Thursday, June 23, 2016

Soledad O'Brien on Becoming a CEO

Soledad O’Brien, chief executive of the Starfish Media Group, a production company, was interviewed by Adam Bryant for The New York Times.

In the interview, she spoke about becoming a CEO.

... it was a real challenge when I started this company three years ago, because this was really the first time I was fully and utterly responsible for managing a team.

It was a very steep learning curve, mostly because there was not a lot of overlap between the kind of journalism I was doing and running a business. A key insight for me was that if you want good feedback from people, you have to create an environment where people want to come and tell you things. But I had no concrete idea of how to do that.

Another challenge was that I was successful in my previous role because I really worked hard and took a lot of responsibility for making things good. But that’s not actually a great skill for being a boss. The job of the boss is to help other people reach their goals and their dreams.

The area where I’ve grown the most is that I am good at making decisions in the macro and helping other people make the decisions in the micro.

The broader learning curve has been exciting, but while you’re in it, it’s also kind of annoying. It felt like a slog. At what point will I actually grow into this job, because I have the title? At what point will I actually be making decisions like someone who is the C.E.O. of the company? I would say it took a solid year before I felt good about it.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Soledad O'Brien's Starfish Foundation Works With Young Women

On June 9, Soledad O'Brien and her husband, Brad Raymond, hosted their sixth annual benefit gala in New York for their Starfish Foundation.

This year's event is particularly focused on mentorship.

"When someone helps you out and picks you up and puts you on the right path, you sort of owe it to turn around and reflect back to them the things that you see are possible for them," O'Brien says. "Sometimes we need someone to tell you what you're good at and what you could do."

The foundation's support and education for young women helps with college and continues with advising them on their careers. This includes lessons on how to find an internship an how to dress for an office job.

The young women have conversations about knowing how to make sure you're being paid what you deserve, how to ask for a raise and how to walk away when you're not getting what you deserve.


Monday, June 6, 2016

Soledad O’Brien Hosts "I Am Latino in America"

Soledad O’Brien Hosts "I Am Latino in America"
June 6      6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Free 

Soledad O’Brien hosts "I Am Latino in America" presented by Northwestern Mutual is an exclusive invitation only event to a national conversation that is driven by the facts including the most current statistical data and delves into critical issues for “real talk” that impacts Latino communities today.

This event promises to be a powerful evening that is both educational and entertaining. It is an opportunity to amplify the power of the Latino voice. The tour brings together panel discussions featuring award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien as she breaks-down topical subjects with influential leaders, experts, celebrities, business professionals, and academics.

Guest Panelist:
Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Council Speaker
José Calderón, President, Hispanic Federation
Lily Eskelsen García, President, NEA
Willie Colón, Entertainer, Producer, & Community Advocate
Anna Maria Chávez, GEO, Girl Scouts of the USA

Special Performances by:
J.W. Cortes, Actor & NY MTA Police Officer
Denice Frohman, Award-Winning Poet
Vladimir Caamaño, Comedian

Monday, May 30, 2016

Soledad O'Brien's Guide To Social Media


Soledad O'Brien's Guide To Twitter Trolls, Body Image, & Compliments

Soledad O'Brien knows that the spotlight can take a toll on body image. As an accomplished television anchor and correspondent, an executive producer, and the CEO of multi-platform production company Starfish Media Group, she's spent years in front of a camera and under public scrutiny, especially on social media — and she's not immune to the inevitable negativity online. Now, she's speaking out about it as a Dove partner for the #SpeakBeautiful campaign to encourage more positivity on social media.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Talking About "The War Comes Home" with Soledad O'Brien

Soledad O'Brien does the occasional Reddit online chat and did one recently about her documentary film "The War Comes Home" which is playing nationally tonight only.

The film tells the riveting story of two veterans who have returned home with severe Post-Traumatic Stress. She follows them on a five-day program that seeks to bring them back from the brink of suicide.

See it in a theater and it will be immediately followed by a panel discussion with celebrity advocates, veterans and caregivers.

Soledad will be at the Regal Union Square theater in New York.

For tickets go to

To see the Reddit archive, go to