March 2022: Audacious Leadership




This Women’s history month, Diversity Leadership Alliance presents an open and honest conversation with women leaders who are carving their own paths and creating success on their own terms. This diverse panel of women will share their personal narratives and lived life experiences, challenging you to begin to lead audaciously with bravery and tenacity. Our panelists will share lessons learned from their career paths and how they cultivate a culture of trust and advocacy, amplifying the voices of the women within their organizations. Our panel will also explore what it means to be an ally and mentor to other women and how to become a co-conspirator for social justice creating room for all women to lead authentically with grit and grace. Attendees can expect to walk away with additional tools to help them transform their activism for women in leadership. Our panel will challenge you to not just STAND UP for the success of women within your organizations, but to DEMAND IT! The time is now for women in leadership to be valued, heard and validated.


KATE MORRIS is joining KPNX from KTVB, the NBC affiliate in Boise, Idaho, where she served as president and general manager responsible for leading Idaho’s #1 news organization. Morris was named president and general manager in 2018 after previously serving seven years as executive news director. She joined the station in 2006 and, during her tenure at the station, participated in the TEGNA Executive Leadership Program. Kate’s exceptional leadership, passion for storytelling, focus on community engagement and previous experience in Phoenix make her the perfect choice for KPNX. With her focus on nurturing talent and creating a ‘one team’ culture of collaboration, she and the team will continue to bring the very best news and information to the Greater Phoenix community.  During her tenure at KTVB, Morris led the team in transforming the station’s newscasts and growing audiences across digital platforms. Throughout her career at KTVB, Kate met challenges head-on and maintained a strong commitment to journalism, pushing the station and everyone in it to innovate, take risks, and never stop striving for something greater. Prior to joining KTVB, Morris was a news producer for KSAZ in Phoenix. A graduate of Arizona State University and a life-long Cardinals fan, Kate and her family are enjoying their return to the Phoenix area.

TRAM MAI anchors and reports across all 12 News shows and platforms. A graduate of UCLA, majoring in Communications with a minor in Asian American Studies, Tram believes that the most rewarding part of her job is making a difference in people’s lives. From coverage of the devastating hurricanes in Florida to the historic ‘Red for Ed’ teacher walkout in Arizona, Tram has covered some of the biggest news stories of our time. Tram is also a mother to 7-year-old twins, and she and her husband are business owners and own Press Coffee with several locations in the Phoenix, Tempe, and Scottsdale areas.

JOANNA C. DESHAY (Moderator) considers herself a Disruptor, Educator, and Changemaker.  A strong advocate for Social Justice, she left a 15-year Corporate Career to explore her passion for Community Service Leadership around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion issues. She currently consults with Diversity Leadership Alliance as its Executive Director, a role she has held for the past 7 years. An immigrant herself, she believes in being a part of the solution to disrupt inequitable systems and is on a mission to create bridges and partnerships by educating companies, non-profits, and educational organizations on the vital need for diverse voices and fresh perspectives. Joanna is also an Educator, serving as Faculty at Arizona State University teaching in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.


DATE:                           Thursday – March 24th, 2022
TIME:                            9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
LOCATION:                The comfort of your home, office, backyard or couch.

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