How to Talk Most People According to Alisa Miller
According to Alisa Miller, it’s not enough to be in a world where you are the sole voice of your people. As head of Public Radio International (PRI) and an advocate for global perspectives in the news, she’s committed to bringing the most important news stories to the widest possible audience.
She’s been named one of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology and she’s also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2015, she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. A lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Miller speaks regularly on purpose-driven career paths. Her recent efforts include the launch of the Across Women’s Lives Initiative at the Clinton Global Initiative. PRI’s newest C-level executive has a long list of accomplishments, including leading the transformation of the public radio giant.
Among her many accolades, Miller was recently named the top C-level executive in Uncasville, CT. Previously, she worked as a senior adviser at Microsoft, the company behind Office. Prior to her time at Microsoft, she served as a policy analyst at the White House where she helped to shape the Obama administration’s approach to climate change. This was the genesis for her broader interests in edtech, engagement, and digital media.
Alisa Miller is also a champion of the arts, having starred in numerous theatrical productions. Her most notable achievements include her role as a co-producer and writer on the television series The Office, as well as her work as the head of Public Radio International, where she’s responsible for a number of notable changes including the revamping of PRI’s programming. At the same time, she’s been working to promote the best of human centered design, including human-centered design tools, practices and products.
On a more personal note, Miller is the former girlfriend of Jake Gyllenhaal. They spent six months together in 2013, and briefly reunited in the fall of 2014. However, their relationship was short lived. Although they briefly got back together in the fall of 2014, they ultimately parted ways in December. Their split was not a snub to each other, but rather, a reflection of their divergent career paths.
Despite her many achievements, she remains a single parent raising two daughters. It may be a miracle that she has not succumbed to ovarian cancer. But, her story is certainly a powerful reminder that it’s possible to live a happy, healthy, and productive life. Fortunately, she has a savvy and supportive community of friends and family to lean on. And, with her commitment to human centered design, she is a force to be reckoned with.