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Women’s Media Center Announces Janice Ferebee As Director of Programs

October 4, 2013

WMC Progressive Women’s Voices Training Dates Announced; Now Accepting Applications

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Women’s Media Center announced today the hiring of Janice Ferebee as Director of Programs. Ferebee has over 30 years of expertise advancing the self-empowerment and leadership of women and girls and will lead the Women’s Media Center’s media and leadership training for women and girls – including the WMC Progressive Women’s Voices media training, the premier media and leadership program for women in the country. Ferebee is also responsible for the Women’s Media Center’s girls’ programming, which gives girls the confidence and skills they need to create and participate in media.

Prior to joining The Women’s Media Center, Ferebee has a track record of success in training and program development for girls’ and women’s organizations that includes positions as the Director of the Washington, DC Women’s Business Center, Director of the Bethune Program Development Center for the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW – appointed by the late Dr. Dorothy I. Height), Director of the DC Youth Advisory Council (appointed by former Mayor Adrian Fenty), Director of the Best Friends Foundation, and as the first Models Editor of African descent for Seventeen Magazine.  In 1998, her dedication to the empowerment of girls inspired her to become the founder and CEO of Ferebee Enterprises International, a global female empowerment social enterprise, best known for its award-winning Got It Goin’ On® (GIGO™) brand – appeared on BET “Teen Summit” in 1996; featured on OPRAH in 2001; and the recipient of the 2003 ESSENCE Award.

“We are happy to name Janice Ferebee as our new Director of Programs, ” said Julie Burton, President of The Women’s Media Center. “Janice is an accomplished leader in developing programs for women and girls and we know she will play an important role in helping women and girls find and elevate their voices and platforms in media.  She brings great skill and a depth of experience to our programs department and we are proud to have her join us in our work to make women and girls visible and powerful in media.”

“I am excited to join the Women’s Media Center as the new Director of Programs,” said Janice Ferebee. “They have been doing exceptional work since their founding in 2005.   I look forward to working with the amazing WMC team to help women and girls own and master their value, their voices, their messages, and their stories.  I am especially pleased to be onboard as we prepare for the 2013 Progressive Women’s Voices training this coming December.”

The Women’s Media Center has also announced the training dates for the next WMC Progressive Women’s Voices Trainings. WMC Progressive Women’s Voices is the premier media and leadership training program for women in the country. Participants represent a range of expertise and diversity across race, class, geography, sexual preference, ability, and generation. They receive advanced, comprehensive training and tools to position themselves as media spokespeople in their fields, thereby changing the conversation on issues that fill headlines. Graduates join a supportive network of alumnae who support each other in their media goals.

Upcoming WMC Progressive Women’s Voices training dates are:

Washington, D.C.: December 6 – 8, 2013

New York City: December 14 -16, 2013

Applications to be considered for the next Progressive Women’s Voices training can be downloaded at:

The deadline to apply is October 25, 2013.  The 2013 class will be announced on November 25.

Women representing diverse backgrounds, areas of expertise, professions, ethnicities, ages, geographical regions, and levels of experience are encouraged to apply (including those who have previously applied).

Questions about the WMC Progressive Women’s Voices training can be sent to

The Women's Media Center works to make women and girls visible and powerful in the media through strategic programs aimed at transforming the media landscape including media training, media monitoring and activism, original media content, media reports, media programs & initiatives. The organization was founded in 2005 by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Steinem.