Having been honored with the prestigious Jefferson Award, the United States’ Nobel Prize for public service, Raye Mitchell is an award-winning humanitarian, Harvard Law School lawyer turned entertainment producer, tech developer, and social entrepreneur. Raye Mitchell retired from the practice oflaw to become fully engaged and devote her impressive skillsto her passion and purpose in philanthropy and volunteerism work. Her vision is to inspire and prepare the next generation of global leaders, especially women and girls of color,by integrating humanitarian and so
Having been honored with the prestigious Jefferson Award, the United States’ Nobel Prize for public service, Raye Mitchell is an award-winning humanitarian, Harvard Law School lawyer turned entertainment producer, tech developer, and social entrepreneur. Raye Mitchell retired from the practice oflaw to become fully engaged and devote her impressive skillsto her passion and purpose in philanthropy and volunteerism work. Her vision is to inspire and prepare the next generation of global leaders, especially women and girls of color,by integrating humanitarian and social entrepreneur projects in the business, technology and entertainment sectors to effect global change. Raye Mitchell received the high honor of the Lizzie Glide Woman of Vision Award in October 2014 from the Mary Elizabeth Inn, a domestic violence “safe house” for her work helping courageous women escape homelessness as they struggle to reset their lives disrupted by domestic violence.
Ms. Mitchell’s background includes her dramatic break away from practicing conventional law and the status quo to become a game changer for the next generation of global leaders. In 2007, she used her brilliant yet unusual career experiences to become a social entrepreneur helping women and girls. Recently, Raye Mitchell expanded her community service efforts by initiating a collaboration project with actor and NY Times bestselling author Hill Harper and media and entertainment executive Lisa Jones Johnson. Raye Mitchell started The New Reality Foundation, a 501 c (3) tax-exempt foundation that provides training and mentoring for girls and young women (www.gurlslead.org). Ms/ Mitchell is also the co-founder of the M.B.A. Series Executive Development Program, which provides leadership training for people aged 12–40 (www.thembaseries.org).
Raye Mitchell is a native of Los Angeles, California, and attended school at Los Angeles High School before being selected by the University of Southern California as 1 of only 20 qualified applicants worldwide to enter the Resident Honors Program for early admission to USC. She then earned a BS in public policy from the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy, an MBA from USC Marshall School of Business, and a JD from Harvard Law School.
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As a humanitarian and entrepreneur you are a role model to countless women and girls as they find the passion within themselves to change the world.- California State Senator Mark Leno
Dr. Mitchell, it is for this basic reason that applaud your initiative to empower girls through leadership. I would like to take this opportunity to call upon your organization’s partnership on the ongoing effort of improving the participation of women in the leadership ladder. I would like also to ask your help in spreading the message about our wonderful land, a land of storied past and promising future, in this part of the world. Each of us can play an important role in strengthening the bonds between our countries and peoples.
- Honorable Zerihun Retta, Ambassador Consul General of Ethiopia to United States
Dr. Raye Mitchell is a woman who makes things happen. She has the persistence and a fierce determination to succeed. These traits, in combination with her compassion to help others, make her formidable and most deserving of this honor.
- Ann Fudge, former Chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands
Raye’s success comes from a combination of smarts, drive, and focus. The real joy of knowing Raye for almost 30 years is watching her definition of success evolve. She has moved far beyond defining her success by material achievements to defining her success by how she changes others’ lives.
- Barbara Jackson, lon, -time colleague of Dr. Mitchell (former Nike executive)
Dr. Raye Mitchell captures the entrepreneurial spirit of the USC Marshall School of Business, and we salute her many achievements. She is an important role model for women entrepreneurs of today, and also of tomorrow, through her powerful and positive message.
- James G. Ellis, Dean of University of Southern California Marshall School of Business
There is no such thing in her called failure, A winner is defined by their ability to continue that fight until you finish the race. She doesn’t yield. She has grace & dignity & class… She is very strong in character, an absolute joy in the world and a splendid person.
- Carol H. Williams, CEO and Chief Creative Officer, Carol H. Williams Advertising Agency
The benefits of [Raye Mitchell’s] work will be bear fruits for years to come. Great work.
- John Burris, Esq., Acclaimed Civil Attorney
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My passion and my mission is to utilize my creativity to support humanitarian projects and drive innovation. I want to bust open the doors of opportunity for women and girls and millennials of color as the next generation of global leaders. I want to not just change the narrative about inclusion and diversity, but I want to help women, girls and millennials of color take center stage as highly visible leaders creating the change they want to see. I am firm in my convictions that women, girls and millennials of color deserve to have access to the inside secrets that will enable them to excel as next gen leaders, innovators and contributors on a global stage. My mission is to be creative in launching new solutions models into the global community to address some of our most persistent problems stemming from lack of inclusion and diversity. My focus is on helping women of color gain equality at the leadership table, at the C-suite level and getting on boards.