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Helen Jonsen

Helen Jonsen

Featured in Chapter Five: Crisis and Loss

Helen Jonsen is a leading communicator with a kaleidoscope career as a digital & social media strategist, journalist, blogger, commentator, speaker, advocate for girls and women

Most recently, Helen Jonsen was Director of Digital Media of Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corporation. From March 2009-Feb. 2012, Jonsen held responsibility for overseeing the growth of workingmother.com, diversitybestpractices.com and nafe.com. She was Editor of the flagship, workingmother.com and charged with the business growth of all sites and digital extensions.

In addition to her business responsibilities, Helen proved an engaged journalist at writing about work-life and how it effects American households, family life, and the advancement of women. She launched and spearheaded workingmother.com’s signature series: Most Powerful Moms, focusing on top women in business and the Special Report: Kids with Cancer. Her interviews with high-profiled women included actress Emma Thompson, Susan Sarandon, BlogHer founder Lisa Stone and many more.

Helen has appeared on PBS’ To the Contrary, NPR, Good Morning America and local New York news, quoted in many publications and is a sought after speaker/host at conferences and events.

Prior to Working Mother Media, she was Executive Producer and Senior Editor of the award-winning Forbes.com Video Network, responsible for editorial oversight and the technical team creating daily news and feature production, from studios in New York and Silicon Valley. In 2 years, her team of video professionals and journalists created close to 5,000 videos. The team created market updates, breaking news interviews and discussions with journalists and business leaders, featuring many of the world disruptive thinkers. Steve Forbes introduced her as "our media guru."

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Helen is as comfortable running the business of production as well as in front of the camera with premier guests. Among her roles, she hosted a weekly segment on life-work issues, called “Forbes.com Balancing Act,”  including Britain’s “First Lady” Cherie Blair, celebrity cook Paula Deen, designer Sigrid Olsen, and Accenture CFO Pamela J. Craig, along with feature interviews with Michael J. Fox, Intel's Andy Grove, other corporate CEOs, authors and business leaders.

Prior to Forbes, Helen was an award-winning television journalist working most of her years in New York with stints in New England and Australia – behind the scenes and on-camera covering business, policy and breaking news. She was most familiar on the air in New York City as a reporter for Fox 5 and WPIX 11; and has been on radio and TV nationally and internationally; and is the voice of many television and video projects.

Helen has also been a media consultant for corporations, non-profits, public relations and marketing firms.

She is comfortable in front of an audience and appears at conferences and event as host, keynote and moderator. She focuses on life-work balance, women’s leadership, and communications tools for women, always with a little humor thrown in.

Helen has been published in a variety of media and is the author of several books related to Australia and the English language. (See Books & Bylines)

Helen is a Fordham graduate with a BA in communications/journalism. She is involved with Girl Scouts and a number of charities surrounding childhood cancer awareness/fundraising. Tweet her @Helen_Jonsen

Learn more at helenjonsen.com

Favorite charities: Hope and Heroes (Children’s Cancer Fund), Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Make-A-Wish Foundation Hudson Valley Chapter & Girl Scouts USA