Yael Eisenstat spent most of her esteemed career in international affairs and global security working behind the scenes. She served as a Senior Intelligence Officer, U.S. Diplomat, and was even appointed Special Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden. Now she’s stepping fully into the public eye for the first time to address what she sees as one of the greatest challenges our nation has ever faced. In today’s interview, Yael explores the delicate balance between humanity and security, talks about owning her badassness, and reveals why every single person – big or small – plays a pivotal role in solving global issues.
- How a passion for African dance and art inspired her career
- Why you should never allow yourself to get stuck in your expertise
- The battle of ego and humility
- Never giving up on your personal values
- How friendships can keep you grounded and whole
As the founder of Kilele Global, Yael Eisenstat helps clients navigate the global political, security and social space to find innovative, actionable solutions to tackling complex challenges, combining her respected background as a U.S. intelligence officer, a senior White House advisor, a diplomat, national security official, CSR manager for a Fortune 500 company, and political risk consultant. She provides intelligence-based advice to help companies and start-ups operating in emerging markets do so smartly and with purpose.
She also provides context and analysis on national security, political and foreign affairs in the media, as a speaker and guest lecturer, and through workshops and seminars. She has written for Time Magazine and The New York Times, and has been featured on CNN and CBS News.