Caroline Avakian is the founder and CEO of CauseSMART, a boutique strategic communications consulting firm helping mission-driven organizations, social entrepreneurs and other organizations activate their vision, ideas and creativity into powerful brands that inspire and connect. She also currently serves on the faculty and advisory board of the ELLA Leadership Institute, a training and consulting center designed to advance the lives, careers and leadership of women.
Previously, Caroline served as the Communications Director and United Nations Representative for Trickle Up, an international poverty alleviation organization working with the poorest and most vulnerable women. Prior to Trickle Up, Caroline was the Director of Communications and External Relations for FilmAid International, an international humanitarian aid organization that uses the power of film and video to educate and empower refugees all over the world.
In 2007, Caroline was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work as a television correspondent.
Caroline has been a contributor for the Huffington Post and has appeared as a guest on television shows such as CNN Internationalâ€™s Inside Africa, The Today Show, Good Day New York, CW11 Morning News and Univisionâ€™s Despierta America. Caroline is a frequent speaker and panelist on topics such as nonprofit communications, poverty alleviation, the protection and advancement of women and girls, and the use of media as a tool for social and economic development.
Her work has taken her to Asia, Central America, the Middle East and East Africa, where she has taught workshops in refugee camps in the field of participatory media - helping refugee youth find their voice and communicate their stories. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from St. Johnâ€™s University and a Master of Arts from Antioch University.
Caroline is a member of 85 Broads, and an advisory board member of FilmAid International.
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