An exploration of women’s contributions to journalism, media and other communication professions and their role in the future are the topics of discussion by leading media executives, journalists and communications experts at the “Women in Communications in the New Millennium” forum on Thursday, April 29, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at New York University. The event is co-sponsored by the Women’s Forum.

Featured speakers include:

  • Alice Bonner, journalism professor and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Media at Howard University. Bonner is a former editor and reporter with USA Today and the Washington Post. She also worked as director of Journalism Education at the Freedom Forum.
  • Farai Chideya, an ABC News correspondent and contributing editor at Time and Vibe magazines, she is author of two books, Don’t Believe the Hype and The Color of Our Future.
  • Ann Moore, president, People Magazine Group, she is also former publisher of People and also held executive positions with Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Money and Discover magazines.
  • Lynn Povich, managing editor and senior executive producer of East Coast programming on MSNBC. She is former editor-in-chief of Working Woman magazine and the first senior editor of Newsweek magazine.

Marlene Sanders, a three-time Emmy award-winning network correspondent and former broadcast news executive, will serve as moderator for the panel. The keynote address will be delivered by Gail Blanke, president and chief executive officer of Lifedesigns, a company that helps women attain professional and personal goals. Blanke is president of the Women’s Forum, author of My Wildest Dreams: Living the Life You Long For and a former executive for Avon Products, Inc., CBS, Inc. and the New York Yankees.

The event is free to NYU students, $10 for students from other universities, with valid ID and $20 for professionals. Registration is required due to space limitations. For more information about attending the event, call 212-998-5090.

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