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Nina Easton

Author & Columnist, TV Commentator, Former Washington Editor and Fortune Global Forum Co-Chair; CEO of SellersEaston Media and Co-Founder of JOURNEY
Nina Easton
  • Primetime TV news analyst for over a dozen years
  • Decades of experience interviewing and working with top leaders, including CEOs and heads of state.
  • Global stage experience speaking, interviewing, and moderating, as well as emceeing multi-day events.
  • Former chair of Fortune Most Powerful Women International and Co-Founder of JOURNEY, advancing women leaders.

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Award-winning writer, political historian, filmmaker, speaker, and commentator. Nina is Co-CEO of SellersEaston Media, a multimedia firm that tells the stories of impactful leaders through films, memoirs, and live events. With her extensive experience in engaging and inspiring audiences across multiple business sectors and global economies, it’s an honor to bring her clients’ stories to life.

Together with Co-CEO Pattie Sellers, Nina executive produced the upcoming MAX film Gumbo Coalition, which is directed by two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple and tells the riveting leadership stories of two prominent civil rights leaders fighting for racial justice during America’s turbulent modern era.

In 2022, she co-founded JOURNEY, a nonprofit whose mission is to accelerate the diversity and trajectory of diverse women in leadership with a unique model that connects the private sector’s most promising emerging talent with women already at the top.

Nina spent three decades in high-profile media roles – most recently as Washington editor and award-winning columnist for Fortune magazine. As a leading political analyst, she regularly appeared on top-rated news shows such as Meet the Press, Face the Nation, and Fox News Sunday. Her critically acclaimed book on the American conservative movement, “Gang of Five,” ranks on the Vox list of "books to read to understand the world."

At Fortune, Nina chaired Fortune Most Powerful Women International and co-chaired the Fortune Global Forum, producing and moderating elite leadership events around the world. This was a rich opportunity to help tell the stories of some of the world's most important leaders, and one that impacted her own story as well: forming Nina as an entrepreneur and storyteller, and fueling her desire to make an impact.

In 2012, Nina was selected as a Harvard Kennedy School Fellow, teaching seminars on American politics and conducting research on the wealth gap. Later, she combined her interest in global affairs with passion for advancing women leaders by co-founding the program “Smart Women Smart Power” at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) – interviewing top national security and diplomatic leaders such as Melinda Gates and Christine Lagarde. In 2022, Nina was selected to serve on the Trilateral Commission, which brings together top leaders from three continents to defend democracy and rule of law. In this role she brings her expertise and knowledge to further champion the importance of democratic principles to ensure that we continue to advance free and democratic principles around the world.

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No Great Leader Was Born on Top. From the greats of Hollywood (Meryl Streep, Bette Davis, Tom Hanks) to CEO disrupters (Jeff Bezos, Meg Whitman) to transformative political figures (Barack Obama, Christine Lagarde), Nina Easton has interviewed the most interesting and dynamic people of our times. Her storytelling firm, SellersEaston Media, chronicles personal journeys of leadership and impact, and the SiriusXM show she co-hosts, "Making a Leader," mines the sources of extraordinary success. In this talk, Nina Easton shares with audiences the three decades of wisdom, insights, and advice she has collected from pioneers and world changers, providing an entertaining and enlightening tour of the top ranks of contemporary leadership.

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. Her critically acclaimed book Gang of Five: Leaders at the Center of the Conservative Ascendancy ranks on the Vox list of “books to read to understand the world. 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. 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.

What Matters Now: An Overview of the Most Pressing Issues of The Day.
A captivating speaker and regular TV news contributor, Easton runs through three major headlines of the day to paint a broad picture of the current state of the American experience. With intellectual depth and TV polish, she covers politics and the global economy to explain how we got here and where we’re going.

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’ Face the Nation, ABC’s This Week, and more. Her Fortune magazine columns and in-depth features for both Fortune magazine and the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine have garnered numerous top awards.

Accomplished Moderator & Emcee.
As co-chair of Fortune's Most Powerful Women International and Global Forum conferences, Easton has traveled the globe interviewing the world’s leading CEOs, entrepreneurs, and politicians including former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta. She regularly emcees multi-day conferences in the US, Europe, and Asia for Fortune and for leading industry associations, working to bring high-level insights and dynamic conversations to eager audiences. With decades experience as a journalist, author, and scholar, she has mastered a wide range of topics she is able to draw on, working with clients to create a flawlessly-executed panel or fireside chat.

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. 

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