Virtual Mentorship: Illuminating the Culture of our Time with Gus Wenner, CEO of Rolling Stone

- Online Zoom Conference



Online Zoom Conference


This event is free for Virtual, Silver, Heritage, Professional, Heritage + Professional, Young Leadership, VIP Leadership, President, CEO, and Chairman members.


YJP is excited to host Gus Wenner from Rolling Stone as part of our Virtual Mentorship series. Rolling Stone is the leading voice of music and popular culture for over 50 years that reaches 60 million people every month. 

This will be a small Zoom roundtable, with around 25 young professionals, featuring insights from Gus, and an opportunity for Q&A. This event is complimentary for YJP's Virtual, Professional, Young Leadership members and above levels.

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Gus Wenner
CEO at Rolling Stone

Gus Wenner is the Chief Executive Officer of Rolling Stone, the leading voice of music and popular culture for over 50 years that reaches 60 million people every month. Wenner runs the day-to-day operations of the company and drives the strategic vision of the world’s most iconic music and culture publication.

Since joining the company in 2012, Wenner has transformed Rolling Stone from a print-based business to a multi-platform content brand. Under Wenner’s leadership, Rolling Stone maintains an audience of 26 million digital readers per month in addition to over 10 million print readers, over 16 million social followers and 112 million video views per month.
In recent years, Wenner has also significantly increased Rolling Stone’s events, multimedia and licensing businesses, providing diversified revenue streams for the company and valuable ways to reach new audiences. In a significant move for the company, Wenner launched Rolling Stone Charts in 2019, an interactive set of music charts that are the new standard in music trend metrics.

Prior to his current role, Wenner was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Rolling Stone from 2018 to 2022 and the Head of Digital of Wenner Media from 2014 to 2017, overseeing the digital operations of Rolling Stone, Us Weekly and Men’s Journal, along with ad sales, marketing and digital editorial across the company. In April 2017, Wenner was responsible for the sale of Us Weekly; and in June 2017, he handled the sale of Men’s Journal. In December 2017, Wenner oversaw Penske Media Corp’s majority investment in Rolling Stone.
Wenner graduated from Brown University in 2012.

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Deneen Howell
Partner at Williams & Connolly LLP

Deneen C. Howell is a highly skilled negotiator with broad experience helping authors secure book deals; advising former government officials, senior executives, public speakers, broadcasters and journalists (many of whom also are authors) in their professional pursuits. In her media practice, Deneen has represented C-suite and other executive officers as well as on-air and off-air talent, including anchors, correspondents, reporters, contributors, writers, editors and producers, in various agreements with numerous media organizations that include AXIOS, ABC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, Discovery, ESPN, FOX, MSNBC, NBC, NPR and VICE News.

Deneen regularly advises clients in negotiating various publishing agreements for fiction and non-fiction authors, including most recently representing former First Lady Michelle Obama in the sale of world rights to her upcoming book “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times.” Deneen has also represented former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Bill Clinton, the late Congressman John Lewis, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Col. Oliver North, the late Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in agreements with publishing houses, including Little, Brown and Company, Penguin Random House, and Hachette Book Group. In addition to non-fiction, Deneen represents fiction authors James Patterson, Khaled Hosseini, and Alex Berenson and the late Mary Higgins Clark.

Born in Philadelphia, Deneen grew up in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and graduated from Yale University in 1993, and received her J.D. from Stanford Law School while serving as President of the Stanford Law Review. After law school, Deneen became corporate counsel to the Times Mirror Company, a Los Angeles-based news and information company whose holdings included the Los Angeles Times. Deneen joined Williams & Connolly in 1998 and has been a partner since 2006. Deneen is Co-Chair of both Williams & Connolly’s Transactions and Business Counseling practice group as well as its Employment Counseling practice group and Chair of the firm’s Budget Committee.


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