Cyndi Stivers | Director, Ted Residency
Cyndi Stivers is the Director of Ted Residency, an incubator for breakthrough ideas where residents spend 14 weeks at TED headquarters developing their ideas. Stivers began her career in newspapers, and has since shepherded media startups and reinvigorated venerable brands on nearly every platform: magazines (including LIFE, Condé Nast Traveler, and Vanity Fair), television (VH1), radio (she supervised the launch of Martha Stewart’s 24-hour SiriusXM satellite-radio channel), and online (where her experience, most recently at AOL, extends back to the early ’90s, 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 and websites for New York and Chicago, and of the print/online hybrid Time Out New York Kids. From 2008–11, she served as managing editor of EW.com, which doubled its audience and won more than a dozen industry awards during her tenure, including the 2010 Luce Award for Website of the Year. The EW Must List app, timed to the launch of the Apple iPad, won a 2010 Advertising Age Media Vanguard Award.
Stivers is a senior adviser to Acumen.org. She served on the advisory boards of the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies and Consumer Reports WebWatch, and was an active board member of the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA) and American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), of which she is a past president. As a digital-media consultant, she has worked with Time Inc., National Geographic, Etsy, and the global digital newsstand Magzter.
Stivers graduated from Barnard College (while working full-time at the New York Post) with a B.A. degree and honors in English; she is now a trustee of the college and received its 2013 Woman of Achievement Award.