In Tackling Diversity Within Public Media Leadership, PBS Digital shared an opportunity being provided by the Public Media Women in Leadership group. As an update, according to a press release from the group, the committee members are pleased to announce the first five mentees of the group’s pilot mentorship program. The mentees were chosen from a pool of nearly 60 applicants and represent women from diverse backgrounds, a variety of disciplines and from stations around the country.
The women were chosen based on applications they submitted that indicated their background in public media, experience in management and interest/aptitude for becoming a future general manager. The goal of the mentorship program is to better prepare women -- via mentoring and training – for GM/CEO and COO positions that open within the next five years.
Below is information about each mentee:
Latricia Huston, Development Director -- WRKF public radio station in Baton Rouge, LA;
Kimberlie Kranich, Director of Community Content & Engagement – WILL - Illinois Public Media in Urbana, Il;
Andi McDaniel, Director of Content Strategy & Innovation -- Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, MN;
Teresa Peltier, Director of Digital Strategy & Organizational Planning – WSKG Public Media in Vestal, NY;
Sara Robertson, Vice President, Production & Technology – KLRU in Austin, TX.
The mentor/mentee partners be meeting once or twice a month for a minimum of six months and participate in monthly webinars on topics about women in leadership and critical skill sets for public media management. The webinars will include presentations and input from current public media general managers.
The Public Media Women in Leadership program was co-founded in January, 2015 by public media veterans Deanna Martin Mackey and Jeannie Ericson. The purpose of the group is threefold: establish a mentorship program to better prepare women with potential to become future CEOs/COOs in the system; create a community via Facebook and webinars/trainings to encourage conversation and sharing about issues related to women in leadership; and create awareness in the public media industry about the critical need to diversify station leadership.