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Award-winning journalist and author of "Postcards from Cookie" Harper Collins


Caroline Clarke (she/her) is an award-winning journalist who spent much of her career at the media company Black Enterprise. Through a succession of leadership roles, from senior editor of Black Enterprise magazine to Chief Brand Officer, Women of Power, Clarke built several successful brands including Black Enterprise Books, in partnership with John Wiley & Sons; On the Clock with Caroline Clarke, a video podcast which earned a 2020 Telly Award for Best Motivational Online Content Series; and Women of Power, a brand offering multi-platform content to connect, support, and celebrate Black women in their quests for success in business. Under Clarke’s leadership, the Women of Power Summit became the nation’s largest annual conference for women of color corporate executives.


Clarke is a sought after moderator and speaker on a broad range of subjects including the essential power of belonging (on which she has done a TEDx Talk); women’s empowerment; and real life lessons in leadership drawn from her book, Take a Lesson: Black Achievers on How They Made It and What They Learned Along the Way (two editions: February 2001 and February 2022). Clarke’s 2014 memoir, Postcards from Cookie, was named Best Memoir of the Year by Essence.

A 2020 recipient of AdWeek’s Changing the Game Award, Clarke left her full-time role at Black Enterprise in 2021. She continues to serve as vice president of the Black Enterprise BRIDGE Foundation, which supports organizations committed to the enrichment of underserved Black boys. She is also a member of Nielsen’s External Advisory Council, advising the global media measurement company on how to better recruit and retain diverse talent and reflect the unique media consumption habits of multicultural communities in the US.

Clarke recently completed a fourth book, this time as a collaborator with the renowned Washington, DC OBGYN, Dr. Sharon Malone. Due out in April 2024, Grown Woman Talk: Your Guide to Getting and Staying Healthy, is part memoir/part motivational tool and all about empowering women to have agency over their health and healthcare.

Clarke is a native New Yorker and mother of two with degrees from Smith College and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, with honors. She is a passionate advocate for adoption, public education, and equity in every form.




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