Women are more activated and energized than ever before. There has been an unprecedented surge of women rising up to use their voices, run for office, and demand change. More than ever, there is a sense of urgency about the need for gender equality and diversity of all types in positions of leadership in the public, private and citizen sectors. When it comes to women in politics, the inequality is staggering. While women are half the national population, the number of women serving in political office remains startlingly low: 20% of Congress, 23% of the Senate, and only 6 women out of 50 governors. What will it take to have gender parity in politics? With all the serious problems facing our country and the world right now, how can we ensure that we have women’s voices and visions equally represented?
This event will explore what has held women back from the highest levels of leadership and what we can do to propel women into politics and public office. The goal of this event would be multifold: to encourage women of all generations to run for office, to support women candidates by voting and supporting their campaigns, and also offer inspiration and guidance on amplifying our own political voice, as engaged, informed citizens, to get out the vote, to effectively support the issues and causes we believe in and be heard, and find our own pathways to creating change.
Media executive/TEDWomen curator Pat Mitchell
Journalist/Founder of What Will It Take Movements Marianne Schnall
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
Strategist and CNN Political Commentator Symone Sanders
Dr. Kerry Healey, President of Babson College
More speakers TBA
Held weekly every Monday at 6:30pm during the academic terms, Skirball Talks hosts visionaries from the worlds of politics, the arts, sciences, academia, and more. This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs will open on Oct 1, 2018.
PLEASE READ IN FULL REGARDING SEAT RESERVATIONS: RSVP does not guarantee a ticket. You can begin picking up tickets at the NYU Box Office (566 LaGuardia Pl) 2 hours prior to event. Even if you have picked up a ticket, please be aware that if you are not seated in the theater by 6:20pm, we will be opening up the theater to people in standby line. Tickets must be claimed by 6:10 pm. Unclaimed tickets will be released to those on the standby line.
The event will be organized in partnership with Marianne Schnall’s What Will It Take platform a media, collaboration, learning, and social engagement platform that inspires, connects, educates and engages women everywhere to advance in all levels of leadership and take action. What Will It Take acts as a connective tissue bringing together existing stakeholders and champions of women’s leadership across industries on a single platform to foster collaboration and coordination.
Dr. Kerry Healey took office as President of Babson College in July 2013, following nearly three decades of service in academia, government and humanitarian work. Healey is the thirteenth president of Babson and the first woman to hold that position. Prior to Babson, she served with distinction as the 70th lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, was a Special Advisor on the Romney for President Campaign, and led numerous philanthropic initiatives in the United States and abroad.
Healey was the founding co-chair (alongside Swanee Hunt) of Political Parity, which provides a nonpartisan platform, invoking the energies of dedicated leaders, researchers and funders, to change the face of US politics. Supported by a leadership team of more than 50 women at the top of this field, the program has worked to elevate the number of women in the halls of Congress and governor’s mansions across the country.
Healey holds an AB in government from Harvard College and a PhD in political science and law from Trinity College, Dublin.
Pat Mitchell is known for her leadership in the media industry as a CEO, producer and curator. Her career has focused on using media as a force for social change, with an emphasis on the representation of women’s stories.
Mitchell is the former president of CNN Productions, where she executive produced programs that have received 35 Emmy Awards and five Peabody Awards. In 2000, she became the first woman president and CEO of PBS. Mitchell also served as president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media.
In 2011, Mitchell partnered with TEDTalks to co-curate the TEDWomen global conference. Mitchell is especially proud to have been recognized by The Women’s Media Center with its first Lifetime Achievement Award. The annual award is given to women who are advancing women through media. She also advises foundations and corporations on women’s empowerment and leadership development as well as media relations and governance.
She is the chair of the Women’s Media Center and Sundance Institute boards, a founding board member of V-Day and Participant Media, and a member of the Skoll and Acumen Fund boards, and the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2016, she served on the American Museum of Women’s History Congressional Committee.
A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia, Mitchell holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature. She has taught at the University of Georgia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.
Nancy Pelosi is the Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives in the 115th Congress. From 2007 to 2011, she served as the first woman Speaker of the House, and she has led House Democrats for 16 years. Pelosi has represented San Francisco, California’s 12th District, for 31 years. In 2013, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
Pelosi brings to her leadership position a distinguished record of legislative accomplishment. She led the Congress in passing historic health insurance reform, key investments in college aid, clean energy and innovation, and initiatives to help small businesses and veterans. She has been a powerful voice for civil rights and human rights around the world for decades. Pelosi comes from a strong family tradition of public service in Baltimore. Married to Paul Pelosi, she is a mother of five and grandmother of nine.
A champion for women, communities of color and those in need, Symone D. Sanders is a democratic strategist, communications consultant, CNN Political Commentator and a Spring 2018 Resident Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School. Symone rose to prominence during her tenure as the National Press Secretary for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. At 25, Symone demonstrated an uncanny command of the issues earning her a place in history as the youngest presidential press secretary on record and a spot on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of 16 young Americans shaping the 2016 election.
However, Symone was not new to presidential politics. When she was 16, she introduced former President Bill Clinton at a luncheon in Omaha, Nebraska. Following her remarks, President Clinton said, “Symone spoke so well I really hate to follow her.” President Clinton went on to write about Symone in his book, Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World.
Now, Symone draws from her experience on the national stage to provide perceptive analysis on political and social issues. Her lively presentations challenge the conventional wisdom that strong communities are only defined by what we have in common. Instead, she outlines the way our differences contribute to effective social movements.
Symone has been featured on NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, BET, TV One and CNN. She has been profiled in the Washington Post, the New Yorker, ESSENCE Magazine and ELLE.
Marianne Schnall is a widely published journalist whose writings and interviews with high profile figures have appeared in a variety of media outlets including CNN.com. Forbes, O, The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, the Women’s Media Center, AOL Build and The Huffington Post. Marianne is the founder and CEO of What Will It Take movements, a media, collaboration, learning, event and social engagement platform that inspires, connects, educates and engages women everywhere to advance in all levels of leadership and take action. She is also the founder and Executive Director of Feminist.com, a leading women’s website and nonprofit organization.
Marianne’s latest book is What Will It Take to Make A Woman President? Conversations About Women, Leadership and Power (recently recommended by Beyoncé ) featuring interviews with politicians, public officials, thought leaders, writers, artists, and activists in an attempt to discover the obstacles that have held women back and what needs to change in order to elect a woman into the White House and advance in all levels of leadership.
Through her writings, interviews, and websites, Marianne strives to raise awareness and inspire activism around important issues and causes.
The Skirball Talks series is made possible in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.