, tools and connections to help you prioritize talent retention and growth. This three-day, online gathering is designed for top-level media leaders who can set the tone and vision for the future of their enterprise. 

What did you learn about yourself and your staff over the last two years that should influence your leadership strategy moving forward? How can you readjust your organizational culture to make your newsroom the best possible place to work? How do you make changes that stick during an era of constant upheaval?

Poynter’s leadership experts — Sitara Nieves and Cheryl Carpenter— 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. Amanda Ripley, investigative journalist and bestselling author of “High Conflict,” will talk on Day 1 about navigating through conflict as a leader. On Day 2, Marc Lacey, long-time newsroom leader and managing editor at The New York Times, will discuss leading change and retention. Poynter senior vice president and Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership Chair Kelly McBride and Facebook’s former director of strategic initiatives Andy Pergam will close out the summit with a frank conversation about ethics, social media and transparency. 

Praise for Poynter’s 2021 Executive Summit

I feel like I actually have tools in my toolbox now. I am excited about my job again.

It may sound overly simplistic, but just realizing that so many other leaders are having the same struggles helped me feel less alone and more confident that I wasn’t just flailing.

The most important thing I learned is how to build a better me, and therefore a better newsroom.

I need to do reflection and resets like this one more often so I can remain consistent.

The people are the product. Boundaries between work and life need to be real, and enforced. Empathy and relationships with staff are paramount. I knew all of these things, on some level, but the seminar really enforced them. It also was good to think about them in isolation, and not while trying to do my job at the same time.

My Poynter experiences always leave me refreshed and reconnected. Thank you!

Apply now to be one of 20 participants in Poynter’s 2022 Executive Leadership Summit. 


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

This program takes place Monday, Sept. 19 through Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 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, including a dedicated hour set aside for one-on-one coaching from Poynter faculty. 

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


Who should apply

This online 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 to allow for active discussion among the participants. 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. 


Tuition for the three-day Executive Summit is $2,000. Accepted participants will receive 18 hours of live instruction, peer group discussion, facilitated 360° ViewPoynt reports and Conflict Dynamics Profile assessments, and an hour-long, one-on-one coaching session. 

More than these concrete benefits, the Executive Summit will foster self-awareness, connect you to industry leaders and spark innovation during this era of upheaval in the journalism industry. 

Some limited stipends may be available. Please indicate on your application if you require financial assistance.


Lead Faculty

  • Cheryl Carpenter
    Cheryl Carpenter is an adjunct faculty member at The Poynter Institute. From 2017 to 2021, she coached 12 news organizations through their performance management challenges...
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  • Sitara Nieves
    Sitara Nieves is a faculty member at The Poynter Institute. Her portfolio includes the Digital Transformation Program and leadership training for newsrooms across the country. ...
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Guest Speakers for 2022

  • Marc Lacey
    Managing Editor, The New York Times
    Marc Lacey is the managing editor of The New York Times, along with Carolyn Ryan, under the new executive editor, Joe Kahn. In two decades...
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  • Andrew Pergam
    Former Director of Global Strategic Initiatives, Facebook
    Andy Pergam joined Facebook in July 2019 as Director, Global Strategic Initiatives. The team helped advise on and lead in critical issue areas like content...
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  • Kelly McBride
    Senior Vice President and Chair of Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership
    Kelly McBride is a journalist, consultant and one of the country’s leading voices on media ethics and democracy. She is senior vice president and chair...
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  • Amanda Ripley
    Journalist and Author, “High Conflict”
    Amanda Ripley is a New York Times bestselling author, an investigative journalist and host of the Slate podcast How To! She’s spent her career trying...
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Guest Speakers from 2021

  • 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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  • Jane Elizabeth
    Media consultant
    Jane Elizabeth, a media consultant, is the former managing editor of The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun in North Carolina. She has been an...
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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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  • 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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  • Elite Truong
    Editor, Strategic Initiatives, The Washington Post
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