Advisor, Ocean Collectiv
Director, TED Residency

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Building upon a wide-ranging media career, Cyndi Stivers recently launched a residency program at the New York headquarters of TED, a nonprofit media and conference business devoted to “ideas worth spreading.” She also curates live programs in TED’s new in-house theater and continues to work elsewhere as a business strategist, advisor, and startup coach.

Stivers began her career in newspapers, and has since shepherded media startups and reinvigorated venerable brands on nearly every platform, including magazines, television, radio, and online (where her experience extends back to the early days of the consumer internet, when she launched Premiere magazine on CompuServe).

From 1995 to 2005, while in charge of North American operations for London-based Time Out Group Ltd., she led the creation of Time Out magazines, guidebooks, and websites for New York and Chicago. From 2008 to 2011, as managing editor of, she doubled the site’s audience and garnered wide industry recognition. The EW Must List mobile app, timed to the launch of the Apple iPad, won a 2010 Advertising Age Media Vanguard Award.

For six years, Stivers taught a digital-magazine workshop at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. While on the board of the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA) and the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), she drafted the industry’s first online guidelines.

Stivers graduated from Barnard College (while working full-time as a reporter at the New York Post). Since 2005, she has served as a Barnard Trustee, chairing the committee on governance and nominations. In 2013, she received the college’s Woman of Achievement Award.