Former Senior Vice President
Parisa is a keynote speaker, a strategic adviser and a multi-award-winning veteran journalist and news executive. With over three decades of experience on the global stage, Parisa has first-hand experience dealing with world leaders, dignitaries and high-ranking officials across the globe in order to open doors to difficult and dangerous parts of the world where freedom of speech is in no way guaranteed.
Parisa speaks on the topic of compassionate leadership to audiences across private and public sectors. Those who meet and hear Parisa are struck by her down-to-earth approach and wealth of life experience which is so evident in her message. Parisa’s motto is: "You never know what is inside someone until you give them a chance."
Parisa is an advocate for individuals with autism and has focused her efforts in helping the “silent champions” like her son.
Parisa’s joy and passion both in her career as a journalist and as a mother to her special son is to help give voice to the voiceless. She leads with empathy, compassion and integrity earning her the nickname of “Mother Parisa”.
Throughout her career as senior vice president for international news gathering, national news gathering and global relations for CNN Worldwide, Parisa directed historic coverage of countless award-winning news stories such as the fall of East Bloc, the Rwandan genocide, the earthquake in Haiti and the Arab Spring. Parisa left CNN in 2015.
CNN lauded Parisa in its farewell to her by stating: “No one has played a greater role in emergence and then dominance of CNN international news gathering than Parisa.”
Parisa has spoken about compassionate leadership at NASA, United Nations, Delta Airlines and numerous other private and public organizations and companies.