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LETTER FROM CWL

We believe stories are our bridges and connecting women to each other to share their stories, their learnings, ideas and insights creates a collective force for problem solving and positive change.

Connected Women Leaders (CWL) is a cohort curated across geographies, generations, expertise and experience to convene forums on some of the world’s most urgent threats: climate justice, food security, global health, economic inequities, and with a gender and racial lens, working together to shape just, equitable and sustainable solutions.

CWL’s new content hub will offer access to the content created by CWL forums as well as the work of a wider collective of other organizations and initiatives committed to gender equality and to strengthening women’s leadership across all sectors of work and life. Here, we can connect strategies, collaborate for scale and impact, and inspire others to join the journey towards Generation Equality.

CWL and this new website is envisioned as a place where emerging leaders can connect and learn, and where a global community of women leaders of all ages can come together around a shared purpose: to identify and implement the commitments necessary for Generation Equality to be the reality of all women, everywhere.

The systemic problems Connected Women Leaders wants to tackle are not new; the difference is that we are leveraging the lived experiences and expertise of women leaders from many different disciplines and backgrounds to collectively shape new ideas, innovations and actions.

Our Resource Hub is a progress marketplace, a portal dedicated to the collaboration of resources designed toward producing intersectional advocacy efforts. With this tool, we aim to activate a network of networks represented in the CWL cohort and our other like-minded organizations and allies.

CWL is one branch of a larger ecosystem committed to the goals and actions delineated by the UN Women’s Generation Equality Forum. Working in tandem with other impactful organizations and coalitions, we hope to better inform our collective advocacy with shared content, original research and the exchange of ideas and strategies.

Connected Women Leaders was created to accelerate and activate that process – to be the bridge between change-makers and the changes we want to see and be in the world.

About CWL’s Founders

Pat Mitchell

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 and an Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated producer to tell women’s stories and increase the representation of women onscreen and off.

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Pat Mitchell

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 and 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 as 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 Connected Women Leaders Initiative with the Rockefeller Foundation focusing 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. In 2016, she served as a congressional appointment to The American Museum of Women’s History Advisory Council. Mitchell is also active with many nonprofit organizations, serving as the chair of the Sundance Institute Board and as chair emerita of the Women’s Media Center Board. She is a founding member of the VDAY movement and on the boards of the Skoll Foundation and the Woodruff Arts Center. She is also an advisor to Participant Media and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Hafsat Abiola

Hafsat Abiola is the President of Women in Africa Initiative, the foremost platform organizing the continent's leading women into a force for sustainable development.

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Hafsat Abiola

Hafsat Abiola is the President of Women in Africa Initiative, the foremost platform organizing the continent’s leading women into a force for sustainable development.

An economist with degrees from Harvard and Tsinghua, a pro-democracy activist who lost both parents to her country’s democracy struggle, and a former member of her state’s cabinet in charge of the MDGs and trade and investment portfolios, Hafsat believes women’s equal engagement in the economy and governance systems at all levels will lead to a better world.

Her commitment to harnessing women’s power to transform society is reflected in her work, which spans from the local to global. In Nigeria, she founded KIND, a civil society organization that trains thousands of women in service-oriented leadership. She is one of 50 Councillors of the World Future Council, a Special Envoy to Africa for Women Political Leaders, a member of BMW Foundation’s Responsible Leaders Group, Vital Voices 100 and an alumna of the World Economic Forum’s Community of Young Global Leaders. She is also the recipient of several global and national awards; including, in 2019, the U.S. Civil Rights Museum Public Service Award.

Ronda Carnegie

Throughout her more than 35 year career, Ronda Carnegie, Chief Innovation Officer of The Female Quotient and Co-Founder of Connected Women Leaders, is known as a brand builder, content marketer, compelling communicator, revenue growth strategist, and innovative leader.

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Ronda Carnegie

Throughout her more than 35 year career, Ronda Carnegie, Chief Innovation Officer of The Female Quotient and Co-Founder of Connected Women Leaders, is known as a brand builder, content marketer, compelling communicator, revenue growth strategist, and innovative leader.

From The New Yorker to TED, from Sundance Institute to The Female Quotient, Ronda’s focus on building partnerships, marketing, communications, and relationship management has resulted in revenue and brand growth. With expertise working with a range of business sectors to include philanthropy and media, Ronda established the partnership road map for TED. She led unprecedented growth in TED’s history – from a single conference to a media company.

Ronda has a proven track record in developing and implementing market-driven strategies and is skilled in building products and managing global teams. Repeatedly Ronda has held leadership roles based on demonstrated success in creating new products, executing strategy, improving client relations, identifying growth opportunities, boosting market share, and inspiring her teams.  She is passionate about her work with Connected Women Leaders and is always thinking about advancing the collective through collaboration, bringing visibility to solutions, for transformative leaders ready to activate change.

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Meaningful transformation can only be created when we work together. There’s room for everyone within CWL’s charge for change – as both members and allies to our mission. Find out how you fit within Connected Women Leaders’ goals.

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