Karen Floyd
Amidst the threat of hurricane Isaac and a one day delay of the Republican National Convention, I was privileged to moderate Her New View’s Lashing Back at the Back Lash - How Conservative Women Confront Media Bias which was launched nationally in Tampa, Florida and LIVE-streamed on FOX News. To set the stage, five formidable conservative Republican women panelists congregated to explain how they address the scrutiny and bias that comes with the media spotlight. Best-selling author Katie Pavlich, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Lt. Governor of Wisconsin Rebecca Kleefisch, Congresswoman Renee Ellmers of North Carolina and nationally-acclaimed talk show host Dana Loesch served on the panel. Governor Nikki Haley concluded the forum by providing insights from experiences she has faced. Highlights from this panel are now available on the Palladian View website.

The purpose of Lashing Back at the Back Lash - How Conservative Women Confront Media Bias was to inspire the next generation of women by showing them what other conservative women leaders have overcome. The format was three-fold. First, the five panelists and the audience viewed (on two massive screens) media clips selected to demonstrate how words, whether intended or not, might have the effect of deterring women from entering politics. The panelists talked openly about circumstances they faced and conquered. Their comments were not scripted as panelists were not shown the clips in advance. The five panelists’ responses were viscerally candid. Second, over 200 real time tweets were received, viewed on the two big screens from which the five panelists were asked to respond to tweets I chose, (seeing them for the first time LIVE) which were decidedly consistent with the evening’s theme of inspiration and challenge. Finally, Governor Nikki Haley addressed the audience after they watched two media clips clearly demonstrating her iron will and ability to succeed. The point again was to show the next generation of women that they can be anything and do anything, but they should be well informed and prepared for prospective obstacles they may encounter.

The event was not about shrinking in the face of attacks. The purpose was to explain that in politics the higher the position sought, the more intense the spotlight. The methodology of attack is often the same for conservative Republican women:

Young women should be prepared to be called “inexperienced, incompetent, and incapable”.

If attractive or pretty, expect to be called “dumb and/promiscuous”.

Karen Floyd

Karen Kanes Floyd, the first woman elected chair of the South Carolina Republican Party, is CEO of The Palladian Group – a global marketing, communications, and technology company she founded – well into its second decade of operations. She also is the Publisher of Palladian View, a digital magazine for conservative Republican women.

Following her two-year tenure leading the South Carolina GOP, during which the party enjoyed unprecedented success in the 2010 midterm elections, she has been recognized as a rising national conservative voice. In the past decade, she has raised more than $30 million for political candidates and causes. A sought-after speaker, Floyd is also highly experienced as a national radio and TV interview source.

Floyd is a recipient of The Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor awarded by the governor of South Carolina, recognizing people who make contributions of statewide significance. She currently serves as Treasurer of the South Carolina Ports Authority board and is former chair of the Spartanburg County Council. Floyd previously was vice president of Flagstar Corporation, the parent company of Denny’s. She served as chief magistrate of Spartanburg County, the first woman to hold such a position in South Carolina, and enjoyed a successful career as a prosecutor of rape and child abuse cases.

Floyd earned a juris doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she was elected president of the Student Bar Association.

Floyd and her husband Gordon have twin sixteen-year-old sons and reside in South Carolina.