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Gail Evans    

Former CNN Executive & Best-Selling Author; Diversity Expert

Gail Evans is an American author, lecturer, and business executive. She is known for being the highest-ranking female executive at CNN and for her two books, Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman and She Wins, You Win.

Play Like A Man, Win Like A Woman is an informative business guide to the secrets men know about success that women need to learn. The book was listed for several months on the New York Times, Business Week, and Wall Street Journals bestseller lists. It has been translated into 18 languages and has been a bestseller around the world.

Evans career is vast, beginning in government and culminating as the Executive Vice President of CNN. Evans began working with CNN at its inception in 1980 and was promoted to Executive Vice President for CNN in 1996. In September 2000, Evans was named to Executive Vice President of Domestic Networks for the CNN Newsgroup. She was responsible for program and talent development of all domestic networks overseeing national and international talk shows and the Network Guest Bookings Department, which schedules about 25,000 guests each year. She served as a member of the CNN Executive Committee and was chairperson of the CNN programming task force. In addition, Evans developed some of CNNs most popular programs. Evans retired from CNN in the summer of 2001.

Her career in government began in the early 1960s, working on a number of congressional staffs. She worked at the White House in the Office of the Special Counsel to the President during the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration and was instrumental in the creation of the Presidents Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity and the 1966 Civil Rights Act. Evans was appointed by President Clinton to the Commission on White House Fellows.

Evans is active in numerous Georgia and National charities and served for two years as the chairperson of the Georgia Endowment for the Humanities. Additionally, Evans has served as a member of the board of the Society for Women's Health Research, the Radio-Television News Directors Foundation, the Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, The Society for Women's Business Research and the Atlanta Girls School. Evans also has been elected to membership in the Committee 200, The International Women's Forum and the Council on Foreign Relations. Evans is also a founding board member of Greenstone Media, the first FM radio network of talk geared to the female audience.

Speech Topics


Play Like A Man, Win Like A Woman

She Wins, You Win

Race, Gender & Ethnicity in the Workplace

New Approaches to Mentoring

Natural Networking

Rainmaking

How to Make the Women's Team Work for Every Woman and Every Business

She Wins, You Win

Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman

Lunch Is a Business Activity

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