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Connections: Does The Term "Charisma" Need To Be Redefined To Include More Women?

As the DNC opens in Philadelphia, we consider a question posed by New York Magazine: "It’s worth asking to what degree charisma, as we have defined it, is a masculine trait. Can a woman appeal to the country in the same way we are used to men doing it?"

As the magazine points out, say what you want about Donald Trump, but he is widely recognized as having charisma. That holds true for many male political leaders.

Our discussion, however, will range beyond politics to cover the experiences of women in business and community leadership. And we ask them: who is on the list of charismatic women, and is it time to redefine "charisma?" Our guests:

  • Andrea Holland, communications coach, and event speaking and group learning strategist
  • Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, president of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation
  • Kate McArdle, leader of the Penfield Democratic Committee
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.