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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At Sundance Film Festival's annual Women's Leadership Brunch this year, I had the privilege and responsibility of moderating a panel intended to highlight some of the activism and initiatives that have emerged from the #MeToo movement. I wanted to share a lightly edited version of my remarks introducing the panel and some highlights from our discussion.
Looking ahead to 2018, I hope these talks can inform how we channel the new awareness and activism of 2017 into strategic decisions for women’s rights. Could we eliminate economic, racial, cultural and gender inequities? Imagine these as goals for a newly energized and focused global feminist community.
This year's TEDWomen in New Orleans was a truly special conference, at a vital moment, and I'm sure the ripples from our meeting will be felt for a long time to come. Take a look at some highlights and videos of TED Talks already available online.
Forty-three years ago this week, the number one tennis star in the world, 29-year-old Billie Jean King, agreed to take on 55-year-old Bobby Riggs, in a match dubbed the “Battle of the Sexes.”
In 2015, former president of Ireland and climate justice activist Mary Robinson explained how she came to view fighting climate change as a human rights issue. In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and now Maria, and extreme monsoons in South Asia, I reached out to Mary to get an update on her work.
There is no question that the Duets sessions are often among the most popular and provocative. One such talk, given last year in San Francisco, was one that we knew was going to be controversial from the outset because it was going to take us into entirely new territory…
When we started TEDWomen in 2010, we felt strongly that we wanted to include a series of talks we called “Duets” in which we would forego the traditional TED Talk model and present pairs of speakers instead of solo ones.
It’s not surprising that literary powerbroker agent Jennifer Rudolph Walsh and I started our first lunch talking about our shared passion for bringing people — in particular other women — together for the purpose of sharing stories and feeling the power of community. For Jennifer, this passion led her to create the Together Tour and for me, it’s been TEDWomen, now in its 7th year.
I had the pleasure of speaking with reporter Cheryl Harbour recently for a cover story in this month's GRAND Magazine. We talked about advice I received from my own grandmother growing up in Georgia and what I've learned from being a grandmother myself.
If you're looking for some inspiring, instructive and provocative books to add to your summer reading list, these recent books from 2016 TEDWomen speakers are worthy additions.