LOCATION JW Marriott Indianapolis
DATE November 8, 201811/08/2018 07:00 AM11/08/2018 04:00 PM

Gretchen Carlson

Recently named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, Gretchen Carlson is one of the nation’s most successful and recognized news anchors and a tireless advocate for equality and empowerment of women.
She most recently served as the host of “The Real Story” on Fox News for
three years. Prior to that, she co-hosted the number one rated cable morning
news show, “Fox and Friends,” for more than seven years.

Carlson started her television career in Richmond, Virginia, as a political
reporter, and later served as an anchor and reporter in Cincinnati, Cleveland and
Dallas. She moved to the national scene as the co-host of “The Saturday Early
Show” on CBS in 2000 where she also served as a CBS News correspondent,
covering the 9-11 terrorist attack from the World Trade Center, the Bush-Gore
election, and many other national and international stories. She also reported
and produced a 30-part series on domestic violence that earned her several
national awards.

Carlson’s new book “Be Fierce” became a New York Times bestseller
immediately after being published in October, 2017. Her first book, “Getting
Real,” was also a national best-seller.

An honors graduate of Stanford University, Carlson was valedictorian of
her high school class and studied at Oxford University in England. Carlson grew
up a child prodigy on the violin, performed as a soloist with the Minnesota
Orchestra at age 13, and, in 1989, became the first classical violinist ever to win
the Miss America crown. She recently became the first former Miss America and
woman to become Executive Chair of the Miss America Organization.

In 2016, Carlson became the face of sexual harassment in the workplace,
gracing the covers of Time and Good Housekeeping magazines standing strong
in her determination to promote a safe working environment for all women.
Carlson is active on Capitol Hill pursuing the issues surrounding forced
arbitration clauses in employment contracts that often keep harassment claims
shrouded in secrecy. In 2017, her bi-partisan bill was introduced.

Carlson formed the “Gift of Courage” fund to financially support
organizations empowering women and young girls. She has also created the
Gretchen Carlson Leadership Initiative, a nine-city tour, comprised of three days
of free workshops for underserved women.

She currently serves as a national Trustee for the March of Dimes, as a
member Board of directors for the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary in
Newtown, Connecticut, and as a Trustee of Greenwich Academy, an all girls
preparatory day school in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is an active volunteer
and teacher at her church, and in 2016, hosted the “Miss You Can Do It” pageant
in Illinois to celebrate the achievements of courageous girls and young women
with disabilities.

Carlson is married to sports agent Casey Close and mom to their two
children, 13 and 14.
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