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Brooke Runnette

Brooke Runnette designs impact strategies that inspire, illuminate, and ignite brains with infectious images and storytelling.
Runnette most recently served as Chief Program Officer for Emerson Elemental, the environmental and energy practice of the Emerson Collective, and is currently working with the new organization Nia Tero to help indigenous peoples secure their guardianship of vital ecosystems.
From 2015 through 2017 Runnette was the National Geographic Society’s Executive Vice President and Chief Program & Impact Officer, responsible for the National Geographic Explorers as well as the Society’s grant-making, impact initiatives, education, public engagement and storytelling.  From 2012 to 2015, she was President of National Geographic Studios, where she oversaw all television, film and digital video production for the National Geographic Society, and delivered creative, groundbreaking content with purpose and demonstrable impact from hit series like Brain Games to the groundbreaking investigation for Explorer: Warlords of Ivory that used a GPS tracker in a fake ivory tusk to reveal unknown trafficking routes through the territory held by Joseph Kony’s LRA into Sudan.
A Peabody and Emmy Award-winning producer, Runnette spent more than 15 years in broadcast journalism.  She was a producer for Ted Koppel at ABC News’ Nightline, and before that for PBS’s Frontline, CBS’s 60 Minutes II and for Peter Jennings at ABC News, among others.  From 2006 to 2012 she was an Executive Producer at Discovery, overseeing hundreds of hours of programming including Shark Week. As EP of Shark Week 2010-2012 she used the platform to combine the best of science+story, funding new innovations in underwater photography, supporting ocean science and scientists, and launching a comedian-led campaign against shark finning, all while lifting Shark Week’s ratings to a whole new level: Happy Shark Week!

My Speakers Sessions

Tuesday, September 25