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 (Central Asia) BIG TALK educational program development, documentary filmmaker for the “New Silk Road’s” entrepreneur showcase project with Narxoz Business School.

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.

2015 (Los Angeles)  ModelTEDx Speaker for BIG TALK. 

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




  • 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)

  • Edovo Jail Educations Solutions (Big Talk partnership)

  • USC Annenberg Innovation Lab, LA (Big Talk Staff Video Director)

Hometown: Santa Monica, California

Hometown: Santa Monica, California

Modeling for Nike

Modeling for Nike

Filming documentary in Ecuador

Filming documentary in Ecuador

Artwork, by Kalina

Artwork, by Kalina

TEDx talk with > 5,500,000 views



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