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Nina Easton

Chair, Fortune Most Powerful Women International, Co-Chair, Fortune Global Forum; Principal, SellersEaston Media and Fox News Analyst

Today more than ever, business leaders need to communicate a vision that unites and motivates. Author, TV commentator, and Fortune conference chair Nina Easton has decades of experience interviewing CEOs, global leaders, and politicians–producing compelling and authentic narratives on stage. In her speeches exploring the intersection of Washington politics and the global economy, she draws on decades of award-winning coverage of national elections, political movements, presidential administrations, and financial crises.

 
American Political Trends: Explained

For more than a decade, when the election returns rolled in, Nina Easton was on-air to explain. She has covered scores of political conventions and elections on prime time TV, providing analysis as the news unfolded. In addition to being a member of the “all-star panel” on FOX News Special Report and FOX News Sunday, Easton has provided political commentary on NBC’s Meet the Press, CBS’s Face the Nation, ABC’s This Week, and many more. Her Fortune columns and in-depth features for both Fortune and The Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine have garnered numerous top awards. Easton literally “wrote the book” on the rise of today’s conservative movement, with her critically acclaimed Simon & Schuster book Gang of Five: Leaders at the Center of the Conservative Ascendancy. During the 2004 presidential race, she co-authored a biography of Democratic nominee John Kerry and, as The Boston Globe’s deputy bureau chief in Washington, helped shape that paper’s political coverage. In 2012, she was appointed a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she taught a seminar on the U.S. economy and that year’s presidential election, interviewing top speakers from both sides of the aisle.

A Practiced and Charismatic Moderator and Emcee

From conventing global CEOs at the Vatican to producing and emceeing business summits in Hong Kong, London and the US, Nina Easton is a world-class moderator and emcee, adept at helping business leaders communicate their stories and message. The longtime TV commentator currently serves as co-chair of the Fortune Global Forum and chair of Fortune Most Powerful Women International. At the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), she brings diplomats and high-profile international figures to the stage for insightful and lively interviews. During her top-level media career, she interviewed the biggest names in Hollywood (Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Bette Davis and more), business (Jeff Bezos, Meg Whitman, Christine Lagarde, among them) and politics (Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, Barack Obama, and many more). She has emceed multi-day conferences for a range of Fortune 500 companies and associations, and regularly moderates events and webcasts. Nina is co-founder of SellersEaston Media (SEM), a media company dedicated to defining and communicating the stories of leaders, companies, and nonprofits.

Interview Skills to Make Executives Shine

At industry events and as chair of Fortune Most Powerful Women International and co-chair of the Fortune Global Forum, Nina Easton has interviewed the world’s leading CEO’s, entrepreneurs and politicians. But often the best stories for industry audiences can be found inside their own walls. Top executives have enormous inspiration to offer¾from the riveting history of a company to leadership lessons from those who built it. Too often, company leaders retire and the story of the grit and determination they applied to produce a thriving business is lost to the next generation. With her unparalleled interview skills, and dogged pre-research, Easton unlocks those stories on stage to inspire employees and future generations.

The World’s Secret Economic Weapon: Women

The research is in, and the results conclusive: Women are a force for prosperity.  When women are included in economies, growth happens. As chair of Fortune Most Powerful Women International, and host of the “Smart Women, Smart Power” series at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Nina Easton is ideal positioned to discuss women as economic engines, contributing to GDP—and thereby poverty reduction for all. She shows why investment in girls’ education is the highest-return investment available in the developing world—a fact that both smart foreign aid and corporations are discovering.  As a Fortune columnist, has written about this trend from places like Dubai, and has addressed the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and others on the topic. She interviewed the Secretary of State on-stage, in front of world leaders and top CEO’s, at the 2011 APEC Summit.

The Paralysis of Populism

These are confusing and fraught political times. Rancor runs high. Congress remains mostly paralyzed. In this rousing and thought-provoking speech, award-winning political, columnist, TV commentator, and entrepreneur Nina Easton takes her audiences beyond the headlines, and beyond the Oval Office, to explain the economic trends behind our divisions. Deftly connecting the dots between jobs, education levels, and politics, she shows what an emerging global innovation revolution portends for our future. Along the way, she offers a lively and entertaining tour of political bad blood dating back to the nation’s Founders, showing how America has nevertheless thrived. With a background as an accomplished political historian, economic columnist, and co-chair of Fortune CEO events around the world, she brings a rare of combination of insight to her remarks.  Nina values robust audience Q&A, and always offers plenty of opportunity for audience members to offer their own opinions as well as their questions.

Meet Nina Easton

Today more than ever, business leaders need to communicate a vision that unites and motivates. Author, TV commentator, and Fortune conference chair Nina Easton has decades of experience interviewing CEOs, global leaders, and politicians–producing compelling and authentic narratives on stage. In her speeches exploring the intersection of Washington politics and the global economy, she draws on decades of award-winning coverage of national elections, political movements, presidential administrations, and financial crises.

From leading global CEOs to the Vatican to producing and emceeing business summits in Hong Kong, London and the US, Nina Easton is a world-class moderator and emcee. She currently serves as co-chair of the Fortune Global Forum and chair of Fortune Most Powerful Women International. At the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Nina hosts a live event and popular iTunes podcast series on global affairs, interviewing world leaders and thinkers.

As a political author and regular prime-time commentator, her speeches dig deep into the economic and historical trends behind US politics. At Fox News, she has guided millions of viewers through congressional and presidential election nights, party conventions, State of the Union messages, legislative battles and foreign affairs.  She served as a 2012 Harvard Kennedy School fellow, and is an accomplished author of political history.

Nina is co-founder of SellersEaston Media (SEM), a media company dedicated to producing enduring stories of outstanding achievers who understand that what matters most is impact: how you make a difference in the world, how ideas change lives, and how a life well-lived can give meaning to others. They help individuals and organizations capture and preserve their legacy on film, online, and in print, to reach a wider audience.

With wit and intelligence, Easton helps people and businesses navigate today’s disruptive political and business environments. She also brings a sincere interest in hearing back from her audience, with lively question-and-answer periods that enhance the personal connection and give listeners an opportunity to showcase their own views and ideas. 

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