By : nationaladmin May 2018
Raelyn Barlow is the President & CEO of the National Leadership Institute (NLI) based in Boca Raton, FL. She joined the nonprofit in 2014 as VP-Development, and assumed the role of President in 2015.
Prior to joining NLI, Raelyn spent more than 25 years in the Communications, Broadcast Media and Marketing industry as an award-winning Producer and Writer. Specializing in the creation of original programming for television and web, she has written, produced and managed dozens of national television and video projects, most often from concept to completion. Her work includes a long list of Fortune 500 plus large and small nonprofit clients.
Raelyn was EVP of Production & the Supervising Producer of “The SUZANNE Show,” a one-hour health and entertainment branded talk show hosted by Suzanne Somers on Lifetime Television. The show received a Daytime EMMY nomination and 20 Telly Awards. Prior to that, she was the Supervising Producer/Producer for “The Balancing Act,” Lifetime Television’s award-winning, one-hour, weekday morning show.
As Co-Creator & Executive Producer of “The Lemonade Stand,” a half-hour nationally syndicated children’s educational program which aired in more than 20 top markets, Raelyn assisted in fundraising a multimillion dollar budget and managed the production from conception, through budgeting, producing, filming, syndicating and marketing nationally.
To compliment that program’s educational mission, Raelyn co-founded and managed “The Financial Fundamentals Foundation,” a nonprofit designed to advance the educational messages of the television show via complimentary curriculum available to elementary schools.
Raelyn has helped launched multiple companies including Razz Media Productions, which specializes in a wide range of multi-platform video, television and marketing projects. Her portfolio ranges from diverse corporate video projects to charitable fundraising & nonprofit awareness videos to live national sports and musical events, and more. She was a Founding Partner in 3 Media Mavens, which offered Video Marketing, Branding, PR and Media strategies for businesses and nonprofits.
Her career began with a major in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Organizational Communications from Murray State University in Kentucky. She has more than 12 years’ experience as a TV news Reporter, Anchor and Producer and worked in several of the top TV markets in the country.
Raelyn has worked in various capacities with numerous nonprofits of all sizes, such as the National Diabetes Association, the Aids Healthcare Foundation, the Shelter for Abused Women and Children, The Campus of Care, the Florida Rugby Union, and many more.