ELP Bootcamp at CUNY

Registration for AAJA’s Executive Leadership Bootcamp has concluded

Join AAJA for a one-day professional and career development bootcamp. Set your goals for 2017!

The next generation of media leaders can’t just have a strong journalism background – those who want to succeed in this new era also need to build a broad set of skills that includes a deep understanding of the news business, how it is evolving and a recognition of the changing demographics of our world.

AAJA’s Executive Leadership Bootcamp is designed to provide attendees with frameworks and tools to leverage that knowledge to reach a wider audience and grow their organizations.

Led by professional career coaches and executives, participants will explore a variety of topics in small intimate conversations including:

Seven Steps to Successful Negotiation: In this interactive workshop, executive recruiter and career coach Caroline Ceniza-Levine will cover a 3-step framework for handling negotiations and share 7 ways to prepare for your next negotiation. We’ll practice the “Ask” and have time for laser coaching on your specific negotiation issues. Bring your questions!

From Idea to Product: Got an great idea but don’t know how it fit into your company’s business model? This session will cover best practices in business strategies and product development. You will also learn how to create a compelling business case for your idea

Gender Inequality and Women Leadership: This isn’t your typical conversation about breaking the glass ceiling or finding a work/life balance. Join a conversation with women news executives about the unforeseen challenges and rewards of managing a newsroom, the role of mentorship and how to create a pipeline for future women leaders.

Listen to Me: A great pitch to your boss or funders is more than coming up with a great powerpoint. Learn how to structure your pitch; create a clear, concise, persuasive message that is easily understood and articulated – and what sets an awesome pitch apart from an average one.

Incredibly Useful Productivity Tools: Jeremy Caplan, CUNY’s Director of Education, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, will guide you through a curated list of current tools to discover, test and compare so you can build your unique, personal toolkit to organize yourself and work better. (CUNY J+ session: AAJA members are entitled to a 10% discount for CUNY J+ workshops)

Leading Without Managing: How to contribute to newsroom culture, cultivate yourself as a leader, even if you are not officially “A Manager.” You don’t need a big title to spark change. We spend the 90 minutes talking about how you can make an impact through practical tactics in the workplace and in your career. While being a manager has its built in advantages, it’s not the only way to get people to notice what’s important and what the newsroom needs to hear.

Life Reimagined Check-up: Life Reimagined is a new way of thinking about dreaming, exploring, and deciding what’s next in your life. Backed by decades of research, Life Reimagined introduces a powerful step-by-step approach to help you discover possibilities, prepare for change, and make your ideas real—whether you’re focused on work, health, relationships, or pursuing your passion. (Presented by AARP)

AAJA’s ELP Bootcamp will be held at the City University of New York (CUNY) in New York City on Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 9am to 5pm with a reception to follow.

Unlike other conferences, the bootcamp is designed to be intimate and small. Each session will have no more than 20 participants and we will repeat the workshop twice so that you have a chance to take full advantage of the curriculum.

The CUNY Journalism School is located at 219 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018.

The cost to participate in AAJA’s ELP Bootcamp is $50 for members of AAJA or other journalism organizations (NAJA, NLGJA, NABJ, NAHJ, ONA, SPJ, JAWS, RTDNA, IRE) and $150 for non-members. This includes bootcamp materials, workshop meals and a reception for bootcamp participants.

ELP Bootcamp Trainers

Irene_ChangIrene Chang is a product manager at Graphiq, a technology company that collects, structures, and presents data to consumers and enterprises. She spent the last year building specializing in data products surrounding the election and international geospatial information.






Maggie Castro-Stevens is the Associate State Director for the New York State office of AARP. She brings her coaching skills and background as the New York State Office lead on the LIFE REIMAGINED initiative, powered by AARP; a program committed to helping people rediscover their gifts, explore new possibilities and move toward their best lives. In addition, Maggie is an Ambassador for ‘Take The Lead’, a nonprofit organization aimed at preparing, developing, inspiring and propelling women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025.




caroline-ceniza-levineCaroline Ceniza-Levine is a career and business expert, writer, speaker and co-founder of SixFigureStart®. Prior to launching SixFigureStart® in 2008, she spent 15 years in strategy consulting, executive search and HR. Caroline also teaches Professional Development and Negotiation courses at Columbia University.





jeremy caplanJeremy Caplan is Director of Education for the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He has taught courses at CUNY on digital journalism, reporting and writing, business fundamentals and entrepreneurial journalism. He has written for Time Magazine on business, technology and cultural trends. He’s covered tech companies including Google, Yahoo, AOL and Apple.





Justin Hendrix is the Executive Director of NYC Media Lab, connecting media and tech companies with NYC universities to drive digital media innovation and entrepreneurship. Previously he was Vice President, Business Development & Innovation for The Economist. He holds a BA from the College of William & Mary and an MSc in Technology Commercialization from the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin.






Lauren Johnston is the Head of Breaking News at Yahoo, where she oversees the Yahoo.com homepage, real-time breaking news coverage and mobile push notification strategy. She has also worked at the New York Daily News, Newsday, CBS News, People and the Village Voice. While at the Daily News, Lauren co-founded an Innovation Lab to focus on digital innovation in journalism and to incubate early-stage startups in the newsroom. She holds an M.A. in cultural reporting and criticism from New York University.





Katie Nelson is news director for The Huffington Post, where she helps lead editorial planning and strategy — with a special emphasis on social impact and 360/VR. Katie is an AAJA and ONA member, a 2016 Punch Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program fellow at Columbia University and a Chips Quinn Scholars alum. Previously, she worked for the New York Daily News, The Associated Press, The Cambodia Daily and The Arizona Republic, among others.




Leezel Tanglao

Leezel Tanglao is the Assistant Managing Editor for Programming at CNNMoney. She leads the CNNMoney digital war room and oversees the presentation and packaging of content from CNNMoney and premium verticals of Tech, Style & Travel, HLN and the MoneyStream app across desktop, mobile, social and emerging platforms. She previously worked at CBSNews.com, VICENews, NowThis, ABCNews.com, KCBS/KCAL and The Press-Enterprise newspaper in Southern California.




Jessica Yu

Jessica Yu is the Global Head of Visuals and a Deputy Managing Editor for The Wall Street Journal. In her role, she heads up the graphics, photography, design and interactive teams, whose work spans print and digital. She has worked on everything from breaking news coverage, such as the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370, to the design of features sections and apps.





ELP Co-Director

PaulCheungASNEPaul Cheung is AP’s Director of Interactives and Digital News Production. As director, he manages a global team of visual journalists, data journalists and researchers who produce multimedia stories and information graphics for all formats, including print, online, mobile and VR. Paul served as the national president for the Asian American Journalists Association from 2013 to 2016 and is a 2016 Punch Sulzberger Fellow.





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Questions about ELP Bootcamp? Contact Daniel Garcia at danielg@oldsite.aaja.org.