(L to R): Pat Mitchell, President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media; Mark Addicks, Chief Marketing Officer, General Mills; Kim Brink, Executive Director, Advertising and Sales Promotion, Cadillac; Tina Brown, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Beast; Donna Speciale, President of Investment and Activation, MediaVest USA; Debora Spar, president of Barnard College

What’s the one thing women need to do to be taken seriously by men in the workplace?

“We just have to seize the asylum,” Daily Beast founder and editor-in-chief Tina Brown said at Women@NBCU’s annual Power of the Purse breakfast held at Cipriani’s in New York this morning. “These corporate structures are so rigid and self-affirming and stuck in their ways. I’m still shocked there’s no women running a [TV] network. It’s pathetic how few women are in the top spots.”

Pat Mitchell, the panel’s moderator and president and CEO of The Paley Center for Media agreed. “Waiting to be asked is not a strategy,” she said.

Both women appeared on a panel entitled “Women in Power: Marketing to the Educated Consumer.” To see more photos from the event and watch a video from the discussion, visit our sister blog FishbowlNY.