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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Emotional Courage For the Win

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Five Books I Can’t Wait to Read This Summer

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Billions Pledged to Accelerate Gender Equity at Generation Equality Forum

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GEF Feminist Action for Climate Justice and Joanita Babirye

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Table for 12, Please: Madame Vice President Kamala Harris

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Table for 12, Please: Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget Shalanda Young

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Table for 12, Please: Small Business Administrator Isabel Guzman

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Table for 12, Please: U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai

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Table for 12, Please: Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo

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Table for 12, Please: Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers Cecilia Rouse

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Table for 12, Please: Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm

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Table for 12, Please: Linda Thomas-Greenfield

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Table for 12, Please!

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The Whiplash of This Week

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Equality Can’t Wait, Our Future Depends On It

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How to Help in Georgia & Turn the Senate Blue

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We Have a New President and Vice President!

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Women Will Decide This Election, So Let’s Vote!

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Photo by Christina @wocintechchat on Unsplash
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The First Women-Led Recession Threatens All the Gains Working Women Have Made

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Dangerous Women Vote!

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Woman Up, But Not ‘On the Basis of Sex’ Alone

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It’s Time to ‘Woman Up’ (Again) in the House

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Voting is my superpower
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The Fight to Vote. The Untold Story.

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Founders of the Black Lives Matter movement (Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi) interviewed by Mia Birdsong at TEDWomen 2016 - It's About Time, October 26-28, 2016, Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts, San Francisco, California. Photo: Marla Aufmuth / TED
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12 TEDWomen Talks to Watch and Share at This Moment

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