No Great Leader Was Born No. 1
Nina Easton and her partner Pattie Sellers–co-hosts of the SiriusXM show “Making a Leader”– have interviewed and profiled the biggest names in business, government, philanthropy, and the arts. As veteran Fortune editors and co-chairs of Fortune live events around the world, Sellers and Easton have enjoyed front row seats for the rise, and sometimes fall, of great leaders. Their firm, SellersEaston Media, captures and communicates stories of leadership and impact, mining the sources of extraordinary success. Presenting together or as solo speakers, Nina Easton and Pattie Sellers share with audiences three decades of wisdom, insights, and advice they’ve collected from pioneers and world changers, providing an entertaining and enlightening tour of the top ranks of contemporary leadership.
Getting to Purpose
Disruptors are surging toward today’s businesses at lightning speed and force. The survivors–and thrivers–will be those organizations that ground themselves in human-centered purpose. As Fortune live event veteran and co-founder of the prominent storytelling firm SellersEaston Media, Nina Easton deploys unparalleled interview and narrative skills on-stage (and behind the stage) to help executives shape and communicate vision and mission. As master of ceremonies, moderator, and pre-event adviser, she helps deliver a program that engages and inspires audiences to embrace change and leadership vision.
The World’s Secret Economic Weapon: Women
The research is in, and the results conclusive: Women are a force for prosperity. When women are included in economies, growth happens. As chair of Fortune Most Powerful Women International, and host of the “Smart Women, Smart Power” series at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Nina Easton is ideal positioned to discuss women as economic engines, contributing to GDP—and thereby poverty reduction for all. She shows why investment in girls’ education is the highest-return investment available in the developing world—a fact that both smart foreign aid and corporations are discovering. As a Fortune columnist, has written about this trend from places like Dubai, and has addressed the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and others on the topic. She interviewed the Secretary of State on-stage, in front of world leaders and top CEO’s, at the 2011 APEC Summit.
LBJ’s Times for Today
Author of a renowned book on modern conservatism, award-winning writer and former Fortune columnist Nina Easton turns her attention to the LBJ legacy–with lessons for today’s politics. Before war and protest and civil conflict tore our nation apart, there was a moment– led by a President ideally tailored to that brief window–that transformed America for the better. With the support of Republicans and Democrats alike, LBJ passed Medicare and Medicaid, civil and voting rights, federal aid to local schools and to college students, a war on poverty, environmental protections and highway safety. City subways were built; so was the Kennedy Center and public TV. We reached toward the moon, while the 1965 Immigration Act changed the very face of our country. With compelling visuals and smart insight, Easton reveals to her audience the higher-educated, more prosperous, and diverse America that came out of that landmark period–providing a stark reminder, against today’s often polarized and dysfunctional politics, that policy and action do matter.
Survivors and Thrivers: A Special WSB Series
In this custom-designed presentation for WSB clients, veteran award-winning journalist Nina Easton and Pattie Sellers share stories of prominent leaders who have successfully navigated crises, from 9/11 to the 2008 financial meltdown to the COVID-19 pandemic, and describe the lessons they learned in finding courage, making tough decisions, building teams, and creating resilient organizations. These are timeless and valuable lessons for any company or organization. And the stories are real—from Easton's and Sellers' extraordinary access to Fortune 500 CEOs and prominent political leaders during the past three decades.
Leading in Times of Crisis
As an accomplished political historian, 2012 Harvard Kennedy fellow, and current senior associate at CSIS, Nina Easton has interviewed business and government leaders all over the world. She is a commentator on foreign policy and the global economy, skillfully putting leadership journeys into a geopolitical context. While screening segments from her acclaimed new documentary, Port of Destiny: Peace, Easton will draw upon the leadership story of 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Winner and former Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, who paved a path to peace in his country and ended a 50-year civil war with the FARC. Easton, as Executive Producer of the film, spent scores of hours interviewing the key players on and off the camera with unprecedented access to President Santos, his family, and Colombian political leaders. The film also features interviews with Tony Blair and Bill Clinton. This story of steadfast vision will resonate with CEOs and other leaders called upon to navigate times of conflict and change. The former Colombian President’s message of purpose and principal, and his ability to lead through political conflict while risking his career, resonates with audiences now more than ever.
American Political Trends: Explained
For more than a decade, when the election returns rolled in, Nina Easton was on-air to explain. She has covered scores of political conventions and elections on prime time TV, providing analysis as the news unfolded. In addition to being a member of the “all-star panel” on FOX News Special Report and FOX News Sunday, Easton has provided political commentary on NBC’s Meet the Press, CBS’s Face the Nation, ABC’s This Week, and many more. Her Fortune columns and in-depth features for both Fortune and The Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine have garnered numerous top awards. Easton literally “wrote the book” on the rise of today’s conservative movement, with her critically acclaimed Simon & Schuster book Gang of Five: Leaders at the Center of the Conservative Ascendancy. During the 2004 presidential race, she co-authored a biography of Democratic nominee John Kerry and, as The Boston Globe’s deputy bureau chief in Washington, helped shape that paper’s political coverage. In 2012, she was appointed a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she taught a seminar on the U.S. economy and that year’s presidential election, interviewing top speakers from both sides of the aisle.