From using your voice to raise awareness of key issues, to contributing ideas and resources to increase the impact or an organization or cause, the opportunities for you to make a difference are endless. On this page you'll find information about the primary projects and organizations with which I'm currently engaged; I hope you'll be inspired to join me.
TEDWomen talks have been viewed over 150 million times on TED.com in more than 80 languages. It all started when I approached TED's chief curator, Chris Anderson, in 2010, with the seed of an idea... (read more)
In this photo I'm welcoming Hillary Clinton to the TEDWomen stage in 2010.
I have been a member of the Sundance Institute board since 1996. Supporting independent storytellers is a cause that is near and dear to my heart; the ideas, innovations and voices of these filmmakers, playwrights, composers and producers are critical to a fully inclusive and informed world. I was introduced to the work of the Institute by its founder, Robert Redford, whom I met when on assignment from Ted Turner to produce a documentary series on Native Americans (read more).
In this photo I'm with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
The first time I met Eve Ensler, I knew right away that I wanted to commit my time, talent and resources to helping her launch and sustain what she later named the V-Day movement — a movement with the audacious goal of ending violence against women and girls (read more).
In this photo I'm with Eve and a group of fellow V-Day activists.
One rainy Sunday afternoon in 2004 I got a call from my good friends Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem. They invited me to come to Gloria’s apartment for a conversation about what to do about the under-representation and misrepresentation of women in media. Within weeks, we had launched the Women's Media Center (read more).
In this photo I'm at the Women's Media Center Awards with two of its founders, Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan.
I met the CEO of Acumen, Jacqueline Novogratz, at the Skoll World Forum, and was inspired, as many are, by her work with that organization, which she founded in 2001 after leaving a career in international banking. Acumen raises charitable donations to invest in companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty (read more).
In this photo Jacqueline is speaking at TEDWomen.
Barefoot College is one of the most amazing communities I’ve ever visited. It was started by a remarkable Indian leader, Bunker Roy, who had a vision for a new way to address rural poverty in India: a school that was built by, and exclusively for, the poor (read more).
In this photo, taken during my visit to Barefoot College, Bunker is showing me the book that tells the stories of the nearly 1,000 grandmothers from more than a dozen countries that he has trained to become solar engineers.
Connect With Me
For almost 20 years, women from around the country and the world have been inspired by Omega Institute’s Women & Power conferences. This year I'll be joining as a faculty member and speaking at the conference, along with Roxanne Gay, Elizabeth Lesser and Tarana Burke. #DoPowerDifferently
Join us for an evening of poetry, music and celebration! Pat Mitchell and Eve Ensler will be talking about Pat’s new book, Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Change the World. Your ticket includes a signed copy of Pat’s book and there will be an opportunity to support women designers and makers with stylish and purpose-driven BADW offerings available at the event. Buy a ticket at Eventbrite