Caroline Clarke is a 2017 Star of Adoption award recipient and an award-winning journalist whose experience spans television, digital and print. At Black Enterprise, she has served in a succession of key roles including general manager, Interactive Media; senior editor and editor-at-large, Black Enterprise Magazine and host, Black Enterprise Business Report, a nationally syndicated television show. She was the visionary behind Black Enterprise Books, a publishing division in joint partnership with John Wiley & Sons. Currently, she serves as the managing director of the Women of Power Summit and host of the Women of Power TV Show.
Clarke has been the keynote speaker, mistress of ceremonies, or moderator for numerous organizations including Nationwide Bank, Morgan Stanley, American Express, National Urban League, Nashville Rotary Club, Women in Sports and Events, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Spence Chapin Family Services, the YMCA, Council of Urban Professionals, Jumpstart, Jack and Jill of America, Columbia University Business School, George Washington University, The Links Inc., Smith College, and more.
An acclaimed author, Clarke’s memoir, Postcards from Cookie, highlights her own very personal story of adoption and reunion with her biological mother who, she was surprised to learn, was the daughter of musical legend Nat King Cole. Reviewed as “soulful,” “elegant,” and “splendid and soul-baring,” Postcards from Cookie was named Best Memoir of 2014 by Essence magazine.
An avid adoption and public schools advocate, she has served on non-profit boards including Spence Chaplin Family Service. She is currently a member of the Black Enterprise BRIDGE Foundation board and the Smith College Business Network, an advisory board to the president of her alma mater. She also continues her involvement with Spence Chapin Family Services where she is a board member emeritus.
Clarke holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Smith and a master’s degree with honors from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is the proud mother of a daughter and son.