Kalina Silverman is a documentary journalist, entrepreneur (founder of award winning viral media project Big Talk), Fulbright Alumni Ambassador, and public presenter. She is originally from Santa Monica, California and travels often to speak about Big Talk (her TEDx talk has over 5,000,000 Youtube views) or for documentary video, research, and public relations projects. Recently, Kalina lived in Singapore as a Fulbright Research Scholar sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and Institute of International Education studying "How to establish cross-cultural empathy through Big Talk." With a degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School, she has worked on documentary films in Ecuador and Germany on education and the Holocaust. In 2012, Kalina founded MIXED, Northwestern’s Mixed Race Student Coalition. Kalina is passionate about music / the arts, and projects that help bridge cultures through education and storytelling. For fun, she stays active (dancing, swimming, hiking, tennis), adventurous, and creative (drawing/painting, songwriting, playing piano). 


JAN 2019 - PRESENT (LA/CHI/DC/NY) BIG TALK creator, U.S. Fulbright Alumni Ambassador, Speaker at IIE and Microsoft Chicago

OCT/NOV 2018 (Kazakhstan) Public relations film director and presenter for Narxoz University Business School.

SEPT 2018 (NY/SF/DC) Speaker (Big Talk) for Elite SEM, Adobe, and Google.

FEB 2018 (Singapore)  U.S. Fulbright Research Scholar in Singapore, Model with Basic Model Management (Singapore), Artist in Residence at Vagabond Hotel with Un-canned Art.

JAN 2017 (Los Angeles)  Creative Resident at 72andSunny. 

JAN 2016 (San Francisco) Facebook Stories intern

SEPT 2015 (Los Angeles)  ModelTEDx Speaker for BIG TALK. 

SEPT 2014 (Chicago) Broadcast Journalism student at Northwestern University. Founder and president of MIXED.




  • USC Trojan Support (Mental Health talk)

  • Smile Train (Video in pre-production)

  • Narxoz University in Almaty, Kazakhstan (Video director and presenter)

  • Adobe Women (Keynote speaker)

  • "Take a Northwestern Direction" - Northwestern Global Outreach Video Campaign Hero Student

  • Elite SEM (Keynote speaker)

  • Fulbright / US Embassy in Singapore (Delivered Big Talk ice-breakers at events)

  • Edovo Jail Educations Solutions (Big Talk partnership)

  • USC Annenberg Innovation Lab (Filmed Big Talk videos of staff)

Modeling for Nike

Modeling for Nike

Filming documentary in Ecuador

Filming documentary in Ecuador

Artwork, by Kalina

Artwork, by Kalina

TEDx talk with > 5,000,000 views



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