Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

 Email  Share  Print

Kerger: Women Leaders Must Focus on Mentoring the Next Generation

March 09, 2014

Paula Kerger with Molly Broad
​Click to enlarge

 

Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, was influenced early on by the power of television, particularly by the show I Love Lucy and its namesake character, who represented an inspirational role model for a young girl growing up in a rural area—tall, funny and always striving for something more.

(Pictured: Paula Kerger, left, with ACE President Molly Corbett Broad.)

Later, it was The Mary Tyler Moore Show that captured Kerger’s imagination, featuring another strong female character who showed that women could be career-oriented and lead independent lives, Kerger recounted during her keynote speech March 8 at the ACE Women’s Leadership Dinner, one of the events held during ACE’s 96th Annual Meeting.

Saying that PBS strives to present positive images of women on screen and give women executives the opportunity to wield authority in its production and business operations, Kerger noted that she is PBS’ second woman president and that the nation’s largest non-commercial media organization has a number of women in top jobs.

However, as she said, top women executives are a distinct minority overall in the media industry.

Kerger told the audience of senior higher education leaders that colleges and universities have a special role in helping prepare future leaders and that women higher education leaders who have broken through the glass ceiling have an obligation to help mentor younger women following in their paths.

“As successful women, it is so important to mentor the next generation of women and help the new generation find its own voice and path,” she said.

As part of her speech, Kerger played a segment from the PBS show Makers: Women Who Make America about Kathrine Switzer, who in 1967 became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, finishing despite an attempt by a race organizer to throw her out.

ACE President Molly Corbett Broad, who has served on the PBS board, called Kerger a “practical visionary” who leverages new technology in ways that helps reach more people.

Also at the Women’s Leadership Dinner, Elaine Maimon, president of Governors State University, was presented with the 2014 Donna Shavlik Award. Prior to the dinner, at the ACE Women’s Network Reception, the 2014 ACE State Network Leadership Award was given to The University of Alabama’s Graduate Parent Support program.

Other ACE News

  • April 24, 2015

    Today's Headlines

    HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

    In today’s headlines, The Chronicle of Higher Education profiles Arizona State University President Michael Crow and explores ASU’s plan to offer a low-cost freshman year via MOOCs. In other news, Inside Higher Ed looks at the new book on campus...

  • Financial Aid

    April 22, 2015

    Campaign to Save Student Aid Launches

    The Student Aid Alliance launches a campaign to increase awareness and spur action against congressional threats to curtail federal student aid programs.

  • Innovative Practices

    April 22, 2015

    2015 Challenge Festival Scheduled for Next Month

    ACE is co-sponsoring the weeklong convening of tech visionaries, business leaders, government officials and promising entrepreneurs in education and other fields.

  • Institutional Capacity

    April 22, 2015

    Register Now for Advancing to the Presidency

    Advancing to the Presidency, a two-day workshop scheduled for Oct.19-20 in Alexandria, VA, helps senior admnistrators prepare for the transition to the next level.

  • Leading Internationalization

    April 20, 2015

    Deadline to Apply to the Institute for Leading Internationalization Is May 1

    The Institute for Leading Internationalization, designed for administrators who have a critical role in advancing internationalization on their campuses, is scheduled for June 7-9 in Alexandria, VA.

 

 Related Content