UNIVERSITY NEWS | Loyola Marymount University’s newly formed Alliance of Women Philanthropists, with the mission to harness the power of collaborative funding to inspire and empower women to improve their communities, has invited journalist Gretchen Carlson as the inaugural guest in their Speaker Series.
The Alliance of Women Philanthropists is a community of influencers with unique and powerful voices, making an impact and shaping the future of the university. They gather throughout the year to collaborate with LMU’s administration, engage with like-minded women and support the university individually while also determining how to distribute a yearly collective pool of funds to the university’s programs, services and scholarships.
Carlson, the veteran television journalist and author whose fight against workplace sexual harassment helped spark a national discussion about female empowerment and activism, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at LMU’s Westchester campus. Carlson will join Robbin Crabtree, Ph.D., dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, at the event in the Life Sciences Building auditorium, which is open to the LMU community and the general public; register here.
“We are honored to have Gretchen join us as the first speaker in a series created to engage students, faculty and staff members, and the community in discussions about timely and important societal issues – #metoo and #timesup,” said LMU first lady Carol Costello, honorary chairwoman of the Alliance of Women Philanthropists. “Her story is one of female strength and perseverance, and we are pleased that she will share it at LMU.”
Carlson, who hosted “The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson” and “Fox & Friends” on Fox News and was a co-host of “The Saturday Early Show” on CBS News, brought sexual harassment in the workplace to greater consciousness in 2016. She filed a lawsuit that year against Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, prompting other women to step forward with similar accusations against Ailes, who resigned from the network.
She was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people for 2017. She is the author of a new book, “Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back,” in which she shares her experiences and those of other women who have reached out to her.
The Alliance of Women Philanthropists is sponsoring the event with LMU’s Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, in partnership with the Associated Students of Loyola Marymount University and the LMU Marians women’s service organization.