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Trinity Graduate and Hearst Magazines President Cathie Black ’66 to Speak About Her New Book, Basic Black


Cathie BlackTrinity is hosting a book signing and reception for Trinity graduate and Hearst Magazines President Cathie Black ’66 to celebrate the publication of her new book, Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life), on Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Social Hall. Currently enrolled Trinity students who attend the event will receive one free copy of the book. Be sure to bring your Trinity student ID.

In her book, Cathie Black reflects on her remarkable career in the publishing business. Dubbed “The First Lady of American Magazines” and “one of the leading figures in American publishing over the past two decades” by the Financial Times, she is currently president of Hearst Magazines, a division of Hearst Corporation and one of the world’s largest publishers of monthly magazines. She manages the financial performance and development of some of the industry’s best-known magazines: Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s BAZAAR, Marie Claire, O, The Oprah Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Redbook, and Town & Country – 19 magazines in all. She also oversees nearly 200 international editions of those magazines in more than 100 countries.

Black’s book explains how she achieved “the 360° life” — a blend of professional accomplishment and personal contentment — and how women can seize opportunity in the workplace. Basic Black is both practical and motivational. Black offers riveting case studies; “black-and-white” tips; and invaluable lessons about ambition, self- confidence, and risk, illustrated by candid, funny personal stories and with insights into media and business giants like Rupert Murdoch, Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Francis Ford Coppola, Harvey Weinstein and Al Neuharth.

Cathie Black made publishing history in 1979 when she became the first woman publisher of a weekly consumer magazine: New York. She is widely credited for the success of USA Today, where for eight years starting in 1983, she was first president, then publisher, as well as a board member and executive vice president/marketing of Gannett, its parent company. In 1991 she became president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America, the industry’s largest trade group, where she served for five years before joining Hearst.

In 2007, for the eighth consecutive year, Cathie Black was listed among Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in American Business.” She also has been named to Forbes magazine’s list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.”

The entire Trinity community is welcome to attend the book signing and reception, which is open to the public. Faculty are encouraged to bring classes to the event. Copies of the book are available to purchase in advance in the Trinity Bookstore and at the reception.

To RSVP, e-mail or call 202/884-9720. (Note: Students, faculty and staff are encourage but not required to RSVP in advance). Faculty who are planning to bring classes, please contact Ann Pauley. For media inquiries, contact Ann Pauley at 202/884-9725,

Profile of Cathie Black in the TRINITY magazine

The Book: Basic Black

To RSVP, e-mail or call 202/884-9720. (Students, faculty and staff are encouraged but not required to RSVP in advance).

Faculty who are planning to bring classes to the event, please contact Ann Pauley.

For media inquiries, contact Ann Pauley at 202/884-9725,

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For more information contact Ann Pauley, Media Relations Trinity, 125 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20017, (202) 884-9725.