How does Goli Sheikholeslami, CEO of New York Public Radio, go about executing NY Public Radio’s ambitious mission: “To make the mind more curious, the heart more open and the spirit more joyful through excellent audio programming that is deeply rooted in New York?”
New York Public Radio is a leading producer of public radio programs, podcasts, and live events that reach over 24 million people monthly on air, online and (pre-Covid) in person. NYPR includes WNYC and NJPR, news and talk radio stations serving NYC, NJ and the surrounding region; WQXR, New York’s classical music service; WNYC Studios, a premiere producer of podcasts; Gothamist.com, WNYC’s news site; and The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, which produces events for in-person and online audiences. Some of the organization’s most influential and critically-acclaimed radio shows and podcasts include Radiolab, The Brian Lehrer Show, On the Media, Death, Sex & Money, New Yorker Radio Hour, United States of Anxiety, and Aria Code. WNYC Studios is also the producer of the breakout hit podcast, Dolly Parton’s America..
Sheikholeslami has been President and CEO of NY Public Radio since August 2019. The organization has almost 375 employees, multiple distribution channels and multiple revenue streams – programming licensing, major donors, membership, bequests, foundation giving and sponsorship. It has great media influence. And New York Public Radio is a complex organization to run, bringing in about $82 million in FY2020.
We will discuss with Sheikholeslami how she leads this large and creative media enterprise that in 2020 is dealing with the social and health concerns of all New Yorkers. What does she do as a manager at a time when local news is shrinking, disinformation is on the rise, podcasts are proliferating, cultural institutions are shuttered and most staff are working remotely due to the pandemic? What have been her priorities during her first 18 months on the job? How do the CEO’s tactics and style differ in dealing with its journalists as opposed to the nonprofit’s major donors as opposed to its employees? And what is her strategy in distribution and licensing as well as for fundraising going forward?
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President & CEO at New York Public Radio
Goli Sheikholeslami has held senior leadership roles across public and private media over her extensive 25-year career, helping both legacy institutions and new players grow and thrive.
As a senior executive for The Washington Post, Sheikholeslami led the integration of the Post’s digital and print operations which led to the transformation of the company from a print-centric culture to a digital news organization. Prior to joining Chicago Public Media, she served as the chief product officer for Everyday Health, and has also held leadership roles at Conde Nast and began her career at Time Warner. She serves on the Board of Patreon, the membership platform for artists and creators, and as a Director for DHI Group, Inc., a provider of data for specialized hiring and professional communities. In February 2016, she was elected to the Board of National Public Radio (NPR) where she served until October 2019.
Sheikholeslami holds an MBA from the Darden School and a BSFS from the Georgetown school of Foreign Service.
Principal, Quantum Media
Ava Seave, HBS ’82, is a Principal of Quantum Media, a consulting firm focused on strategy and marketing for media, information and entertainment companies. At Quantum Media, she leads consulting engagements for media companies and nonprofit organizations. She co-founded Quantum Media in 1998. Seave is also an Adjunct at Columbia Business School and Columbia Journalism School.
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