Pat Mitchell has focused on the power of media and storytelling as an agent of social change throughout her career; specifically, to celebrate and raise awareness of the work, ideas and aspirations of women and girls. She was the first woman to launch, produce, and host the Emmy Award-winning program entirely devoted to women’s stories, “Woman to Woman.” She has been both an independent producer, documenting women’s history as well as women on the frontlines of war, poverty and peacemaking, and a top executive at CNN Productions, Time, Inc. Television, as well as the first woman to lead PBS.
In her current position, president and chief executive officer of the Paley Center for Media, Mitchell is optimizing the convening power of a global constituency of media and technology leaders to break new ground for women, including a current series of initiatives and programs called Women@Paley which include coproducing and cohosting TEDWomen in partnership with the TED organization.
Mitchell’s three decades of work as a journalist, producer and media executive have been recognized with many industry awards. Recently, the Women’s Media Center honored her by naming the Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award to be given to an outstanding woman in media annually. She was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and was featured in Fast Company’s Special Report, The League of Extraordinary Women, as well as being selected as one of the 21 Leaders For The 21st Century and to Newsweek's list of 150 Women who Shake the World.
Mitchell is an active and committed board member of VDAY, a movement to end violence against women and girls, is vice chair of the Sundance Institute Board, a trustee of the Mayo Clinic, founding chair of Global Green USA and serves on the board of the Acumen Fund. She is also a corporate director of AOL.