2017 SPEAKERS

Natalie Allen
Anchor & Correspondent for CNN

Natalie Allen is an anchor and correspondent for CNN International after having spent 10 years as an anchor for CNN from 1992-2001. Allen also served as News Anchor for MSNBC. As a correspondent for NBC, she has appeared live on "The Nightly News," "The Today Show" and CNBC.

In 2011, Allen videotaped, produced and wrote a 3-part "Freedom Project" special for CNN International on child trafficking from Vietnam and Cambodia. Allen primarily focused on one community in the Mekong Delta.

Beginning in 2007, Allen served as The Weather Channel's first full-time environment and climate correspondent. As Primary Anchor for the network's weekly news program, "Forecast Earth," Allen traveled the country interviewing environmental pioneers and leaders in sustainability.

Allen started her career at WREG-TV in Memphis, Tennessee, becoming the first newsroom intern elevated to General Assignments Reporter while still a student. Three years later she was named Co-Anchor of WREG'S 10pm News.

At WFTV in Orlando, she covered the Kennedy Space Center and co-anchored the top-rated morning news show "Daybreak." She earned an Emmy Award and Edward R. Murrow Award for News Reporting and was voted "Favorite Morning Personality" by The Florida Today Newspaper.

Allen Served for three years as the keynote speaker for Atlanta Magazine's "Women Making a Mark" Awards Program. She has been a guest speaker for numerous organizations and in 2008 was featured by Atlantan Magazine in an entitled "The Green Queen."

National Public Radio profiled Natalie for her work at The Weather Channel covering environment for "Forecast Earth."

She has also been featured in many news articles and magazines including The Commercial Appeal's Mid-South Magazine, Atlanta Magazine, Jezebel Magazine's "Most Beautiful Atlantans" and The Chicago Tribune.

With her focus on sustainability and environment issues, Allen has been a speaker/moderator at Wal-Mart headquarters, The Commit Forum at NYSE, Microsoft top 100 CEO Summit, Fortune Magazine's Brainstorm Green, MIT forums, Georgia Solar Summit keynote speaker, keynote speaker for University of Memphis Journalism Awards and University of Southern Mississippi keynote speaker for Graduation Day Honors Awards Ceremony.

She has appeared in the movies "Contact" and "Castaway" and was featured in an episode of the sitcom "Mad About You."