Honorary Board Members
Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning journalist and news producer, currently serving as an Anchor and Special Correspondent for CNN Worldwide. Ms. O’Brien has covered breaking news from around the globe, and has reported on political conflicts from some of the world’s most embattled and sensitive regions, including London following the 2005 terror attacks, and Cyprus during the 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah Conflict.
Ms. O’Brien has also provided in-depth and critical coverage on some of the world’s most devastating natural disasters, including the 2004 Tsunami in Thailand and Southeast Asia, and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005. She has been honored several times for her reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the renewal of New Orleans, demonstrating her commitment to its people and culture, and a keen interest in maintaining a national focus upon the city.
O’Brien has won various humanitarian and industry awards, including an Emmy Award for her work on the Discovery Channel, and has been honored for her work by civic and academic institutions, such as the NAACP, the American Red Cross, the National Urban League, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. In addition, she has been featured in several magazines for her notable achievements, including Essence, Newsweek, Crain’s Business Reports, Black Enterprise, and Irish American Magazine. Ms. O’Brien holds a degree from Harvard University.
Captain Emily Warner
Capt. Emily Howell Warner is the first female pilot to have ever been hired by a U.S. scheduled airline. Born in 1939, Warner was just 34 years old when she broke this ceiling in 1973. She began flying in 1958, after falling in love with the idea of becoming a pilot, and went on to receive her private, commercial, and flight instructor credentials, and instrument and multiengine ratings, in less than 12 years.
At the Clinton Aviation Company, Capt. Warner rose to the positions of Chief Pilot, Flight School Manager, and FAA Pilot Examiner before Frontier Airlines hired her in 1973, and made America women’s and aviation history.
Since that time, she has held positions at Continental Airlines, United Parcel Service (UPS), and with the FAA, and flew various aircraft. Before retiring, Capt. Warner served as the B-737 Aircrew Program Manager for United Airlines. On October 4, 2014 Capt. Warner was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio. Capt. Warner, now retired, lives in Colorado with her husband Julius and their family dog, Toto.