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Mr. Sesno knows how to reach an audience. He has developed and mastered a performance style that is an art of the conference circuit. He was amazingly quick to grasp the issues we were trying to elucidate. I'm a fan!
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Frank Sesno

Anchor and Washington Bureau Chief, CNN (1984-2009) and Director, George Washington University's School of Media & Public Affairs

A renowned journalist who has covered some of the biggest world events of the last three decades, Frank Sesno has a reputation for fairness and integrity that few can match.

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Ask for Success: How to Put Your Questions to Work So You’re Smarter, Better and More Successful

In this talk, author and master interviewer Frank Sesno explains how you can think completely differently about something you probably take for granted: the questions you ask. You can use questions to set your sights, inspire creativity, solve a problem or discover shared mission. Sesno, a former CNN correspondent and Washington Bureau Chief and now Director of The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs is author of Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions and Spark Change. You can discover the power of a simple question if you know what you’re after, understand how you listen and ask more.

Experienced Moderator

Few people are as accomplished or experienced at the art of moderating discussions and debates as Frank Sesno, who combines broad expertise, genuine curiosity, warmth and humor as he draws out guests and panelists. As an interviewer, anchor, talk show host and public event moderator in forums around the world, Sesno has engaged some of the world’s leading personalities on topics ranging from world affairs to business, politics to medical breakthroughs and bioterrorism to globalization. He has conducted one-on-one public conversations with such diverse personalities as Condoleezza Rice, Jack Welch, Madeleine Albright and Yasser Arafat. He has interviewed five American presidents: George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. He has conducted high-profile panels, including a sold-out event with five former secretaries of state. Sesno’s goal is to bring out the best and most interesting facets of people, and to create a memorable and informative relationship with the audience.

Telling the Climate Story in the Age of Trump

The new president is a climate skeptic. Several members he's selected for his policy team and cabinet are similarly inclined. They favor an all-in energy strategy and enthusiastically embrace fossil fuels. Environmentalists and many nations view this as a ruinous course. What’s the story of energy and climate in the Trump era? How should business, science, advocates and others communicate energy, climate change, and planetary stewardship? In this talk, Sesno, creator of planetforward.org, argues that, because the American public is divided and confused on these issues, there need to be distinct approaches and deliberate framing. Messaging must be driven by purpose and audience. Sesno argues that framing the story around innovation and invention can inform, inspire, and appeal to the widest audience.

Asking to Lead: How to Inspire Confidence, Mission and Creativity Through Effective Communication

Sesno has studied and practiced leadership throughout his career. In his capacities as a White House Correspondent and as a college trustee, he observed leadership at its highest levels. As a manager, he has hired and fired and rallied the troops. In this talk, Frank draws on his experience – and on the lessons captured in his book, Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions and Spark Change – to explore how clarity of communication, purposeful questioning, and attentive listening can enhance credibility, creativity, confidence…and leadership itself.

President Trump. Like No Other

Donald Trump broke all the rules in his campaign. His presidency will be like no other. Where is this taking us and will it change us? In this talk, Frank Sesno assesses the politics, policies and personalities of the Trump presidency. Are they a fundamental departure from previous presidencies or do the rules still apply? Sesno draws on decades in Washington and his considerable experience covering and interviewing presidents to discuss the history, precedent, practice and public face of the Trump presidency.

The Media and the Message

Social media. Fake news. The fall of legacy media. The rise of conspiracy media. The media landscape has been scrambled. Reaching the public is at once infinitely easier and agonizingly harder. Where is all this taking us? What happened to facts? How much “news” is actually in the news these days? Frank Sesno has been a correspondent, anchor, news executive and academic. This talk deconstructs the media, examines what media have become and where they’re going? Sesno asks: are we better off with the media we have or are we fighting a losing battle? How can we be an informed public when there’s so much out there that misinforms? This talk will surprise, shock and anger you, but will ultimately give you hope that we’ll survive and adapt to the information tsunami.

Meet Frank Sesno

A renowned journalist who has covered some of the biggest world events of the last three decades, Frank Sesno has a reputation for fairness and integrity that few can match.

One of the world’s most experienced journalists, Frank Sesno provides an intriguing perspective into how today’s constantly changing headlines will affect you. With unparalleled insight and signature wit, he’ll tell you what issues are really at stake for the future and how politics, media, personality and policy fit together in a compelling national story. In addition to his presentations, there are few people who are as accomplished or experienced at the art of moderating discussions and debates than Sesno as he combines his broad expertise, genuine curiosity, warmth and humor to draw out guests and panelists. Sesno is the director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University where he leads Planet Forward, an innovative, viewer-driven website and television project focusing on innovations in energy, climate, food production and sustainability issues. He brings Planet Forward innovations to a national audience with weekly video segments on Bloomberg TV and has deep experience in environmental and energy issues, having traveled the world and reporting several documentaries on the topic. In 2012, Sesno launched an election year series, Face the Facts USA. Produced by GW’s Center for Innovative Media, the project researched and distributed more than 200 daily facts in an effort to provide clear, unbiased fact-driven information in the midst of a particularly noisy political campaign. The facts were picked up by major media organizations across the country as Sesno hosted a series of related television shows and major events. Sesno is a frequent contributor for CNN, MSNBC, NPR, New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and more. Previously, Sesno served as CNN’s Washington bureau chief where he was responsible for the network’s largest newsgathering operation—encompassing the White House, Congressional and Pentagon operations and political reporting.

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