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CEO & Founder of Ozy Media

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 Carlos Watson Biography

Above all else, Carlos Watson is curious. Curious about how a young entrepreneur got her start, about what comes next for the struggling democracy in Zambia, about what can be done to help underachieving children learn. Curious even about what his fellow diners at a restaurant have ordered from the menu and why.

So if Watson ever approaches your table, don’t worry; he’s not there to pick at your plate, he wants to pick your brain.

And it doesn’t stop there. From quizzing shopkeepers and taxi drivers to turning the tables on barbers and bartenders, Watson is always trying to find out more about the world around him and what his fellow travelers are thinking and doing about it. It’s a skill that naturally led him to a career in journalism, from writing for the Miami Herald and Detroit Free Press while in college to later stints on television as a political commentator on CNN and news anchor on MSNBC.

Kindled at an early age in Miami, Florida, Watson’s fire of curiosity was sparked by a mother who had lived and taught on three continents and by a father whose love of news, especially politics and sports, was highly contagious. Despite this love of learning, Carlos had problems at school, leading his teachers to label him disruptive and learning disabled, and even resulting in his eviction from one kindergarten. “My mom always jokes,” he says, “that anyone who’d seen my first 10 years wouldn’t believe my last 10 years.”

But even with the troubles at school, the occasional need for food stamps, and a car accident at age 11 that almost rendered him unable to walk, Watson persevered. He would go on to earn degrees from Harvard and Stanford Law School, launch an entrepreneurial career focused on media, politics, and education, and to use those two legs to win some money on the dance floor and play pick-up basketball games all over the world, from Iceland to Zimbabwe. His desire to learn about others’ stories and struggles comes in no small measure from the persistent realization that his own life might have been very different, and that in many ways he is still crashing a party he could easily have missed.

But he doesn’t just want to crash the party, he wants to throw a new one. Curiosity breeds enthusiasm — the energy not only to acquire information but also to use that information to make an impact, something Watson had already achieved in the education realm. Well before Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post , The Washington Post bought Achieva College Prep Service, a company Carlos founded at age 29 to help high schools prepare their students for college.

Carlos has now turned his attention and enthusiasm to the world of media — a place he is well-acquainted with, and one whose venues and playmakers he has explored since he first sat down to watch the local news with his dad as a boy. His relentless research, interviews and experiences all point to something missing.

“When I was a kid, I’d always open the refrigerator door 100 times because I kept hoping to see if anything new or different had appeared,” he says. “It never did.”

For Watson, what’s missing - despite a flood of online news and information - is a favorite dish that hungry readers would reach for every day, not just to catch up on current events, but to learn about the new and the next, and, most importantly, to translate that knowledge into energy and action. And so he created OZY.

OZY is in many ways his curated party, but like all good hosts, he’s merely a catalyst for the spirited and wide-ranging conversations between his guests, people who burn to learn more about the world and to do something with that insight.

Curiosity. Enthusiasm. Action.

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Carlos Watson

CEO & Founder of Ozy Media

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Carlos Watson Biography

Above all else, Carlos Watson is curious. Curious about how a young entrepreneur got her start, about what comes next for the struggling democracy in Zambia, about what can be done to help underachieving children learn. Curious even about what his fellow diners at a restaurant have ordered from the menu and why.

So if Watson ever approaches your table, don’t worry; he’s not there to pick at your plate, he wants to pick your brain.

And it doesn’t stop there. From quizzing shopkeepers and taxi drivers to turning the tables on barbers and bartenders, Watson is always trying to find out more about the world around him and what his fellow travelers are thinking and doing about it. It’s a skill that naturally led him to a career in journalism, from writing for the Miami Herald and Detroit Free Press while in college to later stints on television as a political commentator on CNN and news anchor on MSNBC.

Kindled at an early age in Miami, Florida, Watson’s fire of curiosity was sparked by a mother who had lived and taught on three continents and by a father whose love of news, especially politics and sports, was highly contagious. Despite this love of learning, Carlos had problems at school, leading his teachers to label him disruptive and learning disabled, and even resulting in his eviction from one kindergarten. “My mom always jokes,” he says, “that anyone who’d seen my first 10 years wouldn’t believe my last 10 years.”

But even with the troubles at school, the occasional need for food stamps, and a car accident at age 11 that almost rendered him unable to walk, Watson persevered. He would go on to earn degrees from Harvard and Stanford Law School, launch an entrepreneurial career focused on media, politics, and education, and to use those two legs to win some money on the dance floor and play pick-up basketball games all over the world, from Iceland to Zimbabwe. His desire to learn about others’ stories and struggles comes in no small measure from the persistent realization that his own life might have been very different, and that in many ways he is still crashing a party he could easily have missed.

But he doesn’t just want to crash the party, he wants to throw a new one. Curiosity breeds enthusiasm — the energy not only to acquire information but also to use that information to make an impact, something Watson had already achieved in the education realm. Well before Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post , The Washington Post bought Achieva College Prep Service, a company Carlos founded at age 29 to help high schools prepare their students for college.

Carlos has now turned his attention and enthusiasm to the world of media — a place he is well-acquainted with, and one whose venues and playmakers he has explored since he first sat down to watch the local news with his dad as a boy. His relentless research, interviews and experiences all point to something missing.

“When I was a kid, I’d always open the refrigerator door 100 times because I kept hoping to see if anything new or different had appeared,” he says. “It never did.”

For Watson, what’s missing - despite a flood of online news and information - is a favorite dish that hungry readers would reach for every day, not just to catch up on current events, but to learn about the new and the next, and, most importantly, to translate that knowledge into energy and action. And so he created OZY.

OZY is in many ways his curated party, but like all good hosts, he’s merely a catalyst for the spirited and wide-ranging conversations between his guests, people who burn to learn more about the world and to do something with that insight.

Curiosity. Enthusiasm. Action.

Carlos Watson Videos

  • Carlos Watson: 'What Would Different Look Like?' - YouTube
  • Carlos Watson on CNN's New Day on Vimeo
  • Carlos Watson, Founder, OZY Media- Keynote Address - YouTube

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  • How to book Carlos Watson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Carlos Watson for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Carlos Watson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Carlos Watson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Carlos Watson?

    Booking fees for Carlos Watson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Carlos Watson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Carlos Watson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Carlos Watson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Carlos Watson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Carlos Watson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Carlos Watson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Carlos Watson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Carlos Watson for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Carlos Watson generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Cory Booker, Wes Moore, Chris Hughes, Jonah Edelman and Penny Pritzker. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Carlos Watson for an upcoming event.

Carlos Watson Speaker Videos

  • Carlos Watson: 'What Would Different Look Like?' - YouTube
    Carlos Watson on CNN's New Day on Vimeo
  • Carlos Watson, Founder, OZY Media- Keynote Address - YouTube

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