ATLANTA — Georgia State will welcome trailblazing journalist, producer, executive, activist, and author Pat Mitchell to its downtown campus on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 when she speaks with students, alumni and friends at the university. A lifelong advocate for women and girls, Mitchell has broken new ground for women at every step of her career—leveraging the power of media to tell women’s stories and increase the representation of women onscreen and off. Formerly the president of CNN Productions, Mitchell was the first woman president and CEO of PBS and the Paley Center for Media. In 2010, Mitchell launched TEDWomen and serves as its editorial director, curator and host. In 2014, the Women’s Media Center honored Mitchell with its first-annual Lifetime Achievement Award, now named in her honor to commend other women whose media careers advance the representation of women.
Intended as an intergenerational women’s leadership conversation, Valerie Jackson, radio host and former First Lady of Atlanta, will moderate the event and interview Mitchell about her career. The conversation will engage Georgia State alumni, friends, and WomenLead students around themes of leadership, civic engagement, and making a difference in the world.
Mitchell’s first book, Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Change the World, is an intimate and inspiring memoir, call-to-action, and reflection on her lifelong insistence on redefining power on her terms and leveraging that power to manifest a better world. “Dangerous times call for dangerous women,” Mitchell tells us, and in sharing her story, she encourages others to be braver and bolder, to dismantle the barriers to full equality they see in their own lives, and to embrace risk to create a more equitable world.
A Georgia native, Mitchell’s keynote focusing on women’s leadership will resonate deeply with Georgia State’s alumni and student population—one of the most diverse in the nation, with 70% of students identifying as nonwhite as well as 60% being eligible for Pell grants. Hosted by the Georgia State Alumni Association, the Women’s Philanthropy Network, and WomenLead, this event provides a great opportunity for our students, alumni and friends to hear from Mitchell about leadership lessons gained from a lifetime of advocating for women and girls.