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Power Player Breakfast with Lisa Ling, Journalist and Author, Host of CNN's This Is Life

The Power Player Breakfast Series brings women at the top of their career game to NYWIFT for intimate, inspiring discussions on their current projects, working their ways to the top and other exciting industry insights!

For October, we welcome award-winning journalist and author Lisa Ling, Host of the CNN Original Series This Is Life, where she takes viewers on a gritty, breathtaking journey to the far corners of America.

Before coming to CNN, Ling was a field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and contributor to ABC News' Nightline and National Geographic's Explorer. She has reported from dozens of countries, covering stories about gang rape in the Congo, bride burning in India and the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, among other issues that are too often ignored. Ling got her start in journalism as a correspondent for Channel One News where she covered the civil war in Afghanistan at 21 years of age. She later went on to become a co-host of ABC Daytime's hit show The View, which won its first daytime Emmy during her time at the show. Ling has also served as a special correspondent for CNN's Planet in Peril series and is a contributing editor for USA Today's USA Weekend magazine. In 2011, her acclaimed documentary journalism series Our America with Lisa Ling was created and began airing on OWN.


Ling is the co-author of Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood and Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home, which she penned with her sister, Laura. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the California Museum.

Produced by the Power Player Breakfast Committee
Bobbi Alpert, Christina Brown Fisher, Carey Graeber, Eileen Newman,
Julie Poll, Janet Stilson and Susan Wagner


Special Thanks to Power Player Breakfast Sponsor
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz


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New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts