Meredith Fineman is an entrepreneur, writer, and media expert on redefining self-promotion and using public relations as a weapon for positive career changes. Her humor and relatability as a decade-long freelance writer on business and entrepreneurship make her a popular voice for a millennial audience and beyond. All of her side projects, from events to products to websites, showcase her ability to connect current trends with action.
Fineman is the founder of FinePoint, a leadership and professional development company that elevates individuals - CEOs, Founders, and women in positions of power. She is a freelance writer of 13 years, with columns and bylines in outlets like Harvard Business Review, Forbes, FastCompany, Inc, Elle, Shondaland, Marie Claire, Entrepreneur, and more. Her latest project is the book Microtrends Squared, a collaboration with Mark Penn that released in March 2018. She speaks and trains on bragging better, the importance of women talking positively about professional accomplishment, and trends and content in media, particularly among millennials.
Fineman started FinePoint in 2011 after parting with a digital agency. She brought her experience in all areas of communication to formulate a company based on better integrating digital strategy with public relations.
Three years after running public relations campaigns in technology, consumer & lifestyle, and business, Fineman became the go-to for individual representation, particularly for business leadership. Realizing a missing set of services, Fineman took FinePoint into the leadership and professional development world to teach all level of executives how public relations tactics affect company visibility, investor relations, business development, professional confidence, and success. Fineman speaks and trains women and men of all ages and levels of seniority the importance of a deep understanding of bragging and self-promotion, using public relations as the best weapon. She also emphasizes the importance of public relations as a weapon for fundraising, investor relations, and company competitive advantage.
Fineman has a decade of freelance writing experience. Her work appears in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Marie Claire, The Washington Post and more. She has been covered by Elle, The New York Times, New York Magazine, & more. She is a columnist for Inc.
Fineman is also the founder of two female-centric humor sites, Fifty First (J)Dates - which won national acclaim and attention - and Girls Aren't Funny. She also created two viral landing pages, Am I A F*cking Feminist, a quick that amassed 28,000 Facebook likes, and OliviaPopeandAssociates.org, a play on the powerful female TV character's business. She is the co-founder of Hillary Scrunches, a viral and popular accessory promoting female empowerment and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. Hillary Scrunchies is also led by Fineman's best friend, a fellow female millennial entrepreneur. Fineman's recent project consign + co™ highlights both her love for vintage fashion and the earth. Emphasizing the need to reduce carbon footprints while looking stylish doing it, the new brand offers services to help others embrace consignment the way Fineman has over the years.
Fineman has ten years of event experience, and has thrown events in New York, Washington, and Los Angeles. Fineman created Celebrating DC Women in Technology, a viral party that stemmed from an advocacy campaign for better gender ratios in write-ups of powerful people in Washington D.C. Her partners included Google, WeWork, and Pandora, and the event received national coverage. She runs Women Who Write Washington, a lecture and book party series for women authors.
Fineman appears on television to comment on women in business and public relations. She speaks at conferences and universities, most recently at the United Nations Foundation GirlUp Leadership Summit alongside speakers like Michelle Obama, where she gave a series on bragging. She also spoke in front of 1500 women at the Philadelphia Women's Conference in Fall 2015. She has spoken at the University of Pennsylvania, George Washington University, Georgetown University, American University, and Stanford University. Fineman is a member of professional and networking organizations like The List and Summit Series. She is represented by the Guild Agency in New York, with speakers like Barbara Corcoran, Lisa Ling, Sallie Krawcheck, and Spike Lee. She is also represented by UTA in Beverly Hills.
Fineman received a BA in Communications & Hispanic studies from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Magna Cum Laude with an honors thesis comparing Nixon & Kennedy press strategies. She is a "lifer" of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC.