Disrupting the Conversation: Girls Lounge and Women in Leadership at CES 2017

At the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this month in Las Vegas, Turner and The Girls Lounge hosted a panel on “Women in Leadership” featuring business leaders from Spotify, JPMorgan Chase, Google, Turner and others.

“Diversity Leak – How Do We Fix the Pipeline?” was the title of the discussion and Turner’s Donna Speciale, President of Turner Ad Sales, contributed to a conversation around women in the workforce, and the prospects for advancement in 2017.  During a spirited discussion, Speciale pointed out that amongst her sales team she sees women who are exceptional salespeople but who do not ‘sell themselves’ to advance their careers in the same way she observes men pushing for similar growth. In addition, she highlighted FaceTime Fridays, a program that benefits up and coming male and female talent which was rolled out across the sales division last year. It encourages executives to allot specific time to talent at all levels, providing members of the team a chance to showcase their hard work and expertise, while gaining invaluable insight and a deeper connection with leadership.

Moderated by Meredith Kopit Levien, Chief Revenue Officer, The New York Times, the panel dove into best practices to advance women in the workforce. Joining Donna on the panel were Danielle Lee, VP, Partner Solutions, Spotify; Tara Walpert Levy, VP, Agency and Media Solutions, Google; and Girls Lounge founder Shelley Zalis. Other notable panelists included Kristin Lemkau, CMO, JPMorgan Chase; Lisa Utzschneider, CRO, Yahoo; Lara Balazs, SVP, North America Marketing, Visa; Harry Kargman, Founder and CEO, Kargo; Michael Roth, CEO and Chairman, IPG, and Allie Kline, CMO, AOL.  

The Girls Lounge (TGL) and its parent organization The Female Quotient (TFQ), were founded in 2012 to provide a forum for businesswomen to network and activate change through collaboration.  Founder Shelley Zalis spoke on the importance of a TGL presence at big, global events like CES. “When you put women in any equation, the equation gets better. Which is why we need to bring visibility to women of the past, present and future. Turner is an amazing partner that will help us share stories of women making a difference and advance equality in the workplace.”

Recently Turner became one of TFQ’s newest partners. Turner’s Global Chief Communications and Corporate Marketing Officer Lauren Hurvitz is looking forward to seeing what the partnership can accomplish. “It’s so important that TFQ is interjecting the conversation of women’s success and equality in the workplace into major industry events and so much more. It’s actions big and small that will ultimately make real change and progress, and TFQ goals are very aligned with our ideals and values at Turner.”

Turner CEO John Martin stopped by the lounge, which also featured a Turner sponsored Mobile Gallery highlighting women who have reinvented TV throughout the years. Photos of the gallery and the event and Turner’s presence at CES 2017 can be found on Turner’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram properties.


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