WNET Perspectives – Women in Media

Early in her career, Kellie Specter asked her boss for a promotion. When her boss told her that she wasn’t ready, Kellie asked what she needed to do in order to be ready. Her boss didn’t have an answer. He couldn’t envision a young woman in a leadership position.

Kellie’s message about the challenges as a woman in media really stood out to me. Kellie said that patriarchy is like the air we breathe; we don’t even notice that it is there. We just accept it as normal.

Kellie received 36 rejection letters and said those jobs simply weren’t for her. Now, she is the Senior Director of Communications for WNET, the flagship public broadcasting station in the US.

“Don’t allow anyone to put you in a box,” Kellie said. She encourages young women to follow her lead and challenge biases. Many people don’t even know they have biases until they are asked.

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  1. #1 by krisgrattan on January 12, 2017 - 11:51 pm

    This totally stuck with me too. She was so inspiring and so encouraging to the women in the room to never let anyone “put you in a box!” A great example to show others to never give up.

  2. #2 by caseylmcclure on January 16, 2017 - 1:42 am

    Kellie was able to leave a lasting impression on me as well. I really felt as though she was able to show all young female journalists, or any other young woman in general, that if they are willing to persevere in their career that the sky is the limit. One cannot allow themselves to get discouraged and down for multiple rejections, like Kellie’s 36, or they are not going to make it far in life. Kellie was an inspiration, and I hope to be able to strive like her throughout my life.

  3. #3 by James McPherson on January 16, 2017 - 1:53 am

    I hope you’re all following Kellie (and anyone else you meet) on Twitter and elsewhere. Her Twitter is @kellispec — also hope you’re all learning a lot and having a good time.

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