Helene recently interviewed Tina Brown, journalist and founder of The Daily Beast and Tina Brown Media. Take a look at her insights on taking risks, telling powerful stories, and empowering women.
Helene: You have always been a risk taker and a pioneer, where did you get that from? Was there someone early in your life who encouraged you to take risks?
Tina: My dad was a movie producer who always lived out on the edge, finding great material for movies and risking all financially to pursue them so maybe it’s in the DNA.
Helene: Why Tina Brown Media—why the emphasis on women’s empowerment, now? What do you see as the urgency?
Tina: My passion is for stories. That in a sense has always been the great differential in Women in the World from other women’s conferences. We are not there to do advocacy and/or to talk about “women’s issues.” We are there to tell stories and these stories are so moving to an audience that it raises the question in their minds: how can I get involved, what activism, what community engagement do we need to better the lives of these women and those they are trying to help? These stories make the American women in the audience inevitably ask themselves if they are doing enough in their own communities and in their own lives.
Helene: What are the long-range plans for your new company?
Tina: We will be continuing to expand the Women in the World/Live Media platform nationally and around the world.