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Movements through Connectivity:  Starting Big and Perfecting Along the Way” is the forum discussion in the video below with POLITICO, Google and the Tory Burch Foundation’s Women Rule featuring Wikimedia’s Sue Gardner, Autism Speak’s Liz Feld and Count Me In’s Nell Merlino, a co-founder of ‘Take your Daughter to Work Day’, with moderators Juana Summers and Lois Romano.

Note:  The morning forum was on:  “Innovating A Movement”.  NCM Blog post below.
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“Everyone brings their crumb of information to the table,” she said. “If they are not at the table, we don’t benefit from their crumb.”  ~Sue Gardner

Sue Gardner is a Canadian journalist. She is the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, and previously was the director of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s website and online news outlets.

In 2012, she was ranked as the 70th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine, which noted that she “…led the full-day Wikipedia blackout in protest against  Stop Online Piracy Act. 

The Wikimedia Foundation, the organization that runs Wikipedia, collaborated on a study of Wikipedia’s contributor base and discovered that it was barely 13 percent women; the average age of a contributor was in the mid-20s.

Sue Gardner has set a goal to raise the share of female contributors to 25 percent by 2015, but she is running up against the traditions of the computer world and an obsessive fact-loving realm that is dominated by men and, some say, uncomfortable for women.  

Ms. Gardner’s effort is not diversity for diversity’s sake.  Sue states, “this is about wanting to ensure that the encyclopedia is as good as it could be.”  “The difference between Wikipedia and other editorially created products is that Wikipedians are not professionals, they are only asked to bring what they know.”

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“You can have it all so long as you you don’t do it all”. ~Nell Merlino 

Nell Merlino is the president & CEO of Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence, the leading national not-for-profit provider of resources for women to grow their micro businesses into million $ enterprises, was also founded by Nell Merlino in 2000. The organization’s programs include Make Mine a Million $ Business which she launched with Hillary Clinton and American Express in 2006Urban Rebound, funded by the Walmart Foundation to help women owned businesses in distressed cities recover from the Recession and Women Veteran Entrepreneur Corps, founded with Capital One, serving women business owners from military families.

Nell Merlino is an international expert and advocate for women’s leadership, business growth and empowerment. She is the creator of Take Our Daughters to Work Day, which has mobilized more than 20 million Americans to participate in a day dedicated to giving girls the opportunity to dream bigger about their future. The media regularly interviews Nell where she is responsible for the generation of over a billion media mentions drawing attention to the accomplishments and challenges faced by women and girls.
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“Investments in brain research such as this project are essential for understanding and developing better treatments for autism”  ~ Liz Field   
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading science, research, and advocacy organization for people and families affected by autism. As president Liz Field joined the organization in 2012 bringing with her decades of experience in management, strategic communications, and policy in both the public and private sectors. Ms Field attended the launch of President Obama’s Brain Research Initiative on April 2, 2013.

Prior to Autism Speaks, Liz from 2006-2012 served as Mayor of the Village of Larchmont, N.Y., located in New York State’s Hudson Valley. 

Juana Summers, Sue Gardner, Nell Merlino, Liz Field & Lois Romano
Women Rule
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NCM Blog
October 13, 2013
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