American Society of Magazine Editors

Michela O’Connor Abrams

President and Chief Executive Officer


Michela O’Connor Abrams is the president and chief executive officer of Dwell, the award-winning design brand. Her thirteen years of leadership at Dwell have led to accolades at the National Magazine Awards, Folio’s Marketing Awards, National Design Awards, and Folio’s Eddie and Ozzie Awards. In 2005, she conceived and launched Dwell on Design. Now in its 11th year, it was recently designated Folio’s best overall B2C event and is the largest design show in the U.S. She has led the development of Dwell Media’s digital platforms, which Affinity Research’s August 2011 survey recognized as “No. 1 Most Innovative.”

Folio recognized O’Connor Abrams as a “Corporate Visionary” in its 2014 Top Women in Media list and EWIP gave her its prestigious “Exceptional Woman in Publishing” award in 2012. In 2005, Media Industry News honored O’Connor Abrams as “Sales Leader of the Year,” and in 2011, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo recognized her as an honored alumnus.

O’Connor Abrams is a former president of the board of GoodWeave, the chairman of Home and Gift for Project Angel Food’s Divine Design, and sits on the boards of MPA’s Independent Magazine Advisory Group and Linguastat.  She also serves on the board of trustees for the Marin Horizon School. She is a sought-after speaker on leadership, media, design and business, and recently spoke to top media executives at the American Magazine Media Conference.