Michela O’Connor Abrams is President of Dwell Media, the award-winning media company founded in 2000 by Lara Deam. Michela’s ten years of leadership at Dwell has led to General Excellence at the National Magazine Awards, finalist in the corporate category for the prestigious National Design Awards, and National recognition for both circulation growth and newsstand sales. In 2005, she conceived and launched Dwell on Design, the largest design show on the West Coast hosting 25,000 design professionals and enthusiasts in 2011. She has led the development and growth of Dwell Media’s digital platforms including web, mobile, and tablet products which were recently recognized as “#1 Most Innovative” in Affinity Research’s August 2011 survey. Ms. O'Connor Abrams herself was honored with EWIP’s prestigious 2012 “Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award” bestowed upon women leading and innovating in media, a few past recipients include Gloria Steinem, Maria Rodale, Lynn Povich, and Eleanor Clift. In 2005 Michela was honored by Media Industry News as their “Sales Leader of the Year.” In 2011 she was an honored Alumni of the Year by her alma mater Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo for the School of Liberal Arts. Michela is a former President of the Board of Goodweave, Chairman of Home & Gift for Project Angel Food’s Divine Design and sits on the boards of MPA’s Independent Magazine Advisory Group and Linguastat, while also serving on the Board of Trustees for the Marin Horizon School. She is a sought-after speaker on leadership, media, design, and business and is always excited to spread her passion for good design and business innovation with others. She will be a returning speaker at Yale this summer for its prestigious Yale Publishing Course geared to mid-level executives. Ms. O’Connor Abrams lives in Mill Valley, California with her husband Alan, a wine entrepreneur, and their thirteen year old daughter, Taylor.