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Women@Work: November 16, 2016

Host Laura Zarrow is joined by Jessica Bennett (Journalist; Author, “Feminist Fight Club”, New York Times, Time) 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, November 16, 2016 edition of Women@Work.

Air Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 on SiriusXM 132

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Women@Work: November 16, 2016 16:00

Air Time: 4:00 pm
Featuring: Jessica Bennett, Josh Levs

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Jessica Bennett

Journalist; Author, “Feminist Fight Club”, New York Times, Time


Jessica Bennett is an essential voice in the discussion of sexism and inequality in the workplace. A regular contributor to the New York Times, Bennet writes witty, thought-provoking and engaging feminist pieces that address head-on issues that must be brought to the forefront of public conversation.

Bennet started her professional career at Newsweek as a staff writer and editor. While at Newsweek, Bennet wrote a controversial story about the magazine’s long history of sexism, which gained public attention as the subject of Lynn Povich’s book The Good Girls Revolt. Bennet later joined the start-up Tumblr and went on to become its executive editor. She is a former columnist for Time.com and is a contributing editor for Sandberg’s nonprofit LeanIn.org. She is the co-founder and curator of the Lean In Collection, which is a photo partnership with Getty Images to change the way women are depicted in stock photography.

Bennett’s new book, Feminist Fight Club, provides an honest and often comedic examination of the modern work-place and issues that women must deal with on a day-to-day basis. It takes on common acts of sexism that are not overt, but that are still powerful handicaps for women looking to ascend the professional ladder. Furthermore, Feminist Fight Club gives real advice on how to recognize and handle latent sexism, and how women can work together to lead and succeed in the workplace. Bennett received her B.S. from Boston University, where she was also a student reporter covering crime at The Boston Globe.

Twitter – @jess7bennett
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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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