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Alyce Alston

2012 Speaker

Alyce Alston brings magic to launching and growing businesses across diverse industries and consumer markets. Known for a rare mix of creativity, financial acumen and opportunity identification, Alston propels product innovation. In less than ten years as the CEO or President of portfolio companies of Fenway Partners Private Equity, Reader’s Digest Association and De Beers/LVMH joint venture, Alston led the launch, turnaround or expansion of numerous companies, served as “chief innovator” of groundbreaking products and businesses and delivered revenue and profitability in record time. Previously, Alston held senior executive publishing roles with Conde Nast, Fairchild, Gruner + Jahr/Bertelsmann, and Hearst. During that time, she launched O, The Oprah Magazine, the largest magazine launched in publishing history and achieved record-breaking revenue and profits in the first year. Alston also grew W Magazine 100% to its largest revenue in its history. Alston holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BA in Business from Southern Methodist University.