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Parisa Khosravi

Expert on Leadership, Strategic Adviser, Award-Winning Journalist & News Executive; Former Senior Vice President of CNN Worldwide

Expert on Leadership, Strategic Adviser, Award-Winning Journalist & News Executive; Former Senior Vice President of CNN Worldwide

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Parisa Khosravi Biography

Parisa Khosravi is a keynote speaker, a strategic adviser, and a multi-award-winning veteran journalist and news executive. With over three decades of experience on the global stage, Khosravi has first-hand experience dealing with world leaders, dignitaries and high-ranking officials across the globe and opening doors to difficult and dangerous parts of the world where freedom of speech is in no way guaranteed.

Khosravi speaks on the topic of compassionate leadership to audiences across private and public sectors. Those who meet and hear Khosravi are struck by her down-to-earth approach and wealth of life experience which is so evident in her message. Her motto is: you never know what is inside someone until you give them a chance.

Throughout her career as senior vice president for international news gathering, national news gathering, global relations and the first ever ambassador for CNN Worldwide, Khosravi directed historic coverage of countless award-winning news stories. This included Tiananmen Square, the live coverage of both Iraq Wars, the Fall of the East Bloc, the End of Apartheid, the genocide in Rwanda, 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina. She directed CNN’s coverage of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, and the award-winning news coverage of the devastating earthquake in Haiti; the Emmy-nominated coverage of the attempted airline terror attack over Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009; and the duPont-winning coverage of the tsunami disaster in South Asia. She left CNN in 2015.

Khosravi’s perspective has evolved throughout the years as an immigrant, a journalist and a mother. Khosravi didn’t just cover revolutions, she lived through one personally and experienced her own life change dramatically after the 1979 revolution in Iran. Her joy and passion both in her career as a journalist and as a mother to her special son is to help give voice to the voiceless. She leads with compassion and integrity earning her the nickname of “Mother Parisa” from many of her colleagues.

Khosravi has spoken about compassionate leadership at NASA, United Nations, Delta Airlines and numerous other private and public organizations and companies. She built and maintained ongoing working relationships with world leaders, dignitaries and high-ranking officials while ensuring top editorial access and forging positive strategic relationships for the network all over the world. She also managed International Newsource, the network’s international affiliate operation with more than 200 CNN affiliates worldwide, and the CNN Journalism Fellowship programs.

Khosravi’s experience and firsthand knowledge ranges from cross-cultural relations to leading through international and domestic crises. She is a recognized authority on crisis and risk management and safety/security matters for her meticulous and decisive management of her staff as they covered the world’s most dangerous hot spots, conflicts and natural disasters.

Khosravi served as a board member for the International News Safety Institute, and the International Women’s Media Foundation. She is a board member for Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and serves on the advisory board for Child Spring and Iranian-American Women Foundation. Khosravi’s work has brought her recognition and many prestigious awards for both individual and collaborative efforts. She earned her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Columbia College in Chicago and studied French at the Université de Sorbonne in Paris and is fluent in Farsi.

Parisa Khosravi Speaking Topics

  • Innovation

    Parisa has enjoyed one of the more challenging and dynamic careers with nearly three decades of international experience and helped build CNN, the original 24/7 news network, to one of the most recognized and respected global brands. This is how CNN lauded Parisa upon her departure: “No one has played a greater role in emergence and then dominance of CNN international news gathering than Parisa.”

    Ted Turner’s vision changed the world as we knew it and CNN became a house hold name which has been admired and modeled again and again around the world. Parisa calls CNN the original social media.

    Parisa talks about behind the scene stories and some of the most historic and memorable news events of our times and what it took to cover them.

  • Cuba

    Parisa travelled to Cuba for years for CNN in order to keep CNN’s bureau effective and operational. Parisa talks about what you should know about the country as the U.S. and Cuba prepare to normalize relations after decades.

  • Iran

    Parisa was born in Iran and left for the United States during the 1979 Revolution as a young teenager. She has travelled to Iran a number of times as a journalist to cover a variety of news stories for CNN. There is not enough known about Iran beside its politics. In light of some of the possible openings between the U.S. and Iran, what are some key historical facts and cultural values you should know about Iran if you want to do business there? Parisa talks about some of those important considerations.

  • How We Covered the World

    The way the world’s most significant and dangerous stories get covered has substantially changed in the past three decades, especially in two areas: technology and safety/security.

    Nowadays you can essentially do a live shot from anywhere in the world with your smart phone. It wasn’t that long ago that journalists had to haul around a two thousand pound satellite dish to be able to transmit live from remote places. Parisa once diverted a commercial airliner to make an unscheduled landing to pick up CNN journalists and equipment so that they could get to a breaking story on-time.

    Determination, perseverance and resourcefulness is what made it happen.

    Sadly, journalists have become the biggest targets in some of the conflicts around the world and are sometimes taken hostage or worse.

    How are they kept safe and prepare to go to some of the world’s most dangerous places and cover the most horrific stories such as Syria?

    Parisa talks about how to overcome some of these most distressing challenges. Parisa’s experience in safely leading CNN teams through conflicts and natural disasters has made her a recognized authority on crisis and risk management.

  • Journalism and Media Communication

    How do you get your message across as an effective communicator in a very crowded field? Whether you want to break through as a journalist in the business of journalism or want to clearly communicate your message in any business to the the world, Parisa shares with you her in-depth knowledge and experience as a journalist and as an executive.

  • Women in Leadership

    While not naive or in denial about some of the challenges women and minorities face, Parisa talks about how she focused her energy on what she could control. If some people she dealt with had a perception issue with a woman in charge, then that was their problem, not hers. Parisa talks about some of the most difficult challenges she dealt with as a leader at a global organization and how she tackled them.

Parisa Khosravi Videos

  • Parisa Khosravi's Lessons on Inclusion, Zoroastrianism and Motherhood
    A soaring speech at the Opening Plenary of the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions delivered by former CNN news director Parisa Khosravi...
  • Parisa Khosravi's Opening Speech at Tirgan Festival 2017
    At every festival, Tirgan honours a special guest; a note worthy Iranian, someone who has through hard work and dedication gained notoriety among his...
  • Parisa Khosravi - 1st Iranian-Canadian Women's Leadership Conference
    Parisa Khosravi's Speech at 1st Iranian-Canadian Women's Leadership Conference.

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  • What topics does Parisa Khosravi speak about?

    Parisa Khosravi is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Culture, Empowerment, Influential Women, Inspirational, Journalism, Leadership, Personal Growth, Speakers by Industry, Women, Women In Leadership, Women in Society.
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Parisa Khosravi is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Innovation, Cuba, Iran, How We Covered the World, Journalism and Media Communication and Women in Leadership. The estimated speaking fee range to book Parisa Khosravi for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Parisa Khosravi generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jodi Kantor, A'Lelia Bundles, Mika Brzezinski, Wendy Osefo, PhD and Fredricka Whitfield. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Parisa Khosravi for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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