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Tina Brown Presents Schooler Lecture

March 12, 2014 - by Hannah Shaffer

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Founder of The Daily Beast Tina Brown discussed her most current passion, the Women in the World Summit, at the 2014 Schooler Lecturer at the University of Mount Union.

The empowerment of women was the theme of Tuesday night as Brown, the first woman to serve as editor of The New Yorker, participated in a moderated discussion led by Mount Union alumna and Fox 8 News Anchor Stefani “Sissy” Schaefer ’93.

The Women in the World Summit is a three-day event during which women leaders share their inspiring stories of courage at New York’s Lincoln Center. While Brown first believed the event to be a “one shot thing,” it evolved into much more. From 300 guests in 2010 to 2,500 in 2013, The Women in the World Summit has become viral. The conference reveals stories of change and shows what women in the 21st century are accomplishing.

“It’s not a pity party, it’s to empower women to do what they can do,” Brown said.

Brown stated that she does not consider herself a feminist, but a journalist; and these women’s stories are ones that need to be told.

“Why do we care about Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears?” Brown said. “We should care about women who are heroes in their countries.”

Brown stated that in this era women often lack confidence or feel apologetic in the business world. It’s exciting to see assertive and inspiring women, she added.

Following the moderated discussion, students formed lines to ask Brown questions covering topics such as career advice and proper writing styles.

According to Brown, the number one characteristic an aspiring journalist needs to acquire is curiosity.

“Get away from your computers and screens. Get out there and report. Bring genuinely fresh information,” Brown said.

When asked what was next in her career, Brown stated that she is still focusing on carrying out her current passion, The Women in the World Summit. However, she envies her daughter as she is a senior enrolled in Harvard University with the opportunity to take intriguing courses and attend lectures.

“Did you hear that?” Schaefer said to students. “Soak it up and enjoy it!”

Brown ended the evening with a final statement of assurance.

“The right education and enthusiasm will get you where you are meant to be,” she said.

Brown was the former editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair, increasing circulation from 250,000 to 1.2 million. She is the author of the 2007 New York Times best-seller The Diana Chronicles and currently has 42 published books. Brown was named 1988 Magazine Editor of the Year and was host of Topic A with Tina Brown, a television program on CNBC.

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