The WICT Leadership Conference in NY welcomed a special keynote speaker this year. Introduced by Comcast evp David Cohen, Chelsea Clinton graced the audience with the story of her journey beyond the White House and into the news world. With 2 Masters and a Doctoral degree on the way, Clinton is “overqualified” for her position as special correspondent to NBC News, Cohen joked.
 
Clinton cited “making a difference” by “telling positive stories” as her top reason for joining the news network. A year into the NBC world, Clinton’s message to the audience of “shining a light on solutions” is as important as “shining a light on challenges” around the world. The ability to share stories is a real responsibility and privilege, she said. Often times people don’t change because of lack of desire, but people who imagine and implement solutions to challenges in their own lives and communities “have always inspired me,” she said. Clinton was hired to work on projects for “NBC Nightly News” and Brian Williams’ newsmagazine, “Rock Center.” She also reports stories for the “Making a Difference” series.
 
Thanks to Twitter and other social media tools, many people, especially younger generations, are exposed to a vast amount of information daily. Clinton’s advice for the new generation is to be engaged in trendlines and headlines without getting overwhelmed. “We need to think about what areas we want to be engaged in as professionals and as citizens,” she said. And the  most important thing Clinton has learned from family is “ultimately life is not about what happens to you” but “how you deal with what happens to you,” she said.

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