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Poppy Harlow

Award-Winning Journalist, Former CNN Anchor, Podcast Host, Author

Poppy Harlow is an award-winning journalist and a highly respected media personality. She has been a journalist for two decades, most recently anchoring CNN’s flagship morning show CNN This Morning. She is an expert on business and the economy. She imparts her deep economic knowledge by interviewing the world’s top business leaders and CEOs including Warren Buffett, Jamie Dimon, Sundar Pichai, Bill Gates, Melinda French Gates, among others. She is the perfect fit for informative presentations, while her unbiased interview style lends itself to program moderation and hosting.

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Award winning journalist Poppy Harlow brings her extensive interview experience to the stage as a moderator. Having facilitated panels at major industry events like the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Microsoft CEO Summit, TIME100, and the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, she provokes discussion, summarizes insights, and leads thoughtful Q&A with her signature journalistic polish and expertise.

As the host of the CNN podcast BossFiles with Poppy Harlow, Poppy hears business and leadership insights straight from the source. Conducting in-depth interviews with the world’s leading entrepreneurs, CEOs, and innovators, she shares with audiences the proven strategies to succeed in the business world and what it takes to rise to the top and stay there.

As a former CNN anchor, Poppy Harlow stood on the front lines of breaking news each day. In this talk, she draws on her years of journalistic experience to make sense of the latest in global events, business, and economic news. With insider access from interviews with newsmakers and business leaders, she looks at the stories driving our daily conversations, offering her analysis and sharing her outlook for the future.

In this talk, Poppy Harlow draws on her own upbringing in Minnesota and insights from hosting her CNN segment American Opportunity to discuss the social issues of today. She explores income inequality across race, gender, and socioeconomic status while infusing stories from her interviews with the world’s top CEOs and business leaders. Audiences will leave with a better understanding of the income and opportunity gap in America today and inspired to make a difference in mitigating it.


Poppy Harlow is an award-winning journalist who most recently co-anchored CNN This Morning weekday mornings from 6-9am ET. She is also the creator and host of the CNN podcast “BossFiles with Poppy Harlow.” She previously anchored CNN Newsroom. She is the co-author of The Color of Love and the author of The Biggest Little Boy.

Harlow imparts her deep economic knowledge by interviewing the world’s top business leaders and CEOs including Warren Buffett, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Bill Gates, Melinda French, former YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, Jay-Z, CZI co-founder and co-CEO Dr. Priscilla Chan, META CEO Mark Zuckerberg, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, former Robin Hood CEO Wes Moore, among others. She has also interviewed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and moderated two CNN Presidential Town Halls.

She has been nominated for multiple Emmy awards throughout her career and her reporting has won numerous industry awards, including the Gracie Award for Best online investigative feature on financial fraud, and SABEW’s Best in Business award for online video.

Harlow has also reported from the field during breaking news. She was sent to cover the 2015 Paris terror attacks and anchored from the ground there for two weeks focusing her coverage on the personal stories of the victims and their families.

Harlow anchored extensive coverage of the Boston marathon bombings and for years following the attacks she reported on the recovery and resilience of several women who lost limbs in the bombing.

Harlow is deeply focused in her reporting on income inequality and solutions to closing the opportunity gap for women and minorities.

Harlow joined CNN in 2008 after serving as an anchor for the Forbes Video Network and previously an anchor and reporter for NY1 News. Born and raised in Minnesota, Harlow graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University. She holds a master’s in studies of law from Yale Law School and has also studied at King’s College London.

She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a Henry Crown Fellow within the Aspen Institute. Harlow was the 2020 recipient of the Columbia University John Jay Award.


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