Hello! My full name is Kalina Jane Chen Silverman. I am a documentary journalist and entrepreneur (the founder of award winning viral media project Big Talk), a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador, and public presenter.

Originally from Santa Monica, California, I travel often to speak about Big Talk or for documentary journalism, research, and public relations projects. I recently worked in Singapore as a Fulbright Program Research Scholar, studying "How to bridge cross-cultural communications and establish empathy through Big Talk."

I studied broadcast journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and worked on documentary films in Ecuador and Germany about education and the Holocaust. In 2012, I founded MIXED, Northwestern’s Mixed Race Student Coalition.

Passionate about music and the arts, I am interested in work on projects that bridge cultures through education, art/music, and journalistic storytelling. During free time, I enjoy staying active (dancing, swimming, hiking, yoga, and tennis), adventurous, and creative (drawing, songwriting, and playing the piano). 


JAN/FEB 2019 (LA/DC/NY/CHI) BIG TALK interviewer and filmmaker, 2019 U.S. Fulbright Alumni Ambassador, Speaker (Big Talk) at IIE and Microsoft.

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

SEPT 2018 (NY/SF/DC) Speaker about 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)  BIG TALK founder. 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.





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