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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Sneak peek: First look at the TEDWomen 2017 lineup

August 22, 2017

This November, we’re gathering in New Orleans for three days of TEDWomen — to share talks about bridging the world today and the world we all hope to build. Today, we’re announcing the first speakers on our lineup, a mix of powerful voices, creative insights and committed activism that will set the tone for our […]

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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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