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Susan Poulton

Susan Poulton is currently the Vice President of Content Programming at National Geographic Digital Media where she is responsible for overseeing National Geographic’s digital experiences for its not for profit mission programs and explorers.

Prior to joining National Geographic, Susan held various content positions over nine years at AOL. As the Director of Programming and Content Production, she was responsible for revamping AOL Time Warner’s approach to celebrity content online, with a special focus on live event production. 

In other roles at AOL, Susan used creative methods to build consumer engagement around high profile events in the news and entertainment space.  This included the use of multi camera angle live video, interactives, polls, and chat for events including the DNC/RNC conventions in 2000 and 2004, Space Shuttle Return to Flight, XPRIZE private space launches, and Oscar and Emmy Award coverage. She was one of AOL’s lead producers for the Emmy Award-winning Live 8 online concerts in 2005. In the early days of online community, she produced several “firsts” including the first inter-species chat with Koko the gorilla, first chat with the International Space Station, first online events with reporters in combat zones, and the Dalai Lama’s first webcam event in 1999.

Susan has participated on numerous panels and advisory boards and was recently an Innovator in Residence at University of Nebraska, Lincoln lecturing on tactics for maximizing consumer engagement and audience building to create meaningful digital experiences.

An avid traveler, photographer, and space enthusiast, she spends her spare time photographing rocket launches. When she’s not looking skyward, she volunteers to provide media and digital training to non profit organizations around the world and works to empower young people through a variety of photographic and media projects, including National Geographic Photo Camp.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, November 10

2:00pm EST