Watch the Barriers and Bias Research Launch Panel on Women in Leadership

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March 30, 2016


Time: 3:30–5:30 p.m. ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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4 p.m. AAUW research launch presentation and panel discussion, moderated by Cokie Roberts
7 p.m. Women leaders in the media panel discussion, hosted by the Newseum

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Event Description

Women have been leaders throughout history, and today the tradition of volunteer female leadership continues to flourish. Yet in terms of paid leadership, women’s elevation to top positions is relatively rare. Why do men still vastly outnumber women in these positions?

Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership


AAUW’s newest research report, Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership, explores this question, drawing from scholarly research and paying special attention to stereotypes and biases. The report provides recommendations for individuals and those in the education, corporate, and political sectors to contribute to an environment in which gender is no longer a barrier to leadership.

Meet the First Panel

Live from the Newseum in Washington, D.C., a panel of experts from industry, politics, and academia, moderated by journalist and author Cokie Roberts, will discuss the report’s findings, what they mean for women in leadership, and how these industries — and our society as a whole — can benefit from more women leaders.


Cokie Roberts
Journalist, commentator, and author

Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and a senior news analyst for NPR. From 1996 to 2002, she and Sam Donaldson co-anchored the weekly ABC interview program This Week. She is the bestselling author of We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters, Ladies of Liberty, and Founding Mothers.



Marion Blakey @rollsroyce
President and chief executive officer of Rolls-Royce North America

Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Blakey served as the eighth full-time chief executive of the Aerospace Industries Association, an American defense industry trade association. Before this, she served a five-year term as the 15th administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. Blakey was the second woman to hold the position, following Jane Garvey, the first woman to hold the title. Previously, Blakey served as chair of the National Transportation Safety Board from September 26, 2001, to September 13, 2002. She has held six presidential appointments, four of which required U.S. Senate confirmation.


Marion Blakey

Charles Bolden @NASA
NASA administrator and former astronaut

Charles F. Bolden Jr. is a retired U.S. Marine Corps major general and current administrator of NASA. As NASA administrator, he has overseen the unprecedented landing on Mars with the Curiosity rover, the launch of a spacecraft to Jupiter, continued progress on the James Webb Space Telescope, and the successful launch and recovery of the Orion deep-space crew module, the first human-rated spacecraft to be developed for flight beyond low Earth orbit by any nation in more than 40 years. His 34-year career with the Marine Corps included 14 years as a member of NASA’s astronaut office. He traveled to orbit four times aboard the space shuttle, commanding two missions and piloting two others, including the mission on which the Hubble Space Telescope was deployed. After his final shuttle flight in 1994, he left NASA to return to active duty with the Marine Corps. He was promoted to major general in 1998 and retired from the Marine Corps in 2003. He holds degrees from the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Southern California.


Charles F. Bolden Official Portrait

Salli Frattini @SLELLC
Awards show executive producer

Frattini spent 19 years at MTV, starting in 1988 as a line producer and going on to become senior vice president and head of production. In the process, Frattini oversaw nearly two decades’ worth of MTV Video Music and Movie Awards shows, in addition to executive producing two Super Bowl halftime shows (the first woman to do so). In 2008 she founded Sunset Lane Entertainment, the company behind both YouTube Live, the first live-stream entertainment special produced by the entity in 2008, and YouTube Play, a 2011 special honoring top talent working in the field of online video. Frattini’s experience has set the stage for her role as executive producer of the first YouTube Music Awards, as well as CollegeHumor’s Comedy Music Awards, and Lady Gaga and the Muppets’ Holiday Special..


Salli Frattini

Anna Han
Behavioral scientist, policy adviser, and implicit bias researcher

Anna Han is a senior behavioral scientist and a policy adviser at the National Institute of Health’s Office of the Director for Scientific Workforce Diversity. Her work focuses on evidence-based approaches and interventions to enhance the diversity and social inclusion of the scientific workforce. She also holds a joint appointment as associate professor of psychology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She received her doctorate degree from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and her research areas included attitude and behavior change, stereotyping and prejudice, implicit/explicit biases, and implicit self-control. She has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, especially in the domain of implicit biases, and has served on numerous grant reviews and as an expert panelist on her topics of expertise.


Diane Linen Powell
Adviser to startups and nonprofit organizations

When Powell was chair of Des Plaines Publishing, she turned the fledgling company into one of the largest printers of ethnic newspapers in the Midwest. Her 40-year career in marketing and communications began as the first publicist for Saturday Night Live and includes radio, cable television, network radio and television, Internet, broadcast property sales, trade associations, publishing, and investor relations. She has sat on many charitable boards including Goodwill International, the Broadcasters’ Foundation, the Shakespeare Theater, the Robertson School of Communications at VCU, the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and the American Bible Society. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, cum laude, the University of Sussex in Falmer, England, and the Harvard Business School.

Diane Linen Powell

Rosie Rios @USTreasury
Treasurer of the United States

Rosie Rios serves as the 43rd treasurer of the United States. She has direct oversight over the U.S. Mint, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and Fort Knox and is a key liaison with the Federal Reserve. She also serves as a senior adviser to the secretary in the areas of community development and public engagement. She is especially passionate about supporting women in finance. Prior to her confirmation as treasurer, Rios worked at MacFarlane Partners, where she was managing director of investments. Working with MacFarlane Partners’ development and global capital partners, she played a central role in facilitating equity transactions for large mixed-use development projects in major urban areas. In November of 2008, Rios took a leave of absence from MacFarlane to serve on the U.S. Treasury/Federal Reserve Transition Team. She is a graduate of Harvard University.



CART captioning and ASL interpreters will be provided.

Second panel: The Newseum and AAUW Present “Women Leaders in Media”

Time: 7–8:30 p.m. ET

Location: Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater, Newseum, Washington, D.C.

Cost: Special Newseum members-only program

Note: This event is open only to Newseum members and select guests of AAUW.

Event Description

Why do men still vastly outnumber women in the top positions of paid leadership? AAUW’s newest research report, Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership, explores this question.

In a special Newseum members-only event sponsored by AAUW, top female media executives discuss the status of women in leadership roles in their field.

Meet the Second Panel


AnnaHolmes_066Anna Holmes @AnnaHolmes
Columnist, the New York Times; founder, Jezebel

Anna Holmes has written and edited for numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, InStyle, and the New Yorker online. She is the founder of the popular website and the 2012 recipient of a Mirror Award for Best Commentary. In 2013, her Twitter account was named one of the top 140 Twitter feeds by Time magazine, at which point she became incredibly self-conscious and stopped tweeting as much. She is the editor of two books, including The Book of Jezebel, and works as a columnist for the New York Times Book Review and as an editor of digital voices at Fusion media network.


chapinEdith Chapin @EdithChapin
Executive editor, NPR News

As the executive editor of NPR News, Edith Chapin oversees all desks and reporters and helps set the agenda for the entire news division. Previously, Chapin was the senior supervising editor of NPR’s international desk. Before joining NPR in 2012, Chapin spent 25 years at CNN and worked her way up from intern to bureau chief to vice president. Most recently, Chapin was the vice president and deputy bureau chief of CNN’s Washington, D.C., bureau, where her strategic editorial and management responsibility included oversight of the 2009 presidential transition coverage and daily coverage of the White House and Capitol Hill.

Chapin’s work has been recognized with the journalism industry’s highest honors, including a 2005 George Foster Peabody Award for coverage of Hurricane Katrina, a 2005 Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University Award for CNN’s coverage of the tsunami disaster in South Asia, and a 1997 Cable ACE award for extended breaking news coverage of Rwanda and Zaire.

glasserSusan Glasser @sbg1
Editor, Politico

Susan Glasser joined Politico last year after several years as editor in chief of the award-winning magazine Foreign Policy, overseeing its relaunch in print and as a daily online magazine. During her tenure, the magazine was recognized as a finalist for 10 National Magazine Awards and won three of the magazine world’s highest honors.

Before that, Glasser worked for a decade at the Washington Post, where she was a foreign correspondent, editor, and political reporter. Glasser also covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as a correspondent for the Post, including the battle of Tora Bora and the invasion of southern Iraq. As an editor at the Post, Glasser held a number of senior positions, including assistant managing editor for national news and editor of Outlook, the Post’s weekly commentary and ideas section. Before going to the Post, Glasser worked for eight years at Roll Call, the newspaper covering the U.S. Congress, where she rose from intern to top editor.

GOLDBERGSusan Goldberg @susanbgoldberg
Editor-in-chief, National Geographic

Susan Goldberg is the 10th editor — and first female editor — of National Geographic magazine since it began publication in October 1888. In addition to serving as National Geographic’s editor in chief, Goldberg is responsible for all the publishing activities of National Geographic Partners. Under Goldberg’s leadership, in 2015, National Geographic won two National Magazine Awards and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In March 2015, Goldberg received the Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award from Exceptional Women in Publishing.

Before joining National Geographic, Goldberg was executive editor for federal, state, and local government coverage for Bloomberg News in Washington. In 2013, she was voted one of Washington’s 11 most influential women in the media by Washingtonian magazine. From 2007 to 2010, she was editor of the Plain Dealer, the daily newspaper of Cleveland and the largest newspaper in Ohio. From 2003 to 2007, she was the executive editor of the San Jose Mercury News, and she served as the paper’s managing editor from 1999 to 2003. From 1989 to 1999, Goldberg worked at USA Today, including stints as a deputy managing editor of the News, Life, and Enterprise sections.

PLANKElizabeth Plank @feministabulous
Senior producer and video correspondent, Vox Media

Before joining Vox Media, Elizabeth Plank served as senior correspondent at Mic, a leading news and media company for young people. Plank co-created Flip the Script, an award-winning Mic weekly video series that confronts social issues. In 2015, she was a correspondent for MSNBC’s Shift Krystal Clear and was named one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 in Media.

She has appeared on national and international television programs providing millennial perspectives on politics, women’s issues, and reproductive rights, including the Today Show, the Daily Show, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC News, Fusion, Al-Jazeera America, and BBC World. Plank has also built a loyal following on social media, where she engages with news and culture with levity and wit across platforms such as Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Before arriving at Mic, she was a research assistant and behavioral science consultant for the London School of Economics, from which she holds a master’s degree in policy.

Through her activism and creative approach to journalism, Plank has made it her mission to elevate the voices of those who are often not heard. As the creator of many viral campaigns such as #AllMenCan and #WithoutTheWageGapIWould, she is eager to work with organizations that both advocate and innovate in the public interest.