Nina is currently chair of Fortune Most Powerful Women International and co-chair of the Fortune Global Forum —conceiving and casting high-profile live events, and conducting interviews with the some of the biggest names in global business and international affairs. Her critically-acclaimed political history, Gang of Five, drawing on hundreds of interviews and archival research, ranks on the Vox list of “books to read to understand the world.”
Her live interviews are in demand beyond Fortune, and she regularly appears on stage in front of leading industry groups. At the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the prominent Washington D.C. foreign affairs think tank, Nina hosts the global affairs series of live events and iTunes podcasts Smart Women, Smart Power bringing world leaders and diplomats to the stage for insightful interviews.
For more than a decade, Nina has been a familiar face on television as a regular commentator on Fox News’ primetime news shows, and as a political analyst on such programs as Meet the Press, Face the Nation, and Charlie Rose. In 2012, she was a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, teaching and producing influential research on wealth in America.
Over the course of a three-decade media career, Nina has interviewed top figures in politics (including Barack Obama, Condoleezza Rice, Christine Lagarde) and in business (ranging from prominent CEOs such as Meg Whitman to groundbreaking pioneers like Steve Wozniak). At the Los Angeles Times, Nina profiled such Hollywood legends as Bette Davis, Meryl Streep, and Denzel Washington.
- Smart Women, Smart Power
In addition to her prominent role with Fortune, Easton hosts the “Smart Women, Smart Power” podcast series at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she regularly facilitates powerful conversations on a range of issues between leading women around the globe. Whether it’s hosting a gathering for 45 female ambassadors or interviewing Samantha Power or Melinda Gates, Easton knows women are economic and social engines of change and works to bring awareness to women’s issues globally. Having addressed the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and others on the topic, she shows why investment in girls’ education is the highest-return investment available in the developing world, how women are a “force for prosperity,” and what needs to be done to elevate women globally.
- Interviewer - Moderator - 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.
- 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.