Speaking Engagements

Included on NPR’s list of “Best Commencement Speeches, Ever”, named one of Newsweek’s “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” and recently selected for Albert Einstein Foundation’s upcoming book Genius: 100 Visions for the Future, Tiffany Shlain is an award-winning filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, and world-renowned dynamic speaker known for her visually stimulating, big picture, provocative, inspiring, engaging and powerful keynotes. With cinematic videos from her films playing in the background, Tiffany brings audiences on a ride that will make them think, laugh, connect, and think in new ways that most keynote settings don’t generally experience.  Her talks explore issues around technology, neuroscience, creativity, gender equality, the science of character and the importance of unplugging. She is currently experimenting with what she is calling “Spoken Cinema”, where she includes a live narration of one of her films and includes the audience members in the questions she is exploring in the film.

Tiffany has given over 100 keynotes at institutions including at Google, Harvard, NASA, The Aspen Institute, The Chicago Ideas Festival and was the closing speaker for TEDWomen and TEDMED. Tiffany was also the on-air Internet expert on ABC’s Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute, 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 was recently selected by the Albert Einstein Foundation to contribute to their new book Genius: 100 Visions for the Future. She currently serves on the Leadership Board of The Center on Media and Child Health at Harvard’s Boston Children’s Hospital.

For speaking inquiries based on Tiffany’s upcoming book 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week, contact Erin Simpson erin.simpson@simonandschuster.com.

For speaking inquires based on Tiffany’s films, Character Day, 50/50 Day, or Let it Ripple, contact Sawyer Steele at sawyer@letitripple.org



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“Tiffany always kills it but this year at Chicago Ideas Week she blew the audience away by performing her latest film, 30,000 Days, live onstage. The performance is a powerful and edgy examination of individual purpose in the context of the collective good.”  -Gabrielle Zuckerman Chicago Ideas Director of Programming 

“Tiffany’s keynote address at The Women of Vision gala was the highest rated speakers we have ever had!”
Barbara Gee, The Anita Borg Institute

“Tiffany Shlain demonstrates, with lyrical simplicity, our interdependence on one another and the interconnectedness of humanity with all life on earth. With a tightly synchronized dance between her powerful images and insightful words — with humor, and with a creativity all her own, Tiffany illuminates the issues that affect us all — including environmental degradation, dizzying technological innovation and population growth — and helps us to understand our inter-relationship with the world in a way that is both freeing and inspiring.”
former Vice President Al Gore

“Director Tiffany Shlain delivered what was, improbably, both the most thought-provoking and the most personally emotional documentary of the whole festival. It will change your thinking, and what more can a documentary do?” Michael Dunaway, Paste Magazine

“Indeed, Shlain’s film does go wide — it’s like a rubber band stretching in multiple directions while not breaking. Examining the ways in which technology can productively unite our global citizenry, her work details nothing less than the history of consciousness and its arrival within today’s always-on, hyper-wired mind.”
Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine

“A highly energized romp through a myriad of ideas about where the human race is headed.”
James Greenberg, The Hollywood Reporter

“We were absolutely thrilled with Tiffany’s presentation! We’ve heard it was the best luncheon speaker ever.”
Amy Vogel, Princeton Jewish Federation

Speaking Topics

Internet| Society | Technology
Women, Gender Equity, and Leadership
Tech Shabbats | Unplugging
Leadership | Vision
Filmmaking and the Creativity Process
Jewish Identity
Creating Global Movements


Internet Society Technology

The Power of Complete Connection & Complete Disconnection
How the Internet is Causing Us To Think More Interdependently
The Importance of Regularly Unplugging
Why Humans Need to Connect Online and How it’s Changing Us


The Importance of Unplugging

What is a “Tech Shabbat?”
What Does it Mean to be Connected in the 21st Century, and What Does Day-of-Rest Mean?
Where is All This Technology and Connectedness Taking Us?
The Unexpected Benefits of Unplugging



Making Things Happen: How to Use The Web, Moxie, and Creativity to Turn an Idea into Reality
Leading in a Connected World.
Shaping Social Change: How to Use The Web as a Vehicle
Social Change in Your Community, at Your School, for Your Cause

Filmmaking | Creativity

Cloud Filmmaking
The Creative Process
The Anatomy of a Film: Creating a Film Project
Self-Distributing Films Online


Gender Equity

What It’s Going To Take to Get to 50/50 in our society
Women & The Web: Technology’s Influence on the Way Women Lead, Mother, and Live
Motherhood Remix:

Jewish Identity

American Jewish Identity in the 21st Century
Being a Jewish Woman in the 21st Century
The Making of a Mensch: Bringing Ancient Wisdom of Mussar to the 21st Century

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