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Join us for our first ever Strength & Courage Series event, a dialogue on women in media professions. Here is your chance to hear from local media professionals about challenges they've experienced over the course of their career and turning points along the way that made all the difference for them.
is the creator and founding editor of University of Venus
, an award-winning education blog hosted at Inside Higher Ed and syndicated at The Guardian Higher Ed, UK. University of Venus is a collaborative blog that brings together GenX women in higher ed from across the globe and more than 40 writers from over 20 countries have been featured at University of Venus since it first launched in February 2010. Mary also created Old School, New School at The Chronicle of Higher Education, a blog that brought together a senior faculty member and a junior administrator in conversation about the future of higher education in the U.S. Mary is passionate about the need for higher education to leave the ivory towers and much of her writing focuses on public engagement. When she is not writing or editing, she is Special Assistant to the Provost for Partnerships and Innovation at Salem State University.
Mary lives in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston where she is active in her community and on the board of Dudley Square Main Streets. She and her husband have an 8-year old son who attends second grade in the Boston Public Schools and has given her a newly found appreciation for Star Wars and Harry Potter.
is an advice columnist and entertainment reporter for The Boston Globe
. Her column Love Letters is a daily dispatch of wisdom for the lovelorn that gets about 1 million page views every month on Boston.com. Love Letters appears in the Globe’s print edition every Saturday. Meredith’s first novel, The Singles, was released by Penguin/Plume in April. Not surprisingly, it’s a story about complicated relationships.
Meredith was born in New Jersey, raised in Maryland, went to Syracuse University, and now lives in Roxbury, Massachusetts with a carnival-size cotton candy machine that she bought for herself on her 30th birthday.
is an Emmy Award winning Entertainment and Lifestyle Television Personality. Johnson has been with NECN (New England Cable News
) now a Comcast/NBCU Company, since 2005. Both behind the camera and in front, Johnson’s hard work, dedication and personal nature has helped her become one of New England’s most popular media personalities.
Jenny is the Executive Producer and Co-Host of TV Diner, New England’s Premier Food and Dining program, offering nearly 4 million homes throughout New England, an inside guide to the best restaurants, nightlife and celebrity chef interviews. Johnson is also the Entertainment Reporter for NECN.
Jenny is involved with numerous charitable organizations. She is a Pan Mass Challenge rider, a 192 mile bike ride to raise money for cancer research through the Jimmy Fund. She emcees and hosts many events from WICT (Women in Cable Television) to Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Annual Gala. A Massachusetts native, she graduated with honors from the University of New Hampshire and spent a semester studying interior design in Florence. After college she spend 6 months volunteering at an orphanage in Capetown South Africa.
About The Strength & Courage Series
A series of dialogues in which local business owners, changemakers, and experts in their fields share professional challenges, lessons learned, and stories of when they've had to exercise strength or courage during their careers. For panelists, these dialogues are a chance to share what they know and are passionate about with others. For all Wonder Women of Boston, panelists and participants alike, these events are an opportunity to come together, support one another around professional challenges, and celebrate successes.
These two hour events typically begin with a panel and then open up to a larger Q&A discussion. Light snacks and beverages will be served.
A portion of the proceeds benefit The Haley House, a Boston-based nonprofit organization that uses food as a vehicle to help alleviate suffering, build new skills and bring communities together.