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Thursday, November 1

Powerhouse Post Film Panel for Miss Representation

The Music Hall has announced a powerhouse women in the media post-film panel for its latest entry - Film Matters: Miss Representation Friday November 2 at 7pm in the Historic Theater on Chestnut Street. The documentary exposes how the mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. Presented in affiliation with NH Women’s Initiative and Women’s Fund of NH., there will be a high-powered panel of local women in the media to engage the audience in conversation following the screening. Robin Comstock, president and CEO of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce will be the moderator. Panelists include Sharron McCarthy, president of McLean Communications; Barbara McLeod was New England Cable News (NECN) most honored reporter; Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) Word of Mouth; and Katie Paine, founder of the international consulting group, KDPaine & Partners.

According to Chris Curtis, Programming Coordinator for The Music Hall, “Along with the diverse world class programming at The Music Hall – from Gladys Knight to Bill Cosby, and from Salman Rushdie to Deepak Chopro, we have a provocative film and conversation series – Film Matters - that marries a documentary on a global issue with a conversation with top experts who help us really make the issue local. Our first of two November Film Matters is no exception. With some amazing help from community partners, we’ve been able to assemble a powerhouse expert panel. Join us in engaging with the issues presented in the films and then engage with your community in the post-film discussions.”

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About the Panelists

Robin A. Comstock (moderator) is the President and CEO of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the state’s largest Chamber of Commerce serving nearly 1,000 members. In her role as President and CEO, Comstock is the voice of the Greater Manchester business community. She is responsible for developing the organization’s strategic plan while identifying clear measurable goals. She acts as a liaison to the Chamber’s Board of Directors, elected local, state, and federal officials. She also develops relations between members of the private and public sectors to benefit the community at large, and the business community specifically. Robin began her career in Chamber of Commerce 22 years ago as the Director of Membership for a 1,000-member organization. She went on to become Executive Director and CEO of the 450-member Dover Chamber of Commerce and later moved on to become President and CEO of the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, where she served for 9 years. Prior to her work in Chamber of Commerce, Robin worked for eleven years as an international flight attendant for TWA. Robin currently sits on the Boards of Amoskeag Industries, INTOWN, Manchester, ITRC Advisory Board and the DRED Advisory Board.Robin is a native Californian, but has lived in New Hampshire since 1977. She has been married for 33 years to her husband John and they have a son, Ross, who just graduated from Keene State College.

Sharron McCarthy is President of McLean Communications. Sharron serves as publisher of New Hampshire Magazine, New Hampshire Business Review, New Hampshire Home Magazine and Parenting NH Magazine. Mclean also produces events around the state including “Best of NH”, “The BOB Awards”, “Business Excellence Awards”, and ”Family Fun Fair” along with several others. McLean has a custom publishing division with clients in the liquor industry, Chambers of Commerce, B-2-B and local non-profits.Sharron has been in the publishing business for 24 years having held various Sales and Marketing management positions in the New England media market including New Hampshire Profiles, Worcester Magazine, The Patriot Ledger and The Telegraph. She is a graduate of Nichols College with a B.S. in Marketing.Sharron has worked with a number of non-profit organizations including the American Heart Association, Adult Learning Center, March of Dimes, Easter Seals, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and The NH Food Bank. She currently serves on the boards of the Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation and the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association. She lives in Bedford, NH with the loves of her life: her husband Rob, and daughters Lana Jade (7) and Melody Rose (3) along with two puppies, three cats and a horse.

Barbara MacLeod, principal of CrossCurrent Communications, brings 25 years of media experience as an award-winning television reporter, anchor and documentary producer. An accomplished, multi-faceted communications and media relations specialist, she is experienced both behind and in front of the camera. For 19 years, Barbara was an anchor, special assignment reporter and documentary producer for New England Cable News in Boston. She is NECN’s most honored reporter with three Emmys, four Edward R. Murrow Awards including a National Murrow for Best Documentary, five National Gracie awards and numerous Associated Press awards. She has been repeatedly recognized as one of Boston’s top reporters. Barbara has extensive print and broadcast contacts in New England and in the national media, having worked in four different media markets over the course of her career. Barbara knows what makes a good story and how to pitch it to reporters. A compelling writer and public speaker, she works with clients to communicate their message effectively and provides media training in crisis management, public speaking and on-camera interviews. Barbara serves on the Board of StageForce. Barbara graduated with Honors from Middlebury College with a degree in English and Creative Writing.

Virginia Prescott host of NHPR’s Word of Mouth. Prior to joining NHPR, Virginia Prescott was editor and producer for the nationally syndicated programs On Point and Here & Now, produced at WBUR in Boston. Virginia grew up in New Hampshire, but began her radio career at WWOZ Radio in New Orleans. She moved to New York City and worked for the team behind NPR’s Peabody Award-winning Jazz from Lincoln Center series with Ed Bradley. Virginia then joined WNYC to launch the station’s website and oversee all its interactive media sites. Throughout her radio career, Virginia helped set up independent radio stations in developing regions in southern and West Africa. She has also trained journalists in post-conflict zones from Sierra Leone to the former Yugoslavia. She was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University where she studied how broadcast media could spark dialogue and build community across terrestrial borders.

Katie Delahaye Paine is the founder of KDPaine & Partners LLC a New Hampshire- based research consultancy that provides measurement and accountability for corporations, non-profits and government agencies world wide. Katie and Beth Kanter Co-authored and just released, Measuring the Networked Nonprofit—Using Data to Change the World.  She is the author of Measure What Matters, Online Tools for Understanding Customers, Social Media, Engagement, and Key Relationships (Wiley, March 2011) as well as the popular text book, Measuring Public Relationships (KDPaine & Partners 2007). She is also the publisher of the first blog and the first newsletter for marketing and communications professionals dedicated entirely to measurement and accountability. Prior to launching KDPaine & Partners in 2002, Paine was the founder and president of The Delahaye Group, which she sold to Medialink Worldwide, Inc. in 1999.

Film Matters: Miss Representation Friday 11/2 7pm NR, 85 mins, US
Presented in affiliation with The NH Women’s Initiative and The Women’s Fund of NH.
Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself. Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.

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