Eleanor Foa Dienstag is a veteran author, journalist and award-winning corporate writer. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s, the New Republic, the New York Observer, Ms., McCall’s, New Choices, Working Woman, Travel & Leisure, Frequent Flyer, womanaroundtown.com, and many others.
She is President of Eleanor Foa Associates, founded in 1983. It provides a wide variety of corporate and marketing communications services, including corporate histories, annual reports, executive speeches, brochures, articles, newsletters and op-ed pieces for profit and not-for-profit organizations.
Ms. Dienstag served as staff speechwriter to the chairman and CEO of American Express, James D. Robinson III. She contributed to the Company annual reports, quarterly reports, managed several management newsletters and wrote extensively about the Company’s financial, travel, marketing and philanthropic programs.
Ms. Dienstag is the author of three corporate histories. In 1994, Warner Books published In Good Company: 125 Years At The Heinz Table, a unique view of a quintessential American company, its people, products and strategies. It took three years to research and write, and was acclaimed by, among others, John Naisbitt, author of Megatrends, who wrote, “At last, a readable corporate history…One can learn more about how to succeed in business from this book than from a shelf of management books.” She also researched and wrote histories of The American Society of Corporate Secretaries: Fifty Years of Change and Growth, and Poets and Writers: Celebrating and Serving America Poets and Writers for Thirty Years.
Ms. Dienstag has written seven Annual Reports for The Hartford Foundation, which specializes in health and aging. She transformed these reports from dry recitations of grant descriptions into vivid narratives, conveying the vision and strategies behind major Foundation Initiatives in geriatric nursing, social work, team training, physician faculty scholars in aging research, depression in older adults, academic geriatric training and health services delivery.
Ms. Dienstag’s first book, a memoir, Whither Thou Goest: The Story of An Uprooted Wife, was published in 1976 (E.P. Dutton), and acclaimed by Business Week, among others, for its insights into corporate life. It recounts the trials, for both husband and wife, of “single minded devotion to the corporate upward-and-onward track,” as well as an insider’s view of the rise and fall of a modular housing company whose top three officers eventually went to jail.
Education: Smith College, B.A.; Major — History
|2004:||International Who’s Who of Professional & Business Women|
|Who’s Who In the World; Who’s Who In America|
|World Who’s Who of Women|
|Who’s Who In the East Outstanding People of the 20th Century|
|Outstanding Writers of the 20th Century|
|2002:||Literary Medal of Honor, Veteran Feminists of America (www.vfa.us)|
|1998/1999:||President, American Society of Journalists & Authors (www.asja.org)|
|1995:||Literary Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Art|
|1991:||Literary Residency: Virginia Center for the Creative Arts|
|1984:||Recipient: New York Women In Communications: Outstanding Members Award|
|1982:||Award of Merit: Speechwriting (NYIABC)|
|1981:||Award of Excellence: Speechwriting (NYIABC)|
|1981:||Award of Merit: American Express Management Newsletter|
|1981:||Literary Residency: Yaddo|