Pat Mitchell

2020 Speaker

PAT MITCHELL is a lifelong advocate for women and girls, is the co-founder, curator and host of TEDWomen. At every step of her career, Mitchell has broken new ground for women, leveraging the power of media first as a journalist, then as 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, then the first woman president and CEO of PBS, and the Paley Center for Media. She is chair of the Sundance Institute and the Women’s Media Center boards and a trustee of the VDAY movement, the Skoll Foundation and the Acumen Fund. She is an advisor to Participant Media and served as a congressional appointment to The American Museum of Women’s History Advisory Council. 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. Mitchell is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia and earned a master’s degree in English literature and several honorary doctorate degrees. She is the author of Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Change the World. @patmitchell

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