Kinga Philipps has done a little bit of everything.
She tried seven different college majors before deciding she wanted to become a storyteller, then found a good way to do that was as an on-camera journalist. Or a television producer. Or a writer. Or a conservationist. “I have the distinct honor of being a bit of a mutt and a hybrid, and it has really worked out wonderfully,” she says.

She grew up traveling the world with parents she describes as explorers and scientists, giving her an appreciation for nature and wildlife. Once she began exploring ocean spaces, she found a calling—shark advocacy. On her first dive in a shark cage, Kinga discovered she’d been wrong about sharks. “They’re actually really amazing and cool, and they’re kind of the underdog,” she proclaims.

Kinga became involved with Shark Allies, an advocacy group promoting state bans on shark fins, working to dispel common misconceptions about sharks, and more. She began writing shark articles and helped Shark Allies to debunk a September 2015 story about an alleged hammerhead attack on a kayaker—an incident that, it turns out, was due to his foot accidentally colliding with the shark’s mouth.

On a female-led episode of Shark Week, Kinga had the honor of studying an unstudied population of tiger sharks, promoting true science, and diving uncaged with a great hammerhead—an experience she shares with video. She describes her advocacy as being a double agent for sharks and the media, but doesn’t regret it, stating, “It’s fun to get to change the game sometimes.”

  

About Kinga Philipps

Never one to sit still, Kinga has tested herself for the past 20 + years by traveling the globe...scuba diving, free diving, spear fishing, surfing, jumping out of airplanes, spelunking and swimming with sharks as a writer, producer and on camera journalist for networks such as CBS, NBC, ABC, USA, AMC, Travel Channel, Fox Sports, Universal Sports, Food Network, Current TV, Syfy, Discovery, History Channel, EPIX, BBC and National Geographic. Kinga was born in Warsaw, Poland into a family of explorers and adventurers and is a Fellow of the Explorers Club. She has traveled the world reporting on intense subjects like police corruption in Mexico, gangs in LA, women in the sex trade, humanitarian and environmental causes, world conflict and natural disasters. On the flip side she has explored the night life, festivals and exotic eats of the world's most vibrant cities.

  

About Women Blaze Trails Festival:  

In celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (February 11), LenovoEDU sponsored Women Blaze Trails, a virtual 3-day festival celebrating women in science, exploration, and conservation from around the world.  

The virtual festival had one simple goal: celebrating incredible women, doing incredible things around the world, day in and day out. We’re sharing these videos from the festival so you can meet scientists, explorers, conservationists, filmmakers, photographers and more, showcasing their work, challenges, adventures, research and expeditions. 

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  • There is a lot of fear surrounding sharks, and there rightly should be some fear/caution around them, but that doesn't mean that we should try to eradicate them. They are a creature to be respected.

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