Local Journalist Gretchen Carlson Headlines Annual Women’s Event (Danbury Patch, 3/20/2017)

Acclaimed Journalist and women’s empowerment advocate Gretchen Carlson will be one of the featured panelists at the 7th Annual Conversations with Extraordinary Women on Thursday, April 20th at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury, CT. Presented by the Women’s Business Council (an arm of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce), the much-anticipated event provides the opportunity to hear from high-profile women, their incredible stories of how they got to where they are and the insights learned along the way. The overarching theme of this year’s conversation is, “The Boys Network, does it still exist?”

Gretchen Carlson is one of the nation’s most successful and recognized news anchors and a tireless advocate for workplace equality and the empowerment of women. She most recently hosted “The Real Story” on Fox News for three years, and prior to that co-hosted the #1 rated cable morning news show, “Fox and Friends,” for more than seven years.

In 2016, Carlson became the face of sexual harassment in the workplace, gracing the cover of Time Magazine and standing strong in her determination to promote a safe working environment for all women. To that end she plans to testify before Congress about workplace inequality and the prevalence of forced arbitration clauses in employment contracts that often keep sexual harassment claims shrouded in secrecy.

Ms. Carlson will be joined by global keynote speaker and inspirational thought leader Holly Dowling. An expert in strengths-based leadership, change management and corporate women’s empowerment, Holly is the driving force behind programs for dozens of Fortune 500 companies that have led to stronger leadership, higher performance levels and more opportunities for success. A copy of Holly’s book, Hollyisms: Let Your Light Shine, will be given to the first 50 people to register.

The hour and a half panel discussion will be moderated by Christine Palm, Communications and Women’s Policy Analyst with the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors. Ms. Palm is the agency’s media liaison and gives sexual harassment awareness and prevention training to state agencies and institutions. She has an extensive background in writing and editing and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her essay writing.

The evening will begin with a cocktail hour from 5-6pm, which include a vast assortment of valuable prizes will be available for raffle, and follow with the panel discussion. The cost of the program is $45 for Chamber members, $55 for non-members, and $65 after April 18th. Students with a valid ID are $35.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Ms. Carlson’s foundation, Gift of Courage, whose primary focus is to help girls and young women recognize their full potential and the bright future that awaits them, as well as helping women realize a safe and nurturing place in the workforce.

For more information about the event and sponsorship opportunities, contact JoAnn Cueva at 203-743-5565.