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CEO Forum Series

Started Jul 16, 2021


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Join the CEO Forum as we delve into topics of interest to station CEO's. Each month we will have brief presentations from experts in the field followed by a dialogue to learn from each. Open to all NETA General Managers.


Meets monthly, 90 minute sessions

Ethical Guidelines & Editorial Standards
August 19, 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern

Forum Description:

As the media landscape continues to shift dramatically beneath our feet, there is one real constant.  Trust remains the single most important asset in our business, and the public’s trust is something that we can never take for granted.  The path to earning and preserving that trust is through rigorous adherence to the highest editorial standards and ethical guidelines.  Hear from leaders in editorial and funding standards for public media, and join the dialogue as we share what CEO’s across the country are facing in ensuring the independence, credibility, and trusted nature of their stations.


The New Normal 2.0
September 16, 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern

Forum Description:

How have things evolved now that we are back into our offices? Gain tips and insights from leaders at NAMI and the APA during a fireside chat with Dr. Ken Duckworth, MD, NAMI and Darcy Gruttadaro, Director of the Center for Workplace Mental Health, APA.


Critical Race Theory
October 21, 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern

Forum Description:

Join a discussion about the Critical Race Theory as it relates to public media.  Hear from stations and the impact that is happening around the country


Empathy, Morale, Stress, Trust, Respectful Confrontation
November 18, 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern

Forum Description:

Join Psychiatrist, Wellness Coach and Author, Darlene Ifill-Taylor, M.D (yes, related to Gwen) and Author, Motivational Speaker, International Workshop Facilitator and Conflict Resolution Instructor, Joe Weston discuss the role of empathy, resilience, self-care and respectful engagement in our work, home and community relationships. 


Board Relations
December 16, 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern

Forum Description:

Information coming soon.


I'm a GM, Now What?
January 20, 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern

Forum Description:

Hear from the CEO's that have been there.  What surprised them?  What do they know now that they wish they knew at the beginning.  This month is a focus on new CEO's, with an invitation to everyone to share their growth and expertise.


Target Audience: General Manager / CEO Only

Course Facilitators

Eric Hyppa

Eric Hyyppa

NETA President

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Eric Hyyppa is the President of the National Educational Telecommunications Association. Prior to joining NETA, Eric served for 11 years as Director and General Manager of MontanaPBS in Bozeman, Montana. He has a background in Information Technology, including a BS in Computer Science from Montana State University. He is a PBS veteran, with over 25 years in public broadcasting and extensive experience in television production, including work for every major network and many independent companies. He is a former member of the Society of Motion Picture Television Engineers and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.

Eric is past chair of the board of directors of the National Educational Telecommunications Association, past chair of the board of trustees of America’s Public Television Stations, past chair of public television’s Affinity Group Coalition, and past co-chair of the Organization of State Broadcasting Executives. He has also served on the board of directors of PBS as well as the board of directors for the Montana Broadcasters Association.

Eric resides in Columbia, South Carolina with his wife Alexis and daughter Annika.

Molly Phillips

Molly Phillips

Executive Director & General Manager, Iowa PBS

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Molly Phillips is Executive Director and General Manager for Iowa PBS, where she is responsible for leading Iowa’s only statewide broadcast network since 2013. Molly has served Iowa PBS since 1990, devoting her career to the advancement of public television and Iowa PBS’s mission to educate, inform, enrich and inspire Iowans. She was previously the Director of Communications and Community Engagement at Iowa PBS, where for nearly 15 years she was responsible for the network’s state and federal public policy advocacy. America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) presented Molly with its National Advocacy Award in 2010.

Molly has volunteered her time and talents to a long list of organizations advancing the vision and goals of public media. She was elected to and served as chair on the APTS Board of Trustees and is an active member of the Organization of State Broadcasting Executives (OSBE). Molly was elected to and currently serves on the Public Broadcasting Service Board of Directors where she is vice-chair of the PBS Station Services Committee. She also served on the National Education Telecommunications Association (NETA) Board of Directors. She serves on the Affinity Group Coalition of Public Media Organizations where she is leading an initiative to create professional development training opportunities for public media employees.

Molly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business degree from Grand View University in Des Moines. She was raised in Southwest Iowa and she currently resides in Grimes with her husband Steve. They have three grown children together: Courtney and twin boys Taylor and Trevor.