Past Events and Recordings

We regularly hold webinars and other events on topics related to women, public media, and leadership. When possible, we'll make recordings available here.

trust in the workplace: how to build it, keep it and rebuild it when it breaks

September 10, 2019
In 2010 the global communications firm Edelman uncovered something groundbreaking in its annual survey. For the first time in recent history, trust and transparency were named more important to corporate reputation in the United States than the quality of products and services. The 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer Special Report reveals the link between trust and the bottom line is even stronger today. The vast majority of consumers across markets in eight countries, of all ages, incomes and gender say that brand trust is essential to buying.

In our seventh Advance Program webinar “Trust In The Workplace: How To Build It, Keep It and Rebuild It When It Breaks” featured speaker Lisa Shumate, Associate Vice President and General Manager of Houston Public Media, will discuss trust in the public media landscape and present a case study to shine a light on practical information every staff and manager can use every day.


July 30, 2019
Does every project or task seem like a top priority? Is it sometimes difficult to choose what to tackle first and what to do later? Are you constantly rushing to finish your work only to face other competing demands at home? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this webinar is for you. Join senior leaders from public television and public radio as they discuss how they manage competing demands in the workplace – and at home!

Click HERE to download the slide deck.

Click HERE to download the sample project list.


On July 12, 2019, Public Media Women in Leadership (PMWL) presented the FIRST conference for women in public media in partnership with Greater Public's PMDMC titled "Brave Talk: The Public Media Women in Leadership Conference." Featured speakers addressed key issues in 21st century leadership: strength & resiliency, developing an inclusive corporate culture, and women as role models for leadership & development.

wELCOME rEMARKS & Opening speaker

In this video, welcome remarks are given by PMWL's Founder, Deanna Mackey, CARS's Senior Director of Field Operations, Cari Ness Nesje, and Greater Public's President and CEO, Joyce MacDonald. Beyond welcome remarks, Brave Talk's opening speaker, Laura Walker, shares her leadership journey as NYPR's former President and CEO and addresses key issues in 21st century leadership.

Click HERE to download Laura Walker’s deck.

Workshop speaker

In this video, workshop speaker, Carol Fulp, CEO of The Partnership and author of the book "Success Through Diversity: Why The Most Inclusive Companies Will Win" talks to our audience on the importance of developing an inclusive corporate culture.

Click HERE to download Carol Fulp’s deck.


In this video, closing speaker, Jennifer K. Bartkowski, CEO of Girl Scouts Northeast Texas talks to our audience on the importance of women as role models for leadership & development.

Click HERE to download Jennifer Bartkowski’s deck.

The Power of Strategic Planning for Your Organization and Your Life

June 11, 2019
Strategic planning is a powerful tool that can enhance the success of your career, your team, or your organization. Learn techniques to create a transformative plan that will help you envision your ideal future and chart a course to bring your vision to life. Beth Branning, CEO of Branning Strategies, has facilitated the creation of strategic plans for dozens of mission-driven organizations, associations, work groups and individuals. She’ll talk about her own strategic path and some of the successful plans she has worked on around the world.


May 7, 2019
If you’re in a leadership role, formal or informal, you’re in a position to help your team grow and develop. Keith Woods, NPR’s VP of Newsroom Training & Diversity, will take you on a guided tour of the things NPR is working on to help staff develop, from internal job swaps to mentorship to harnessing the power of diversity. Leaders will learn how to advocate for their own development and how to help those around them to grow.


March 12, 2019
We’ve all been there. You’re trying to get some much-needed sleep but instead keep replaying that thing you said. Ugh. Am I the worst? Wait, or was that exactly right? The answers are no, and probably not. Knowing there is an art to how you communicate with your boss as well as your employees is a critical step to effective leadership.

In our third Advance Program webinar, "Did I Just Say That? Elevate Your Game With Tricks and Tactics for Communicating Up and Down," our panel will share lessons learned communicating up and down, and tactics you can use today that will help you lead with confidence.


January 15, 2019

Studies show that mentors often coach women on confidence and personality rather than the specific skills needed for executive leadership: business savvy, strategic thinking and financial acumen.

In our second Advance Program webinar, "Making It To The Corner Office: Your How-To Guide," our panelists, Becky Magura, Kerry Hoffman, Lisa Shumate and Liz Cheng share their story about their path to leadership and how they developed the necessary skills.

Please feel free to share this webinar with your colleagues!

networking to find a mentor

October 23, 2018

In this dynamic webinar you will learn the do's and don'ts of effective mentoring partnerships and how to network with the purpose of making meaningful connections. Featured in this webinar is host Kathryn R. Martin, Leadership Coach and Transition Strategist, and panelists Kimberlie Kranich, Sara Robertson and Teresa Peltier who were mentees during our 2015 Pilot Mentor Program.

This webinar is part of PMWL's Advance Program, a webinar series designed to provide insight into three categories identified as crucial for women's leadership success: Business, Developing Self, Leadership / Management.

Please feel free to share with your colleagues!


July 18, 2018

This webinar is a joint offering by PMBA and Public Media Women in Leadership.

Consider this: Have you ever met a job candidate who had a great resume and the necessary level of experience but then thought to yourself, “there’s just something about this person I don’t like”? Perhaps your implicit bias made the decision for you. As a consequence, you may have let the perfect applicant move onto the next best employer.

Also known as unconscious bias or implicit social cognition, our implicit biases are the stereotypes or attitudes that affect our thoughts, actions, and decisions without our awareness. Today’s public media leaders and HR professionals require a comprehensive understanding of the impact of implicit bias in our workplaces and must develop ways to mitigate and alleviate these biases as we prepare for the future of public media.

This presentation covers the basics of why we have implicit biases, how they can impact our personal and business decisions, and how individuals and organizations can diminish the negative impact of these biases.

Content Leader: Consuela Steward, Executive Assistant at KPBS in San Diego and chair of its internal Diversity Council.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what implicit bias is and the psychology and science behind our biases.

  • Learn how these biases impact our workplaces.

  • Develop easy yet effective ways to mitigate the impact of these biases in our workplaces (Hint: It starts with creating an inclusive culture).

Please feel free to share this webinar information with colleagues in the Public Media system!

Getting honest about emotion at work. 
Tactics every woman can use!

May 15, 2018

We’ve all done it. Felt the eyes welling up unexpectedly at work. Flat out bawled in front of our peers, staff, or boss.  Hidden in the bathroom only to tell people later, “oh, yeah, it’s allergies.”  Do we need to get it together or let it out? Is everyone secretly thinking bad thoughts about us? Well, prepare to have your mind blown because we are going to dig into actual research on the subject of showing -- or bottling up -- emotions on the job.  
Join us for a fascinating and surprising conversation between KUOW’s Jeannie Yandel, host of a new, very cool (almost named) podcast about tactics for combating sexism at work, and the incredible Anne Kreamer, formerly with Sesame Workshop, and author of “It’s Always Personal: Emotion in the New Workplace,” a book exploring the new realities of emotion in the workplace. Anne is also a frequent contributor to Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, and many more.

This webinar is a must-listen for women (and men!) at every level, whether you’re an “emoter” or not. You either are one, work with one, or manage one! Expect to walk away with real tactics that will change how you think and react to emotion at work.


PBS TechCon networking event

Friday, April 6th from 7:00 AM to 8:15 AM St. Croix B room, Mirage Hotel


Resiliency Through Change

March 14, 2018

We all face, at work and at home, a steady stream of changes and challenges that test us and sometimes even push us to our limits. And while we all have within us the innate and learned ability to deal with much of what life throws at us, we all can get even better at remaining strong and resourceful in the face of great adversity. In striving to fulfill our intentions and purpose at work, at home, and in our communities, we are called to grow in our capacity to see challenge where others see threat, to show care and concern where others pull back, and to rise and engage where others resist.

In this workshop, you will learn empirically-based resilience practices and solutions for thriving through adversity and for supporting others along their own path to adaptation and commitment. These solutions draw from various disciplines including neuroscience, positive psychology, biology, well-being, engagement, and human performance. Participants can download documents for following along in the webinar, working through the exercises, starting to create their own resilience development plan, and for applying the principles and practices after the webinar.

Upon webinar completion, participants will...     

  • Understand what is resilience, what is thriving, how they are related, and why it matters to their own resilience at work.

  • Understand the science behind resilience and what this implies for our ability to remain resilient in the face of challenge and adversity.

  • Learn and apply several resilience practices that will benefit them and which they can use to support their own changes at work and in their lives outside of work.

Pre-Work Watch: How to Make Stress Your Friend by Kelly McGonigal (via TED Talks) 
Read: The Habit of Resilience (PDF)


Teresa Peltier, Change Management Consultant, 71 & Change, and former Director of Digital Strategy & Organizational Planning, WSKG Public Media

Bill Hefferman, Consultant, PeopleFirm


Slide deck:


Post-Webinar Peer Discussion Group
Group 1: April 3 and 17, 1-2 p.m. PT / 3-4 p.m. CT / 4-5 p.m. ET
Group 2: April 4 and 18, 1-2 p.m. PT / 3-4 p.m. CT / 4-5 p.m. ET
Join Bill and Teresa for follow up discussions on how to apply resilience principles and change management in your day-to-day work. Explore how you can adopt these principles to move you, your team and your organization further and learn from other women in public media leadership. Each discussion will include a pre-work exercise to be completed in advance (approx. 45 minutes of learning).


Negotiations in Life and Work – Let’s Talk.

January 16, 2018 

Join PMWL for our January webinar featuring nationally recognized expert Margaret (Maggie) A. Neale, co-author with Thomas Z. Lys of Getting (More of) What You Want: How the Secrets of Economics and Psychology Can Help You Negotiate Anything, in Business and in Life, published in 2015 by Basic Books. Maggie is the Adams Distinguished Professor of Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where her research focuses on negotiations and effective team dynamics. PMWL members and public media professional will have the opportunity to hear from Maggie about what behaviors, tips, and tactics we can use to be effective (and those to avoid) in negotiations, including how best to ask for more compensation. She'll also answer questions regarding the art of negotiating!

Speaker:   Margaret (Maggie) A. Neale, Adams Distinguished Professor of Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Moderator:   Alisa Miller, CEO, Public Radio International




Next Gen Fundraising Strategies

November 15, 2017

Today’s donors are not the same as yesterday’s and tomorrow’s donors will be different still. To keep up in an ever-changing fundraising landscape, Public Media needs to leverage new tools and new strategies to find and cultivate donors. This webinar is designed to help you discover the fundraising resources available so you can meet (and hopefully exceed!) your station's current and future fundraising goals.

This forward-thinking webinar covers:
- How to align your business, digital, and development strategies
- How to get buy-in from the top
- Scaling ideas for all station sizes
- How you can start now and build for the future

Speakers: Shane Guiter, Founder and CEO, Public Works
Melanie Coulson, Executive Director for Member Station Services, Greater Public
Amanda Hoehn, Manager, Development Services, Station Relations & Outreach, PBS
Moderator: Carol Sorber, Director, Professional Development, PBS




Strengthen Your Presence: Clarity, Certainty & Unshakeability

September 20, 2017

In this dynamic webinar you’ll be taken on a journey to discover what’s holding you back from being your best self. Join our speaker Cassie Nevitt and learn how to overcome barriers to being articulate, engaged and confident, including: Uncovering your “blind spots” Reviewing what keeps you from attaining the coveted position or project you want to pursue Discovering how lack of confidence or belief in self hold women back from attaining leadership.
[Note: The presentation begins about 8 minutes in after introductions, housekeeping and background on the speaker's entry into public speaking.]


In this dynamic webinar you’ll be taken on a journey to discover what’s holding you back from being your best self. Join our speaker Cassie Nevitt and learn how to overcome barriers to being articulate, engaged and confident, including:     
•    Uncovering your “blind spots”     
•    Reviewing what keeps you from attaining the coveted position or project you want to pursue  
•    Discovering how lack of confidence or belief in self hold women back from attaining leadership

Our Speaker: Cassie Nevitt
Cassie Nevitt is the personal presence expert for conscious women who want to increase their positive impact, but struggle to show up at their best under pressure. When it comes to helping clients develop the presence to speak at the front of the room, ace an interview, or be seen and heard in the boardroom, she’s the industry expert. Cassie is the creator of the Present with Confidence™ trainings, workshops, and coaching, and Momentum, a women’s mastermind community for conscious entrepreneurs. She has more than 6 years of experience teaching The Art of Feminine Presence™ and 10 years teaching strength and confidence through movement.



December 6, 2016

Link to archived webinar recording:

HAND OUT: Stay True to You Tips

SLIDES: More You in Your Holidays

Do you face the holidays and end-of-year feeling like you’re serving two masters: work demands and family expectations?  Do you wish you could manage your time differently at work to allow for the holiday planning and family/friends time you desire?  Are you looking for ideas on how to make change at the office and at home for a more enjoyable season?  Join Amanda Flisher and Deanna Mackey and learn how to focus on what matters in your life, bring your power to the workplace, and separate yourself from the holiday chaos.

Our Speakers:
• Amanda Flisher, Personal & Professional Development Coach
• Deanna Mackey, President & Executive Director, PTMMG


Your Professional Development Part 2
Finding Opportunities Closer to Home

November 2, 2016

Link to archived webinar recording:

Are you looking for professional development opportunities but not sure where to start? This Public Media Women in Leadership webinar will highlight how to develop your personal professional development plan. You'll also hear about non-Public Media opportunities and other local resources to help you develop professionally and build your career toolbox. 

Our Speakers Include: 
• Deanna Mackey, President & Executive Director, PTMMG
• Carol Sorber, Director of Professional Development, PBS
• Consuela Steward, Executive Assistant, KPBS
• Suzanne Marmion, Director of News & Editorial Strategy, KPBS
• Kristina Bravo, Web Producer, KPBS

Your Professional Development
Making the Case to Attend an Industry Conference

September 30, 2016

Link to archived webinar recording:

Do you want to attend an industry conference or webinar but haven’t had the opportunity? This Public Media Women in Leadership webinar will help you “make the ask.” We will focus on: 

• What professional development opportunities are available in public media (primarily conferences and webinars); 
• When they take place, where, and what they cost; and
• How to create a budget and a case for attendance to support the request to your supervisor.  

You'll also hear details about conferences and webinars hosted by: PBS, Greater Public, PRPD, PRNDI, NETA, and PMBA. 

Our Speakers Include: 

Deanna Mackey, President & Executive Director, PTMMG
Carol Sorber, Director of Professional Development, PBS
Jody Evans, President & CEO, Public Radio Program Directors (PRPD)
Melanie Coulson, Director of Member Station Services & Individual Giving  Advisor, Greater Public



Wednesday, August 10th from 5:30PM to 6:30PM
Sheraton Boston Hotel, Republic Ballroom A
Sponsored by CPB
Host: Deanna Mackey
Remarks by Pat Harrison, President and CEO, CPB



July 28, 2016

The Station Management Center (SMC) offers a wealth of data, resources, and tools to help Public Media leaders and professionals make informed strategic decisions. In this webinar, you'll receive a curated experience of this robust website, and learn how to easily access key data about your station and stations across the system. The site also offers information about the ongoing Spectrum Auction, successful projects in the system and how to replicate them, management-centered tools and tips, and much more!
If you haven't already, be sure to request access and create a login for the Station Management Center at

Presenter: Stephen M. Holmes
Senior Director, Strategy & Insight at PBS
Stephen manages a variety of activities to help increase the effectiveness of PBS and public media. He develops knowledge management practices and tools, provides critical insight to public media leaders, and leads initiatives such as the Station Management Center that helps connect station managers to valuable local and national information.


Effective Feedback Strategies

June 30, 2016

Have you ever provided difficult feedback and afterward thought, “That didn’t go so well?” Or, coached others to do so? If your role includes providing feedback, conducting difficult conversations and/or supporting others in doing so, then this webinar is for you. We focus on simple yet powerful tools to help you work through those tough conversations. We discuss:

  • Tips for building a robust culture of giving and receiving feedback

  • When feedback doesn't work: deciding to have a difficult conversation

  • Difficult conversation model

  • Preparing for the conversation

  • The power of questioning and listening to identify solutions

  • Handling defensiveness, denial and deflection

Presented by Carole Dickert-Scherr, Vice President, Human Resources, PBS, and Carla Anderson, Director of Human Resources, Broadcasting and Media Innovations


Speaking While Female - Strategies to Be Heard While Overcoming Unconscious Bias and Cultural Assumptions

May 26, 2016

For women today, speaking up in the workplace can be like walking a tightrope. Claiming a seat at the table and voicing ideas can be challenging, but are expected of leaders, regardless of gender. If you are too timid you won’t be heard, but statistics show that women who do speak up are often judged as too aggressive. Men and women can combat these stereotypes by learning which communication styles work best with different personality types and how to not use or be manipulated by mansplaining and manterrupting. In this session we examine how these behaviors and attitudes undermine the impact of women at work. We offer practical suggestions for how leaders can ensure all employees’ ideas are considered. And, we engage with our webinar audiences throughout the session via live polling.

Our Speakers:
Deanna Mackey, PTMMG
Colleen Wilson, KQED
Max Duke, PBS
Lynne Pollard, PMWL


PBS Annual Meeting:
Public Media Women in Leadership Conversation Circle
May 18, 3:25PM–4:25PM

PMWL is considering starting a Lean In Circle and to give it a try, we're hosting an open table conversation using Connection Cards to jump start a conversation about women's roles in public media and get to know each other better. Join us to network with women in our industry and share your questions and experiences on how to grow both your career and personal life.

Social Hour
May 16, 5-6PM
Chi Bar, Sheraton Grand Chicago


Mentoring Matters!
Discussion with First Round of PMWL Mentors & Mentees

April 28, 3:00 - 4:00PM

We all need someone to help guide us through our professional development. Finding a mentor, or offering your time to mentor someone, can be a rewarding experience for all involved. Join us for a high level conversation about what mentorship means and why we all need it for the rest of our professional lives! Our first round of PMWL mentors/mentees  will address specific, big picture questions all while sharing their own recent mentorship experience.

Topics include:
    •    Why we want and need mentors
    •    How to be both a mentor and mentee
    •    How to approach a potential mentor
    •    Realistic expectations for a mentoring relationship
Be sure to check out this Forbes article on common mentoring myths.

Our Panel:

Kristin Calhoun
Former Executive Director, Public Media Platform, Inc.

Latricia Huston
Development Director, WRKF

Kimberlie Kranich
Director of Community Content & Engagement, Illinois Public Media

Joyce MacDonald
VP of Journalism, CPB

Andi McDaniel
Senior Director, Content & News, WAMU Public Radio

Alisa Miller
CEO, Public Radio International

Teresa Peltier
Director, Digital Strategy & Organizational Planning, WSKG Public Media

Lynne Pollard
Former VP of New Media, OPB

Sara Robertson
VP of Production & Technology, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS

Jennifer Strachan
Public Media Consultant