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.
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 opiod 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 Ling is the executive producer and host of This is Life on CNN. Lisa explores the scourge prescription pill addiction in Utah, the recent influx of women in North Dakota’s boomtown, and a town in the rural Midwest where young men aspire to be priests.
For five seasons prior, Ling executive produced and hosted Our America on OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network. Lisa embedded in a Midwest town ravaged by an onslaught of heroin, got exclusive access inside an anti-gay religious movement, witnessed the manifestation of PTSD in returning veterans of war, and went undercover to investigate the under-age sex trafficking of minors in the nation’s capitol. She has also profiled Americans living beneath the poverty line for the first time and people serving unimaginably lengthy prison sentences for crimes they did not commit.
As the former field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and contributor to ABC News' Nightline and National Geographic's Explorer, Lisa Ling has reported from dozens of countries, covering stories about gang rape in the Congo, bride burning in India, the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, and the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang in Central America, among other issues that are too often ignored.
Lisa 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 as well as stories in dozens of countries around the world. She later went on 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, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood and Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home, which she penned with her sister, Laura. She is a co-founder of www.SecretSocietyofWomen.com, and a contributor to www.iVolunteer.org.