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How to be a Badass: Starring Alan Alda and Laura Brown
*Live and being recorded for the Clear+Vivid podcast*
Their conversation will touch on important questions like, what exactly does it mean to be a “badass”? Is it attitude, behavior, an inspirational presence, or what? Is the world better for it?
Clear+Vivid® is a series of Alan Alda’s spirited conversations with people who know how hard it is, and yet how good it feels, to really connect with other people – whether it’s one person, an audience or a whole country.
You’ll know many of the people in these conversations – they are luminaries in our culture. Some you may not know. But what links them all is their powerful ability to relate and communicate. With his unique blend of humor and insight, Alda explores the ways we can connect better with one another in every area of our lives. Something we need now more than ever.
Laura Brown is the Editor in Chief of InStyle, one of the world’s most successful fashion media brands. Appointed in August of 2016, she is responsible for InStyle’s voice, content, strategy and brand extensions. Helming a brand that reaches 30-plus million women, Brown oversees the core magazine, digital across all platforms and 13 international editions. In addition, she leads development of the ‘InStyle Badass Women’ platform and live events such as the annual InStyle Awards and the Golden Globes party.
** This live recording with Alan and Laura will be included in Season 5 of Clear+Vivid® and will be available in late September 2019 **
Alan Alda, 7-time Emmy Award–winner, played Hawkeye Pierce and wrote many of the episodes on the classic TV series M*A*S*H, the final episode of which was seen by more than 105 million people, still a record audience. Alan has starred in, written and directed many films, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Aviator. He has appeared in continuing roles on ER, The West Wing, 30 Rock, The Blacklist, Horace and Pete, CBS’s new streaming series The Good Fight, and a recurring role on Showtime’s Ray Donovan. Alan is the recent recipient of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Lifetime Achievement Award.
His skills as an interviewer were honed for 11 years on the award-winning PBS series Scientific American Frontiers where he interviewed hundreds of the world’s greatest scientists. Using his experience as an actor in relating to the people he interviews, he has brought out their humanity and humor, while lending clarity to sometimes complex ideas.
This became the basis of the work of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science®, which has trained over 14,000 doctors and scientists to be world class communicators. Alan is the author of several New York Times Best Selling books, the most recent being the 2017 break out book on relating and communicating, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? The book, which has also been #1 on Amazon’s top seller list for business and communication, explores the importance of relating in every line of work, and in every aspect of our lives.
Alan is also the founder and CEO of Alda Communication Training (ACT)®, which supports the Alda Center by helping to provide global workshops for STEM and business professionals seeking to better their communication and leadership skills.
Alan ’s new podcast, Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda® launched in July 2018 and now has over 4-Million downloads . The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeartRadio, GooglePlay, and on his official web site at: AlanAlda.com @AlanAlda
Laura Brown is the Editor in Chief of InStyle, one of the world’s most successful fashion media brands. Appointed in August of 2016, she is responsible for InStyle’s voice, content, strategy and brand extensions. Helming a brand that reaches 30-plus million women, Brown oversees the core magazine, digital across all platforms and 13 international editions. In addition, she leads development of the InStyle Badass Women platform and live events such as the annual InStyle Awards and the Golden Globes party.
Since her appointment, Brown has spearheaded a refresh of InStyle’s print and digital franchises to much critical acclaim. She has expanded the breadth and variety of the contributors, giving voice to a new group of fashion, beauty and celebrity influencers and thought leaders. With a philosophy of “Everybody’s In,” she appeals to a wider audience with a stylish, playful and relatable voice. Her social media sensibility has vastly extended the reach and relevance of InStyle beyond the page, and she has been heralded as ushering in a new generation of Editor in Chief.
Under Brown, InStyle has seen unprecedented growth across digital, with record-breaking unique visitors to InStyle.com (10+ million) and video views on Instagram (50+ million.) Her contributions to the brand have garnered extensive media coverage and recognition – with substantive profiles appearing in The New York Times, The Business of Fashion, New York Magazine, Fast Company, and Digiday, among many others. In September of 2017, InStyle was honored with the “Best September Issue” award by The Daily Front Row.
Previous to InStyle, Brown spent eleven years at Harper’s Bazaar, rising to the role of Executive Editor, and was Articles Director of Details and Senior Editor at W. She earned her BA in arts and communication from Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, Australia.