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Indy Maven co-founder and CEO Leslie Bailey has been accepted into the second of three classes selected for its seventh annual Leadership Academy for Women in Media. This illustrious group of 30 women will join a network of more than 430 graduates who experience significant personal and professional transformation through the prestigious program. The Poynter Institute is renowned for longstanding excellence in training newsroom leaders.

“Poynter co-founded this program with ONA seven years ago to close the gender gap in newsroom leadership,” said Kelly McBride, Poynter senior vice president and chair of the Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership at Poynter. “And we’ve seen many of our graduates ascend to some pretty big jobs. Yet women are leaving journalism at a record pace and this threatens our progress. Poynter’s program offers a place for accomplished, visionary leaders to build their leadership capacity and connections. This incoming group has already been tested by the incredible challenges of 2020 and 2021 and they have the potential to change our industry for the better.”

The Leadership Academy for Women in Media is one of Poynter’s most competitive programs. It is designed for women and nonbinary journalists who directly manage people and are within their first five years of formal leadership experience. During the program — which will be hosted online Sept. 26-Oct. 1 because of the pandemic — participants learn to manage teams more effectively, hone and communicate their strategic vision, and steer their organizations toward greater success.

“This will be the fourth women’s leadership academy we’ve hosted digitally, and we are ready to summon the magic,” said Samantha Ragland, lead faculty for the Leadership Academy for Women in Media. “We’ve expanded the schedule to allow for more deep dives, more opportunities for one-on-one connections and more time to take it all in. This will be the first cohort to experience our new trauma and resilience training, appropriately titled ‘The Hazards of Being a Journalist,’ as well as hear from a panel of experts on negotiation tactics. And don’t even get me started on the keynote conversation! Millie Tran and Stacy-Marie Ishmael will speak together and design their talk around themes specific to this class.”

Tran, now vice president of content strategy and growth at Condé Nast, and Ishmael, currently writing and co-hosting “Slate Money,” both left The Texas Tribune at the same time earlier this year, citing burnout. In this exclusive conversation, they will talk about their leadership experiences and career choices.

Other training sessions during the week are finding better work-life chemistry with Poynter’s Kristen Hare, tackling tough conversations with Cheryl Carpenter, navigating ethical issues in the newsroom with McBride, creating space for diverse talent with Doris Truong and advocating for yourself and others with Ragland.

The final Poynter academy this year will take place Nov. 7-12; participants have been selected and will be announced closer to the teaching dates.

Those chosen for Poynter’s Leadership Academy for Women in Media passed through multiple rounds of review with an emphasis to ensure diversity across race, ethnicity, geography, age, platform/medium, organization size and expertise. Reviewers included Poynter staff and faculty, as well as a volunteer committee of program graduates.

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