Women in Communication conference – April 20

Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus, North Miami,  April 20, 2017

The Second Annual Conference of the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication at Florida International University’s School of Communication, Architecture and the Arts, Women in Communication: Breaking the Barriers,”  will bring together industry professionals and scholars from around the country  to discuss and analyze a broad range of topics on April 20, 2017. The theme of “Breaking the Barriers – What do we go from here?” is 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?

Conference participants who will include thought leaders from across the country  will explore the role of women in leadership positions in the fields of advertising, broadcasting, digital media, newspapers, public relations and magazines.

The national one-day conference at the Wolfe University Center on FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus in North Miami will reference the results of the 2016 national research study conducted by the center on the role and status of women in communication today. While many communication professions and organizations have conducted surveys on this topic, the center’s benchmark study addresses the void in research that looks across multiple professional communication disciplines to provide a broad perspective on women working in these industries.

The survey revealed that women in the communication industries 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 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 in the field of communications to break the barriers?

Other statistics include women were considerably more likely than men to learn less than the mean income: 53% of the female respondents compared to 41% of males reported annual income of less than $75,000.  Three fourths of male respondents and  one fourth of female respondents said they worked for organizations without women in management positions.  Women were three times less likely than men to hold a top management position. The mean salary reported was between $75,000 and $100,000 for all communications professionals. Only 9% of minorities said they earn that much.

The conference is free and open to the public. Host hotel is the Newport Beachside Resort, 16701 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 33160. Toll Free 1.800.327.547.Rates: $129 per night.

For further information, contact Lillian Abreu, program officer, at labreu@fiu.edu, 305-919-4065.