MISSOULA – Lisa Stone, the former chief executive officer and co-founder of BlogHer, Inc., the leading cross-platform media network for women in social media, will deliver the Harold and Priscilla Gilkey Executive Lecture on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the University of Montana.
Stone, a 1984 graduate of Missoula’s Hellgate High School, will present “Developing Community” at 5:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.
During her lecture, Stone will share the BlogHer success story and how she built a business using social media. As an entrepreneur, she grew an idea for a grassroots conference into a leading independent publisher of women in blogs and social media with $30 million in annual revenue and a proprietary technology platform.
In 2014, Stone merged BlogHer with SheKnows Media, creating the No. 1 women’s lifestyle digital media company with more than 80 million monthly visitors and over 245 million social followers. As SheKnows Media’s chief community officer, Stone moderated a 2015 Town Hall meeting between President Barack Obama and 250 American working women. She also executive produced BlogHer’s conference series, the world’s largest for women in social media.
Stone’s honors include a Harvard Nieman Fellowship, a Fortune Most Powerful Entrepreneur Award and recognition as a Fast Company 100 Most Creative People in Business. She has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Oakland Tribune and The Huffington Post, among other publications.
The Gilkey lecture series was established in 2004 by Harold and Priscilla Gilkey to provide resources for UM’s School of Business Administration to host the nation’s top business leaders to share their knowledge, expertise and experiences with students, faculty members and the community.