About Me

Originally from Evergreen, Colorado, I received a BA in Journalism and Politics as a Johnson Scholar at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. As a student journalist, I reported for and produced the Rockbridge Report, reported for the university's student-run newspaper, and freelanced for several print publications.

As the daughter of two public school teachers, I've always been passionate about public service and education. When I traveled to Peru in high school to film a documentary about a day in the life of a young woman attending university in Cusco, I realized the importance of amplifying voices that would otherwise go unheard.

When protests broke out around the United States in June 2020, I created a podcast to share my account of the protests in Washington, DC. However, "Be the change." quickly developed to become a weekly podcast featuring young activists, advocates, and change makers from around the country and then around the world when I studied abroad for a year as a participant in the Mansfield College Visiting Student Programme at the University of Oxford.

I am currently attending Cardiff University in Wales as a Fulbright US-UK Scholar to pursue an MA in Digital Media and Society and study the intersections between social media, civic participation, politics, and journalism.

Featuring Me

"It is Christmas Eve, and I thought “what better way to celebrate the holidays than to have a special feature!!” So, with the quick response from Lily over DMs, we were able to schedule a meeting call to talk all things platforming, podcasting, and marketing! Yes, we will also mention our personal lives - which is why you all listen, right? Kidding! Without further rambling, I truly hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years!!"

October 11, 2023 was International Day of the Girl, and I am honored to have been able to celebrate with Être Girls by sharing my story on their Gen-Ê Feature Series! 

The feature aired in two parts (the first on October 4, 2023 and second on October 11, 2023), and I shared the story behind Be the change. podcast, my advice for young women who are interested in journalism, my plans for the future, and more.

"Lily Mott is the host and creator of Be The Change. podcast, a podcast dedicated to sharing the stories of young people who are changing the world. In this episode, we talk about her own story and the lessons she has learned through listening to others."

Spotlight Women is part of Empower Girls which is Kylie's organization committed to ending gender bias and promoting inclusion in the media.

I shared the story behind my podcast, my advice for young women who are getting started in journalism, and more.

"Lily Mott is the host of “Be The Change” podcast where she interviews young people making a difference around the world. Lily joins the podcast to talk about her experience interviewing people as well as her experience participating in BLM protests in the summer of 2020. Lily also reflects on her time as a student at Washington & Lee University as she prepares to graduate."
"The Talk of Fame Podcast got to interview Lily Mott who is the host of "Be the Change." podcast! She discusses her podcast "Be The Change.", why people should make change, using our voice, and much more."