S. Renee Mitchell

S. Renee Mitchell is also well-known for her years as a columnist for The Oregonian, where she was nominated twice for the prestigious Pulitzer Prize and named the No. 1 newspaper columnist in five western states by the Society of Professional Journalists regional chapter.


Today, she is best described as a Creative Revolutionist™, which includes being a keynote speaker, novelist,  educator, playwright, spoken word poet, lyricist, curriculum designer, and multi-media heARTivist. Her authentic effervescence will remind you of a unique combination of Oprah and poet Maya Angelo


Renee is also the visionary behind I Am M.O.R.E. (Making Ourselves Resilient Everyday), a heART-focused youth development program. She is developing I Am M.O.R.E.'s theory of change, called Empowered Resilience™ , as a doctoral candidate at the University of Oregon (2021). Renee intends to create a national example of how to empower and build hope and resiliency in youth of color with profound love, culturally relevant social-emotional skill building, and culturally centered youth participatory evaluation and youth voice-centered programming.


RENEE'S DEEPEST DESIRE : Help people use their innate creativity to find their unique voice and then use it to let go, gather up and move on.

Keynote Speaker

Poetry Performance


Educational Consultant

Youth-Voice Advocate

Here's what you can take to the bank:


  • RENEE IS AUTHENTIC. She loves what she does and it shows. She give her audiences not just a speech or a performance, but an experience.


  • RENEE IS A PRO. She goes the extra mile, arriving early and staying afterward to listen to the people waiting to share their stories.


  • RENEE CATERS. She writes original messages based on your needs and expectations. She performs poetry to address your specific theme.


  • RENEE CONNECTS. She reminds strangers of all ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds and professions of our shared humanity.


  • RENEE RESONATES. Long after she has left the stage, your audience will want to discuss and remember her meaningful message.

After a successful, award-winning, 25-year long career as a newspaper journalist, Renee became the only Black teacher at Roosevelt, Oregon's most diverse high school, for several years. While there, she founded the award-winning, youth-empowerment and resiliency-building initiative called I Am M.O.R.E.  To learn more about this award-winning organization, click HERE.


  • 2019-20 - Spirit of Portland Award

  (City of Portland, OR)

  • 2019-20 Social Emotional Learning Innovation Award

  ( NoVo Foundation / Education First)

  • 2018 - Community Engagement Award

  (White Bird dance presentation company)

  • 2018 - Sweet Taste of the Arts Award

(PassinArt: A Theatre Company)

"When life hands you a broken heart, use the fragments of your deepest pain to create beautiful art."

S. Renee Mitchell

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