HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Joanne Lipman

Author of That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together


  • Women in Leadership
  • Men as Allies
  • How to Close the Gender Gap at Work
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Future of Media
  • From #MeToo to Black Lives Matter: Building Diversity into the Workplace
  • The Art of Reinvention


New York

Joanne Lipman is the author of That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together (William Morrow). A veteran journalist, she has served as Content Officer of Gannett, and Editor-in-Chief of USA TODAY. She began her career as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, ultimately rising to deputy managing editor—the first woman to attain that post—and supervising coverage that won three Pulitzer Prizes. Subsequently, she was founding editor-in-chief of Portfolio magazine and portfolio.com, which won Loeb and National Magazine Awards.

Filled with illuminating anecdotes, data from the most recent studies, and stories from Lipman’s own journey to the top of a male-dominated industry, That’s What She Said shows how we can win by reaching across the gender divide. Throughout the book Lipman explains why empowering women as true equals is an essential goal for women and men—and offers a roadmap for getting there. That’s What She Said solves for: the respect gap, unconscious bias, sexual harassment, interruptions, the pay and promotion gap, being heard, the motherhood penalty, “bropropriation” and “mansplaining,” and more.

Lipman has pioneered integrating gender equality into the workplace. She has written on the topic for publications including The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA TODAY and Time.  As one of the most senior women in the media industry, she has actively promoted women in the newsrooms she leads.

Lipman is a frequent speaker about women in the workplace.  She has addressed mixed-gender groups at major law firms, banks, professional and civic organizations, on issues such as unconscious bias, women in leadership, and bringing men into the conversation about gender equality.  Recent speaking engagements on women's issues include the Aspen Ideas Festival, the World Economic Forum in Davos, and Women in Cable Television's national leadership conference, which she keynoted with Katie Couric.

Lipman is a winner of the Matrix Award for women in media. She and her husband live in New York City and are the parents of two children.

Praise for That’s What She Said:

“Attention, good guys: if you want to advocate for women but don’t want to be villainized, this book is for you. It’s a rare guide on championing gender equality that you’ll actually enjoy reading - and it’s full of strategies for improving your workplace.”
--Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg

“Joanne Lipman has written an urgently needed exploration of how men - alongside women - can close the gender gap at work and in life. Now, more than ever, we need this book and its real, pragmatic solutions. By rooting her insights in real-world examples, extensive academic research, and stories that are a joy to read, she has provided an essential primer on how we can all succeed together.”
--Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better

"THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID is an instant classic. It's a must-read for two groups of people: men and women.”
--Roger McNamee, Venture Capitalist

“It's great we are talking the talk, but Joanne Lipman's cutting edge research and razor sharp advice will help men and women alike start walking the walk (toward a more equitable workplace).”
--Katie Couric, News Anchor and Author

“At last! THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID is so timely - and so needed. It's the ultimate guide for women (and men) who are determined to close the gender gap. Lively and readable, it's a game-changer in how we understand gender relations - and how we can break down barriers, right now.”
--Sallie Krawcheck, CEO, Ellevest

“Joanne Lipman leaves her soapbox at home, rolls up her sleeves, and provides real solutions to complex problems. Her valuable insights are a tool kit for men and women to not only work alongside each other but to bring out each other’s best."
--Glen Mazzara, Executive producer, The Shield, The Walking Dead

“Insightful and timely. The points Joanne Lipman makes in THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID are right on target for today’s new workplace. It will resonate whether you’re male or female, young or old, a manager or managed, a long-term employee or just starting your career.”
--Andrew H. Tisch, Co-Chairman of the Board, and Chairman of the Executive Committee, Loews Corporation

“Lipman, editor-in-chief of USA Today, makes a bold statement with this important book examining biases favoring men in business…. This book goes a step further than Sheryl Sandberg‘s best-selling Lean In and challenges both men and women to examine their own prejudices and actively reshape work cultures to be more welcoming to women.”
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)