2021 NETA Conference & CPB Public Media Thought Leader Forum Day 1

Event Date
Jan 25 2021 | 1:00 - 5:30pm


CPB Public Media Thought Leader Forum

For the past three years, CPB’s Public Media Thought Leader Forum, in partnership with NETA, has featured diverse thought leaders with proven expertise and knowledge in the areas of education, innovation, culture, and media. As we move into a new year, the Thought Leader Forum will provide a virtual experience bringing together public media leadership and today’s leading thinkers to help define how public media through embracing diversity, innovation, and inclusion can connect to diverse publics and strengthen our civil society.


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1:00 PM 1:05 PM Welcome to the NETA Conference & CPB Public Media Thought Leader Forum

Eric Hyyppa, President, NETA

Anthony Padgett, President and CEO, SCETV

1:05 PM 1:15 PM CPB Thought Leader Forum Opening Remarks

Deb Sanchez, Senior Vice President, Education and Children's Content Operations

Jennifer Lawson, MC and Moderator

 1:15 PM  1:45 PM Tapping America's Ingenuity in People and Institutions

Alok Patel, host, NOVA NOW

John Bridgeland, Founder and CEO, Civic

1:45 PM 2:45 PM Creating a Community of Belonging in Public Media Dena Simmons, Ed. D., Educator, Activist and Lifelong Learner
2:45 PM 3:00 PM Zoom-free Break  
3:00 PM 3:30 PM Striving for Economic and Education Equity

Amna Nawaz, Senior National Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

Annie Holmes, Chief Equity Officer,
Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)

Rick Wade, SVP, Strategic Alliances and Outreach, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

3:30 PM 4:00 PM Supporting the Next Generation of American Graduates

Deb Sanchez, Senior Vice President, Education and Children’s Content Operations

Hari Sreenivasan, Anchor, PBS NewsHour Weekend and Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

Neal Shapiro, president, WNET

4:00 PM 4:30 PM A Path Forward: A Closing Conversation

Frans Johansson, CEO, The Medici Group

Larry Irving, President and CEO, The Irving Group

4:30 PM 5:00 PM "The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song"

Kathryn Washington, Senior Vice President, Television Content, CPB

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church

Dyllan McGee, Founder and Executive Producer, McGee Media

5:00 PM 5:30 PM Texas Southern University's Gospel Choir Performance