Premier National Women’s Organization Names Alumna as Leadership Chair

The board of Women’s Media Center (WMC), a premier non-profit organization founded by writers and activists Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem, has just unanimously elected PhD in Leadership and Change (PhDLC) alumna Dr. Janet Dewart Bell as its new chair.

The WMC focuses on ensuring that women are accurately portrayed and visible in the media. Highlighting powerful stories and varied perspectives the organization works to diversify sources and content throughout a variety of campaigns, initiatives, and outlets. Experienced communications strategist, activist and advocate for racial and gender justice, multimedia expert, and leadership consultant Dr. Dewart Bell is founder and president of LEAD Intergenerational Solutions, a nonprofit organization that develops intergenerational and inclusive social change agents. Most recently she and her fellow PhDLC alumna Dr. Naomi Nightingale were featured in Antioch University’s Alumni Magazine in regards to what leadership means and looks like through the lens of their experiences. Dr. Dewart Bell’s dissertation is entitled, African American Women Leaders in the Civil Rights Movement: A Narrative Inquiry and she is the author of 2019 NAACP Image Award-nominated Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement (The New Press, 2018).

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