Pat Mitchell & Eddie Ndopu

EDDIE NDOPU and PAT MITCHELL are a formidable duo, blending unparalleled expertise in community rights, media, and social advocacy. With inspiring personal stories, their discussions are not only informative but also deeply motivational, encouraging audiences to challenge the status quo and drive change. Their combined narrative empowers audiences to become change agents, offering actionable insights and strategies for creating a more inclusive and equitable society. Ndopu and Mitchell bring organizations a unique and dynamic conversation exploring the intersections of diversity, media representation, and social impact, ensuring a memorable and impactful event.

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Pat Mitchell

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  • Pioneering Media Executive and Legendary Activist
  • Editorial Director, TEDWomen
  • Emmy Award-Winning Producer
  • Author, "Becoming a Dangerous Woman"

Groundbreaking media icon and global advocate for women's rights Pat Mitchell is the editorial director of TEDWomen. Raised in a small town in Georgia with no money or connections, Mitchell became a consummate media game-changer. She was the first woman president of PBS and of CNN productions, and also a visionary, award-winning TV and film producer, fully engaged on the front lines of cultural change. Throughout her remarkable career, Mitchell has focused on sharing the stories of women-- all women, from all backgrounds, and walks of live-- as a way of creating change in the world. 

Mitchell is the bestselling author of Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Change the World, an intimate and inspiring memoir that provides both riveting anecdotes and awe-inspiring lessons from her life. The book covers everything from navigating the power paradigms of Washington DC and Hollywood, to Michell's experiences traveling to war zones with Eve Ensler and Glenn Close, to pressing Fidel Castro into making a historic admission about the Cold War. 

A powerful, dynamic speaker, Mitchell has spent her life redefining power on her terms. At speaking engagements worldwide, 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.

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Eddie Ndopu

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  • Award-Winning Humanitarian and Renowned Disability Justice Practitioner
  • United Nations Sustained Development Goal Advocate
  • Founder, A Billion Reasons
  • Board Member of The Valuable 500, Imagine, and the United Nations Foundation

Award-winning humanitarian, Global Changemaker, and disability and environmental justice advocate Eddie Ndopu serves as one of the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Development Goal Advocates and sits on the board of the United Nations Foundation. Ndopu is the founder of A Billion Reasons, a groundbreaking social impact incubator established in partnership with the World Economic Forum to tackle the U.N.’s SDGs through a lens of universal design and disability-based innovation. He also sits on the impact boards of The Valuable 500, IMAGINE, and Verizon’s Global Advisory Board for Accessibility and Disability Inclusion. He formerly served as a member of both the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council for the New Agenda for Social Justice and the World Economic Forum’s Partnering for Racial Justice in Business Initiative. Ndopu’s debut memoir, Sipping Dom Pérignon Through a Straw, was selected by Apple as one of the best books in August 2023. Ndopu is a highly in-demand speaker for his insights about the intersections of disability, sustainability, and how we can best work together to make meaningful change for our planet’s future.

Honored by TIME as the Person of the Week, recognized as one of Pacific Standard’s “Top 30 Thinkers Under 30,” and described by Salesforce as “one of the most powerful voices on the planet right now,” Ndopu deeply enriches audience experiences with his charisma, perspective, and storytelling skills. He has delivered keynotes and conversations at venues such as Facebook, Amazon, Discovery Health, the COP26 Climate Change Summit, The World Economic Forum, The Skoll World Forum, and more.

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An Intergenerational Dialogue: Changing the Face of Leadership

EDDIE NDOPU and PAT MITCHELL lead a transformative conversation on the international stage, diving into the critical need for diverse and inclusive leadership across sectors. Drawing from Ndopu's trailblazing work in disability advocacy and Mitchell's pioneering efforts in media and gender equality, ...

EDDIE NDOPU and PAT MITCHELL lead a transformative conversation on the international stage, diving into the critical need for diverse and inclusive leadership across sectors. Drawing from Ndopu's trailblazing work in disability advocacy and Mitchell's pioneering efforts in media and gender equality, they share insights on redefining leadership to better reflect and serve our global community

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Biography

Groundbreaking media executive PAT MITCHELL has spent the past three decades creating a body of award-winning work in front of the cameras as a news reporter and news anchor, national talk show host, and White House correspondent, as well as behind the cameras as a creator and producer of documentaries and series, many of which focused on women’s stories, challenges, and accomplishments. Throughout her career as an award-winning journalist, producer, and media executive, Pat Mitchell broke new ground for women as the first woman president of PBS and of CNN Productions. Today, Pat is a co-founder, host and curator for TEDWomen and co-founder and managing partner of ConnectedWomenLeaders, a cohort of global women leaders, across generations and geography, who are launching a global, women-led campaign for climate justice titled Project Dandelion.  She serves on the boards of the Sundance Institute, The Skoll Foundation, Participant Media, The Woodruff Arts Center, and the VDAY movement to end violence; she’s also a member of CARE’s Global Advisory Council and Chair Emerita of the Women’s Media Center which established an annual award in her name.  In her memoir, Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Change the World, Mitchell shares her journey as a frontline advocate for a just, equitable and sustainable world.

Award-winning humanitarian, Global Changemaker, and disability and environmental justice advocate EDDIE NDOPU serves as one of the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Development Goal Advocates and sits on the board of the United Nations Foundation. Ndopu is the founder of A Billion Reasons, a groundbreaking social impact incubator established in partnership with the World Economic Forum to tackle the U.N.’s SDGs through a lens of universal design and disability-based innovation. He also sits on the impact boards of The Valuable 500, IMAGINE, and Verizon’s Global Advisory Board for Accessibility and Disability Inclusion. He formerly served as a member of both the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council for the New Agenda for Social Justice and the World Economic Forum’s Partnering for Racial Justice in Business Initiative. Ndopu’s debut memoir, Sipping Dom Pérignon Through a Straw, was selected by Apple as one of the best books in August 2023. Ndopu is a highly in-demand speaker for his insights about the intersections of disability, sustainability, and how we can best work together to make meaningful change for our planet’s future.

Pat Mitchell's Biography

Pat Mitchell started her professional journey as an English instructor at the University of Georgia and Virginia Commonwealth University.  An innate curiosity and the need to feel challenged led her to accept a position as a writer/researcher for the popular newsweekly, LOOK magazine. Only nine months later, LOOK stopped publishing, and Mitchell, an unemployed single mother living in New York City with her young son, was advised to "try television."

Over the next three decades, she created a body of award-winning work in front of the cameras as a news reporter and news anchor, national talk show host and White House correspondent, as well as behind the cameras as a creator and producer of documentaries and series, many of which focused on women’s stories, challenges and accomplishments.

In the mid-'80s, she left a secure position at NBC to establish an independent production company to create, produce and host the groundbreaking and Emmy-award-winning daytime series, "Woman to Woman," which was the first national program produced and hosted by a woman. "Woman to Woman" also became the first television series to be added to the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women at Radcliffe College.

In 1992 Mitchell approached media entrepreneur Ted Turner about producing a documentary series on the history of women in America. The resulting 10-hour series, A Century of Women, was broadcast in 1993 on the Turner cable networks and syndicated around the world. Turner convinced Mitchell to join Turner Broadcasting, and as president of Turner Original Productions and later CNN Productions, Mitchell was the executive producer of hundreds of hours of documentaries and specials, many of which were awarded Emmy’s and Peabody Awards for Excellence; several were nominated for Academy Awards for best documentary.

She was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 2009, named one of the Most Powerful Women in Hollywood by Hollywood Reporter and featured in Fast Company’s special report, The League of Extraordinary Women: 60 Influencers Who Are Changing the World.

In 2012, The Women’s Media Center honored Mitchell with their first-annual Lifetime Achievement Award. Mitchell has also been recognized with the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for Leadership, and was honored by the Center for the Advancement of Women for her accomplishments and contributions in the world of communications in creating a more equitable society for women. She is also one of 12 Americans awarded the prestigious Bodley Medal from the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. Mitchell was recently appointed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as one of nine commissioners to develop a plan to build a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. The commission delivered its report to Congress in 2016.

In addition to her accomplishments both on and off the screen, Mitchell is known for her humanitarian efforts and for her work as a dedicated member of numerous nonprofit boards. She is chair of the Sundance Institute and the Women’s Media Center. She is also a founding board member of V-Day, a global movement to end violence; a founding member of Mikhail Gorbachev's global environmental organization, Green Cross International; a board member of Acumen Fund; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the International Women’s ForumLearn more about the causes and projects to which she is committed.

Mitchell is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia with bachelor's and master's degrees in English literature (watch the 2012 commencement address she gave at her alma mater). She has also been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from several colleges and universities and is a much sought-after public speaker, advisor and consultant to foundations and corporations on issues of women’s empowerment and leadership development. She is the author of Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Change the World. She and her husband, Scott Seydel, have six children and 12 grandchildren and reside in New York City and Atlanta, Georgia.

Eddie Ndopu's Biography

Described by TIME Magazine as “one of the most powerful disabled people on the planet,” Eddie Ndopu is perhaps best known for his human rights advocacy with respect to advancing disability justice at the forefront of the international development agenda.

Working alongside world leaders such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados, Eddie actively champions climate justice, fights global poverty and demands equity for the world’s most marginalized segments of society in his capacity as one of the UN Secretary-General’s 17 official advocates for the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

In recognition of Eddie’s career as a global humanitarian, which spans more than a decade, he is the recipient of numerous awards, including the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award and the UN’s Global Partnership Award jointly presented to him by the Republic of South Africa and the United Nations.

Eddie serves on several global Boards, including as a member of the board of directors of the United Nations Foundation. He also sits on the advisory boards of The Valuable 500, IMAGINE and Verizon’s Global Advisory Board for Accessibility and Disability Inclusion. He formerly served as a member of both the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council for the New Agenda for Social Justice and the World Economic Forum’s Partnering for Racial Justice in Business Initiative.

Eddie’s debut memoir, Sipping Dom Pérignon Through a Straw, which chronicles his challenging experience as a disabled student attending Oxford University, was released in the spring of 2023.