Local, regional and national leaders come to Rapid City for a 24-hour blitz of conversations and collaborations through Morning Fill Up, a series of public gatherings intended to inspire and engage members of The Garage coworking space, as well as residents around western South Dakota, to put their creative energies into action for the betterment of the entire community. The series was founded by The Numad Group after a brainstorm the three founding principals had one morning over coffee while on retreat in Como, Italy. Morning Fill Up is sponsored by The Numad Group and The Bush Foundation.

Our Next Guest: Paula Kerger  




Paula Kerger is president and CEO of PBS. In a conversation with Matt Ehlman of The Numad Group, she will talk about leadership, storytelling, and the role media plays in our country today. She’ll also give us an inside look at the nation’s largest non-commercial media organization in the United States.

Paula joined PBS in March 2006 and is the longest serving president and CEO in PBS history. During her tenure, she has made particularly strong commitments to the arts, news and public affairs, high-quality educational content for children and the classroom, diversity, and the use of new digital platforms to bring public media into the lives of all Americans.

Under her leadership, PBS has been growing its audiences across genres and platforms. In the course of a year, 82% of all television households in America watch PBS, and nearly 70% of all children watch PBS.

Among her accomplishments are the pop-culture phenomenon “Downton Abbey” on Masterpiece, Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, the original American drama series “Mercy Seat,” the documentary Hamilton’s America about the Broadway smash hit musical, and acclaimed children’s programs such as “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” and “Curious George.”

In addition, Paula led the historic launch of the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel in January 2017, ensuring that PBS’ educational programming can reach children anytime and anywhere through local stations.

She is a director of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and chair of the board of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. She is regularly included on Hollywood Reporter’s “Women in Entertainment Power 100,” an annual survey of the nation’s top women executives in media. In 2005, she was named to the Women’s Forum, an organization of 300 leading women in New York’s arts and business scenes. 

Previous Morning Fill Up Guests

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We've got an awesome partner in our work to bring Morning Fill Up to the Black Hills region. Shout out and big thanks to The Bush Foundation for sponsoring Morning Fill Up with us. They rock.