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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Nelson Mandela
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We must look inward to find resilience, to persist and to thrive.

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Women Leaders Who Are Redefining What Power Looks Like

by Pat Mitchell
A lioness and cub in the wild credit Roar Africa
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Passport to Purpose: The Soul Reason We Travel

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Unite for JOY - Global screening June 1 at 5 pm
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Unite for Joy!

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Pexels photo - Fight for a Better Tomorrow - Credit: Markus Spiske
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Prayers are not enough. Silence is unacceptable. 

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Ketanji Brown Jackson at her confirmation hearing
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Celebrating the Joy of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Confirmation

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ROAR AFRICA Women’s Empowerment Journey - Rwanda 2022
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‘If African Women Rise, Wildlife Will Thrive’

by Pat Mitchell
CNN's Cold War, a 24-hour documentary series, premiered on the network in 1998, showed how the events of yesterday have shaped the world of today. The series was narrated by Academy Award nominated actor Sir Kenneth Branagh.
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Lessons from the Cold War – “It IS Over, Isn’t It?

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Women in Pakistan with their embroidery.
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The Hidden Women’s Stories in Artisan Textiles

by Pat Mitchell
Past due is an important new book available for free download on Amazon.
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Past Due — Connecting the Dots from Past to Present to Repair the Harm

by Pat Mitchell
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The Sundance Film Festival: My Sofa Perspective

by Pat Mitchell
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Three Things I Value and Will Carry into 2022

by Pat Mitchell
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Smart Hope and Making the “Impossible” Possible

by Pat Mitchell
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Care is Critical to America’s Economic Infrastructure

by Pat Mitchell
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Emotional Courage For the Win

by Pat Mitchell
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Five Books I Can’t Wait to Read This Summer

by Pat Mitchell
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Billions Pledged to Accelerate Gender Equity at Generation Equality Forum

by Pat Mitchell
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GEF Feminist Action for Climate Justice and Joanita Babirye

by Pat Mitchell
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Table for 12, Please: Madame Vice President Kamala Harris

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

by Pat Mitchell
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Table for 12, Please: Small Business Administrator Isabel Guzman

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

by Pat Mitchell
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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

by Pat Mitchell
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