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Tina  Brown

Tina Brown

CEO Live Media & Founder of The Daily Beast and Women in the World


From acclaimed editor to the rarefied ranks of female CEOs, Tina Brown’s legendary career has been propelled by her talent for re-invention and leading organizations through extreme disruption. Her track record includes transforming Vanity Fair (increasing sales from 200,000 to 1.2 million), reinventing the New Yorker (increasing circulation by 30% and more than doubling newsstand sales) and pioneering online journalism as the founder and editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast. With hard-won wisdom gained as a leader in one of the most disrupted industries of our time, Brown shares stories of radical reinvention in the face of shifting tastes, technologies, business models, customers and market conditions—including invaluable insights on what it takes to come out on top. Read More >

Tina Brown is currently CEO of Tina Brown Live Media and the visionary force behind Women in the World, a global platform dedicated to building a better life for women and girls. In this role, she brings together the world’s most remarkable and powerful women at annual summits in New York, London and New Delhi. By convening inspirational activists, political change-makers and extraordinary leaders, Women in the World has also drawn luminaries such as Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie and Christine Lagarde. Under Brown’s leadership, Women in the World has become a formidable platform for advocacy, awareness and connection. It has also showcased Tina Brown’s wit, intellect and talent for engaging audiences with her powerful storytelling. Brown recently launched a new podcast, TBD with Tina Brown, where she talks with entertaining candor to writers, actors, politicians, journalists, activists, thought leaders and news makers of tomorrow's social debates. Each show starts with a peek inside her diary and closes with her recommendation for what to read, what to hear and what to watch to keep you smart in fast moving times. 

Brown's storytelling, the early years of her celebrated career and the roaring ‘80s are showcased in her latest book, The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983 – 1992. Selected as one of Time Magazine's top ten books of 2017, this riotously funny, celebrity-studded account tells how she survived back-stabbing rivalries and rampant skepticism to turn around Conde Nast’s failing flagship magazine. Behind the celebrated scoops and iconic magazine covers, Vanity Fair Diaries also tells an unforgettable account of radical reinvention, with valuable lessons for today’s climate of constant competition, change and disruption. 

Whether she’s sharing stories of triumphant turnarounds, speaking about the challenges of women leaders or advocating to improve the lives of women and girls, Tina Brown brings audiences into the influential circle, inspiring experiences and passionate mission of one of the most remarkable women in our world today. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992

Tina Brown and Her Reinvention

How Should Female Voters Read the 2016 Election?

Diversity and Women in The Workplace

The NEW Executive Leaders Forum 2014

Woman in The World: Perhaps We Should Be Grateful to Donald Trump

Speech Topics

The Vanity Fair Diaries: Glitter, Glamour, Grit & Leadership

Behind the iconic Vanity Fair covers of a gloriously pregnant and nude Demi Moore or “The Reagan Kiss” was a story of radical reinvention, brand transformation and total turnaround that’s the stuff of b-school case studies. It is also the story of a twenty-something Englishwoman sent to New York to do the impossible. How Tina Brown not only triumphed, but went on to achieve yet another odds-defying turnaround at The New Yorker, is a business and leadership success story for the ages. In this highly engaging keynote, infused with celebrity encounters and other tales from The Vanity Fair Diaries, Brown mixes her keen wit and talent for storytelling with usable takeaways for succeeding in today’s climate of constant competition, change, and disruption.

Leading through Extreme Disruption

Over the past 30 years, the media world has undergone an unparalleled level of transformation. At every turn, Tina Brown has been at the epicenter of her industry’s extreme disruption—gaining valuable insights that are applicable to any industry or organization facing change. Few CEOs share Brown’s record for leading brands and organizations through radical reinvention. As a legendary print editor, Brown’s “prescient understanding of popular culture” resurrected Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, making them relevant to an entirely new generation. In 2008, she broke new ground in media and digital journalism when she founded The Daily Beast. In 2010, she launched her own company, Tina Brown Live Media, creating live events and a global platform for a multi-media, digital world. In this inspiring keynote, Brown shares timeless leadership lessons tailor-made for a climate of disruption—leaving audiences better prepared for whatever’s next.

The Power of Reinvention

Reinvention has become the new super power—and no one has mastered its success like Tina Brown. During her legendary career, she turned around the Tatler, transformed Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, and found the bright side of failure when the magazine she founded, Talk, ceased publication. Triumphantly proclaiming that “My reputation rests on four magazines—three great successes, one that was a great experiment…No great career doesn’t have one flame out on it and there’s nobody more boring than the undefeated,” Brown went on to pioneer digital news by founding The Daily Beast. This remarkable power of reinvention—to turn around institutions, get cultures and creativity unstuck, and breathe new life into struggling brands–has defined Tina Brown’s magic. Now CEO of Tina Brown Live Media and the force behind Women in the World, she has transformed her own passion for improving the lives of women into a new brand of activism and community. Whether you’re reimaging your organization or rethinking your strategy, Tina Brown’s highly motivating presentation shares invaluable life lessons to reinvent your brand, business, career and quite possibly, your life.

Women in the World with Tina Brown

Tina Brown launched the first Women in the World Summit in 2010 to convene the world’s most inspiring women and offer solutions that build better lives for women and girls. Since then, the Women in the World brand has become an international phenomenon—luring celebrated women leaders, creating a life-changing charitable foundation, and fostering a worldwide movement and community. In this moving and highly informative presentation, Tina Brown brings the most important issues, opportunities and challenges facing women to life. From tales of activism and entrepreneurship to the voices of those who had previously gone unheard, Brown takes you on an incredible journey into the lives and achievements of extraordinary women, telling the most memorable stories of Women in the World.