‘Women in Media’ Organization Ensures That Women Own Their Voices Across All Media Platforms

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Women make up approximately $218 trillion in Global spending where they spend over $150 billion annually. Not only do women make up the majority of the economy’s spending but from the years of 2015 to 2016, women entrepreneurship rates increased by double that of their male counterparts. 

In the United States, not only do women own 11.3 million businesses, nearly 36 percent of all businesses are owned by women, which is an increase from 2017. Although those numbers are impressive, women are still dominated by men in the media industry. 

According to the Women’s Media Center, in 2017 men produced 62.3 percent of news reports at 20 of the nation’s top news outlets while women produced 37.7 percent of news reports. Additionally, in the broadcast news sector alone, work by women anchors, field reporters and correspondents actually declined, falling to 25.2 percent of reports in 2016 from 32 percent when the WMC published its 2015 “Divided” report.

After seeing the above mentioned statistics, this is why it is critical for women to own their voice more than ever and Spelman College alumna, Danielle Jeter is ensuring that women are made aware of this through her organization and annual conference, Women In Media (WIM). 

On Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16, WIM will be holding its 6th Annual Women in Media Conference in Philadelphia where they have several interactive activities and speakers that will be dropping knowledge to our women. The theme for this year is, “Limitless Beyond the Glass Ceiling.” 

Some of this year’s speaker’s include: Jen Groover, Serial Entrepreneur/TV Personality/International Speaker; Nydia Han, Consumer Reporter-ABC6; DeeJay Shelle, Celebrity DJ and Entertainer; and Roxy Romero, Co-Host of the Morning Show Rise & Grind on Power 99FM. Also, Angela Yee, from the Breakfast Club radio show, will be this year’s honoree. 

Professional Development, Personal Development, and Youth Track Innovative workshops will commence on Sunday September 16, facilitated by media and wellness experts including: Jennifer Lynn Robinson, Esquire CEO of Purposeful Networking & President of FemCity Phila; Dana Donofree, Founder of AnaOno and Breast Cancer Awareness Advocate; Kristine McPherson, Founder of F.A.M.U.S. & Director of Public Relations for Women in Media; Anumani Santos, Author, Artist, Speaker & Modern Day Shaman; and David Shands, Bestselling Author, Entrepreneur and Founder of Sleepis4Suckers.

The Millennial Voices Panel Discussion will be presented on Sunday September 16 featuring: Brielle Ussery, Senior Manager of Program Planning & Content Strategy at BET Networks and Selena Hill, Digital Editor for Black Enterprise. Additional inspirational and trailblazing speakers will continue to be added. Registrants will have the opportunity to experience the Arete of Media Awards Ceremony with live performances by Suzann Christine, John Graves III, DJ A List, and Keeyen Martin continental breakfast with mimosas sponsored by Eatible Delights Catering, lunch, panel discussions, industry networking and more! This conference experience is for those who aspire to enter the media industry, already working in it, or those seeking opportunities to build relationships with women in media.

This event is going to be amazing, so of course we had to interview Ms. Jeter on her inspiration behind starting WIM and what is in store for the conference in the coming years. Check out the interview below: 

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Naomi K. Bonman is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University where she holds her Bachelors of Arts in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Journalism. She also holds her Masters of Public Administration. She is the Founder and CEO of Awakened Media Enterprises, Inc. which owns Purposely Awakened. She has been in the media field since 2006 covering beats that range from social justice, community, entertainment, sports, fashion/beauty, and culture news.

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