Sponsor Shout-Out: The Harnisch Foundation

BinderCon is all about inspiring women: and Ruth Ann Harnisch is definitely inspiring. From her pioneering journalism and newsroom work in the 1970s to her philanthropic support of causes that help women and girls (as well as other minorities and silenced and disadvantaged individuals) make similar strides in their professions and personal lives.

As Ruth Ann put it herself to MSNBC in March of 2015, “We invest in journalism because people make decisions based on information, so we support diverse voices presenting high quality reliably sourced information to equip people to make decisions about their government, their health, their work.” We love that the Harnisch foundation puts so much time, effort, and funding into ensuring we have richer, more representative conversations in our media.

In the same interview, Ruth Ann explained the goals of the Harnisch Foundation, ones we whole heartedly support. “I hope the next generation will see every person as worthy of dignity and respectful treatment,” she said. “My hope is for a world in which everyone’s contributions are valued, in which individuals are free to fulfill their potential and are supported in their choices.” Amen to that!

We’re so pleased to be counted among the causes that the Harnisch Foundation supports, and to have a sponsor who has so long been devoted to our shared goal— to engage more women’s voices in conversation and celebrate the stories we have to tell. Thanks to the generosity of the Harnisch Foundation, we’ll be recording and archiving all BinderCon panels – and livestreaming all programming that takes place in the Cooper Union Great Hall (head over to our sessions page [http://nyc.bindercon.com/sessions] for more details on what’s being livestreamed).

And that’s not all: the Harnisch Foundation has also brought their decades of expertise to BinderCon NY 2015 session Blurred Lines: The Complicated Relationship Between Journalism and Documentary Filmmaking. Featured on this panel are award-winning filmmaker and Academy Award-nominated director Jehane Noujaim, Emmy award-winning documentary and news producer Alexandra Dean, cinematographer and director Kirsten Johnson, and Rada Film Group co-founder Michèle Stephenson.

We’re deeply grateful to the Harnisch Foundation for their commitment to promoting women’s voices. If you want to thank them, too, show them some love by following them on Facebook, Twitter, checking out the content in their Media Vault, apply for an Awesome Without Borders grant, and check out the current projects we’re proud to stand next to!


Sponsor Shout-Out: Bustle

Bustle and BinderCon have a lot in common. We’re both dedicated to sharing fresh voices and opinions, and helping writers find a place for their words online. Editor-in-chief Kate Ward explains Bustle’s goal as “[reaching] every millennial woman there is in the US”– which is something we can definitely get behind here at BinderCon. Bustle’s published pieces on everything from Halloween costumes you can wear to work to body positivity to the presidential debates to 90s slang and everything in between. We love their approach to covering the infinitely diverse topics women are interested in writing about and reading, and that there’s one more site out there that creates a space for diverse female voices online. That’s always a plus!

Not surprisingly, the Bustle team knows a whole lot about pitching – which is why Bustle’s Senior Features Editor Rachel Krantz is leading our Pitching 101 workshop at BinderCon. She’ll be offering tips on what to say (and more importantly, what not to say) in your initial correspondence with editors, as well as advice on how to appear professional and concise when you pitch to any publication. The session takes place Saturday, November 7th – the day before Speed Pitch – so you can soak up all of Rachel’s amazing tips in time to test-drive them on the editors you’re pitching!

And that’s not all: Bustle’s also the sponsor of all the fantastic workshops taking place at this year’s BinderCon. Excited to learn about podcasting, contracts, copywriting, and grants? You can thank our friends at Bustle for making those sessions possible.

Want to show your gratitude to Bustle for helping make BinderCon a possibility? Share the Bustle love! You can support them by following them on Facebook and Twitter, checking out their rad YouTube channel, and, of course, sending your pitches their way!


Sponsor Shout-Out: MailChimp

Lots of corporations and startups talk about diversity and creativity these days, but few really embody those values like MailChimp. They strive to make work interesting and fun, not only for the customers using their newsletter service but for their own employees. Chief Culture Officer Marti Wolf’s job has been described as “nurturing a culture of creativity,” and we see a lot in common with what she does at MailChimp and what we do here at BinderCon. MailChimp has had a big hand in the newsletter renaissance, transforming e-blasts from email clutter to a visually engaging storytelling tool for companies, nonprofits, and individuals alike. After all, the world always needs fresh ways to converse and connect. That’s one of the many reasons we work to support more diverse voices in media and publishing.

MailChimp also has a reputation for supporting creative endeavors and storytelling, whether that’s sponsoring podcasts like Serial or coming up with amazing schwag for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing like rad temporary tattoos celebrating wearables and women in tech. We’re proud to be included in their unique approach to corporate philanthropy. MailChimp has been an incredibly generous sponsor of BinderCon since 2014. At this year’s BinderCon New York MailChimp is sponsoring the Diversity in Late Night TV panel–and we couldn’t be more excited!


Featuring Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show), Aparna Nancherla (writer, Late Night with Seth Meyers), Grace Parra (host, White Guy Talk Show), and Christine Nangle (writer, Inside Amy Schumer, SNL), we can’t wait to delve into the unique contributions women can bring to one of America’s premier comedy blocks. There are so many opportunities in late night TV for humor, storytelling, and out-of-the-box concepts. We’re glad MailChimp felt an affinity for the panel, given their own unique approach to company culture, from their penchant for in-system easter eggs to fun coloring books for their employees.

A huge thanks once again to MailChimp for their continual support and belief in our own creative community at BinderCon. If you want to show them some love right back, you can follow them on Twitter and Facebook, subscribe to email updates.