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Pat Mitchell    

Editorial Director & Host of TEDWomen; Co-Chair of the Women's Media Center; Former President of CNN Productions & PBS

Pat Mitchell is editorial director, curator, and host of TEDWomen, which she co-founded in 2010. She is co-chair of the Women’s Media Center and received its first Lifetime Achievement Award, now named in her honor. Mitchell chairs the Sundance Institute Board, is a trustee of Skoll Foundation, and an advisor to Participant Media.

One of the most influential leaders in media, Pat Mitchell knows a great deal about the risks, responsibilities and rewards of leadership. The former President and CEO of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), she was the first woman and first producer to serve as CEO of the nation’s largest and only non-commercial broadcasting service. A longtime journalist and Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated producer, she was also president of CNN Productions and Paley Center for Media.

Mitchell is recognized as a proven business leader and respected executive in the entertainment industry. Under her leadership, Forbes magazine named PBS one of the "Magnetic 40" companies, a first for PBS. She was also named to Newsweek's 2011 list of 150 Women Who Shake the World, the Huffington Post’s 2012 list of the Most Powerful Women Over 50, list of "Women Changing the World," and featured in Fast Company’s Special Report, “The League of Extraordinary Women.” She continues to break ground in leadership and media with energy, enthusiasm, and a willingness to explore innovative and creative ideas. A voice of experience, Mitchell offers a dynamic, engaging vision of leadership, highlighting women’s issues and the role of media in shaping ideas in society.

Mitchell’s memoir, Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Create Change, was published in 2019. She’s a contributor to Enlightened Power: How Women Are Transforming the Practice of Leadership.

Speech Topics

Social Responsibility in Business

The Importance of Taking Risks

Women in the Media

Leadership and New Levels of Excellence


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