Powerhouse Women in Media

These trailblazing women speakers are doing more than shaping the conversation, they're making an impact. Bold and pioneering leaders in the world of media, they offer invaluable insights and inspiration at every event, leaving audiences both deeply empowered and informed. 


TAMRON HALL | Award-Winning Journalist; Host of The Tamron Hall Show; First African American Female Co-host of TODAY, and 2022 Gracie Award Winner

"Tamron was WONDERFUL. Everyone loved how personable she was and how down-to-earth she seemed! They have received a lot of emails and calls from guests who really admire her and appreciate all that she shared. Everyone is an even bigger fan than they were before!"

- Black Women's Health Imperative


SYMONE SANDERS | Host and Anchor, MSNBC's SYMONE; Former Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris

"Symone's speech was AWESOME! Given our political climate, I think our students really needed to hear what she had to say. She was educational, funny, timely, and inspiring."

- Metropolitan State University


Two-Time Emmy Award-Winning Journalist; Host of World News Tonight Sunday, and ABC News Live Prime; and 2022 Gracie Award Winner LINSEY DAVIS is renowned for her tough but fair moderating skills in the arena of political debate, as well as insightful interviews with major influential figures, including Hillary Clinton, Mike Pence, and Dr. Anthony Fauci. She is a sought-after moderator, having led the first roundtable discussion with Black female mayors of Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Baton Rouge, and Tacoma, as well as a series of interviews with the spouses of presidential candidates in a series called Running Mates.

Former White House Press Secretary, Political Commentator, Journalist, and Co-Host, FOX's The Five and Co-Anchor, America's Newsroom, DANA PERINO is a revered voice on current events, politics, and foreign policy. Perino served as White House Press Secretary, the second woman to hold that position and the first to do so in a Republican administration. She is a mainstay of Fox News programming, previously anchoring The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino, now co-hosting The Five as well as co-anchoring America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer & Dana Perino, is a featured panelist for election coverage, and is known by fans as “The Voice of Reason.”


JOY REID | Award-Winning Journalist; MSNBC Political Analyst and Host, The ReidOut; New York Times Bestselling Author

"I wanted to thank you and your entire team for Joy's participation in my conference last week. People simply loved her. She was great!"

- Institute of Policy Studies at Howard University


ERIN ANDREWS | Sports Broadcaster for FOX; Entrepreneur and Founder, WEAR; First Woman to Receive the Pat Summerall Award

"Erin was amazing! She was down to earth and so easy to work with! She clearly did her research and prepared for the evening which in turn provided us with a first class production!! We had the largest crowd in history of the event (12 years) … we blew our financial goal out of the water and Erin won the hearts of every person in the room!"

- Greater Cleveland Sports Commission


Award-Winning Journalist, Author, Editor, President and CEO of Tina Brown Live Media, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast, TINA BROWN is an expert on leading through extreme disruption. Brown transformed Vanity Fair, increasing sales from 200K to 1.2M, reinvented The New Yorker, and pioneered online journalism as the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast. Now CEO of Tina Brown Live Media, she was the visionary Founder of Women in the World Summits and served as the CEO from 2010-2020. 

Staff Writer for The New York Times Magazine, Co-Host of Still Processing Podcast JENNA WORTHAM is a thought leader at the intersection of tech, culture, and identity, offering engaging and incisive analysis to spellbound audiences across mediums. She co-edited the critically acclaimed visual anthology Black Futures, and is also the co-host of the highly popular New York Times podcast Still Processing, which won a Webby Award and has appeared on year-end ‘Best of’ lists for The AtlanticThe Huffington Post, and Indiewire.e.


SUNNY HOSTIN | Emmy Award-Winning Legal Journalist; Co-Host, ABC's The View

"I've been doing these kinds of programs for 10 years. This year's event was clearly the best and Sunny's contribution to it was the KEY. Her style and depth of substance are second to none. We were all blessed by her words of encouragement, resiliency, and inspiration."

- University of Maryland Eastern Shore


LISA LING | Emmy Award-Winning Journalist; Executive Producer and Host, CNN's This Is Life with Lisa Ling

"We had a great event with Lisa. She has such amazing energy and opened up in a very real and personable way. The feedback we received from colleagues was exceptional."

- American Express


Award-Winning Comedian, Actor, Writer, and Producer WANDA SYKES has been called "one of the funniest stand-up comics" by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly's "25 Funniest People in America." Her smart-witted, award-winning work has broken barriers and sent her career across platforms. Known for her performances in HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm and ABC's black-ish, Sykes is a pioneering comic. She was the first African-American woman to perform at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, as well as the first to conceive and star in her own prime-time sitcom, Wanda at Large.  

Renowned journalist, JULIA IOFFE is a leading authority on Russian-U.S. relations, showing us precisely what is at stake. Ioffe is a Founding Partner and the Washington correspondent for Puck, a new media company covering power, money, and ego. She previously served as Senior Editor for The New Republic, was a staff writer at The Atlantic covering politics and world affairs, and a correspondent for GQ Magazinepult their own teams to success. Ioffe’s work has been featured in Politico, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Slate, Puck, and many more. 


PADMA LAKSHMI | Emmy Award-Nominated Host and Producer, Bravo's Top Chef, Host, Hulu's Acclaimed Taste the Nation, and New York Times Bestselling Author

"Padma was an absolute delight onsite. She was so accommodating during the photo opp/ meet & greet and her commentary during the Q&A was really thoughtful and provided a lot of value for the audience. The client and audience absolutely loved her!"

- Charles Schwab


LAURA LING | Emmy Award-Winning Journalist; Producer, Documentarian, and Author of Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home

"Laura was absolutely wonderful and everyone loved her. She along with your team were a joy to work with."

- Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce


Celebrated Commentator on Current Events, World Affairs, and Women's Empowerment, Co-Host, MSNBC's Morning Joe, MIKA BRZEZINSKI'S “Know Your Value” is a nationwide movement in partnership with NBCUniversal to support an empowered and inclusive community that helps all women recognize, and be recognized for, their worth in business and in life. Mika is the author of seven bestselling books which serve as essential and inspiring guidebooks for empowering women, offering encouragement and practical advice on claiming and communicating their worth.

Award-Winning Actor, Writer, Creator, Producer, and Founder, Hillman Grad Productions and Hillman Grad Records, LENA WAITHE established herself as a Hollywood powerhouse, who expertly taps into emerging cultural sensibilities with a sharp wit and unique perspective, challenging audiences to think outside conventional norms. Lena became the first Black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for her work on the critically acclaimed Netflix series Master of None.


TIFFANY D. CROSS | Journalist and Host, MSNBC's The Cross Connection, Former DC Bureau Chief, BET News; and Liaison to the Obama Administration, BET Networks

"On behalf the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. and their president Virginia Harris, I would like to say 'THANK YOU' to Tiffany for her amazing speech which was a big hit amongst all of the attendees."

- National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.


JOANNE LIPMAN | CNBC Contributor; First Female Deputy Managing Editor, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times #1 Bestselling Author, That's What She Said

"It's great we are talking the talk, but Joanne Lipman's cutting edge research and razor sharp advice will help men and women alike start walking the walk toward a more equitable workplace."

- Katie Couric


Multiple Award-Winning National and International Investigative Journalist; Senior National Correspondent at CNN; and Host of CNN+'s The Big Picture, SARA SIDNER is renowned for exposing injustices and uncovering truth in the most extreme environments. In 2016, Sidner took on a beat which focused on social, racial, and political conflict across the U.S. and in 2020, she helped lead CNN’s coverage in Minneapolis, Minnesota after the police killing of George Floyd. Sidner has received numerous honors including a regional Emmy, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and multiple Gracie Awards from the Women in Media Foundation.

Peabody Award-Winning Journalist and Former CNN Host; Founder & President, W.E. (Women Everywhere) Can Lead; and First Female CEO of OkayMedia, ISHA SESAY who spent 13 years at CNN International as an anchor and reporter, is the new CEO of OkayMedia, a media company dedicated to Black culture and uplifting Black voices. Reporting from Nigeria in 2014, Sesay led the CNN team that covered the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls. CNN’s in-depth reporting was recognized with a Peabody Award. Sesay was awarded a Gracie Award for Outstanding Anchor for her coverage of this story.


ANN CURRY | Emmy Award-Winning Journalist; Executive Producer & Reporter, PBS' We'll Meet Again; Host, TNT/TBS Chasing the Cure

"Thank you for all your help. I will honestly tell you in my 15 years in the media I have brought in probably 30 different celebrities all of whom have been nice and cooperative but Ann Curry is by far the nicest, most sincere, delightful person that I have ever worked with. She went out of her way to be nice to everyone and she was more concerned that our employees were tired because of the magnitude of the event. I so appreciate your hard work in helping to get Ann to our event."

- Women's Health and Lifestyles Fair


ELIZA GRISWOLD | Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America, Poet and New York Times Bestselling Author

"Ms. Griswold was one of the first presenters Saturday, drawing a nice audience. She was articulate, polished and engaging. Our first festival was an unqualified success boosted by such excellent speakers as Griswold."

- Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books


HELENE COOPER | Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York Times Pentagon Correspondent; Award-Winning Journalist, New York Times Bestselling Author of The House at Sugar Beach and Madame President

"Helene was great. There was a long line afterwards for photographs and autographed books. And the dinner beforehand was really a hit – everyone was really taken with her!"

- Rice University


MICHELE TAFOYA | Emmy Award-Winning Sportscaster, TV Personality and Former Sideline Reporter

"Thank you for EVERYTHING you did for us at the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit this week. We had an executive leadership meeting yesterday morning and they were gushing about how this was hands-down the best Summit yet! A few notes I jotted down about your delivery… “Michele was magical”…“she is flawlessly warm, energetic, and approachable”…“the conversation with her and Robin brought me to tears”…“we could not envision an emcee who better embodies our brand message”…“can we lock her in now for next year?"

- KPMG Women's Leadership Summit


PEGGY NOONAN | Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist for The Wall Street Journal; Bestselling Author, The Time of Our Lives; Former Special Assistant and Speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan

"Everything was perfect last night here at Fairfield and with the live zoom/virtual feed to our audience. Ms. Noonan - 'par for the course' - was her usual magnificently congenial, insightful and simpatico self."

- Fairfield University


AMNA NAWAZ | Peabody and Emmy Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist; Chief Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

"Amna was outstanding! Gracious, delightful, simply perfect. The tone of her speech hit the spot. Everyone loved it."

- Greenwich Academy


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