MAKER Pat Mitchell Reports Live from Beijing

This week is a meeting of MAKERS around the world! MAKER Pat Mitchell has traveled to Beijing to meet with Yang Lan for her "Her Village International Forum on 'Women: Power to Change the World.'" Mitchell works to lead the discussion about the significance of media in today’s world, and she'll be speaking on women's leadership at the conference along with Debora Spar, president of Barnard College, and leading Chinese women including Mingshun Li, the vice president of China Woman's University.

Yang Lan is MAKERS' first global MAKER and partnered with MAKERS to launch MAKERS China. She's commonly referred to as “the Oprah of China,” and, as co-founder of Sun Media Group, she's one of the most powerful woman in Chinese media. Sun Media Group includes Her Village, a TV show and website that reaches over 200 million women a month. 

See the stories of MAKERS China, and keep up with Pat Mitchell and Beijing by clicking through the slideshow above! We'll be updating this page throughout the week.


"Arrived at Beijing airport. No photos allowed in passport control, but husband took one anyway."

"Immigration - Customs another surreptitiously."

"MAKERS out to dinner at Prince Li's palace."

MAKERS' Special Correspondent interviews Yang Lan about the 1995 UN Conference on Women: "Having fun being reporter again. Interview was terrific!"

"Getting personal recollections of 1995 UN Conference in women from Yang Lan who hosted the opening ceremony."  

"Lan has her own 'Great Wall'!"

"Yang Lan opens 2nd Her Village International Forum in Beijing!"

"Taking a shopping break to admire Yang LAN's jewelry design!"

"China's MAKER and leading media personality Yang Lan launched a conservation pledge with South African conservationists and award winning filmmakers, Beverly and Dereck Joubert, to work to end poaching and killing of rhinos and elephants."

"Yang Lan looking glam at end of long day of speakers and round tables."

Special MAKERS correspondent Pat Mitchell and global MAKER, Yang Lan, open MAKERS award ceremony in Beijing.

"A view of the audience taking selfies and video during MAKERS/Her Village forum in Beijing. Is it possible to take a selfie and listen to the people on stage?"

Yang Lan at opening of the Her Village International Forum.

Yang Lan speaks at Her Village International Forum.