Caroline (Sanchez) Avakian is an Emmy-nominated television correspondent, media technologist and award-winning social entrepreneur. Dubbed the “Publicist to the Poor”, she is the Founder and CEO of SourceRise, an organization that is forging a new path for global and development news reporting by increasing the media’s access to on-the-ground expert sources in the developing world.

Caroline has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, is a contributor to the Huffington Post and has appeared as a guest on television shows such as CNN, The Today Show, Good Day New York and Univision’s Despierta America. In 2014, she was named a “50 under 40 Emerging Social Enterprise Leader” by American Express and received The Boehm Media Fellowship from Opportunity Collaboration. She’s a frequent speaker on social entrepreneurship and the use of media and technology as a tool for global, social and economic development.

Her work has taken her to Asia, Central America, the Middle East and East Africa, where she has worked with numerous global development organizations and as a United Nations Representative. Caroline holds a BS in Communications from St. John’s University and a MA from Antioch University. You can find her on Twitter (@CarolineAvakian).


On Friday, October 3, 2014, hundreds of innovative and socially-minded Latinas met at Google’s Silicon Valley Office for the third stop on the LATINAS THINK BIG™  national tour.

Sponsored by Google and broadcast to virtual viewers via Google+ Hangout On Air, LATINAS THINK BIG™ Innovation Summit featured presentations by six talented Latina innovators: Judy Tomlinson, Lisa Morales-Hellebo, Oli Bichell, Mahrinah von Schlegel, Rebeca Yanes, and Zoraida Velasco.