About The Speakers

NT_HeadshotNina Tassler

Nina Tassler was named Chairman, CBS Entertainment, in February 2014 after leading CBS Entertainment since 2004. Tassler announced last September she would be stepping down and continue in an advisory role. She has nurtured some of the most popular shows in television, including “The Big Bang Theory”, “How I Met Your Mother”, “ER”, and the critically acclaimed “The Good Wife” and the global phenomena CSI and NCIS. Tassler serves on the Board of Jewish Family Services and on the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Executive Committee. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for Boston University and Board of the Paley Center for Media.




Cynthia Littleton

Cynthia Littleton is Managing Editor of television for Variety.  An entertainment journalist for more than 20 years, she is the author of TV on Strike: Why Hollywood Went to War over the Internet and coauthor with Susanne Daniels of Season Finale:  The Unexpected Rise and Fall of The WB and UPN.  In 2014, Littleton was awarded Entertainment Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club SoCal Journalism Awards, where Variety was honored with eight awards, more than any other news outlet in the region. After working together and being dear friends for many years, Cynthia was delighted that Nina invited her to collaborate on What I Told My Daughter: Lessons from Leaders on Raising the Next Generation of Empowered Women.


Nina and Cynthia have graciously agreed to a book signing for our guests. Please join us for a wonderful afternoon.

About The Book

In What I Told My Daughter: Lessons From Leaders on Raising the Next Generation of Empowered Women, entertainment executive Nina Tassler has brought together a powerful, diverse group of women—from Madeleine Albright to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from Dr. Susan Love to Whoopi Goldberg—to reflect on the best advice and counsel they have given their daughters either by example, throughout their lives, or in character-building, teachable moments between parent and child.

A college president teaches her daughter, by example, the importance of being a leader who connects with everyone—from the ground up, literally—in an organization. A popular entertainer and former child star urges her daughter to walk in her own truth, to not break glass ceilings if she yearns to nurture a family as a stay-at-home mother or to abandon a career if that’s her calling. One of the country’s only female police chiefs teaches her daughter the meaning of courage, how to respond to danger but more importantly how not to let fear stop her from experiencing all that life has to offer. A bestselling writer who has deliberated for years on empowering girls, wonders if we’re unintentionally leading them to believe they can never make mistakes, when “resiliency is more important than perfection.”

Contributors include: Geena Davis, Cecile Richards, Dolores Huerta, Rabbi Sharon Brous, Peggy Orenstein, Debora Black, Ayelet Waldman, Pat Benatar, Whoopi Goldberg, Dr. Susan Love, Nancy Pelosi, Alexandra Pelosi, Marie Osmond, Dr. Juliet Garcia, Jehan Sadat, Ph.D, Joanna Kerns, Madeleine Albright, Gloria Estefan, Nannerl O. Keohane, Jennifer Dulski, Dr. Marcia McNutt, Pamela Fryman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Brooke Shields, Laura Bush, Mona Sinha, Gloria Allred, Joy Marcus, Judy Vredenburgh, Sharon Osbourne, Beverly Johnson, Michelle King, Dr. Karen Antman, MD, Dr. Amy Antman Gelfand, MD, Mary Steenburgen, Kimberley Hatchett, Cheryl Saban, C. Noel Bairey Merz, Alex Guarneschelli, Dana Walden, Mia Hamm, Margaret Abe-Koga, Roma Downey, Chirlane McCray, Blythe Danner, Sheila Bair, Ruth W. Messinger, Norah O’Donnell, Donna de Varona, Nancy Josephson, Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Jeanne Newman, and Christine Baranski.

In a time when childhood seems at once more fraught and more precious than ever, What I Told My Daughter is a book no one concerned with connecting with a young girl can afford to miss.

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