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Christiane Amanpour - CNN Chief International Correspondent, ABC News Global Affairs Anchor
Christiane Amanpour is a renowned correspondent who has interviewed countless world leaders and reported from major news events across the globe. London-born Amanpour graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island with a B.A. in Journalism before starting her career on CNN's international assignment desk in 1983. She became in international correspondent in 1990 and has since earned several prestigious journalism awards including nine News and Documentary Emmys and three duPont-Columbia Journalism Awards. In 2007, she was named a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.
Arianna Huffington – President and Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post Media Group
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, an influential news and blog site and successful media brand. Huffington is author of several books, as well as a nationally syndicated columnist, co-host of a popular political roundtable radio program, and popular guest speaker. She has twice been named to Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people. Huffington served as president of Cambridge University’s famed debating society, the Cambridge Union, before graduating with a Master’s degree in economics.
Yue-Sai Kan - TV Hostess, Author, and Entrepreneur
Yue-Sai Kan is a celebrated television host who has championed cross-cultural understanding for over 30 years. Her program "Looking East" promoted Eastern culture to an American audience, and her "One World" program in China introduced a variety of international locales to an audience of 400 million people. The highly successful Yue-Sai Kan Cosmetics company was founded in 1992. She has published several books in Chinese about beauty and etiquette, and even founded her own doll company. She has been called China's most famous woman and has been honored with her own postage stamp.
Cristina Saralegui – Television & Radio Host & Executive Producer, Author and Entrepreneur
Havana-born Cristina Saralegui has been a trailblazer in the media field, having served as magazine editor, author, television/radio host, and talk show producer. Saralegui joined the magazine Cosmopolitan en Español after attending the University of Miami, and became Editor-in-Chief in 1979. As Executive Producer and Host of “The Cristina Show” for over 20 years, Saralegui won several Emmy awards and brought topical, sometimes controversial topics to audiences in Latin America, the US and Europe. Saralegui operates her own television production facility and has expanded her empire to include her own furniture and clothing lines.
Helen Boaden - Director, BBC Radio
Helen Boaden became the Director of BBC Radio in April 2013, and is also a member of the Executive Board. Boaden graduated with a degree in radio journalism from the London College of Printing and joined the BBC as a radio news producer in 1983. She later became a reporter and editor, and was the first woman named Head of Current Affairs. Boaden has been awarded three honorary doctorates and has won several top industry awards for her distinguished career.
Tyra Banks - Supermodel, Author, Producer, TV Host & CEO
Supermodel Tyra Banks is creating a multimedia empire, and serves as Chairwoman and CEO of Bankable, which she established in 2003. The company developed her hit television show "America's Next Top Model" as well as the Emmy-award-winning program "The Tyra Banks Show." Bankable’s operating units have expanded to include Bankable Digital, Bankable Studios, and Bankable Books. She also founded the TZONE Foundation that empowers and seeks to raise the self-esteem of young women across the U.S. Banks also launched typeF.com, a groundbreaking fashion and beauty community platform built on the celebration of diversity and the ideal of empowering women to be their very best. In 2012, Banks completed Harvard University’s Executive Education Owner/President Manager Program for corporate executives.
Rachel Maddow, PhD – Television Host, Political Analyst, Rhodes Scholar
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Stanford University, Rachel Maddow earned a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, where she earned her doctorate in political science. Maddow first gained national prominence as a radio host before joining MSNBC as a political analyst. “The Rachel Maddow Show” debuted in September 2008 to much acclaim, and was named one of the top shows of the decade by The Washington Post.