Kirstine Stewart, the head of Twitter Canada, to publish Our Turn: Time for a New Kind of Leader with Random House Canada

TORONTO, Dec. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Kirstine Stewart will publish her first book, Our Turn, on women leaders in a time of new opportunities, with Random House Canada. Anne Collins, Publisher of the Knopf Random Canada Publishing Group, and Kristin Cochrane, President of Random House of Canada, negotiated the deal for Canadian rights with Chris Bucci of Anne McDermid & Associates Ltd. Hardcover publication is planned for Spring 2015.


This line, from a speech Kirstine Stewart gave to the Rotman School of Management on Oct. 21, 2013, is the kernel of OUR TURN, Stewart's inspiring look at women leaders in a time of generational shifts in the workforce and changing corporate values and opportunities, especially in the world of new technologies. Drawing on her own experience as head of CBC, a TV and radio broadcaster where she dealt with 5,000 employees and a challenging public funding model, and her new job leading Twitter Canada at a very exciting, transformative stage for the world's instant communication system, Stewart will look at how new media technologies are breaking the rules of corporate organization and inspiring new business models based on flexibility and creativity,  and how these new structures are creating greater opportunities for women. She believes that women are well placed to take advantage of this shift: "Women have long been pushed to conform to what people have valued as traditional masculine leadership traits in business. Now that business values, and the values of what is expected of leadership, have changed, women are primed to take their place among leaders at the top."

Anne Collins, Publisher of the Knopf Random Canada Publishing Group, says: "Changing the definitions of success and leadership so they better fit us all is a hugely important thing to do. Kirstine Stewart is leaping ahead with the conversation started by Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In, showing us why the time is now for new ideas and female leaders, and how the new nimble business models and the new generation of women and men entering the work force will create success with a more female face."

Kristin Cochrane, President of Random House of Canada, says, "From the moment we first heard about Kirstine writing a book, I was beyond thrilled at the opportunity to publish an innovative, inspirational and deeply intelligent voice in the ongoing and lively discussion of women in business. In speaking to her, my excitement grew further—this book will provoke, shape and extend this conversation and add a Canadian perspective."


Kirstine Stewart - Managing Director, Twitter Canada. Kirstine is responsible for Canadian operations at Twitter, including its advertising business and partnerships. Prior to joining Twitter in May 2013, Kirstine was the executive vice-president of CBC's English services, CBC/Radio-Canada, where she oversaw CBC's English radio and audio, television and digital operations. Earlier, she was senior vice-president of programming for Alliance Atlantis where she headed up brands HGTV, Food Network, National Geographic, BBCCanada and others. Kirstine earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto, and is a graduate of the Global Leadership in the 21st Century program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Stewart is a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, selected to advise the World Economic Forum. She was named Canadian Woman in Communications (CWC) 2010 Woman of the Year, and has been recognized by the Women's Executive Network as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women. Most recently, Playback Magazine named Kirstine their Person of the Year 2012, and Strategy Magazine recognized her leadership in taking CBC to Brand of the Year 2012. She is @kirstinestewart on Twitter.

RANDOM HOUSE CANADA is an imprint of Random House of Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada. 

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