Project Leadership

Closing the Gap is a partnership that brings together the strengths of two Pittsburgh institutions – WQED Multimedia and YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.  WQED Multimedia functions as production manager; the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh brings their project expertise and 150-year experience with women’s issues to this endeavor.  Each agency will draw on their respective traditions of excellence and achievement to deliver a dynamic and effective campaign that can deepen the national conversation about barriers to equal pay.  

Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, and media consultant who has worked both nationally and locally in her fields since 1987. Currently, Catanzarite operates her company, Arania Productions, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She counts seven Emmy awards, twenty Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Awards, five Telly Awards, twenty Emmy nominations ....more

 

Magdeline Jensen serves as the CEO of YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the YWCA, Ms. Jensen performed as Chief Federal Probation Officer in Arizona – and was the first woman selected to hold that position. As Chief Federal Probation Officer, Ms. Jensen managed a $15 million operation of the U.S. Probation Office for nine years across the state. Ms. Jensen worked in Washington, DC as an administrator for the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts  ....more

 

Darryl Ford-Williams is the Vice President of Production for WQED Multimedia in Pittsburgh.  Prior to her arrival at WQED in December of 2004, she was the sole proprietor of the 15-year-old Ford-Williams Agency.  Based in Pittsburgh, it was one of the first companies in the nation to focus on minority recruiting for major market television stations.  She was also a sought-after speaker on issues related to minorities in the broadcast industry.  In her current role ... more


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Welcome to the CLOSING THE GAP initiative.

Gender wage ratio data show that in 1960 women earned 60.7 cents compared to a dollar earned by men. More than 50 years later, the ratio hovers at 76.5 cents to one dollar. At this pace, it is projected it will take another 45 years to approach pay equity.

Closing the Gap: 50 Years Seeking Equal Pay explores why the pay gap persists and how to improve it. We hope to arm women with information and skills to assist them in earning fair pay throughout their own careers and toward a secure retirement.
 

A special thanks to our sponsors:

Eden Hall Foundation   |  Chatham University  |  Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation

Cathy Raphael   |  Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC   |  MSA   |  Georgia Berner

Project Leadership

Closing the Gap is a partnership that brings together the strengths of two Pittsburgh institutions – WQED Multimedia and YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.  WQED Multimedia functions as production manager; the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh brings their project expertise and 150-year experience with women’s issues to this endeavor.  Each agency will draw on their respective traditions of excellence and achievement to deliver a dynamic and effective campaign that can deepen the national conversation about barriers to equal pay.  

Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, and media consultant who has worked both nationally and locally in her fields since 1987. Currently, Catanzarite operates her company, Arania Productions, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She counts seven Emmy awards, twenty Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Awards, five Telly Awards, twenty Emmy nominations ....more

 

Magdeline Jensen serves as the CEO of YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the YWCA, Ms. Jensen performed as Chief Federal Probation Officer in Arizona – and was the first woman selected to hold that position. As Chief Federal Probation Officer, Ms. Jensen managed a $15 million operation of the U.S. Probation Office for nine years across the state. Ms. Jensen worked in Washington, DC as an administrator for the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts  ....more

 

Darryl Ford-Williams is the Vice President of Production for WQED Multimedia in Pittsburgh.  Prior to her arrival at WQED in December of 2004, she was the sole proprietor of the 15-year-old Ford-Williams Agency.  Based in Pittsburgh, it was one of the first companies in the nation to focus on minority recruiting for major market television stations.  She was also a sought-after speaker on issues related to minorities in the broadcast industry.  In her current role ... more


top of page


Welcome to the CLOSING THE GAP initiative.

Gender wage ratio data show that in 1960 women earned 60.7 cents compared to a dollar earned by men. More than 50 years later, the ratio hovers at 76.5 cents to one dollar. At this pace, it is projected it will take another 45 years to approach pay equity.

Closing the Gap: 50 Years Seeking Equal Pay explores why the pay gap persists and how to improve it. We hope to arm women with information and skills to assist them in earning fair pay throughout their own careers and toward a secure retirement.
 

A special thanks to our sponsors:

Eden Hall Foundation   |  Chatham University  |  Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation

Cathy Raphael   |  Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC   |  MSA   |  Georgia Berner

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