In 1995, 189 UN members addressed the role media has in the advancement of women in the Beijing Platform for Action. Over twenty years have passed and, instead of uplifting women in leadership positions and eliminating gender-based stereotypes, the media still perpetuates the same tired roles for women, and representation hasn't improved much either!
For this month's women's speaker series, we invite you to join us in a discussion on changing the face of women in the media with four of Dallas' own trailblazers: Gloria Campos, LeeAnne Locken, Kelly Harrington, and Joanna Cattanach.
The cost of admission is $10, and this event is open to everyone, no matter what gender you identify with. Breakfast and coffee will be provided! Buy your ticket here!
What: Women In Media
When: Saturday, June 24 from 9am-12pm
Where: Bill J. Priest - 1402 Corinth St., Dallas 75215
Sponsors (so far):
LaDeitra Adkins for Family District Court No. 304
Judge Tena Callahan
John Creuzot for DA
Judge Darlene Ewing
Elizabeth Frizell for DA
Judge Martin Hoffman
Audrey Moorehead for CCC #3
Kendall Scudder for Senate District 2
Judge Dale Tillery
Gloria Campos is an award-winning television journalist who, until her retirement in 2014,could be seen nightly, delivering the news for Dallas' WFAA (Channel 8) TV station. In 1989, she began co-producing the “Wednesday’s Child” program, which assisted with the adoption of young children by foster families. Throughout her career, she has been active in community organizations, and she often participates as an emcee for charity events.
Ms. Campos was the first Hispanic anchor featured in the DFW market. After beginning her television career in the Rio Grande Valley, she soon became the top-rated anchor in Harlingen. In 1984, Ms. Campos moved to Dallas and began work with WFAA.
She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work in journalism and public service, including: the Dallas Press Club Lifetime Achievement Award (2002) and the Women in Film Achievement Award (1997). Additionally, she has been ranked by Texas Hispanic Magazine as one of the state's most influential Hispanic women (1996), and she has been inducted into the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ Hall of Fame (2010).
Ms. Campos was born and raised in Harlingen, Texas. After serving as a television anchor with WFAA for 30 years, she now lives on a ranch in east Texas with her husband Lance Brown. Together, they are the proud parents of two grown twin sons. Ms. Campos’ hobbies include reading, gardening, movies and "junk-tiquing."
?Texas born and raised, LeeAnne Locken combines the work ethic and fiery spirit of a thoroughbred with true grit and southern charm that will “bless your heart!” LeeAnne was born in Pasadena, Texas and was raised by her grandparents in Houston, TX. A go-getter right from the start, she began working the carnival Midway circuit at age 3 and was running her own game by the age of 10. She attended the University of Houston before moving to Chicago to pursue modeling and ended up in Los Angeles where she pursued her passion for acting.
Today LeeAnne is recognized for her current starring role on Bravo TV’s hit-reality TV series Real Housewives of Dallas. Passionate about comedy she was thrilled to have one of her commercials chosen by ABC Network as one of "America's Funniest Commercials". She has guest-starred on the reality show Big Rich Texas and acted in national TV shows including GCB on ABC and Chase on CBS. She has appeared in many national commercials including an ad for Wing Stop which aired during the NBA Playoffs. Long time followers of LeeAnne’s will recall she was a top 3 finalist on the second season of She's Got The Look on TV Land and appeared as a finalist on Ed McMahon’s Star Search.
LeeAnne is an established author and has written 13 books on inspiration & affirmations. Additionally, she has created, produced and hosted two of her own television shows. From her early days as a top 10 finalist in the Miss USA Pageant, to her role in Miss Congeniality alongside Sandra Bullock, LeeAnne has been making an impression on her growing fan base for years.
When she’s not acting, modeling, writing or producing; LeeAnne devotes her efforts to many charities dear to her heart. She is dedicated to giving back and volunteering with the organizations she is most passionate about. In 2014 she served as the Honorary Chair for the "No Tie Dinner" benefiting AIDS Services Dallas and she was the 2014 Co-Chair of "Art from the Heart" benefiting Dallas Challenge. She currently serves on the board of The Fashionistas and was honored to be on the 2013 Style Council for DIFFA and the 2013 Fashion Police for Fashion Group International.
With a heart the "size of Texas," LeeAnne is sure to win you over with her big smile and even bigger personality!
Kelly is a results-focused media, marketing and communications professional with extensive experience in crisis management, traditional and digital marketing, content development, social media, and communications strategies - with a proven ability to increase brand awareness. She is passionate about providing powerful content that achieves results and exceeds expectations. As the Communications Manager for Reach Media, Inc. she has been recognized for leadership, creative insight and professional work ethic. In addition to her professional endeavors Harrington is a passionate advocate for human, civil and community rights. She is the co-director of the New Leaders Council, Dallas Chapter and member of the Texas Young Democrats Digital Council.
For more details find Kelly on LinkedIn.
Joanna Cattanach is a former Dallas Morning News reporter and currently teaches college journalism courses in Dallas. She began her writing career in college working as a columnist for her campus newspaper and has worked as a freelance writer, reporter, and columnist for various publications including Fox News Latino, Texas School Business, the Dallas Voice, DFW Magazine, and various online and print publications. A graduate of Baylor University with a master’s degree in International Journalism, she worked in Cd. Juarez, Mexico, and has reported on wide ranging issues from adoption to education reform efforts. As a commentator for WFAA-TV Inside Texas Politics, she brought perspective and passion to hot-button political issues and has used her media skills to help lead and organize a successful effort to oppose a Trump hotel in Dallas. Cattanach is an award-winning writer who also serves as a judge for the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference and an instructor for the non-profit Writer’s Garret in Dallas. She teaches basic and advanced journalism courses and workshops from introductory media writing to television script writing.