Power Shift Summit 2020: The Power of Allies

The Power Shift Project continues its tradition of fighting harassment and discrimination by convening annual summits.

Join Kara Swisher, Walt Mossberg, Lulu Garcia-Navarro, Sharif Durhams, Emily Ramshaw, Hannah Allam and more for Power Shift Summit 2020.

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, the Freedom Forum’s Power Shift Project will convene Power Shift Summit 2020: The Power of Allies, a gathering of leaders across journalism and the media industry to explore the critical role that individuals can play in fighting harassment and discrimination.

The summit will look at persistent problems in media workplaces and showcase people who are finding solutions — men who support women, people of privilege who stand up for the rights of the marginalized and individuals who want to be better advocates for change.

All summit participants are invited to bring along someone they believe to be an ally, someone who has taken a risk, changed a system or spoken out on behalf of others.

 The summit’s participatory format encourages diverse voices and viewpoints. Jill Geisler, Freedom Forum Fellow in Women’s Leadership and Loyola University Chicago’s Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity, and Elisa Lees Muñoz, executive director of the International Women’s Media Foundation, will guide the conversation, along with:

  • Hannah Allam, NPR national security correspondent.
  • Sharif Durhams, CNN Digital senior editor for news and president of NLGJA, The Association of LGBTQ Journalists.
  • Lulu Garcia-Navarro, host of NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday.”
  • Walt Mossberg, former Wall Street Journal columnist and co-founder of AllThingsD and Recode.
  • Emily Ramshaw, former editor in chief of The Texas Tribune, who is launching a nonprofit news organization for women.
  • Kara Swisher, co-founder and editor at large, Recode, and contributing opinion writer, The New York Times.

More conversation leaders will be announced soon.

“Just as you aren’t a leader unless people choose to follow you, you aren’t an ally unless others believe you qualify,” Geisler said. “We’ll show how individuals earn that distinction.”

The International Women’s Media Foundation, a valued ally to women in journalism for 30 years, is a partner for “The Power of Allies” summit.

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020

9:30 a.m.: Continental breakfast

10 a.m. to noon: Program

The Freedom Forum

300 New Jersey Ave. NW, Suite 800

Washington, D.C. 20001


The Power Shift Project continues its tradition of fighting harassment and discrimination by convening annual summits. The summits, now in their third year, are a response to #MeToo scandals in the media industry that first made headlines in 2017.

Previous summits targeted workplace cultures and leadership, including problems and progress, which led to the rollout of the Power Shift’s Workplace Integrity training curriculum. It aims to create work environments filled with opportunity and free of harassment, discrimination and incivility. The initiative’s graduates include trainers from more than 150 media organizations, journalism schools and other institutions.

“There’s no question that newsroom cultures may foster or may fight workplace integrity,” Geisler said. “While we work on that challenge, the Power Shift Project also hears from individuals who want to lead from wherever they are. They want to do it right. This summit is for them.”

Because of space limitations, the Power Shift Summit 2020 is by invitation only, but media industry leaders and educators interested in attending may contact [email protected] for more information. The 2020 summit will be livestreamed on freedomforuminstitute.org/live.

About the Power Shift Project

The Power Shift Project is a national initiative to enhance the quality and future of journalism by improving the diversity, equity and culture of news organizations. The project’s goal is workplace integrity, defined as environments free of harassment, discrimination and incivility – and filled with opportunity, especially for those who have traditionally been denied it. We offer workplace integrity training custom-tailored for media organizations, as well as other programming tailored to finding meaningful solutions to end sexual misconduct and promote opportunity for all. We also convene annual industry summits to discuss progress and challenges in the pursuit of real, measurable change in the news industry and beyond. The project is an initiative of the Freedom Forum Institute.



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