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.
I remember my first conversation with the founders of Women Moving Millions, sisters Helen and Swanee Hunt. I was struck by their unique idea: Catalyze unprecedented resources toward the advancement of women and girls by celebrating those who have given and/or pledged $1 million or more to this cause... (read more).
I have had the good fortune to be friends with Billie Jean for long time. When she launched the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative (BJKLI) to optimize her influence and power to address the gender leadership and participation gap across all sectors, I happily signed on as advisor (read more).
In this photo I'm interviewing Billie Jean King onstage at TEDWomen.
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This year's Sundance Film Festival was an inspiring reminder that stories, well told, are one way to effect positive change.
I didn't make my usual list of resolutions this year. In 2017, I intend to listen more carefully — to friends, family, colleagues and yes, those who are outside my circle of shared values.
It doesn’t seem fair that we have lost her at this time when her commitment to truth and to facts and to fairness is needed more than ever.
At the age of 64, Diana Nyad became the first person to make the 110-mile swim from Havana to Key West without a shark cage. Now, Diana is working on a new goal. Along with her Cuba swim expedition leader, Bonnie Stoll, Diana has founded EverWalk NATION, a bold movement to get people to pledge to walk three times a week.
Congratulations to TEDWomen 2013 speaker Dr. Paula Johnson who, last Friday, was sworn in as the 14th president of Wellesley College. She is the first African-American president of the institution.
Over the years, we’ve had so many wonderful and moving talks at the TEDWomen conference, but perhaps one of the most striking was Malawi activist Memory Banda. The amazing 18-year-old presented at last year’s event – and inspired us all with her story.
Many people ask, “How do you select the speakers for TEDWomen?” The answer is not a simple one. As curator, I read everything I can find that has to do with women, our work, books, research, stories ... and I hear recommendations from fellow TEDsters and friends around the world.
Women's Equality Day was established in 1971 to recall the passage of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote. In commemoration of that milestone, and the miles we still have to go, here are five TEDTalks from past TEDWomen conferences about the state of women and equality in the United States today.
In 2012, Lourds Lane charmed the TEDWomen audience playing her violin and sharing the story of her life from child musical prodigy to adult “superhero” self. These days, she’s focusing her boundless energy on the educational music and arts-based nonprofit she started, the SuperYou FUNdation.
Tracking a lion through the bush in Sabi Sands might seem a long way from tracking one’s life and career, but expert ranger and wildlife tracker Boyd Varty believes that the experience can bring about profound personal transformation.