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The Holt Lecture: The Holt Lecture: Empowering Women in the Workplace with Gretchen Carlson

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The Holt Lecture featuring Gretchen Carlson

Empowering Women in the Workplace

The 2018 Holt Lecture will feature a conversation with Gretchen Carlson, formerly of Fox News, and Professor Lisa Schweitzer. Carlson helped change the cultural conversation around sexual harassment in the workplace when she filed and won a lawsuit against the then-chairman of Fox News, Roger Ailes, for sexual harassment. Since that time, she has "walked off the set" and began a new fight to change how we all think and behave in a modern work environment.

"Sexual harassment is apolitical. When somebody harasses you, they don’t ask you what political party you’re in before they do it, and this is why we should all care. And this is why human decency supersedes any political policy," said Carlson to the Washington Post in October 2017.

Join us for a discussion of the fierceness it takes to stand up to entrenched power. What can we do better? How do we move forward and find the common ground we know is there?

Following the conversation, Carlson will be signing copies of her NYT Bestselling book BE FIERCE! A free copy will be given to all registered attendees, so register today!

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Gretchen Carlson, named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world for 2017, is one of the nation's most successful and recognized news anchors and a tireless advocate for female empowerment. She’s also graced the cover of TIME and Good Housekeeping magazines and is a marquee columnist for Time's Motto. Since making the decision to speak up against sexual harassment, she sparked an international conversation about the pervasiveness of the issue and in doing so discovered every woman has a story.

Lisa Schweitzer is a Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She specializes in urban studies, and, in particular, analyses of social justice, environment and transport. Her work has appeared in multiple popular and scholarly outlets, and her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. She maintains a blog about sustainable urbanism at

About Be Fierce:
When Gretchen Carlson made the decision to "walk off the set" and speak up about sexual harassment in the workplace, she jumped off a cliff by herself, but it led to a new calling: empowering women to reclaim their power against any injustice.

After the former Miss America, mother of two, and star news anchor stood up, and spoke out, women all over the world joined the movement and began to take back their lives, careers, and dignity. Gretchen became the voice for the voiceless. BE FIERCE shares Gretchen’s experience and powerful stories from the thousands of women who have reached out to her who refuse to submit to intimidation of any kind. Gretchen will also share the wisdom and research of lawyers, psychologists, and other experts helping to confront this problem and advance what has become an international conversation about women refusing to shut up and sit down.



The Holt Lecture, a speaker’s series focused on communication and politics, was established by longtime Price School board of councilors member Dennis Holt (founding chairman and CEO of USIM) and his wife, Brooks. In 2012, the Bedrosian Center became a partner in delivering programming associated with the Holt Lecture. Past speakers include Fred Ryan, Dana Perino, LeVar Burton, Nate Silver, Robert Caro, and George Will.

Holt programs support prominent practitioners, influential policy makers, and visiting scholars, who come to USC to give lectures, meet with students, faculty members, and the public to discuss issues and research in communication and public policy.




What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

All Holt Lecture guests should park in McCarthy Way (formerly PSX) OR Downey Way (formerly PSA ) Parking Structures.  

Upon entering either of the parking structures, there will be a parking fee of $12 per car. The parking attendant will have further instructions on where to park.

A detailed and printable map of campus can be found here.

You may also take the Metro Expo line, which has three stops conveniently located around the USC campus. The most direct stop is the Expo Park/USC stop. Use the Metro Trip Planner to find your route!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can email us at

You can also call us at 213.740.4618 (we'll be out of the office preparing the venue - so call us with important questions before the 21st!)