Executive Director Kelli Arena is an internationally recognized, award winning broadcast journalist. She has lived and worked in Washington DC, New York, Tokyo and London.
Well known for her on-air work at CNN covering Terrorism, Federal Law Enforcement, Justice, The Supreme Court, World Economies and Financial markets, she is also an internationally-renowned moderator, engaging some of the world's most creative thinkers around the globe. She also holds the Dan Rather chair of Broadcast Journalism.
Since leaving the daily airwaves in 2009, Kelli has worked on several documentaries, trained journalists and young leaders around the globe, and engaged with political parties, government organizations and civil society groups to help them understand the role of the press.
She is a staunch advocate for women, and has worked throughout the Middle East and North Africa to advance women's rights. She has also partnered with the International Women's forum as a program developer and moderator.
Kelli helped launch NewsCertified Exchange, creating a searchable database of credible, interview-ready experts and story ideas for journalists. She also owns her own firm, RKC Solutions.
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