Joanne Lipman

Joanne Lipman is an award-winning news executive, author, and adviser to major media companies, specializing in multi-platform expansion strategies.  She is a frequent speaker on topics including women’s leadership and arts advocacy.  Her next book, based on her viral Wall Street Journal article Women At Work: A Guide for Men, will be published in 2017 by William Morrow. Ms. Lipman began her career as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, ultimately rising to Deputy Managing Editor, creating Weekend Journal and Personal Journal, and supervising coverage that earned three Pulitzer Prizes. New York Times media columnist David Carr described her as the Journal's "innovator-in-chief."  She subsequently was founding Editor-in-Chief of Conde Nast Portfolio and, which won National Magazine and Loeb Awards.  She is a frequent television commentator, seen on CNN, NBC, CNBC, and CBS, among others, and her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Time, Newsweek and Harvard Business Review.  She is also co-author of the critically acclaimed musical memoir Strings Attached


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Women at Work: A Guide for Men

Joanne Lipman discusses her viral Wall Street Journal article, "Women at Work: A Guide for Men," on CNBC on December 23, 2014.

Let's Expose the Gender Pay Gap

Joanne Lipman discusses her New York Times op-ed, "Let's Expose the Gender Pay Gap," on CNBC on August 14, 2015


"A MUST-READ"! - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A vivid, often tender portrait...that ends up ripping your heart out." -USA TODAY         

“Inspirational…For those who had a figure like Mr. K in their lives, “Strings Attached” will resonate. Everyone else will wish they had been so lucky.”  -THE NEW YORK TIMES

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STRINGS ATTACHED: Now in paperback!

Who is that one person who changed your life forever? The one who pushed you to dream bigger and reach higher?

STRINGS ATTACHED is a powerful memoir about the astonishing impact one man - a public-school music teacher - had on the lives of thousands of students.  He could be fierce, rehearsing his students until their fingers almost bled, but in the process he made them better and stronger than they had any right to be.  What they didn't know was the tragedy he had hidden in his own life.  STRINGS ATTACHED lyrically tells his story, from his childhood on the run from the Nazis, to the disappearance of one of his beloved daughters.  His is a remarkable story of resilience, of how one man transformed his own heartache into a legacy of joy for generations of students.

Heartbreaking yet ultimately triumphant, STRINGS ATTACHED is a testament to the power of hope -- and a celebration of the profound influence one person can have on the lives of others.

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Joanne discusses Strings Attached on CNBC's Squawk Box, December 18, 2013.

Summer/Fall Selected Events

June 25, 2015, American Orthopedic Association conference, Providence, R.I.*: "Unconscious Bias"

July 8, 2015:  Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk, CT: "Strings Attached"

July 16, 2015: Boston* "Women at Work: A Guide for Men"

September 24, 2015: Dallas*: "An Evening with Joanne Lipman"

October 23, 2015: Reykjavik, Iceland:  "100 Years of Women's Civil Rights," conference

November 2-3, 2015: Las Vegas*:  "Women in Leadership"

December 3, 2015: New York City*: "Women at Work: A Guide for Men"

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CNN, Should Companies Be Required to Publish the Pay Gap Between Men and Women? Poppy Harlow interviews Joanne Lipman, September 20, 2015

CNN, Interview with Joanne Lipman about Carly Fiorina's business record, September 20, 2015

Huffington Post, Gender Inequality On a Late Summer's Day, by Val Brown, about Lipman's wage-gap proposal, September 3, 2015

The New York Times, Readers Share Their Pay-Gap Experience, by Marie Tessier: Response to Lipman editorial, August 18, 2015

The New York Times, Let's Expose the Gender Pay Gap, by Joanne Lipman, August 13, 2015

Yale Alumni Magazine, "The Toughest Issue on (any) Campus," by Joanne Lipman - moderating a panel on sexual misconduct, July/August 2015

Yale News, "Symposium to Focus on Music Partnerships," June 3, 2105

Publishers Weekly, "Lipman Gets to 'Working' for William Morrow', May 4, 2105

Chicago Tribune, The Starlight Book Club (discussion with Melanie Kupchynsky), April 2, 2105, "How Men Can Help Women Lean In," January 15, 2015

CNBC, Squawk Box, "Women at Work: A Guide for Men," December 23, 2014, "How Social Norms Translate to Workplace Gender Differences," December 23, 2014

Business Insider, "6 Things You Should Stop Saying Around Women At work," December 22, 2014

The Wall Street Journal, Gender and Business: Recognizing and Promoting Talent (Letters), December 20, 2014

Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC, "How to Be a Better "Male" Manager", December 20, 2014

Business Insider, "5 Tips for Men Who Manage Women," December 17, 2014

The Wall Street Journal, "Women at Work: A Guide for Men," by Joanne Lipman December 13, 2014

The Wall Street Journal, "A Musical Fix for American Schools," by Joanne Lipman October 11, 2014

Strings Magazine, Review by Barbara Bogatin: a "remarkable, engrossing memoir" November 2014

Chicago Tribune - Printer's Row, Melanie Kupchynsky, Joanne Lipman on 'Strings Attached,' by Donald Liebenson, September 26, 2014, August 24, 2014, Review: Compelling and a page turner....The stories woven between these two voices make a fabric that is strong and richly textured."

Sinfini Music, Review, June 17, 2014 by Jessica Duchen"A heartfelt memoir...that contains a vital message for us all."

 The Jewish Chronicle, May 9, 2014, Review of Strings Attached: "From the deeply touching memoir, Strings Attached, Jerry Kupchynsky emerges as an inspiration....(who) imbued kids in his care with a tireless work ethic, supreme strength of character and the desire to become more than they ever dreamed possible."

 American Music Teacher magazine review of STRINGS ATTACHED, April/May 2014: "A touching memoir....the story is ultimately one of resilience and optimism." Why the Toughest Bosses Are Best" by Cheryl Conner, March 10, 2014 "Hard Work & Discipline, the Keys to Success" (video) interview with Devin Thorpe, March 6, 2014

 CNBC Squawk Box: "Where's the She-Wolf of Wall Street?" interview with Joanne Lipman, January 6, 2014 What's Missing in The Wolf of Wall Street: The Women, by Joanne Lipman, December 30, 2013

 Minnesota Public Radio review: "A captivating read...a gripping account of a remarkable life, told from two perspectives that richly complement one another"  December 24, 2013

 USA TODAY: "Strings Attached: Portrait of a Tough Music Teacher," review: "A vivid, often tender portrait" that"ends up ripping your heart out" December 22, 2013

New York Times: Best-Selling Education Books of 2013, December 18, 2013

NY1: Interview with Joanne Lipman, December 20, 2013, "How to Bring Tough Love Into Your Office" - management lessons from "Strings Attached," December 18, 2013

 CNBC "Squawk Box" - Tough Love in the Workplace, interview with Joanne Lipman, December 18, 2013

 Harvard Business Review, "The Fine Art of Tough Love," by Joanne Lipman, December 17, 2013

 "Critical Thinking with Andrew Patner," WFMT, interview with Melanie Kupchynsky & Joanne Lipman, with music from "Strings Attached," December 9, 2013

The Conversation Live wtih Cyrus Webb, Interview with Joanne Lipman. Listen to streaming here. December 9, 2013

The New York Times Book Review: "Inspirational...For those who had a figure like Mr. K in their lives, “Strings Attached” will resonate. Everyone else will wish they had been so lucky."  Holiday Books, December 7, 2013

WGN-TV Strings Attached is "the one book" that is a must-read this winter vacation December 5, 2013

 The SUN, UK - FOUR STAR review - "The story of an incredible insightful read" November 29, 2013

  "Life Lessons from Strings Attached, The Home News Tribune, page 1, November 17, 2013

"Memories of a Mentor & the Music," The Home News Tribune, page 1, November 17, 2013

Times of London, November 16, 2013, Strings Attached, "a lively tribute" to a beloved teacher

 Wall Street Journal, November 6, 2013 The Importance of Mentors, WSJ Live

NPR's "Central Time" on Wisconsin Public Radio, interview with Joanne Lipman, November 1, 2013

Macleans, October 31, 2013 "A man whose life balanced happiness with tragedy, baby-boom optimism with immigrant struggle," Mr. K is "a symbol of perseverance in a fragile world"

Smoky Mountain News - Review - "A vivid portrait...Strings Attached gives us many gifts" October 30, 2013 - FIVE STAR review for Strings Attached: A "captivating" story with "a heartbreaking climax." October 25, 2013

Q&A With Joanne Lipman - Authors with Deborah Kalb October 25, 2013

 WNYC Soundcheck: "Is Music the Key to Success?" with Joanne Lipman, October 21, 2013

 Stand Up! With Pete Dominick, SIRIUS radio, "Strings Attached" conversation with Joanne Lipman, October 21, 2013

 "Is Music the Key to Success?" by Joanne Lipman, The New York Times, October 12, 2013 The #1 most-emailed story on

 Laura Ingraham Show - Joanne Lipman discusses Strings Attached - October 9, 2013

Fox & Friends - Joanne Lipman & Melanie Kupchynsky discuss Strings Attached - October 5, 2013

NBC Today Show, interview with Joanne Lipman, October 4, 2013

 No More Coddling!, October 3, 2013

 The Tough Teacher Who Changed Our Lives,, October 2, 2013

Q+A: Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky, Co-Authors of Strings Attached,, October 1, 2013

Excerpt: A New Book that Asks: 'Are We Too Soft on Our Kids?', October 1, 2013

Melanie Kupchynsky on Chicago Tonight, September 30, 2013

A Tough Teacher Who Hit the Right Notes, Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky on The Takeaway with John Hockenberry, October 1, 2013

Why Tough Teachers Get Good Results, by Joanne Lipman, Wall Street Journal, September 27, 2013

Meet a Tough Love Teacher in Strings Attached by Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky, Found Between the Covers Blog, September 25, 2013

How to Get Over Your Fear of "No", by Joanne Lipman, Glamour magazine, October 2013, p. 226 - Advice based on Strings Attached

Yale Alumni Magazine book review, September/October 2013. "Most poignantly, this book begs us to think back on all the 'Mr. K's' in our own lives."

 CNN's Reliable Sources, anchored by Joanne Lipman, August 18, 2013. Video. A look at reporters targeted in Egypt; Al Jazeera America's launch; USA Today's editor in chief; Perils of citizen video; and New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan

Kirkus STARRED Review of Strings Attached, Kirkus Reviews, August 18, 2013 "Moving and motivating--a must-read..."

 Joanne Lipman to Host Reliable Sources TV Newswer, August 16, 2013

 Tough Love: PW Talks with Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky, Publishers Weekly, July 12, 2013

Publishers Weekly Review: Strings Attached is "powerful and "larger than life." June 17, 2013

Latest Rutgers Scandal: Does Verbal Abuse Have a Place in Society? piece discusses "Strings Attached," May 28, 2013

Buzz Books 2013 Fall/Winter includes an excerpt from "Strings Attached" as one of the big books for fall.  May, 2013

Facebook's Stock Plunge, CNN appearance on UpFront with Erin Burnett; August 18, 2012

And the Orchestra Played On, by Joanne Lipman, New York Times, February 27, 2010

The Mismeasure of Women, by Joanne Lipman, New York Times October 23, 2009

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