Last night, Melanie Gorman of YourTango and Dating Makeover Coach Kira Sabin teamed up with Rachel Greenwald—the author of Have Him at Hello—for the third telechat in our Girls' Night In teleseries. After putting on our jammies and pouring some wine, we settled in as Gorman and Sabin grilled Greenwald on what we all wanted to know most: Why didn't he call?
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About a year ago, YourTango's video team created the extremely popular Facebook Manners and You, an extended webisode spotlighting a couple apparently incapable of conducting themselves properly on Facebook. The video served to teach viewers the dos and don'ts of Facebook breakups. We'd like to announce that this video has just been named an official honoree in the 2010 Webby Awards.
The YourTango staff is like a well-oiled machine. We dutifully devour books on settling for Mr. Good Enough, edit essays and blog posts that bring you the love advice you're craving, and make sure the site both looks pretty and runs smoothly. Meanwhile, Celebrity Editor Claire Daniel does the tough, down-and-dirty work. Heading up a crack team of in-the-know bloggers, Claire keeps us up-to-date on celebrity love stories, heartbreaks and outright scandals on YourTango's Celeb Love blog.
Last night marked the second telechat in our four-week, Girls' Night In teleseries (the first featured Lori Gottlieb, author of Marry Him, and set the tone for a month filled with fabulous, free love advice). Our guest of honor was Lisa Steadman, the author of If He's Not the One, Who Is? and It's a Breakup, Not a Breakdown and, after kicking back with glasses of wine, our phones glued to our ears, we settled in to learn about how to manifest Mr. Right.
Last Monday, Lori Gottlieb—author of Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough—joined us in a live telechat hosted by the dating makeover coach Kira Sabin and our own Melanie Gorman. She joined women across the country who were tuning in via their telephones and submitted herself to our questions and pleas for love enlightenment. The meat of her message? We're not keeping ourselves open to love.
We don't see a lot of of our Executive Vice President around the office (he telecommutes from home for part of the week, that lucky duck), but the ever-elusive Brett Shamosh has a lot going on behind the scenes. Allegedly (kidding!), he oversees all of YourTango's digital operations, including development, design, production, and ad operations. And on top of all that, he also handles business development. So basically, he makes sure that you have a site to look at, and that it looks pretty. Among other things.
With a staff as small as ours, it stands to reason that pretty much each one of us does the work of about 10 different people. It's no different with General Manager Tom Miller, who—on a constant high somehow unamplified by either caffeine or coke—makes us snort with his daily Tomfoolery posts, giving us just an eensy peep into the male mind; plays movie star in a good number of our web videos; and handles the day-to-day office-type stuff that the rest of us hate. Like, um, paying us so that we can buy new shoes. All that and he still manages to keep that hair of his looking perfect.
While YourTango wouldn't exist without CEO Andrea Miller, and the YourTango community would feel completely neglected without Community Director Lyz Lenz, it's Senior Editor Sarah Harrison who keeps your Google Readers full. Harrison doles out writing assignments, whips up smart headlines and heads up regular edit meetings with an iron fist. We'd be terrified of her if we weren't too busy admiring the way she pulls off the whole sexy-boots-over-skinny-jeans look. Okay. Maybe not terrified. But this woman is crazy capable.
The other week, we introduced you to our founder and CEO, Andrea Miller. This week, we'd like to move along the masthead and spotlight our perpetually-cheery Community Director, Lyz Lenz. Unfortunately for us, she works remotely, in the far, far land that is Iowa. So we can't go to lunch together or swap friendship bracelets. Fortunately, she rocks the whole community thing, and is regularly in contact with you, dear readers, and quick to report back to us on the winningest community blog posts and trending topics.
This coming Friday, February 12, Susan Shapiro—the author of novel Speed Shrinking—is hosting a Speed Shrinking for Love Party at the Washington Square Institute, from 7-9 p.m. The relationship-challenged and lovelorn are invited to come and watch 16 shrinks, relationship gurus, agents and editors answer the question: How do I find my true love faster?