Ojai Chautauqua Panel - Beyond the Whistle-Blowers: What comes next? Power, Gender, and Writing New Rules for the American Workplace
In 2017, a group of courageous women and men stepped forward to talk about their experiences as victims of sexual harassment and assault. The overwhelming public and media response has led to a broad societal understanding that we must take immediate and aggressive steps to confront this widespread problem.
Join us as we convene a panel of academic, professional and media experts to discuss the legal, political, social and cultural challenges of building consensus toward a new set of answers.
Cecile Ablack is a lecturer in communications and social media at UC Berkeley. Her expertise is running advertising and communications campaigns in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Her clients include the governments of Hong Kong, Mexico, and Jamaica and corporate clients M&M Mars and Boeing. Cecile is a former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, was Director of Government and Public Affairs at the United States Commerce Department, and served for ten years as Associate Dean for Public Affairs and Strategic Planning at Yale University.
Dan Schnur is a professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communications and at the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley. Schnur is the founder of the USC/LA Times Poll and the former Chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission. He is an educator and political reformer, striving for government transparency, bipartisan cooperation, and civics education. In addition to his classes at USC and Berkeley, Schnur has taught at Harvard University and George Washington University. Schnur also has worked on four Presidential and three Gubernatorial campaigns, and is a featured commentator in national print and television news. He can be followed on Twitter @danschnur.
Shakari Byerly is a Vice President at FM3, an opinion research and political strategy firm. She also serves on the Advisory Council of the San Francisco Women’s Political Committee and is a faculty member of the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute. A leading public opinion pollster, Shakari works with candidates seeking local and statewide office across the country, including campaigns run in California, Utah, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin and Massachusetts. She has also served as a pollster for dozens of local school districts, government agencies private sector clients and non-profit organizations, including the City and County of San Francisco, the Oakland Unified School District, the Nature Conservancy, Gilead Sciences, Inc., the California Medical Association, the California Endowment, and AARP. Shakari’s opinion research encompasses a broad range of policy issues, including healthcare, education, development and land use, municipal finance, resident and consumer satisfaction, land, water and wildlife conservation, education finance, and political and electoral reform. Her expertise also includes the exploration of issues related to American political and social values.
At the age of ten, Ana Cubas moved from civil war torn El Salvador to join her mother in Los Angeles. Her mother cleaned houses and office buildings and her father was a day laborer. After school, Ana and her sister would go to the library to study until her mother finished working. She credits her hours in the library to helping her get accepted at University of California, Berkeley. She was the first member of her family to attend college and she went on to receive Master’s degrees from Princeton and USC. Ana began her public policy career working for the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., and then for the California Legislative Analyst’s Office in Sacramento. For twenty years, she has focused on public outreach and urban planning solutions in low-income communities. In 2013, Ana ran for Los Angeles City Council on a positive platform of empowering low income communities. She raised $550,000 in campaign contributions -- a record for female candidates in the City of LA. Although Ana advanced to the run off election, she lost to her opponent, a state senator whose campaign funds exceeded $2 million, by less than 600 votes. Had she been elected, Ana would have joined the fifteen member Los Angeles City Council as its second female representative. Undeterred, Ana has founded two initiatives from the lessons she learned during her campaign: the South Los Angeles Political Action Committee that registers voters and the Latina Public Service Academy, a leadership program, which trains high school girls on running for elected office.
Ted Johnson is a Senior Editor at Variety, the weekly entertainment trade magazine, considered the leading voice in entertainment coverage since 1905. Ted covers politics and government and also is the creator of the Variety website Wilshire & Washington. He also is the host of SiriusXM’s weekly show “PopPolitics,” about the intersection of politics and entertainment, which airs Thursdays on the POTUS Channel.
Before Variety, Ted was managing editor of V Life, a national writer for TV Guide and a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. He also was a regulator contributor to Politico.
Cinny Kennard, Executive Director at The Annenberg Foundation, is an award-winning broadcast journalist and media executive. Her accolades include the DuPont Columbia University Award for her coverage of the 1991 Persian Gulf War. One of the first female radio correspondents in the U.S., Cinny was the first woman to be named a CBS Bureau Chief, when she led the network’s Moscow operation. She also was a senior White House Correspondent covering the presidency of George H.W. Bush. Cinny covered the Anita Hill hearings and continues to interview and report on Ms. Hill, who recently was appointed to chair a Hollywood Commission on sexual harassment and advancing equity in media and entertainment. In addition, Cinny has written on the dynamics of female journalists covering war from the front lines. Cinny also has held senior positions at the Smithsonian, NPR, and has taught at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Tom Krause is president of the Ojai Chautauqua Committee. Over the last 35 years, Tom has been an entrepreneur, consultant and frequent author and speaker on topics such as culture change, cognitive bias, leadership development, executive decision-making, behavioral safety, and patient safety. He is currently president of The Agora Foundation, a member of the Board of Visitors and Governors for St. John’s College, and the Board of Directors of Thomas Aquinas College. In 1979 Tom co-founded Behavioral Science Technology (BST) now a global consulting firm acquired in 2012 by DEKRA Insight. Tom has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California-Irvine, master’s degrees from California State University-Long Beach and St. John’s College of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and a bachelor’s degree from California State University-Long Beach. He is a long-time Ojai resident and non-profit contributor.
The panel will take place at Oak Grove School
220 West Lomita Avenue in Ojai.
The purpose of the Ojai Chautauqua is to engage Ventura County in civil discourse about controversial and highly passionate subjects. Civil discourse is dangerously absent from all aspects of contemporary life. The result of this failing is not only sad… it is dangerous. If we can develop this essential ability, we can begin to affect a positive change to many aspects of life that can extend far and wide.