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Level Up Now

Started Mar 1, 2023

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Public Media Women in Leadership is excited to present its virtual leadership workshop for women in public media titled Level Up Now, with the focus on featuring sessions on innovation and disruption for our public media audience.


In Charge - The Energy Management Session featuring Dr. Arin N. Reeves
  • Learn about the tools and techniques you can implement to better manage your energy and “level up” in life.
Unlock Your Potential - The Fear Fighting Session featuring Lesli Rotenberg
  • Learn techniques to unlock your leadership potential and face fear head on.
  • Grab a snack and recharge before the final session of the day.
Level Up Mixer
  • Mingle with peers across the system, featuring games and prizes.


In Charge - The Energy Management Session: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. PST // 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EST

Unlock Your Potential - The Fear Fighting Session: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PST // 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST

Break: 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. PST // 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST

Level Up Mixer: 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST // 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST


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

Registration is limited and on a first come, first served basis. Pricing starts at $55. PMWL members with access to the event will receive a code via email. If you have any questions, please connect with PMWL via

Workshop is offered by Public Media Women in Leadership


Deanna Mackey

General Manager, KPBS / Founder, Public Media Women in Leadership

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Deanna Martin Mackey is the general manager of KPBS. Mackey has been committed to equity for women and girls, particularly women of color, throughout her more than 30-year career in nonprofit management and executive leadership in media.

She previously served as president of the Public Television Major Market Group (PTMMG), a consortium of the 40 largest PBS member stations in the U.S. She focused 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, serving as COO in her final six years at the station. Prior to her earlier work with KPBS, Mackey was a writer and editor for several San Diego-based publications and spent her early years as a radio news writer.

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.

Mackey is also committed to public service. She is a troop leader for Girl Scouts San Diego and is vice-chair of the board of directors of Parks, California, an organization whose mission is to make California state parks and public lands welcoming, inclusive and climate resilient spaces to truly serve all Californians, particularly underserved communities. She also serves on the governance and nominating committee of inewsource, a San Diego based non-profit investigative newsroom.

Mackey received the Hera Heroine Leadership Award from Hera Hub, Outstanding Alumnus honor from SDSU’s Daily Aztec newspaper, named a YWCA Tribute to Women & Industry honoree for her work mentoring women at KPBS and the Girl Scouts, and was named one of five “Women who Move the City” by San Diego Magazine.

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.



Dr. Arin N. Reeves

Founder and Managing Director, Nextions

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As a researcher, author, and leading advisor to many of America’s top executives, Dr. Arin N. Reeves offers expertise and insights on a wide range of leadership and workplace culture topics.

​ Arin is intellectually voracious and committed to exploring diverse, and often contrarian, perspectives in her research and writing. For over 20 years, corporate leaders have turned to Arin to consult on their most formidable challenges, both in the workplace and the court of public opinion.

​ Arin is a best-selling author of three books: The Next IQ, One Size Never Fits All, and Smarter Than A Lie. Her latest book, In Charge: The Energy Management Guide for Badass Women Who Are Tired of Being Tired, will be released on March 15, 2022. ​

Arin has designed and led comprehensive research projects on topics including gender equity, generational diversity, LGBTQI diversity, racial/ethnic, diversity, cultural integration, implicit bias, transformational leadership, and working through generational differences. ​

She is the founder and Managing Director of the research and advisory firm Nextions, which specializes in workplace culture change. ​

Arin began her career as a practicing attorney. She then earned her doctorate in sociology at Northwestern University, where she has served as an Adjunct Professor teaching classes on law and society.



Lesli Rotenberg

Founder and CEO, Unlock Inspiration

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Lesli Rotenberg is a dynamic, visionary leader, business strategist, brand builder, and leadership development guide with a successful track record that includes a 20-year tenure at PBS, most recently as Chief Programming Executive & General Manager, Children’s Media & Education.

Lesli led teams who built the reputations of some of the most iconic and respected media brands today including PBS, PBS KIDS, Discovery Channel, and Animal Planet. As a current director of public company and non-profit boards, Lesli guides CEOs and leadership teams to sharpen their strategy, strengthen their brand equity, and transform their business models to meet rapidly changing market and audience needs.

Lesli is the founder of Unlock Inspiration, an executive leadership development service. She was trained in an original leadership development approach created by Punit Aggarwal, the visionary behind Founder Bay, based on insights from 10,000+ coaching experiences, including Head of Entrepreneur Development at Google. Lesli has spent the last year practicing how to cultivate authentic and powerful leaders by guiding individuals through a journey of personal and professional growth to uncover their potential.