Tiffany Shlain


Emmy-nominated filmmaker, speaker, and Webby Awards Founder Tiffany Shlain has received over 80 awards and distinctions for her films and work, including being on NPR’s list of Best Commencement Speeches and by Newsweek as “one of the women shaping the 21st Century.”

She has premiered four films at Sundance, including her acclaimed feature documentary Connected: An Autobiography about Love, Death & Technology, which The New York Times hailed as “high-tech Terry Gilliam,” and “Examining Everything From the Big Bang to Twitter.” The US State Department has also selected four of Shlain’s films including Connected to represent the U.S. at embassies around the world for their American Film Showcase and she will serve as a film expert for selected envoys in 2017.

Tiffany’s new film 50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present, and Future of Women + Power, premiered live at TEDWomen, at 275 TEDx’s globally, and on Refinery29. It will be the centerpiece film for the upcoming 50/50 Day on May 10th at screenings and discussions around the globe about getting to a more gender balanced world.  Her film & art installation“The Whole Cinemagillah,” recently opened at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Tiffany’s original series, The Future Starts Here was nominated for an Emmy Award in New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture and has over 40 million views to date. Shlain’s films employ her signature style of fast-paced images, colorful animations, and daring and funny insights to encourage us all to think about where we’re headed in our increasingly connected world.


Tiffany is a world-renowned speaker and has been spoken at Google, Harvard, NASA, and was the closing speaker for TEDWomen and TEDMED. Tiffany was the on-air Internet expert on ABC’s Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute, is an advisor to The Institute for the Future, and was invited to advise then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the Internet and technology. She has contributed articles for Harvard Business Review, Documentary Magazine and was listed by Indiewire & FastCompany for her writing on twitter. TED Conferences published her first book, Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks, and she has been writing a quarterly newsletter about ideas and culture since 1998 called Breakfast @ Tiffany’s. She runs the Let it Ripple film studio in San Francisco. Their global initiative Character Day which features films on character development (including her films The Science of Character, The Making of a Mensch & The Adaptable Mind) had over 90,000 screening events in 125 countries and all 50 states last fall. The 4th Annual Character Day is set for Sept 13th. Her films have been translated into multiple languages and had over 50 million views. Tiffany and her team have received grants from from organizations including The John Templeton Foundation and Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Person’s Foundation.

She lives in Northern California with her husband and collaborator Ken Goldberg (an artist & professor of robotics at UC Berkeley) and their two children. Her films and work often wrestle with the good, the bad and the potential of technology. She and her family are on their 8th year unplugging each week for 24 hours as part of their “technology shabbats,” which she has written about, given talks about and explores in many of her films.


Recent Profiles on Tiffany

NPR: Tiffany Shlain, Getting to “50/50”
On Being Interview
All Things Connected Radio Interview on 50/50 Day
Art Publika Magazine 
The What
Gratitude Revealed
Forbes Podcast Interview
The New Influencer’s Project
Harvard Business Review Podcast
Fashion Designer BCBG profiles Tiffany
SouthWest Airlines
The J Weekly

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 Articles written by Tiffany

LinkedIn: Let’s Talk About Getting to 50/50.
LinkedIn: Can cultivating character restore us to sanity?
CNET: Celebrating 20 Years of Tech
Harvard Business Review: Tech’s Best Feature: The Off Switch
Harvard Business Review: How the Internet is Shaping Our “Global Brain”

Breakfast @ Tiffany’s Quarterly Newsletter
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