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Town Square is a Seattle Channel series dedicated to connecting people and ideas. With lectures, debates, and forums recorded around the city at places such as Town Hall, the Seattle Public Library, and the Central District Forum of Arts and Ideas, Town Square brings interesting and provocative conversations to cable TV and the web.

The Promise and Peril in Seattle’s New Era of Female Leadership
The Promise and Peril in Seattle’s New Era of Female Leadership

In this installment of "The Conversations," Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, former Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best, and Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau discuss the highs and lows of women serving as leaders. Moderated by journalist Joni Balter and Dr. Larry Hubbell, longtime previous director of Seattle University's Institute of Public Service, Durkan, Best, and Juneau consider what it takes to get women elected or appointed to positions of power and what is needed after that in order for them to be effective and successful leaders. With input and questions from the Institute of Public Service's Dr. Rashmi Chordiya and Seattle University students, these women explore why they are leaving or have left their jobs. Does it have anything to do with gender? Do we treat women leaders differently than we treat men doing the same job? Join us to encounter new perspectives on this always-relevant conversation. Presented by Town Hall Seattle Town Hall Seattle and Seattle University Institute of Public Service.

Speakers include:

Carmen Best, Chief of Police Seattle (Retired)

Mayor Jenny Durkan, City of Seattle

Superintendent Denise Juneau, Seattle Public Schools

Joni Balter, multimedia journalist

Dr. Larry Hubbell, Seattle University

Dr. Rashmi Chordiya, Seattle University