Centerstone and Lipscomb University present Leadership and Civility in the Digital Age

Former FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate to moderate four-part series

Produced by the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership and the Department of Communication and Journalism

Debi Taylor Tate, former FCC Commissioner and Centerstone board memberHow do we harness technology to become better citizens and better leaders? Beginning March 31, Lipscomb University and Centerstone present “Leadership and Civility in the Digital Age.” This four-part series will explore how technology has affected leadership, community and citizenship and will be moderated by former Federal Communications Commissioner (FCC) Deborah Taylor Tate. The kick-off discussion will feature current FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell. All events are free and open to the public.

“Technology has changed the way we interact with government and each other, so it has changed the way we accomplish things as a community,” said Tate, who was known as the “Children’s Commissioner” for her work on child safety and the Internet. “As we work to build on past community successes, we must take into account the digital world and how it shapes our perspectives, our knowledge and our lifestyles.”

Tate, FCC commissioner from 2006 to 2009 and a Lipscomb University Executive-in-Residence, will moderate four programs in the Leadership and Civility in a Digital Age series:

Kick-Off Event: A Conversation with FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell
March 31, 7:00 p.m., Shamblin Theatre

Co-sponsored by the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters

The series kick-off will feature Tate’s one-on-one discussion with current FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell on the latest political developments in digital technology and its effects on our lives and incomes. McDowell will explore the legal issues surrounding various issues such as cybersecurity, online safety for children, net neutrality and broadband expansion.

“While we must allow and encourage the unleashing of exciting new ways to communicate here and around the world, we must also educate and empower our citizens – but especially our children – to be safe, responsible online citizens,” he said.

McDowell has served on the FCC since 2006 when he was appointed by President George W. Bush and was reappointed by President Barack Obama in 2009.

“Is it fitting for this series to kick off with a community forum to hear first-hand about the issues being hotly debated in Washington – connecting policy and policymakers to the real world,” said Tate. “The FCC plays a role in almost every aspect of our daily lives from mobile devices to emergency preparedness to our leadership in the global communications sector.”

Raising and Protecting a Digital Native
April 5, 7:00 p.m., Ezell Center

Tate, who also serves as a Centerstone board member, will moderate a panel discussion of experts from Centerstone exploring cyberbullying, online security, privacy issues and everything a parent should know to educate, empower and protect their children on the Internet.

Centerstone panelists will be joined via Skype by Jim Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media, a foundation dedicated to providing the information families need to thrive in the digital world.

Speakers from Centerstone are:

  • Wayne Easterwood, Chief Information Officer
  • Kerry Loy, LCSW, Senior Clinician, Coaching4Teens
  • Karen H. Rhea, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Community Building Through Technology

April 12, 7:00 p.m., Ezell Center

Carter Andrews, founder of Not Alone, a Centerstone company that provides resources and services to warriors and their families impacted by combat stress and PTSD, will join a panel of experts focusing on how technology can shape and serve our communities.

Digital Citizenship and the First Amendment

April 26, 7 p.m., Ezell Center

Gene Policinski, senior vice president and executive director of the First Amendment Center, will discuss the tenets of the First Amendment – religion, speech, press, assembly and petition – and how all have been affected in a digital world.

Policinski is a veteran journalist whose career has included work in newspapers, radio, television and online operations.

About Deborah Taylor Tate
While an FCC commissioner, Tate was a leading voice on issues affecting families and children. In 2009, she was named a World Telecommunications and Information Society Day Laureate for her international work regarding education, advocacy and protection of children online. Tate presently serves as a distinguished adjunct senior fellow at the Free State Foundation and Minority Media Telecommunications Council in Washington, D.C. She advises numerous national nonprofit organizations including Common Sense Media and serves on the board of HealthStream, a leading provider of online health care learning and research solutions.

About the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership
Founded to build on the legacy of Nashville leader Nelson Andrews, the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership engages emerging and current leaders in programs to create thriving communities. The institute promotes and showcases how government, business and not-for-profit leaders work together for the common good. The institute offers academic and community programs to study and practice this collaborative civic leadership, including a Master in Civic Leadership beginning fall 2011. Join the conversation at leadingvoices.lipscomb.edu.

About the Department of Communication and Journalism in the College of Arts and Sciences
The Lipscomb University Department of Communication and Journalism offers three majors (public communication and leadership, organizational communication and public relations, and journalism and new media) with a core curriculum designed to develop ethical, effective communicators for a digital age. Required writing and production labs are taught in the department’s Mullican Studios, a 6,000-square foot communication complex housing television and radio studios, five-multi-media production suites, voice-over booth and a newsroom/lab that is home to the student media network of Lipscomb University (www.LuminationNetwork.com). Craig Carroll, named Public Relations Educator of the Year by PR News, leads a faculty that includes award-winning journalists and nationally recognized public relations professionals.

About Centerstone
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to people of all ages for more than 50 years. Through more than 60 facilities and 170 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves more than 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357 or explore our website: www.centerstone.org.