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Women@Work: February 1, 2017

Host Laura Zarrow is joined by Kiley Parker (Producer/Director, “Raising Ms. President”, PARKERLANE, LLC), Kelly Dittmar (Scholar, Center for American Woman and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers), and Josh Levs (Communications consultant and gender equality activist; author, journalist, U.N. Global Champion for Gender Equality, #HeForShe ambassador, Financial Times’ “Top 10 male feminist”) on the Wednesday, February 1, 2017 edition of Women@Work.

Air Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 on SiriusXM 132

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Women@Work: February 1, 2017 16:00

Air Time: 4:00 pm
Featuring: Kiley Parker

Women@Work: February 1, 2017 16:15

Air Time: 4:15 pm
Featuring: Kelly Dittmar

Women@Work: February 1, 2017 16:30

Air Time: 4:30 pm
Featuring: Josh Levs

Featured Guests

Kiley Parker

Producer/Director, “Raising Ms. President”, PARKERLANE, LLC


Kiley Lane Parker has been working in independent film, television and new media for the last decade. Storytelling is at her core. She is a producer, writer, director, manager and marketing consultant. Her experience in cross platform media production and distribution is extensive, and her research into new technologies, outreach, branding and marketing gives clients and her projects an advantage when using media to make an impact. Over the last 10 years Kiley has produced, directed and written several independent films and documentaries for broadcast, including two feature length documentaries and a short film, which won best short screenplay at the L.A. Comedy Fest in 2015. In March of 2016 her documentary film, Raising Ms. President, was picked up by American Public Television and is airing on PBS networks across the country and the WORLD Channel.

Twitter – @RaisingMsPres | @filmgirlky


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Kelly Dittmar

Scholar, Center for American Woman and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers


Kelly Dittmar is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University–Camden and Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. She is the author of Navigating Gendered Terrain: Stereotypes and Strategy in Political Campaigns (Temple University Press, 2015), as well as multiple book chapters on gender and American politics. Dittmar’s research focuses on gender and American political institutions, including Congress, with a particular focus on how gender informs campaigns and the impact of gender diversity among elites in policy and political decisions, priorities, and processes.

Dittmar was an American Political Science Association (APSA) Congressional Fellow from 2011 to 2012, where she served as a legislative aide on education, labor, social welfare, and women’s issues. She previously worked as a Federal Legislative Assistant for Governor Jennifer Granholm (MI).

At CAWP, Dittmar manages national research projects, helps to develop and implement CAWP’s research agenda, and contributes to CAWP reports, publications, and analyses. She also works with CAWP’s programs for women’s public leadership and has been an expert source and commentator for media outlets including MSNBC,NPR, Huffington Post, and the Washington Post. She currently serves on the editorial board for Politics and Gender and is a board member for Women Under Forty PAC.

Dittmar earned her B.A. from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI and her Ph.D. from Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Twitter – @CAWP_RU
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Josh Levs

Communications consultant and gender equality activist; author, journalist, U.N. Global Champion for Gender Equality, #HeForShe ambassador, Financial Times’ “Top 10 male feminist”


Josh Levs is a journalist, expert on issues facing modern families and author of All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses–And How We Can Fix It Together. New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow called it “fantastic;” the Washington Post’s Brigid Schulte called it a “must read,” and the Chicago Tribune called it “fascinating.” All In was named one of the top books of 2015 by NewsOne. And it won the Nautilus Gold Award, given to “books that inspire and connect our lives as individuals, communities, and global citizens,” with a focus on “exceptional literary contributions.”

The Financial Times named Levs one of the top 10 male feminists. U.N. Women named him a Global Champion of Gender Equality. A New York Times front-page story referred to him as “a pioneer.” Forbes asked in a headline, “Can This Man Get Corporate America To Rethink An Anti-Dad Culture?” His three-person team won a debate on feminism at the historic Oxford Union. And Levs appeared on the cover of Boss Magazine’s May 2016 issue. (See dozens of articles at joshlevs.com/news-reviews.)

All In is endorsed by Maria Shriver, Bob Saget, the president of Change.org, a top official at Twitter, Roland Martin and numerous other prominent figures. It is “groundbreaking” and “should be mandatory reading for every CEO, HR, benefits and similar” professional, said Debra Isaacs Schafer, CEO of Education Navigation.

Levs keynotes and moderates events for all sorts of groups, businesses, and conferences. His appearances have included the United Nations (video), General Electric, the Forward Festival, the Perceptions Conference, Google (video), Twitter, the Mom 2.0 Summit, the Dad 2.0 Summit, Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, the Power Shift Forum for Women in the World Economy, the Inter-American Development Bank, Chicago Women in Business, and the Cutting Edge Conference. At the Texas and Massachusetts Conferences for Women, he co-presented with Liberty Mutual.

After 20 years of reporting for NPR and CNN, Levs — a father of three — focuses his book on dispelling myths about today’s dads and moms, and explaining the necessity of new policies such as paid family leave. All In shows that men and women gain from these changes. Levs follows the money, detailing how and why the best family-friendly programs benefit businesses and the economy.

Levs tells his own story of taking on a policy at Time Warner that prevented him from being able to care for his newborn, preemie daughter and sick wife. As a result of his actions and the publicity surrounding them, the company revolutionized its policy, making it much better for dads and moms. The change made the company better and stronger.

Levs met with Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill, pushing support for paid family leave. He was invited to a meeting with Valerie Jarrett of the White House. (“We need to bottle you up and take you around the country,” she told him at a public meeting.) And Levs teamed up with the nonpartisan New Hampshire Women’s Foundation to successfully make paid family leave a key issue in the presidential race. The Nashua Chamber of Commerce described Levs as “a man that deeply values not only his family and personal life, but also the importance of innovation and business.” Levs was part of the successful fight in 2016 to pass a paid family leave law in the state of New York.

In motivational talks, such as his popular TEDx Talk, he tells the story of creating his own career, doing the unexpected, and reaping the rewards.

Levs has received many of the highest honors in journalism, including six Peabody Awards and two Edward R. Murrow Awards. A scholarship was awarded in his name at his alma mater, Yale University, and he was named a Journalist of the Year by the Atlanta Press Club.

Twitter – @JoshLevs
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