Skip To Content
CEO Forum Series logo CEO Forum Series is a Course

CEO Forum Series

Started Aug 19, 2021

Enroll

Full course description

Description

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

Building a Culture of Growth
August 18, 2022, 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern
 
Forum Facilitators:
  • Dr. Akhil Chhatre, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Amy Burkett, General Manager, PBS Charlotte
  • Timothy Eernisse, Vice President Education, NETA

Forum Description

This session will begin our dialogue on Building a Culture of Growth for our system. We need your voice during these important sessions. Dr. Chhatre will be sharing his knowledge with us on creating a culture of growth within the medical world and the relevance to our industry to support our teams.

CEO Role in Fundraising
July 28, 2022, 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern

Forum Facilitators:
  • James Rademaker, General Manager, WGVU 
  • Ed Ulman, General Manager, Alaska Public Media

Forum Description

Are you a new leader of a Public Media organization? Is your background not in fundraising, particularly Public Media fundraising? Are you a seasoned leader but want to check in on where you are headed? Ed Ulman (Alaska Public Media President/CEO and member of the DAC) and Jim Rademaker (General Manager of WGVU Public Media and Chair of the DAC) will lead the discussion in our next CEO Roundtable focusing on the role of the station leader in Fundraising.

Brilliantly Resilient: Reset, Rise and Reveal Your Brilliance After Life's Sucker Punches!
June 23, 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern

Forum Facilitators:
  • Mary Fran Bontempo and Kristin Smedley

Forum Description:

Resilience has never been so essential to human survival and success. But resilience is just the beginning. Challenges can help us uncover inherent resilience and discover our unique brilliance—the gift we are meant to share with the world. This 4-week program will help attendees effectively utilize their inherent resilience, create an action plan to rise and thrive, and discover personal brilliance to build productivity, confidence, and success.

As Seen on TV – NOT! Ransomware and You
April 2022, 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern

Forum Facilitators:
  • Klint Walker, Cybersecurity Advisor Region IV, Cybersecurity Advisor Program, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

  • Led by Klint Walker, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), U.S. DHS. Klint will share overarching threats in our world today, tips to mitigate the threats, and resources for your station as part of our country’s critical infrastructure.

Resilient Leadership
March 31, 2022, 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern

Forum Facilitators:
  • Joe Weston, Conflict Resolution Instructor

Forum Description:

  • How can we effectively lead amid so much uncertainty? Is it possible to thrive when our organizations, communities, and culture are experiencing so much change?

    Join Joe Weston and team for an interactive session on resilient leadership—cultivating the qualities that can bring balance, stability, and even thriving to those you serve and serve alongside.

    You’ll learn some neuroscience, martial arts principles, and simple practices that will help you tackle challenging situations with more integrity and understanding. Leaders who have participated in the Weston Network’s Resilient Power Leadership programs have reported: 

    • An increase in dexterity with identifying and addressing resistance
    • Greater sense of balance, personal freedom, and vision
    • Improved relationships and stronger influence in the workplace
    • Resolution of misunderstandings and increased trust
    • Confidence to set clear boundaries • New solutions to familiar problems

I'm a GM, Now What?
January 20, 2022 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern

Forum Facilitators:

  • Eric Hyyppa, President, NETA
  • Molly Phillips, Executive Director & General Manager, Iowa PBS
  • Terry Dugas, General Manager, Wyoming PBS

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.

Board Relations
December 16, 2021 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern

Forum Facilitators:

  • Eric Hyyppa, President, NETA

Empathy, Morale, Stress, Trust, Respectful Confrontation
November 18, 2021 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern

Forum Facilitators:

  • Molly Phillips, Executive Director & General Manager, Iowa PBS
  • Darlene Ifill-Taylor, M.D., Psychiatrist, Wellness Coach, & Author
  • Joe Weston, Conflict Resolution Instructor

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

Forum Facilitators:
  • Eric Hyyppa, President, NETA

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

The New Normal 2.0
September 16, 2021, 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.

Ethical Guidelines & Editorial Standards
August 19, 2021 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern

Forum Facilitators:

  • Molly Phillips, Executive Director & General Manager, Iowa PBS
  • Dr. Ken Duckworth, Medical Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Darcy Gruttadaro, Director of the Center for Workplace Mental Health, APA

Target Audience: General Manager / CEO Only

Course Facilitators

Eric Hyppa

Eric Hyyppa

NETA President

Read More

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

Read More

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.

Mark Memmott

Mark Memmott

NPR Standards & Practices Consultant

Read More

Mark Memmott has been a reporter, editor and newsroom leader at two of the nation’s largest news organizations.

While serving as NPR's supervising senior editor for Standards & Practices from 2014 to 2019, he was a resource for the network’s journalists – helping them raise the right questions as they do their work and uphold the organization's standards.

As the NPR Ethics Handbook states, the Standards & Practices editor is "charged with cultivating an ethical culture throughout our news operation." This means he or she coordinates discussion on how we apply our principles and monitors our decision-making practices to ensure we're living up to our standards."

Before becoming Standards & Practices editor, Memmott was one of the hosts of NPR's "The Two-Way" news blog, which he helped to launch when he came to NPR in 2009. It focused on breaking news, analysis, and the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.

Prior to joining NPR, Memmott worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor at USA Today. He focused on a range of coverage from politics, foreign affairs, economics, and the media. He reported from places across the United States and the world, including half a dozen trips to Afghanistan in 2002-2003.

During his time at USA Today, Memmott, helped launch and lead three USAToday.com news blogs: "On Deadline," "The Oval" and "On Politics," the site's 2008 presidential campaign blog.

In January 2020, Memmott became the first Managing Editor of The Texas Newsroom, a collaboration between NPR and member stations across the Lone Star State. He retired from that role in February 2021 and now works as a consultant, helping public media newsrooms navigate the ethical issues they encounter.

Terry Dugas

Terry Dugas

General Manager, Wyoming PBS

Read More

Terry is General Manager of WyomingPBS, the Wyoming state network located in Riverton.

Before moving to Wyoming, he was Manager of Content Distribution for NET in Lincoln, Nebraska for six years, responsible for NET’s broadcast, cable, internet, social media channels and TV promotion.

Previously, he was head of Interactive Media and Education at NET for nine years where he managed a five million US Department of Education project to create a full four year distance learning high school degree and a seven million dollar project for the US Department of Defense to create online training for America’s Reserve forces. He was also Executive Director of a three state, fifteen college consortium focused on distance learning.

Before Nebraska, he was Director of Web and Multimedia Educational Services for FGCU and Associate Director for Distance Learning for four years. Prior to that, he was Associate Director of WGCU-TV (PBS) for eleven years. Before moving to Public Broadcasting, he spent ten years in commercial television in different management positions.

He recently retired as an Adjunct Professor of Communications at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) after teaching courses for over 20 years through distance learning on the relationship between Media and Culture. He has held full time and Adjunct positions at Seton Hall University, the University of South Carolina, and Edison State Community College.

He has a Masters of Arts in Medieval Literature from the University of South Carolina. He’s also a certified Brunswick A7 Pinsetter mechanic and was a professional video gamer, before they started making the big bucks.

Timothy Eernisse

Timothy Eernisse

NETA Vice President, Education

Read More

As Vice President, Education for NETA, Timothy leads NETA’s team to strengthen and amplify Public Media’s education mission. His team supports Professional Development, Education Services, NETA Peer Learning Communities, NETA Awards, and the NETA Conference. Prior to NETA, he was the Director of Development and Marketing with WGVU Public Media where he led the Development & Business Development team as well as Marketing, Outreach, Art, and Education areas. He was with WGVU for twelve years, two as an Underwriting Sales Representative and the past ten years as Director of Development and Marketing. Timothy is a proud Air Force Veteran, having served from 1990 – 1998 working with the 439th Military Airlift Wing and the 127th Air Wing as a PERSCO Team Member and the 110th Fighter Group as a Weapons Loader on A-10 Aircraft and has been deployed domestically and overseas in support of several Air Force operations.

Talia Rosen

Talia Rosen

Assistant General Counsel and Senior Director of Standards & Practices, PBS

Read More

Talia Rosen oversees the PBS Standards & Practices team as it implements the twin pillars of the PBS Editorial Standards and the PBS Funding Standards in order to uphold the mission of independence and trust for all PBS content. Talia additionally manages PBS’s regulatory affairs strategy and engagement work with the Federal Communications Commission.

Dr. Ken Duckworth

Dr. Ken Duckworth

Medical Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Read More

Dr. Ken Duckworth serves as the medical director for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He is double board certified in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. He has also completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship. Dr. Duckworth is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard University Medical School and has served as a board member of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. Dr. Duckworth has held clinical and leadership positions in community mental health, school psychiatry and now also works as Medical Director for Behavioral Health at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Prior to joining NAMI in 2003, Dr. Duckworth served as Acting Commissioner of Mental Health and the Medical Director for Department of Mental Health of Massachusetts, as a psychiatrist on a Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) team, and Medical Director of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. Dr. Duckworth attended the University of Michigan where he graduated with honors and Temple University School of Medicine. Ken won the Patient Advocacy Award from the APA and is a distinguished fellow of that organization.

Gruttadaro

Darcy Gruttadaro

Director of the Center for Workplace Mental Health, APA

Read More

Darcy Gruttadaro, J.D. joined the APA Foundation in 2017 as the director of the Center for Workplace Mental Health. As director, she is developing and implementing the Center’s strategic direction and continued growth. In this role, she will develop strategic relationships and collaboration with employers, business groups representing employers, colleague organizations and other key stakeholders. Before joining the Center, Ms. Gruttadaro served in multiple senior level positions with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). This work focused on initiatives to expand access to effective mental health services and supports for people impacted by mental health conditions. Ms. Gruttadaro has extensive experience in advocacy, policy and programmatic approaches to expanding evidence-based practices, improving early intervention, securing insurance coverage for mental health services and building a broader array of effective services and supports that promote resiliency and recovery.

Darlene Ifill-Taylor

Darlene Ifill-Taylor

Psychiatrist, Wellness Coach, & Author

Read More

Darlene Ifill-Taylor is a Psychiatric Physician, Founder of Three Strand Wellness, LLC, in Charlotte, NC and author of “Get Well! Making the Wellness of Our Mind, Body and Spirit a Priority”. She has treated Children and Adults for over 25 years and feels strongly about the integration of Mental Health into the overall wellness of individuals, families and communities. She is also a singer songwriter.

Joe Weston

Joe Weston

Conflict Resolution Instructor

Read More

Joe Weston is the founder of The Weston Network, Executive Director for the Fierce Civility Project, author of Mastering Respectful Confrontation, and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University teaching a masters level course: Body-Based Skill Building for Navigating Stress and Confrontation.

Growing up in a pugilistic environment led Joe on a quest to deeply understand the roots that underlie conflict; and subsequently, ways in which it can be safely addressed, or even prevented, through processes including confrontation and collaboration. These explorations took him around the world, where he studied diverse traditions, and learned from masters in the martial arts. Joe synthesized a body of knowledge and practices that combine theory with somatic exercises.

Drawing on these, along with his experience in theater and interest in neuroscience, Joe and his team have been working with organizations and movements around the world, including more than a decade of programs with NASA.

Joe’s work with women’s rights and other humanitarian organizations in the Middle East and the US, focuses on empowerment and leadership, reframing power/masculinity, and overcoming gender-based violence. He has also worked with veterans’ organizations in processes of integration and healing, and has also volunteered for the Liberation Prison Project, teaching meditation and leadership to inmates.

Deborah L. Acklin

Deborah L. Acklin

President and CEO of WQED,

Read More

Deborah Acklin is president and chief executive officer of WQED, the nation’s first community-owned public media company, also known worldwide as “Mister Rogers’ station”.

Ms. Acklin has served in multiple executive roles in public broadcasting, the cable television industry, and commercial broadcasting. At WQED, she manages or has managed the operations, strategies, and fundraising to create original multi-platform content distributed across five television channels, three radio channels, an interactive web-based global media distribution portal, an education department, and PBS, NPR and their member stations.

Her tenure includes many achievements, including an unprecedented five Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards for Overall Excellence, given by the regional chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to a general manager of a commercial or public television station in Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and New Jersey.

In 2018, she oversaw WQED’s production of Tree of Life: A Concert for Peace and Unity, which aired locally and on PBS stations nationwide. The production featured the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s concert of remembrance and reverence in the wake of the tragedy at the synagogue in nearby Squirrel Hill. The concert brought the Pittsburgh community together to find comfort, strength and solace through music, hope and unity.

Ms. Acklin is active in the community on a variety of board and advisory boards, both locally and nationally. She holds a B.A. from Duquesne University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School.


Dr. Mildred S. (Millie) Myers

Board Chair of WQED

Read More

Dr. Millie Myers is Teaching Professor of Management Communication Emerita at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business, where she taught in the MBA and Ph.D. programs and extensively in the Program for Executives, whose clients came from business and government organizations in North and South America, Europe, and Asia (including Russia and China). She continues to guest-lecture at Carnegie Mellon in both the Tepper School and the Heinz College.

Dr. Myers is also an active management consultant, working primarily with senior executives on business relationships with the news media, crisis communication responses, persuasive oral and written communication, non-verbal communication, and intercultural communication.

The companies and professional organizations with which she has worked include the American Bankers Association; BNY Mellon; Brookstone, Inc.; Giant Eagle Corp.; the Hillman Company; the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and other local and regional hospitals; several high-technology and law firms; multiple colleges and universities in the U.S. and in Asia; the City of Pittsburgh (Mayor’s Office and City Council); and many non-profit organizations in the arts, social services, and recreation. Most recently she conducted media training for the University of Utah’s lead researcher on a Covid-19 medication trial.

She has been quoted as an expert in management communication in The Wall Street Journal and in regional newspapers such as The Baltimore Sun, The Indianapolis Star, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pittsburgh Business Times, and The Syracuse Post. Her eight-part radio series on communication was broadcast on American Entrepreneur Radio.

Her doctoral thesis was a study of professional and managerial communication in a Fortune-100 firm. Prior to her academic career, she worked as a business librarian/information specialist at the University of Pittsburgh, PPG Industries, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and taught communication courses for the American Institute of Banking. Dr. Myers is also an experienced business writer and editor. She is the author of two books and co-author of three others, and her articles have been published in several professional and academic journals. Her reviews of new books on organizational communication, marketing and public relations, women in business, and corporate social responsibility appear regularly in CHOICE, a book-selection journal for academic libraries.

Dr. Myers currently serves as Board Chair of WQED Multimedia and represents WQED on the APTS (America’s Public Television Stations) Leadership Council. She also serves on the boards of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (Vice Chair) and ARCS Foundation Pittsburgh. Formerly, she was a Board and Executive Committee member for the Pittsburgh Symphony (2003-2017), YWCA Pittsburgh, and Carlow University.

Ed Ulhman

Ed Ulhman

President & CEO, Alaska Public Media

Read More

Edward Ulman is the President & CEO of Alaska Public Media (AKPM), Alaska's largest PBS, NPR, and statewide news organization. Ulman joined AKPM in May 2016. Since his arrival, AKPM revitalized local television production, expanded statewide enterprise journalism efforts, has become a CPB-PBS Ready To Learn station, and redefined community engagement, while increasing TV, radio, and online audiences. In addition, membership, major giving, and grant funding continue to grow year over year. AKPM also earned its first NATAS Regional Emmy, Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, two National Edward R. Murrow Awards for journalism, and a PBS Development Award for Membership.

Ulman shifted community engagement activities by focusing on localizing PBS national content while also delivering Alaskan stories to national audiences. Examples include Indie Alaska - PBS Digital Studios with over 3.8 million YouTube views, live-action interstitials produced for the first season of Molly of Denali, ENG packages aired on PBS NewsHour. AKPM reporters regularly contribute stories to various NPR programs and AKPM partnered with NPR to distribute Midnight Oil, an eight-part podcast covering the 40-year history of the Alaskan Oil Pipeline, that garnered over 1 million downloads.

Previously, Ulman served as Development Director and then General Manager for KBTC Public Television in Tacoma, Washington. In 2013, PBS President Paula Kerger acknowledged KBTC's Ready To Learn partnership with the Tacoma Housing Authority in an interview on CNN and again, at the PBS Annual Meeting. With his Seattle counterpart at KCTS 9, Ulman received the Association of Public Television Stations 2015 National Advocacy Award. He began his public broadcasting career, first as volunteer fundraising talent on KUAT-TV and KUAZ-FM in Tucson, Arizona, and then at New Mexico PBS in Albuquerque, where as Education and Outreach Manager, he led teams that earned a National Educational Television Association award for Take One Step: A Women's Health Initiative in 2007 and a PBS Development Award for KNME Science Central in 2008. Ulman has served on the PBS Teacher's Advisory Panel, the WGBH Teacher's Domain Implementation Advisory Committee and KCET's A Place of Our Own Station Advisory Committee.

Ed continues to build programming, support and connections to public media for all.

Jim Rademaker

Jim Rademaker

General Manager WGVU Public Media

Read More

Jim has been the General Manager of WGVU Public Media since August 2022. He began his public media career at WGVU in 2002 and has spent the majority of his time in fundraising roles. First in underwriting sales, then in membership and philanthropic giving. In late 2015 he moved to WCMU Public Media where he was Director of Development and later Assistant General Manager, then General Manager before returning to WGVU. He currently serves as the Chair of the PBS Development Advisory committee, and is on the board of the Small Station Association.

Chantre

Akhil Chhatre

MD

Read More

Akhil Chhatre, MD is a board certified physiatrist. He is appointed at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as a faculty member and Assistant Professor with the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery, and Orthopaedic Surgery. He is Director of Spine Rehabilitation and also Fellowship Director for the Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship. He is an active member of the North American Spine Society and Spine Intervention Society. In addition to his busy clinical practice and teaching, he has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.

Sign up for this course today!

Enroll