Kalina Silverman is a documentary journalist, entrepreneur (founder of award winning viral media project Big Talk), Fulbright Ambassador, and public presenter. She is originally from Santa Monica, California and travels often to speak about Big Talk (her TEDx talk has over 5,500,000 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).
2019 (US/Australia) BIG TALK educational program development and public speaking engagements
2019 (LA/CHI/DC/NY) BIG TALK creator, U.S. Fulbright Alumni Ambassador presenting on Capitol Hill, Speaker at IIE and Microsoft Chicago.
2018 (Kazakhstan) Public relations film director and presenter for Narxoz Business School.
2018 (NY/SF/DC) Speaker (Big Talk) for Elite SEM, Adobe, and Google.
2017/2018 (Singapore) U.S. Fulbright Research Scholar in Singapore, model with Basic Model Management (Singapore), Artist in Residence at Vagabond Hotel with Un-canned Art.
2017 (Los Angeles) Creative Resident at 72andSunny.
2016 (San Francisco) Facebook Stories intern.
IN THE NEWS
Grantee - Fulbright Research Scholarship
Winner - Ozy Genius Awards
Semifinalist - McKinsey Women’s Impact Awards
Semifinalist - Adobe Design Achievement Awards for Social Impact Design
CLIENTS / PARTNERSHIPS
Academy Xi, Melbourne, Australia (Interactive Big Talk Speaking Event)
Acelero Learning, Wisconsin (Keynote speech and workshop)
US Embassy Tashkent, Uzbekistan (Interactive Big Talk Speaking Event)
Smile Train, NYC (Video)
USC Trojan Support, LA (Big Talk Mental Health Event)
Narxoz University in Almaty, Kazakhstan (Video Director and Presenter)
Adobe Women, SF (Keynote speaker)
"Take a Northwestern Direction" - Northwestern Global Outreach Video Campaign (Hero Student)
Elite SEM, NYC (Keynote Speaker)
Fulbright / US Embassy, Singapore (Big Talk Ice-Breaker Event Host)
USC Annenberg Innovation Lab, LA (Big Talk Staff Video Director)
BIG TALK NEWS
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