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2019 Conference: Women In Communication – Shattering the Ceiling2019-04-02T14:11:28-04:00

Stephanie Bertini, Reporter | WTVJ NBC 6 South Florida
Mayte Padron Cordones, Director of Community Affairs |WPLG – Local 10

Keynote Speakers
Dianne Festa, Senior Vice President of News Partnerships | NBC Universal
Ellen Weiss, Vice President & Washington, DC Bureau Chief | E.W. Scripps Company

Distinguished Speakers
Morning Panel: A Conversation with Professionals
Natalie Boden, Founder & President |Boden
Nadege Green, Reporter | WLRN
Liz Roldan, News Director |WFOR-TV/CBS4 in South Florida

Afternoon Panel: Thought Leaders Talk
Patricia Alvarado, Senior Vice President | FleishmanHillard
Nancy Ancrum | Miami Herald
Rosa Flores | CNN

The Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication at Florida International University’s School of Communication, Architecture and the Arts invites you to become a sponsor for the center’s Fourth Annual Conference, “Women in Communication: Shattering the Ceiling.”  This national one-day conference on April 4, 2019, will bring together outstanding women professionals from around the country to discuss and analyze a broad range of topics focused on the theme of “Shattering the Ceiling” – How do we promote gender equality in the field of communication?

Conference participants will explore the role of women in leadership positions in the fields of advertising, broadcasting, digital media, newspapers, public relations and magazines.  This open conversation brings together women from across the country to talk about issues that are important in today’s world.

Are communication professionals achieving their potential? Findings from a national survey conducted by the Kopenhaver Center reveal that women in communication professions are three times less likely than men in the same professions to hold a top management position; men dominated the highest salary brackets; women are more likely than men to feel they’ve been bypassed for a better, higher position because of their gender and/or because of their race or ethnicity, and that women had worked fewer years than men in their professional fields partly because they are more likely than men to have experienced a career interruption. The question is, what do we need to do to break the barriers?

It’s a decades-long discussion that even now has reached no consensus or conclusion: Where are women in the ranks of communication professions? If they’re not leading, where are they and what are they doing?

The Kopenhaver Center commenced operations in 2013 with the goals to:

  • Serve as a thought-leadership center for research and professional development for the next generation of women leaders in mass communication.
  • Mentor the next generation of young scholars and professionals as they build careers in mass communication.
  • Develop an active research agenda to provide background and current data, trends and other information to support the goals of the center.
  • Recognize the achievements of female leaders in the communication industries and the academy.

Our conference will highlight the center’s breadth and depth of expertise and experience, a highly visible platform for sponsors to demonstrate their support of our mission and vision.  As we look forward to this convening of the industry’s leading professionals and scholars, we respectfully request your consideration of the attached sponsorship brochure.

Each sponsorship level provides broad exposure and recognition opportunities which will affirm our mutual dedication to the advancement of women in communication. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lillian A. Abreu, Research Associate and Program Specialist for the Kopenhaver Center, at 305.919.4065 or

On behalf of the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication, I thank you for your consideration and look forward to partnering with you to ensure the success of this timely conference, as we advance our collective commitment to empower women across the industry.


Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver, Ed.D.

Dean Emeritus and Professor

School of Communication + Journalism
Biscayne Bay Campus
Academic Two - 251
3000 N.E. 151 St. North Miami, FL 33181
PH: 305-919-5625