Florida International University’s Lilian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication is holding its third annual national conference, “Women in Communication: Moving Ahead,” this Thursday, April 5, at the Bicayne Bay Campus’ Wolfe University Center. 

The conference was planned in accordance with FIU’s Diversity Week, which more than 20- events between Friday, March 30, to Sunday, April 8.  

“We look at women who have achieved something,” said Lilian Lodge Kopenhaver, the former FIU dean and professor who in 2012 founded the national thought leadership center on women’s issues.  “We do not get into political stances. We look at what they represent to the people.”

By Jaylin Hawkins and Jesse Scheckner
South Florida News Service
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Leaders, industry professionals and scholars from across the country are scheduled to discuss women’s advancement in the communications industry. Participants will examine women’s leadership roles in advertising, broadcasting, digital and print media, public relations and magazines.  

Sharri Berg, FOX television stations chief operations officer and senior vice president of news and operations at FOX News, and Ilia Calderon, co-anchor of Noticiero Univision Edición Nocturna, will deliver keynote speeches at the event.  

Scheduled panelists include Alina Falcon, senior vice president of daytime programing at NBCUniversal Telemundo Network; Cynthia Hudson, senior vice president, general manager of CNN en Espanol and Hispanic strategy for CNN; Michelle Zubizarreta, co-owner of Zubizarreta Investments Inc.; Rosanna M. Fiske, vice president of communications at Wells Fargo & Company; and Samantha Ragland, digital entertainment strategy manager at the Palm Beach Post.  

Signature programming at the Kopenhaver center includes scholarly research, seminars and webinars, fellowships, a mentoring program, annual national symposium in Washington, D.C., fellowships and annual national conference. 

Kopenhaver stressed the importance of advancing women in an industry dominated for centuries by men, who from the colonial days and well into the 20th Century were the publishers and editors of newspapers.  

“In so many instances, women were far behind men in the communication world,” Kopenhaver said. “Women had lower positions than men across the board. Since they came lat, they are taking lower level positions, and we can see they are not achieving their potential equality. It’s an exciting field. I want them to see the excitement from the field.” 

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