The TEDWomen Stage

It was a daunting task. Many of us have been feeling the weight of the world on our shoulders these past few weeks (months, years, decades?!) and so this year we worked harder than ever to bring speakers from all over the globe with big ideas for solving big problems to the TEDWomen stage.

Here’s the good news. Casting a worldwide net revealed so many amazing, bold and brilliant women to us that the truly daunting task was figuring out how to pick the right group! I am so excited to share with you that this year’s crop of speakers are all truly superlative.

Speakers include …

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, an environmental activist from Chad who advocates for the wider inclusion of indigenous people, knowledge and traditions in the global movement to fight the effects of climate change.

Nobel laureate and former president of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf promotes freedom, peace, justice, women’s empowerment and democratic rule. She’ll share her experiences leading Liberia’s recovery following a decade-long civil war.

Award-winning singer and producer activist Denise Ho has seen her music banned in China because of her criticism of the government. As a visible leader in the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, she is also a tireless, fearless advocate for LGBTQ rights.

American OB/GYN Dr. Jen Gunter is on a mission to correct the misleading information that infects online medical resources and affects the health and wellbeing of so many.

Venezuelan cartoonist Rayma Suprani, whose life’s work is speaking truth to power — even when being outspoken comes at a steep price.

South African photographer Zanele Muholi who is working “to rewrite a black queer and trans visual history of South Africa,” even as hate crimes against South Africa’s LGBTQ community are on the rise.

And so many more! Please take a look at the full lineup on the TEDWomen website.

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I am so excited to share with you the lineup of speakers who will be joining us this year in Palm Springs from December 4th – 6th, 2019. And I’m pleased (and a little apprehensive!) to add that for the first time, I will be speaking from the TEDWomen stage as a speaker myself. 

There are very few spaces left, so please apply today if you’d like to attend. The TEDWomen team and I can’t wait to share these talks and speakers with you!

— Pat


  • Pat Mitchell is a lifelong advocate for women and girls. At every step of her career, Mitchell has broken new ground for women, leveraging the power of media as a journalist, an Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated producer to tell women’s stories and increase the representation of women onscreen and off. Transitioning to an executive role, she became the president of CNN Productions, and the first woman president and CEO of PBS and the Paley Center for Media. Today, her commitment to connect and strengthen a global community of women leaders continues as a conference curator, advisor and mentor. In partnership with TED, Mitchell launched TEDWomen in 2010 and is its editorial director, curator and host. She is also a speaker and curator for the annual Women Working for the World forum in Bogota, Colombia, the Her Village conference in Beijing, and the Women of the World (WOW) festival in London. In 2017, she launched the Transformational Change Leadership Initiative with the Rockefeller Foundation focused on women leaders in government and civil society. 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. Recognized by Hollywood Reporter as one of the most powerful women in media, Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women” and Huffington Post’s list of “Powerful Women Over 50,” Mitchell also received the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for Leadership. She is a contributor to Enlightened Power: How Women Are Transforming the Practice of Leadership, and wrote the introduction to the recently published book and museum exhibition, 130 Women of Impact in 30 Countries. In 2016, she served as a congressional appointment to The American Museum of Women’s History Advisory Council. She is writing a memoir, Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing a Life of Power and Purpose, that will be published in 2019. Mitchell is active with many nonprofit organizations, serving as the chair of the boards of the Sundance Institute and the Women’s Media Center. She is a founding member of the VDAY movement and on the boards of the Skoll Foundation and the Acumen Fund. She is also an advisor to Participant Media and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mitchell is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia and holds a master's degree in English literature and several honorary doctorate degrees. She and her husband, Scott Seydel, live in Atlanta and have six children and 13 grandchildren.