We had the good fortune of connecting with Kalina Silverman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kalina, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Humanitarian goals come first for Big Talk. Profit has been a side effect – or more so an afterthought for Big Talk. It began as a passion project about helping to establish empathy, connection, and belonging. So, Big Talk has always strived to maintain that passion and purpose before all else. As long as Big Talk is helping people to feel more meaningfully connected, I feel successful!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I feel like I fell into my role as a CEO by accident! I still think of myself as the student with the passion project that went viral. I’m really proud of all the people that Big Talk has touched, whether it’s veterans, prisoners, the LA Lakers, young professionals, celebrity musicians, college students struggling with depression, or people wishing to connect more deeply with their families or romantic partners. I hope Big Talk continues to be a movement that helps people feel less alone and more connected to themselves, the people around them, and the world as a whole.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Temescal Canyon for a hike! Gettty Center for art! Bay Cities for a Sandwich! Palisades Park / Ocean park for a picnic! Venice breakwater for a surf (and people watching). Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Andres Zapata, he recommended me for Voyage LA!