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Public Media Women in Leadership is excited to present its first virtual leadership workshop for women in public media titled Break Through, with the focus of specially catering to those who work in technology, digital, engineering and traffic. 

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Topics will include negotiation strategies for women, specifically women of color, and how to succeed, thrive and deliver when you’re “the only” in your department. 

This FREE workshop is applicable to women at all levels in public media, from entry-level to the C-suite.


Negotiation Workshop:
  • Learn and develop effective negotiation strategies.
  • Implement insights through workshop activity.
Tech Experience Talk:
  • Gain a better understanding of the tech experience.
  • Learn how to succeed, thrive, and deliver when you're "the only" in your department.


  • Negotiation Workshop: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. PST // 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST
  • Break: 2 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. PST // 5 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. EST
  • Tech Experience Talk: 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. PST // 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST

Target Audience: This workshop is applicable to women at all levels in public media, from entry-level to the C-suite

Registration is limited and on a first come, first served basis

Workshop is offered by Public Media Women in Leadership

Workshop Facilitator

Deanna Mackey

President, Public Television Major Market Group

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Deanna Martin Mackey is president of the Public Television Major Market Group (PTMMG), a consortium of the 40 largest PBS member stations in the U.S. Mackey focuses her time on project management and national partnership development on behalf of the stations as well as 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 as a third content platform and creating KPBS’ converged newsroom.

In 2015, Mackey co-founded Public Media Women in Leadership, to provide mentorship/training for women in her industry and address issues of gender inequality in public media. Mackey serves as a Girl Scout troop leader for 20 high school girls and spent 10 years in board governance for Girl Scouts San Diego. In 2018 Mackey received the Hera Heroine Leadership Award from Hera Hub, 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 recently married her sweetheart of eight years, Christopher Ingalls. She has three unique & inspiring children, Maddie, 23, Robert, 18 and Kristine, 14.

Workshop Presenters

Jacqueline V. Twillie

Jacqueline V. Twillie

Negotiation Expert

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Jacqueline V. Twillie holds an M.B.A. in Leadership, she is the Founder and President of, a global training and development firm that specializes in women's leadership within male-dominated industries. ZeroGap has been identified as one of the fastest growing companies in 2019 by Inc. Jacqueline is an Amazon Best Selling Author. She has been featured in Forbes, FastCo, Essence Now, Black Enterprise, Parade,, NBC BLK and more on the topic of Women’s Leadership and Negotiation Strategy.

Jacqueline is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University and earned her MBA from Tiffin University.Her life’s mission is to eliminate the gender wage gap by providing practical strategies for women to advance and thrive in leadership roles. In her downtime, she loves to practice yoga and cook. When Jacqueline isn’t working on leadership development for women she enjoys seeing the world from up in the air. Check out her skydive video on YouTube.

Noelle Silver

Noelle Silver

Tech Experience Speaker

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Noelle Silver is currently serving as the Vice President of Technology at NPR. She is an ambassador for Responsible and Ethical use of AI and she is passionate about Mindful Leadership, work-life harmony and empowering people to achieve their potential through technology. She specializes in helping public media organizations successfully navigate cloud transformation and develop an AI and Voice Strategy by delivering keynotes, sessions and hackathons worldwide. She has spent decades as a trainer, architect, and evangelist for IBM, RedHat, EMC, Amazon and Microsoft. She has been awarded “Alexa Executive of the Year” and “Top Influencer in Voice” By as well as received an award from VentureBeat for her work mentoring women in the field of AI and Emerging Technology.