Interview with Clea Conner, CEO of Intelligence Squared

Clea Conner is a media executive with 15 years of experience producing high-quality intellectual discourse for a range of distribution platforms. As Intelligence Squared’s first CEO, Clea is responsible for leading growth, programming, and strategy for the nation’s premier debate platform. Clea developed “Up For Debate” and “That’s Debatable” as television programs on Bloomberg, PBS, and Newsy and produced the first debate between artificial intelligence and a human debater in partnership with IBM’s historic Project Debater. She holds eight Telly Awards for outstanding video and television programming in politics and public affairs, seven Clarion Awards for Women in Communications, and has received serial New York Festival awards for Best Public Affairs Programming.

Named one of Crain’s New York “40 Under 40,” Clea served as Strategic Advisor to GZERO Media among other media and technology startups. She led national marketing campaigns for best-selling authors, journalists, and public officials at Greater Talent Network, a celebrity speakers bureau. She also managed direct marketing campaigns for BMG/Columbia House among other direct-to-consumer brands, and launched public affairs campaigns for The Center for Arts Education. Clea holds a dual concentration B.A. from The New School and studied political science at American University in Washington, D.C. A classically trained flutist, she performs with chamber music societies in New York City and has recorded original compositions for documentary films.

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Mike Saunders, MBA

Mike Saunders is the Authority Positioning Coach at Marketing Huddle, the author of Amazon Bestselling book Authority Selling™, Adjunct Marketing Professor at several Universities, contributor to The Huffington Post, and member of the Forbes Coaches Council – an invitation-only community for the World’s Most Influential Business Coaches.

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