“There are thousands of inspirational stories waiting to be told about young women who yearn for a great education. They are stories of struggle and stories of success, and they will inspire others to take action and work to change lives.”  ~ Soledad O’Brien, Broadcast Journalist

Summary: Soledad O’Brien is an anchor and special correspondent for CNN. Since joining the network in 2003, O’Brien has reported breaking news from around the globe and has produced award-winning and record-breaking documentaries on the most important stories facing the world today. She also covers political news as part of CNN’s “Best Political Team on Television.” O’Brien is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She is a graduate of Harvard University.

Nationality: Latin American

Industry: Journalism

Q: What were some leadership lessons you learned during your years in TV news? on nytimes.com

A: When I was at CNN, I worked under five different news presidents over a period of about six years. It was the most chaotic time I’d ever experienced in a corporate workplace. How do you carve out a niche in an environment that is changing all the time? What I learned there was that you have to go back to the basics of thinking, “Here is what I do well, and I am going to make sure that everything I touch is good and solid.”