Pat Mitchell is a lifelong advocate for women and girls, known for her work as a journalist, producer, television executive and curator.

Why you should listen

Pat Mitchell began her media career in print (at LOOK) and transitioned to television as opportunities opened up for women in the early 1970s. She was among the first women to anchor the news (WBZ-TV Boston), host a morning talk show (Woman 74), and report from the White House. She was also the first woman to host a talk show, the Emmy-winning Woman to Woman. As a producer, Mitchell's work has garnered 37 Emmy Awards, five Peabodys, and two Academy Award nominations. In 2000, she became the first woman President and CEO of PBS. As head of the Paley Center for Media in New York and Los Angeles, she guided an institution that leads discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of media. Mitchell also advises foundations and corporations on issues of women’s empowerment and leadership development as well as media relations and governance.

Mitchell launched and was the co-host of the first TEDWomen, in 2010, as well as five subsequent TEDxWomen and TEDWomen events. She is the curator and co-host of TEDWomen 2016 in San Francisco.

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“She is a warm, engaging, creative powerhouse.” — Liza Donnelly

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TEDWomen 2016 speaker lineup announced!

September 14, 2016

Many people ask, “How are speakers selected for TEDWomen? The answer is that speakers, like ideas, come from many different sources. TED has an open recommendation process on, and we review those as well as suggestions that come in from everywhere. Sometimes people self nominate but mostly, fans of TEDTalks submit names of women […]

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A TEDWomen update: Hanna Rosin on the ‘End of Men’

August 17, 2016

Cross-posted from TEDWomen curator Pat Mitchell’s blog on the Huffington Post. When Hanna Rosin, the first speaker at the very first TEDWomen conference in 2010, delivered her talk she had titled “The End of Men,” she had only just begun the research for what became her bestselling 2012 book by the same name. And as the […]

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World Lion Day: A visit to big-cat filmmakers Beverly & Dereck Joubert

August 9, 2016

Dereck and Beverly Joubert have been living in the bush in Botswana, making wildlife and conservation films together, for more than 30 years. Their films have shaped an intimate and profound narrative about the interconnected relationship among people, animals and the land, adding layers of understanding based on years of close and constant observation of […]

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