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Brave Talk: The Public Media Women in Leadership Conference is a Course

Brave Talk: The Public Media Women in Leadership Conference

Starts Aug 3, 2021

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Public Media Women in Leadership is thrilled to bring you THE conference for women in public media devoted to issues surrounding women’s leadership and professional development.

For its third year, Brave Talk will focus on featuring diverse voices on topics pertaining to women’s leadership success including re-imagining leadership, shattering the glass ceiling, returning to the office after a global pandemic, among others.

PRICING TIERS: Take advantage of our Early Bird pricing by registering by July 26!

  • Early Bird (July 12 to July 26): $75
  • Regular (July 27 to August 2): $90

Full Schedule:

Tuesday, August 3

  • Session 1: Leadership Re-Imagined
    • Featuring Joyce MacDonald President and CEO, Greater Public as interviewed by Deanna Mackey, Founder, PMWL.
    • 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. PST / 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. EST
  • Break
    • 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. PST / 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. EST
  • Session 2: Returning to the Office: Let's Talk Mental Health
    • Featuring Kim Salvaggio, Chief DEI Officer, Rocky Mountain Public Media and Dr. Tara Jae, Founder / Executive Director, Youth Seen.
    • 12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. PST / 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST
  • Session 3: The Women of FRONTLINE
    • Featuring Sarah Childress, Series Senior Editor, Carla Borras, Director of Digital Video and Raney Aronson-Rath, Executive Producer, FRONTLINE
    • 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. PST / 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. EST

Wednesday, August 4

  • Session 4: Lessons Learned ft. Trailblazing Leaders
    • Featuring Margaret Low, CEO, WBUR, Mary Mazur, President, Vegas PBS and Mary Zatina, General Manager, WDET as interviewed by Priska Neely, Managing Editor, Gulf States Newsroom.
    • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. PST / 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST
  • Break
    • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST / 2:30 p.m. tp 3:30 p.m. EST
  • Session 5: Shattering the Glass Ceiling
    • Featuring Stacey Vanek Smith, Host, The Indicator from Planet Money, Correspondent, Planet Money, Author, Machiavelli for Women: Defend Your Worth, Grow Your Ambition, and Win the Workplace as interviewed by Aarti Shahani, Award-winning NPR journalist, Host, Art of Power (a WBEZ production), Author, Here We Are.
    • 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. PST / 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST

Thursday, August 5, 

  • Session 6: Sneak preview of the upcoming Public Media CEO/COO Bootcamp
    • Exclusive to conference attendees, learn details about who will be speaking and what you’ll learn as a fellow in the inaugural Public Media CEO/COO Boot Camp.
    • 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. PST / 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. EST

Target Audience: This conference is applicable to women and gender expansive individuals at all levels in public media, from entry-level to the C-suite

Registration is limited and on a first come, first served basis. Registration fee is non-refundable. PMWL members with access to Brave Talk will receive an access code via email. Questions? Email PMWL at pmwomeninleadership@gmail.com.

Conference is offered by Public Media Women in Leadership

Conference Facilitator

Deanna Mackey

President, Public Television Major Market Group / Founder, Public Media Women in Leadership

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Deanna Martin Mackey has been committed to equity for women and girls, particularly women of color, throughout her 30+ year career in nonprofit management and executive leadership in media.

In 2015, Mackey co-founded Public Media Women in Leadership, to provide mentorship/training for women in her industry and address issues of gender inequity in public media. For 13 years Mackey has served as a Girl Scout troop leader, currently leading 17 high school girls, and she spent 10 years in board governance for Girl Scouts San Diego. She is a trainer at the organization’s annual leadership conference specializing in teaching leaders how to inspire and retain older girls to develop future leaders.

Mackey is a regular speaker at public media conferences and station events, leading workshops and speaking on the topics of effective change management, inclusive leadership, mentorship, women & leadership and managing multicultural and multigenerational teams.

Mackey is president of the Public Television Major Market Group (PTMMG), a consortium of the 40 largest PBS member stations in the U.S. She focuses her time on leadership/culture, revenue generation, audience development and digital on behalf of the group as well as national partnerships and system leadership activities. Previously, Mackey worked for 25 years at KPBS, San Diego, serving as COO in her final six years at the station. Mackey is credited with spearheading KPBS.org as a third content platform and creating KPBS’ converged newsroom.

Mackey was recently elected to the board of directors of Parks, California. The organization’s mission is to make California state parks and public lands welcoming, inclusive and climate resilient spaces to truly serve all Californians,

particularly underserved communities. In 2018 Mackey received the Hera Heroine Leadership Award from Hera Hub, a workspace for women. In 2014 Mackey was named a YWCA Tribute to Women & Industry (TWIN) honoree for her work mentoring women at KPBS and via the Girl Scouts. She was named Outstanding Alumnus from SDSU’s Daily Aztec newspaper the same year and in 2010 was named one of five “Women who Move the City” by San Diego Magazine.

Prior to working at KPBS, Mackey was a writer and editor for several San Diego-based publications. She spent her early years in journalism as a radio news writer. Mackey earned her Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University with a double major in journalism and political science. She lives in San Diego and is married to Christopher Ingalls. She and her husband have five children between them, one granddaughter, and one lovely Lab.

Conference Speakers

Joyce MacDonald

Joyce MacDonald

President and CEO, Greater Public

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As President and CEO, Joyce is responsible for developing Greater Public’s vision, strategic framework, and plans to maximize public media’s finances for long-term success.

Joyce comes to Greater Public from the CPB, where she served as Vice President, Journalism and Senior Advisor Content Operations. In that role she worked across radio, digital, and television to plan, initiate, and administer grant initiatives to support local, regional, and national public media journalism. In consultation with stakeholders across the system, she developed a strategic framework for designing and funding journalism collaboration and innovation, and was directly responsible for $16 million in grants in 2016. Joyce previously served as a key advisor to and ambassador for NPR’s President/CEO as Chief of Staff, led the national sponsorship organization National Public Media as Interim President and CEO, and spent six years as Vice President of Member Partnership at NPR.

Prior to joining NPR in 1999, Joyce was Vice President for Affiliate Marketing with Sony Corporation’s SW Networks, joining Sony after serving as a Regional Director of Affiliate Marketing with ABC Radio Networks. She launched her radio career as an account executive with WFNX Radio, Boston and earned her Master of Science degree in broadcast administration from Boston University’s College of Communication..

Kim Salvaggio

Kim Salvaggio

Chief DEI Officer, Rocky Mountain Public Media

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Thanks to her father’s love of PBS NewsHour, at a very young age, Kim wanted to be part of the media world. Studying Mass Media and Communications with a focus on Labor Industrial Relations at Penn State University, which is the studying of media professionals at work, helped guide a 20 year career in media organizations. Kim has held positions in Human Resources, with a focus on Diversity, at BBH New York, Public News Service and Rocky Mountain Public Media where she is currently one of the Chief DEI Officers. Kim works across all departments at RMPM as a lead trainer and is also a certified mediator, able lead resolution focused training. Kim and her partner have a very active home life with 4 kids and 4 pets, which is slightly controlled chaos. Kim is also a active community member and advocate for the LGTBQIA+ Community with a focus on Trans Youth.

Dr. Tara Jae

Dr. Tara Jae

Founder / Executive Director, Youth Seen

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Dr. jae has made their work about addressing equity and systemic racism especially in the areas of community engagement. With a Ph.D. in human behavior and counseling and an MFA in interdisciplinary art and curatorial studies is uniquely qualified to support artists, youth and organizations working at the crossroads of social justice and art. Dr. jae has a deep understanding of how race and culture impact historically marginalized individuals in their search for self and recognition. They utilize this expertise in helping community organizations decolonize their practices and authentically engage with their communities from a place of equity and inclusion.

Sarah Childress

Sarah Childress

Series Senior Editor, FRONTLINE

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Sarah Childress works to develop and strengthen reporting across all FRONTLINE platforms, from its documentaries to interactives, digital stories and podcast series. She has contributed to multiple digital projects and award-winning documentaries, and in 2019 co-produced Flint's Deadly Water, a two-year investigation into the extent of a deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak during the Flint water crisis, and officials’ failure to stop it. The documentary was recognized by the Scripps Howard Awards with the Jack R. Howard Award for Broadcast – National/International Coverage, as a finalist for a 2019 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award and the Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting from the Society of Environmental Journalists; and was nominated for both a Peabody Award and an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Documentary.

In 2019, she was appointed to lead FRONTLINE's Local Journalism Initiative, which supports investigative reporting by local media outlets across the U.S.

Previously, she worked as a national reporter for Newsweek, where she covered major breaking stories, including the Iraq war. She then spent several years as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal based in Nairobi, Kenya, and later went on to edit reporters in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America for GlobalPost. Her work has also been published in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Sarah graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in English and a concentration in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy.

Carla Borras

Carla Borras

Director of Digital Video, FRONTLINE

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As Director of Digital Video, Carla Borrás oversees FRONTLINE’s digital video production and strategy. She leads a team of producer/editors and works closely with the series’ reporters, filmmakers and audience team to create incisive, eye-opening digital video journalism.

A passionate storyteller, documentary fanatic, and believer in the power of investigative journalism, Carla seeks to bring FRONTLINE’s signature in-depth journalism to new audiences through emerging formats. She was instrumental in building a digital video unit inside the legacy series and in overseeing its pioneering work in virtual reality and interactive documentary storytelling.

Under Carla’s leadership, FRONTLINE’s innovative digital video journalism has earned multiple honors, including two Online Journalism Awards, a World Press Photo Award, a Howard Scripps Award, the SXSW Virtual Cinema Grand Jury prize, 2017 & 2018 People’s Voice Webby for best social news content, as well as a News & Documentary Emmy and Future of StoryTelling nomination. Additionally, an interactive documentary overseen by Carla was one of the works cited in FRONTLINE’s 2019 duPont-Columbia Gold Baton win. In 2019, she was one of 26 women selected for the Online News Association Women’s Leadership Accelerator.

Prior to jumping at the chance to join FRONTLINE, she worked on features and nonfiction programming for the Discovery Channel, Sony Pictures and truTV. She graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in psychology.

Raney Aronson-Rath

Raney Aronson-Rath

Executive Producer, FRONTLINE

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Aronson-Rath is the executive producer of FRONTLINE, PBS’ flagship investigative journalism series, and a leading voice on the future of journalism. Aronson-Rath oversees FRONTLINE’s acclaimed reporting on air and online and directs the series’ editorial vision, executive producing over 20 documentaries each year on critical issues facing the country and world. Under her leadership, FRONTLINE has earned two Oscar nominations, and has won every major award in broadcast journalism, including Peabody Awards, Emmy Awards, an Institutional Peabody Award, and the first Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Gold Baton awarded in a decade.

Priska Neely

Priska Neely

Managing Editor, Gulf States Newsroom

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Priska Neely is the managing editor for the Gulf States Newsroom, a collaboration between NPR and member stations in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. Previously she worked at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and KPCC in Los Angeles, where she reported extensively on maternal and infant mortality in the Black community. Before that, she worked at NPR in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Margaret Low

Margaret Low

CEO, WBUR

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Margaret Low is the chief executive officer of WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, which serves over a million people in the greater Boston area. In addition to its award-winning local news coverage — on air, online, on demand and on stage — the station produces nationally syndicated programs that reach another seven million people each week.

Before joining WBUR in January 2020, Low was president of AtlanticLIVE, The Atlantic’s events division, which during her tenure produced more than 100 conferences a year across the country. Low joined The Atlantic in the fall of 2014 and in a short time transformed the events business into a live journalism juggernaut that set the standard for the news industry.

Prior to The Atlantic, Low enjoyed a storied career at NPR, spanning decades. She first walked through the doors as an overnight production assistant on Morning Edition and rose through the ranks to become senior vice president for news, NPR’s top editorial job. In that role, she oversaw the work of some 400 journalists worldwide and coverage of major news events from The Arab Spring and wars in Syria and Libya to the reelection of Barack Obama and the Boston Marathon bombing. She opened new foreign bureaus, launched new programs, developed new beats and led the digital transformation of the newsroom, steering the audio strategy for digital platforms and quickening the response to breaking news.

Earlier at NPR, Margaret was vice president for programming with responsibility for all non-news shows, injecting a high degree of editorial sophistication into program development and acquisitions. Among Margaret’s most notable accomplishments was the reinvention of Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! transforming a studio-based radio quiz show into a live, award-winning road show and business success story.

During her tenure, NPR earned some of the most prestigious honors in journalism, including multiple Peabody awards, duPont-Columbia Awards and an Edward R. Murrow Award. Margaret is vice chair of the board of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and a board member of Wallace House at the University of Michigan, home to the Knight-Wallace Fellowship for Journalism. In 2017, she was the commencement speaker for the School of Communications at her alma mater, the University of Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature. She lives in Cambridge, MA.

Mary Mazur

Mary Mazur

President, Vegas PBS

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Mary Mazur is President of Vegas PBS and the first woman to lead the station in its 53-year history. In her position she oversees Vegas PBS’ overall strategic direction and the management of day-to-day affairs across all business units. She also serves as the executive director of the Southern Nevada Public Television (SNPT) Board of Directors. An award-winning television executive, Mazur was previously general manager of Arizona PBS. Under her leadership, Arizona PBS produced 120 hours of news content annually, and launched two new local programs, receiving multiple regional Emmy nominations and awards.

Prior to joining Arizona PBS, Mazur was executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Los Angeles-based KCETLink Media Group. There, she oversaw KCET’s move to a new state-of-the-art facility and was a member of the executive team that guided the successful merger between KCET and LinkTV to form the KCETLink Media Group.

Mazur was the executive producer for KCET’s nationally distributed programs A Place of Our Own and its Spanish language companion Los Niños en SuCasa. Under her direction as chief content officer for KCET, the station received more than 380 awards for programming, including four George Foster Peabody Awards and three Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. Mazur herself is the recipient of two Peabody Awards, a duPont Award and a regional Emmy Award. Prior to joining KCETLink Media Group, Mazur was senior vice president of series development at Cosgrove/Meurer Productions, and prior to that served in a similar role at Patchett Kaufman Entertainment. A graduate of Santa Clara University, Mazur also has worked in program development for both the NBC and CBS networks.

Mary Zatina

Mary Zatina

General Manager, WDET

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Early in Zatina’s career, she served as Assistant General Manager for business and development at WDET. After various senior leadership positions in communications, community affairs and government relations in a variety of industries, Zatina returned to her first professional love — WDET. Zatina looks forward to helping the station maintain quality programming, establish strong financial footing and continue its mission of being the most trusted local media operation in the region providing excellence in news, music and conversation 24/7/365.

Stacey Vanek Smith

Stacey Vanek Smith

Host, The Indicator from Planet Money; Correspondent, Planet Money; Author

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Stacey Vanek Smith is a longtime public radio reporter and host, highly regarded for her insight and journalism on work, business, and economics. Stacey previously served as a correspondent and host for NPR’s Planet Money as well as the national public radio show Marketplace. She is the host of NPR’s daily podcast, The Indicator from Planet Money. Her work has appeared on All things Considered, Morning Edition, Up First, It’s Been A Minute, with Sam Sanders and How I Built, as well as in Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Awl and People Magazine..

A native of Idaho, Stacey grew up in Boise and on her parents' cattle ranch in western Idaho. She is a graduate of Princeton University and holds a master’s in broadcast journalism from Columbia University. She was awarded the Ferris Teaching Grant from Princeton University in 2019 and taught a course in audio journalism.

Stacey is the author of Machiavelli for Women: Defend Your Worth, Grow Your Ambition, and Win the Workplace, on how today’s women can apply the principles of 16th-century philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli to their 21st-century work lives and shatter the glass ceiling once and for all. With charm and wit, Stacey uses Machiavelli’s The Prince as a guide to understanding behavior and power in Renaissance politics—demonstrating how women can use those same principles today to take and maintain power in careers where they have long been cast as second-best. Highlighting the latest research, tips from successful women across many industries, and experiences from Stacey’s own life, Machiavelli for Women offers insight and real tools to combat these obstacles in areas including money, promotions, negotiating, harassment and getting interrupted.

Stacey lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she spends most of her time broadcasting out of her broom closet, hiking, cooking, rock climbing, watching unholy amounts of Netflix, and losing to her father in online chess games.

Aarti Shahani

Aarti Shahani

Award-winning NPR journalist. Host, Art of Power (a WBEZ production). Author, Here We Are.

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Aarti Shahani is an award-winning journalist, critically acclaimed author and seasoned public speaker who’s been invited to deliver keynotes at companies including Google, Apple, Starbucks and Square, as well as leading universities and high schools.

You can hear Aarti on NPR or watch her on the TV show Amanpour & Company, where she is a regular contributor. You can also listen to her show "Art of Power" (a co-production with WBEZ), where she interviews leaders across industries, from grassroots activism to entertainment to Big Tech.

Shahani is not your typical journalist. She spent her 20s as an activist, working in prisons. She then pivoted to business reporting and enjoyed a meteoric rise at NPR, as Silicon Valley correspondent. She has guest hosted the flagship shows All Things Considered and KQED’s Forum, and contributed to Planet Money. She’s had in-depth conversations with Tim Cook of Apple and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (even traveling through Mexico City with him), as well as jailhouse lawyers and hackers. “I enjoy people who have intense life experiences, from whatever walk of life.”

Aarti’s first book, Here We Are (Macmillan), chronicles her family's 30-year campaign to make America home. The Shahani journey from undocumented immigrants to citizens included extreme ups and downs —poverty, prisons, deportation, kidnapping, Harvard. It's a rare window into the first generation experience, working-class Asian Americans and youth activism. An Amazon bestseller, the memoir has garnered critical acclaim and been added to school curriculum as essential reading. 

Aarti is equally at home meeting with families in detention centers, and leading on-stage conversations with Fortune 100 chiefs. She brings life experience, inner wisdom and a sense of humor to every group.