ABOVE PHOTO: From left: Catherine Hicks, SUN publisher; Lorraine Ballard Morrill, director of news and community affairs, iHeartMedia Philadelphia; Rosemary Connors, NBC News; Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown; Danielle Jeter, president of Women in Media (WIM); Sally Guzik, manager, CIC Philadelphia, and Sandra Clark, VP news and civic dialogue, WHYY. (Photos courtesy of Brandon Captures)
Attendees gathered to gain insights from a seasoned panel of media professionals and celebrated the achievements of women leaders, both past and present
On Wednesday, March 6th, Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and Women In Media (WIM GLOBAL) commenced Women’s History Month with the HerStory Happy Hour and Reception at CIC Philadelphia located at 3675 Market Street, Philadelphia, P.A. 19104.
The panel of dynamic media professionals spoke to the evident gaps of diversity and representation of women in the media industry and shared the imminent obstacles women face while offering ways to triumph for personal and professional advancement to a room of over 150 attendees. Thereafter, guests gathered to participate in speed networking sessions, socialize with panelists and each other while enjoying an array of light refreshments.
“There is no room for mediocrity when you’re a woman,” said Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown. “If you want to be considered for an opportunity you need to be excellent consistently. Therefore, when the opportunity presents itself there is no question that you come with the right skills and experience, because you already demonstrated that mediocrity will not be mentioned in the same sentence as your name. That means going the extra mile without complaints. If you’re not willing to do that, don’t be surprised when opportunity knocks and no one looks your way.”
Featured panelists included, Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Danielle P. Jeter, Founder & President of Women In Media, Catherine Hicks, Publisher of Philadelphia Sunday SUN Newspaper, Loraine Ballard Morrill, News & Community Affairs Director, iHeartMedia, Rosemary Connors, Emmy Award-Winning Anchor & Reporter NBC10 News and Sandra Clark, Vice President for News & Civic Dialogue at WHYY.
“The one message that rung true in each of the panelists’ remarks was that there is still more work to do,” said Danielle P. Jeter, Founder & President of Women in Media. “While we’ve made great strides in the right direction of advancements, it is our duty to continue the dialogue and produce programs of this nature that empower women to confidently own their voice. In the communities and in the workplace.”
“Finding your voice in any male dominated industry is difficult, but you have to be gain the necessary confidence to get the job done and put your best foot forward at all times” said Rosemary Connors, Emmy Award-Winning Anchor & Reporter at NBC10 News. “It’s imperative that we constantly prove ourselves and work hard to overcome the professional stereotypes us women face on a daily basis.”
“Stand up for yourself, push back on your salary and get what’s rightfully yours,” said Sandra Clark, Vice President for News & Civic Dialogue at WHYY. “The real turning point, whether it be in your career or your personal life, begins when you recognize the value in yourself, because if you don’t no one else will.”
A special thank you to the 2019 HerStory Partners Include The Office of Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, AOI Events & PR, Women In Media, WIM Speaks GLOBAL Media, CIC Philadelphia, Brandon Captures, Ampel Wine, KiKi Vodka, New Voices for Reproductive Justice, Signatures by Chef Angell Morris, Chef RaShaun of On The Marc Catering, 11:22 MMG, and Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock and Rye.
To learn more about Women In Media, please visit womeninmediaglobal.org.