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Defying stereotypes and carving a unique analytical voice, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera brings clarity to complex topics, colored by her experience as a renowned international correspondent and television commentator.
A trailblazer in her own right, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera illuminates the path to becoming a hard-hitter in her industry. “Every single show has a female anchor now,” she says, “and that was not true when I started.”
When Caruso-Cabrera first broke into the world of journalism, Hispanic women were a rarity on television – particularly in the field of economics and finance reporting. Beginning her broadcasting career as a producer at Univision, she forged a unique path in an ever-changing industry. She later gravitated to a role at CNBC, at a time when the industry was dominated by men.
In her 20 years at the network, Caruso-Cabrera established herself as a savvy and pointed authority. As chief international correspondent and co-anchor of ‘Power Lunch,’ she reported from Iraq, Iran, Ukraine, Venezuela, and other world hotspots. With a front row seat to emerging geopolitical flashpoints, like the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the ISIS invasion of Iraq, she produced groundbreaking stories with gusto. The sweet spot of her expertise, however, resides at the intersection of economics, policy, and politics – where she can dissect major world events and translate the impact on global markets.
Caruso-Cabrera’s ability to tackle the Greek financial crisis with translational expertise is a prime example. She transformed this complicated web of economic mismanagement and challenging jargon into a vital story, extracting a clear picture of what would become of one of the world’s largest economic disasters. Getting to the heart of the topic quickly and with depth, she challenged the public to consider different perspectives and how the crisis would impact the human experience. It was one of the most important assignments she ever had, she says.
With her mingling of intellectual rigor and a keen sense of storytelling, Caruso-Cabrera serves as a paragon for other journalists. Her passion for the craft is admired by many in her field. “You should only be a journalist if what keeps you awake at night is the desire to tell a story,” she says. “We are taught that we are the voice of the voiceless.”
Taking a bold step, Caruso-Cabrera left her full-time post at CNBC in 2018 to pursue an interest in corporate governance. Grounded in her desire to help companies shape their messaging, she joined the board of The Beneficient Company, a financial services firm specializing in private asset management. She remains a contributor to the award-winning network that served as a home for her the last two decades.
In her plain-spoken and authoritative style, Caruso-Cabrera provides audiences with an instant and deep analysis of the interplay between global markets and world affairs, and how companies can best prepare themselves. She also lends a strong voice to the conversation on empowering the next generation of female leaders.
A fierce advocate for women entrepreneurs, she enjoys imparting her own discoveries in leadership and how she charted her own course to success. Drawing directly from her breadth of experience, Caruso-Cabrera creates energy around the idea that with persistence, hard work, and continued education, you can sit at the table with the best of men and make room for the best of women – even when the odds are stacked against you.
With her infectious take-the-bull-by-the-horns attitude, she leaves audiences with the inspiration and drive they need to conquer even the toughest of challenges head-on, just as she did over the course of her esteemed career as a prolific journalist.
Caruso-Cabrera says America’s political parties have been hijacked by the wrong issues. In her book, "You Know I'm Right: More Prosperity, Less Government," she tackles today's toughest topics and takes everyone to task – saying that personal accountability and a return to fundamentals will help get the country back on track.
As a broadcast pioneer and expert in financial journalism, Caruso-Cabrera earned critical acclaim for developing a strong voice in an industry traditionally dominated by men. Never one to shy away from a challenge, she serves as a model and guide for how to make your own way – against the odds.
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The Intersection of Economics, Policy, and Politics
A broadcast pioneer with reporting expertise, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera confronts the complex interplay of geopolitics and its upshot on global markets.
Over her 20 years at CNBC, she gained unprecedented access to some of the biggest political and economic occurrences on both sides of the Atlantic, and the people involved. She covered everything from the great recession of 2008 and the Greek debt crisis to corporate mergers and presidential elections.
Caruso-Cabrera’s unique position allowed her an intimate understanding of the impact politics and policy can have on people’s pocketbooks – and the more serious threats to the human experience. “We use antiseptic terms to describe world events, but what we’re talking about can be unbelievably painful,” she says.
A straight-talker who calls it like she sees it, Caruso-Cabrera demands a modern solution to our social and economic woes. One of the few voices espousing real change, she takes a common-sense approach to common problems, calling for more personal accountability.
In this talk, Caruso-Cabrera zeroes in on geopolitical issues with global economic impact. She offers fast analysis and detailed commentary on complex topics affecting the U.S. and the world, to help audiences decipher a better way forward.
Building Women Leaders
Michelle Caruso-Cabrera is a pioneer in the field of broadcast journalism. When she embarked on her career in finance reporting, she was one of the few female – and Latina – anchors on-air.
With dogged determination, she developed a strong voice in the world of political and business commentary, sharing her sharply-focused views and deep insights with characteristic candor. Her work had massive impact on the industry. Admired by finance leaders and journalists alike, she inspired many – and women, in particular – to follow in her footsteps.
“Today, news is more of a battlefield of ideas, and I also believe it’s easier being a tough woman in TV,” Caruso-Cabrera says.
Named one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics" in the country by Hispanic Business Magazine, she broke away from the crowd early in her career. But her path wasn’t easy. In this conversation, Caruso-Cabrera details the story of how she got to where she is today, and how she uses her position to empower more Latina and women entrepreneurs.
With passion and veracity, she teaches audiences tactical tips for building themselves as better leaders, revealing harsh truths that must be confronted. “Women tend to sell themselves short,” she says. “I want to help them improve their standing in the world.”
Moderating the Conversation
As a long-time journalist and commentator in the field of political and finance reporting, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera is uniquely positioned to navigate complex conversations.
Over the years, she confronted a multitude of pivotal and polarizing topics. And she’s interviewed some of the world’s most compelling newsmakers, with subjects ranging from influential C-Suite leaders to ruthless and cunning heads of state.
As a moderator, Caruso-Cabrera leans on her deep experience from the field. Able to proctor the conversation quickly and with depth, she provokes discussion and debate – and with balance. She quickly and directly uncovers different perspectives, getting to the heart of the topic and the root of its impact.