Open Heart, Open Mind
In today’s culture of “sound bite news,” many important issues get overlooked, if they get covered at all. Lisa Ling has dedicated herself to shedding light on stories impacting the world in which we life. In her presentations, complete with a lively Q&A session, Lisa shares a collection of stories from her over 20 year career in media that have profoundly affected her outlook on life. Her hope is that through her experiences people may be provoked to think about things differently and allow themselves to expand their horizons.
The Importance of a Global Perspective
Lisa recounts stories that profoundly changed her life and talks about how travel and going beyond one’s comfort zone is wholly transformative, making one smarter, more well-rounded and more marketable.
Award-winning journalist Lisa Ling hosts Take Out with Lisa Ling on HBO
Award-winning journalist LISA LING explores the far, and under-reported, corners of the world, and next she is highlighting hidden gems of Asian cuisine in America with her new HBO docu-series Take Out with Lisa Ling. The renowned Host and Executive Producer of CNN’s This is Life will share the unique stories of restaurateurs across the Asian American and Pacific Islander diaspora, using the incredible and unifying lens of food. In a conversation with NBC News, Ling shared her inspiration for the show, "I've always believed that food can play the most incredible diplomatic role, and really allow entree into things that you might not have thought you'd be interested in.” With her 20-year career in media focused on groundbreaking storytelling, Ling is an expert at uncovering and amplifying the voices that have a major impact on how we think about the world around us, and now turns her attention to the transcendent power of food. The Emmy Award-winner will profile six restaurants in this limited series, calling it: ”the perfect opportunity to tell these buried histories through something that most Americans have come to really love and cherish, which is Asian food.” Ling’s perspective and commentary is highly sought after, and she consistently receives rave reviews from events, such as: “We had a great event with Lisa. She has such amazing energy and opened up in a very real and personal way. The feedback we received from colleagues was exceptional.” (American Express)
Speaker Spotlight: Lisa Ling
Award-winning journalist LISA LING's groundbreaking and breathtaking work explores the far, and under-reported, corners of the world. The host and executive produce of CNN's This is Life, as well as a former executive producer and host of Our America on OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network, Ling's reporting has taken her from small Midwest towns ravaged by the opioid epidemic, to an undercover investigation of sex trafficking in Washington D.C., to a rare look inside North Korea. The co-founder of www.SecretSocietyofWomen.com, a forum where women can anonymously share their problems, and the co-author of two books, Ling helps amplify the voices of the often voiceless.
Ling provokes audiences to think differently about the people and world around them. Shining a rare, and uniquely human light on stories often overlooked by the media, she inspires audiences to open their eyes and minds, and expand their horizons. Rave reviews from her events include: "She was fabulous!... passionate, humble, kind, easy, inspiring, and simply delightful. Her talk was flawless and she received a standing ovation... she was real and made a difference! (University of Louisiana-Monroe); "She did a phenomenal job; the client was extremely happy. Her speech was thoughtful and touching, and I was really impressed. Besides that she was so down to earth and friendly with everyone." (Dallas Chamber of Commerce)
Lisa is the Executive Producer and host of This is Life on CNN, now its eighth season. For the show, Lisa has embedded with a notorious biker club and explored the medicinal use of psychedelics in psychotherapy.
For five seasons prior, Lisa EP’d and hosted Our America on OWN. She was also a field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and contributor to ABC News' Nightline. For these shows she reported from dozens of countries; covering stories about gang rape in the Congo, bride burning in India and the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, among other issues that are too often ignored.
Lisa was the first female host of National Geographic’s flagship show Explorer which sent her to cover the phenomenon of female suicide bombing, the spread of the MS-13 gang—considered the world’s most dangerous gang, and the humanitarian crisis inside North Korea.
She got her start in journalism as a correspondent for Channel One News where she covered the civil war in Afghanistan at 21 years of age. She later went to become a co-host of ABC Daytime's hit show The View, which won its first daytime Emmy during her time at the show.
Lisa is the co-author of Mother, Sister. Daughter, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood, and Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and The Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home that she penned with her sister Laura.
In 2014, President Obama appointed Lisa to the Commission on White House Fellows. She is an advisory board member for Fostering Media Connections, The Amani Project, and a Baby2Baby angel.
Lisa lives in Santa Monica with her husband Paul Song and daughters Jett and Ray.