Board of Directors
Dr. Raye Mitchell,
President and Chairperson
P. Bridewell, RN, MSN
Special Friends of
The New Reality
Mrs. Ruby Dee
Bishop Earnestine C. Reems
Carol H. Williams
The Carol H. Williams Agency
Jun 16, 2010 7:13 pm US/Pacific
Attorney Introduces Teens To Better Role Models
Jefferson Award Winner: S. Raye Mitchell
OAKLAND (CBS 5) ―
Attorney trails a group of young women through the modern office of the Carol H. Williams Advertising Agency in Emeryville. She's watching the next generation glimpse the world of the largest woman-owned ad agency in the world. believes it's a glimpse of what could be these girls' futures.
"The reality they get now through media, through entertainment, through the streets, is one part of the world," Raye explains. "This is the other part of the world: successful people, successful women, who understand hard work, commitment, and values add up to success."
It's the world Raye created for herself. From humble beginnings, she succeeded in school and holds graduate degrees in both law and in business. Today she has her own law firm.
"The thing that was most significant in my life is that there were people who invested in me," Raye remembers. "There were people at every juncture that saw something that others weren't seeing."
So when radio host Don Imus insulted the Rutgers women's basketball team in 2007, Raye wanted to stand up for all girls and empower them to see beyond how others might define them.
"I'm not interested in creating victims, I want victors," she says emphatically.
So Raye focused her efforts on young women, and in 2007 founded the non-profit "I C HOPE Makin a Nu Reality Foundation." Using her own resources, Raye mentors, teaches leadership skills, and introduces young women to successful role models.
Student Celena Nero is part of the group touring the agency.
"You don't see so much of corporations and offices, especially not African American-owned, and not women-owned," the high school junior says. "To see how much a woman can accomplish, it kind of like amazes me. It's kind of like, I can do this."
On this day, Raye is having the girls fill out passport applications and consider countries and projects they would like to do overseas. It's part of her plan to get them to see themselves as global citizens and future entrepreneurs, like agency owner Carol Williams.
"African Americans, young women, I recognize very seldom see role models in the business world," Carol observes. "To get to enter this environment and see that it's true, it can happen for them, and it is constant and sustaining is most, most empowering."
Raye adds, I don't know if it will change their lives, but I like to believe that at some point in their life, this moment in time made some difference."
So for making a difference that could change the lives of young women, this week's Jefferson Award in the Bay Area goes to Raye Mitchell.
(© MMX, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
America and the global community requires more diverse and adaptable leaders of greater diversity. There is a global movement to empower women and girls in general as change leaders; however, there are not enough programs that specifically engage women and girls of color as future global leaders.
Women and girls of color are pivotal, important, essential, and necessary to taking center stage as key players in the next generation of global leaders. It is not sufficient to focus on remedial interventions operating at the margins; we will change the game by focusing on proactively engaging women and girls of color and meeting their needs from and early age through maturity as seasoned executives serving as global leaders.
OUR FOCUS AREAS
"Building Equality in the Battle for Race and Gender Equality at the Leadership Table"
A person's race, gender, or income should not hamper her ability to access educational excellence, leadership training and the inside secrets of success to claim a seat as a global leader. But too often, women and girls of color are not featured center stage as leaders. Our foundation is working to help transform our national and global communities in ways that make them more diverse, less white and less male.
“My passion and my mission are to utilize my creativity to support humanitarian projects and drive innovation. My mission is to be creative in launching new solutions models into the global community to support inclusion and diversity. “
Dr. Raye Mitchell
CEO & Founder
Having been honored with the prestigious Jefferson Award, the United States’ Nobel Prize for public service, Dr. 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 of law to become fully engaged and devote her impressive skills to 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. Dr. 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.
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.
See updates and comments at