Date Published: 14 July 2021

Anne Cowan

Communications Strategist
Inspired by the voice of

Mary Tyler Moore

Growing up, I wished to become an astronomer, but I failed calculus. I trained to be an actress and singer, but I was shy. I admired risk-takers. I aspired to be confident. I wanted to help others communicate. To trust my instincts. And laugh. And love. Truthfully, I'm still working on growing up. (But not on the damn calculus.)

A Voice of Inspiration

Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore challenged gender norms and expectations -- as an actress, producer, social advocate, author, mother and wife. She defined a new vision of women, not only through her TV roles, but by openly sharing the personal struggles that gave her courage. She inspired me, and many women in my generation, to firmly believe that we could “make it after all."

Shared Voices

The women and men I've connected with through AWM are sources of inspiration, knowledge and support. I'm honored to learn from this diverse group of smart talent who are leading needed change across the media industry.

Mary Tyler Moore

Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.