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The Paley Center for Media’s International Council Named One of the Top Conferences for Female Executives

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

New York, NYThe Paley Center for Media's International Council (IC), an annual traveling,  independent forum dedicated to providing common ground for the global media industries, has been named one of the most important conferences for female business leaders for 2011.  Weber Shandwick, a leading global public relations agency, examined the speaking engagements of the world's top women business leaders – based on Fortune's 2011 Most Powerful Women (MPW) list – and found the Paley Center’s IC2011 to be one of the top six forums. 

Under the theme Beyond Disruption, IC2011 LA focused on the emergence of new models and markets as technology transforms the media landscape, and featured intimate conversations with an exceptional line-up of industry leaders, including Gail Becker of Edelman, Sukhinder Singh Cassidy of Joyus, Adriana Cisneros of Grupo Cisneros, Marissa Mayer of Google, Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, Anne Sweeney of The Walt Disney Co., Susan Whiting of The Nielsen Co., Lauren Zalaznick of NBCUniversal, and Pat Mitchell of The Paley Center for Media. 

“The line-up of leaders and innovators assembled for IC2011 truly attests to the unique forum we provide for the media industry worldwide,” said Pat Mitchell, president and chief executive officer of The Paley Center for Media. “Providing an important platform for top female executives illustrates the Paley Center’s continuing role not only with the International Council but also with many of our programs including She’s Making Media, the groundbreaking TEDWomen conference in DC, and TEDxWomen conferences in New York and Los Angeles in turning a spotlight on women innovators from all fields and amplifying their voices to reach diverse audiences.”


About The Paley Center for Media's International Council
Created in 1995, the International Council brings together the chief executives of the world's most important media companies. The role of the Council is to advance the exchange of ideas among these leaders in global media, entertainment, and communications, and to foster a community among them. This is accomplished through both informal and organized discussions on a wide range of critical issues that will define the media and its role in society for generations to come. Past meetings have been held in Rome, Berlin, Madrid, Paris, London, Vienna, Beijing, Cape Town, Montréal, Istanbul, New Delhi, Bangalore, and California's Silicon Valley. For more information, please visit


About The Paley Center for Media
The Paley Center for Media seeks to preserve the past, illuminate the present, and envision the future through the lens of media. With the nation’s foremost public archive of television, radio and Internet programming, the Paley Center produces programs and forums for the public, industry professionals, thought leaders, and the creative community to explore the evolving ways in which we create, consume, and share news and entertainment. In an era of unprecedented change, the Paley Center advances the understanding of media and its impact on our lives. The Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry.  For more information, please visit