Pat Mitchell

Pat Mitchell is a lifelong advocate for women and girls. At every step of her career, Mitchell has broken new ground for women, leveraging the power of media as a journalist, an Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated producer to tell women’s stories and increase the representation of women onscreen and off. Transitioning to an executive role, she became the president of CNN Productions, and the first woman president and CEO of PBS and the Paley Center for Media. Today, her commitment to connect and strengthen a global community of women leaders continues as a conference curator, advisor and mentor.

In partnership with TED, Mitchell launched TEDWomen in 2010 and is its editorial director, curator and host. She is also a speaker and curator for the annual Women Working for the World forum in Bogota, Colombia, the Her Village conference in Beijing, and the Women of the World (WOW) festival in London. In 2017, she launched the Transformational Change Leadership Initiative with the Rockefeller Foundation focused on women leaders in government and civil society.

In 2014, the Women’s Media Center honored Mitchell with its first-annual Lifetime Achievement Award, now named in her honor to commend other women whose media careers advance the representation of women. Recognized by Hollywood Reporter as one of the most powerful women in media, Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women” and Huffington Post’s list of “Powerful Women Over 50,” Mitchell also received the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for Leadership. She is a contributor to Enlightened Power: How Women Are Transforming the Practice of Leadership, and wrote the introduction to the recently published book and museum exhibition, 130 Women of Impact in 30 Countries. In 2016, she served as a congressional appointment to The American Museum of Women’s History Advisory Council. She is writing a memoir, Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing a Life of Power and Purpose, that will be published in 2019.

Mitchell is active with many nonprofit organizations, serving as the chair of the boards of the Sundance Institute and the Women’s Media Center. She is a founding member of the VDAY movement and on the boards of the Skoll Foundation and the Acumen Fund. She is also an advisor to Participant Media and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mitchell is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia and holds a master's degree in English literature and several honorary doctorate degrees. She and her husband, Scott Seydel, live in Atlanta and have six children and 13 grandchildren.

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Solar Mamas in training at Barefoot College
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This Mother’s Day, Celebrate and Support the Solar Mamas of Barefoot College

by Pat Mitchell
Lake Como; Photo by Bruce Meier on Unsplash
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Rise Up for the Great Reset

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Xiye Bastida demonstrating with Greta Thunberg outside the United Nations headquarters in New York. | Photo by Felix Kunze
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Climate Justice in the Time of COVID: 5 Lessons From Women and Girls Leading the Fight

by Pat Mitchell
Woman raising fist
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Celebrate Women’s Future Month with This TED Playlist

by Pat Mitchell
1 Billion Rising in Delhi
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One Billion Rising to Stop Sexual Violence

by Pat Mitchell
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Reflections on Sundance 2020: ‘Imagining the Future’

by Pat Mitchell
Expressing my joy, gratitude — and relief! — at the conclusion of my TED Talk.
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5 Concrete Ways to Be More Dangerous in 2020

by Pat Mitchell
The TEDWomen Stage
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This Year’s TEDWomen Speakers are Bold + Brilliant!

by Pat Mitchell
Melinda Gates
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Equality Can’t Wait!

by Pat Mitchell
A still from 'Sing Me a Song' a new documentary film from Participant Media
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Media That Matters to Add to Your #MustList

by Pat Mitchell
pile of books
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Fall Preview: Don’t Miss These Books, Movies and Podcasts

by Pat Mitchell
Just a few of the dangerous women I admire: Christine Shuler Deschryver, Stacey Abrams, Abigail Disney, and Mary Robinson
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Dangerous Times Call for Dangerous Women

by Pat Mitchell
CWL Declaration on Climate Change announcement with (l-r) environmental activist Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim; CWL Forum co-convener Pat Mitchell; Mary Robinson, president of the Mary Robinson Foundation and former president of Ireland; climate activist Sarra Tekola; Dr. Katharine Wilkinson, Project Drawdown; CWL Forum co-convener Ronda Carnegie; NRDC Publications Director Mary Annaïse Heglar; and Doc Society Director Jess Search at the Doc Society Climate Story Lab.
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Join Connected Women Leaders in Signing the Climate Declaration

by Pat Mitchell
At Sundance with friends in our FEMINIST varsity jackets
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‘The Time Is Now to Invest in Women’

by Pat Mitchell
2019 Connected Women Leaders Forum
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Why I Believe Connecting Women Leaders Globally Is the Key to Positive Change

by Pat Mitchell
Pat Mitchell delivering 2019 commencement speech at University of Miami
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Becoming a Dangerous Woman

by Pat Mitchell
Muffett McGraw video still
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Connecting Women Leaders to Accelerate Positive Change

by Pat Mitchell
Organizers Kyra Gantois, 19, and Anuna De Wever, 17, at Brussels school strike on January 10, 2019 with over 3,500 marchers. The movement is growing. Earlier this month, the Brussels march included over 12,000 students. (Credit: Instagram)
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These Young Women Might Just Save the Planet

by Pat Mitchell
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Reflections on 10 Days at Sundance and Working Towards a Truly Inclusive Creative Journey

by Pat Mitchell
Katharine Wilkinson at TEDWomen talking about gender equity and climate change
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How Empowering Women and Girls Can Help Stop Global Warming

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group photo from 2018 Segera Roar & Restore Retreat
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ReWilding, Restoring, Reusing

by Pat Mitchell
Courtesy of Tahreer Photography / Getty Images
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3 Reasons I’m Grateful This Year

by Pat Mitchell
Judge gavel or auction on pink and blue background. Justice and auction.
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How Women in Congress are Staying True to Their Mission

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Why It Matters When Women Lead In Politics and Why You Should Vote

by Pat Mitchell

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