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Florida International University
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2019 Kopenhaver Center Annual Conference

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?

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