A panel of women leaders share how they are active role models for empowering women. Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress, Melody Barnes, Former Director, White House Council on Domestic Policy, Ambassador Karen Kornbluh, Former Permanent U.S. Representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, Madhulika Sikka, Executive Editor, NPR News, The Honorable Margaret Spellings, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, and Caryl M. Stern, President & Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, are in discussion with Linda Douglass, Senior Advisor, Atlantic Media.
Melody Barnes is the Former President’s Domestic Policy Adviser and the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, which coordinates the domestic policy-making process in the White House. Before joining the White House, Barnes served as the Senior Domestic Policy Advisor to President Obama’s campaign.
Linda Douglass is a senior advisor to Atlantic Media and oversees communications for all divisions of the company, including The Atlantic, National Journal Group, Government Executive, Quartz and Atlantic Media Strategies. Until recently, she was senior vice president for Global Communications at Atlantic Media. In 2007, Ms. Douglass served as a contributing editor at National Journal and was a frequent guest on cable programs such as MSNBC’s “Hardball” and CNN’s “Reliable Sources” and hosted a weekly radio program, “National Journal on Air”. Previously, Ms. Douglass served as director of communications for the White House Office of Health Reform and senior advisor to the 2008 Obama presidential campaign. Prior to working in politics, Ms. Douglass spent nine years as the chief Capitol Hill correspondent for ABC News, where she filed frequent reports for World News Tonight, Good Morning America and was often a roundtable commentator on This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Before joining ABC News, Ms. Douglass was a Washington-based correspondent for CBS News, and reported for KNBC-TV and CBS local and network news in Los Angeles. Ms. Douglass began her career as a researcher for KCBS in 1973. Ms. Douglass received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern California.
Ambassador Karen Kornbluh was the former permanent U.S. representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Previously, she served as policy director for President Barack Obama when he was in the Senate. She has also served as deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Treasury Department during the Clinton Administration and director of legislative and intergovernmental affairs at the Federal Communications Commission. Ambassador Kornbluh began her career as a management consultant with Telesis Consulting and Townsend-Greenspan & Co. Ambassador Kornbluh founded the New America Foundation’s Work and Family Program and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Madhulika Sikka is executive editor for NPR News a role she joined in January 2013. As executive editor, Sikka oversees all desks and reporters, and helps set the agenda for the entire News division. Previously she served as the executive producer of NPR's Morning Edition. Ms. Sikka joined NPR in 2006 as supervising senior producer of Morning Edition and was promoted to deputy executive producer in 2008 and executive producer in 2009. Prior to joining NPR, Ms. Sikka worked for ABC News's Nightline, where she was a senior producer responsible for all aspects of the daily news broadcast. Ms. Sikka has also worked for World Monitor Television, CBS News, and NBC News. She is the recipient of four Emmys, two duPont awards, a Barone award, two Peabodys, three SAJA Awards, and a NABJ Award. She was also the recipient of the India Abroad Publisher's Award for Special Excellence 2009 and is the author of the forthcoming book: A Breast Cancer Alphabet. Ms. Sikka received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in economics and politics of development from Cambridge University.
Margaret Spellings serves as president and chief executive officer of Margaret Spellings & Company and will assume the role of president of the George W. Bush Foundation on September 1, 2013. She is also a senior adviser to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. She previously served as U.S. Secretary of Education from 2005 to 2009, White House Chief Domestic Policy Advisor from 2001-2005 and senior adviser to then-Governor George W. Bush of Texas. Ms. Spellings has also led governmental and external relations for the Texas Association of School Boards and served in key positions at Austin Community College and with the Texas Legislature.
Caryl M. Stern
Caryl M. Stern is president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Ms. Stern joined the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in 2006 as chief operating officer and served as acting president before assuming her current position in May 2007. Previously, Ms. Stern served as chief operating officer and senior associate national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Prior to her work at ADL, Ms. Stern spent a decade in higher education administration and teaching and most recently served as dean of Students at the Polytechnic University in New York. Ms. Stern received her Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta, Master’s degree at Western Illinois University and completed coursework towards a Ph.D. in higher education at Loyola University in Chicago.
Neera Tanden is the President of the Center for American Progress and Counselor to the Center for American Progress Action Fund. She has served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, as well as presidential campaigns and think tanks. Most recently, she served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Center, where she oversaw strategic planning, operations, and fundraising.
U.S. Ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Karen Kornbluth suggests that gender quotas might remedy the 'leaky pipeline,' the barriers shutting women out of science and business.