The Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute (CWLI) will welcome Mika Brzezinski as keynote speaker for the 11th annual IMPACT Leadership Dinner. The event will take place Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
Brzezinski began her journalism career in 1991 as a general assignment reporter in Hartford, Conn. She joined CBS News in 1997 as the anchor of “Up to the Minute,” but took a short hiatus in 2000 to co-host MSNBC’s weekday afternoon program “HomePage.” In September 2001, she returned to CBS to become their principal ground zero reporter on the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Prior to joining MSNBC in 2007, Brzezinski was an anchor of the “CBS Evening News Weekend Edition” and frequent contributor to “CBS Sunday Morning” and “60 Minutes.” She currently co-hosts MSNBC’s weekday morning broadcast “Morning Joe” with former Republican representative Joe Scarborough. The pair spends each weekday debating the headlines of the day with a roundtable of political insiders, journalists, and newsmakers.
In addition to a career in journalism, Brzezinski is the author of four best-selling books. Her New York Times bestseller “All Things At Once” examines professional setbacks and achieving a work-life balance. Her second and fourth books, “Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth” and “Grow Your Value: Living and Working to Your Full Potential,” tackle perceptions of value and how successful women today have achieved their recognition and financial worth in the workplace. Brzezinski also wrote “Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction and My Own,” which describes her history of food obsession, distorted body image, and her lifelong struggle to be thin.
The event opens with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for CWLI’s IMPACT Leadership Dinner are $65 each. Table host sponsorships, which include a table for eight, priority seating, and a listing in the program, are $1,200. For more details, or to learn about additional sponsorship opportunities, visit www.cwli.org, or call (423) 394-8173.
CWLI is a non-profit, membership organization whose mission is to increase the leadership capabilities of women in the Chattanooga community. Through networking, training and educational programs, CWLI provides its nearly 500 members with connections and skills to help them progress to leadership positions.
For the past 10 years, CWLI has hosted several notable female leaders, including Gloria Steinem; FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair; Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell; the first female Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Wilma Mankiller; Stacy Allison, the first American woman to summit Mt. Everest; Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space; award-winning journalist Connie Chung; and Susan Packard, co-founder of Scripps Networks Interactive and former chief operating officer of HGTV.