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.

A list of Tiffany's recent talks and events can be found HERE.

For speaking inquiries based on Tiffany’s 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:


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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

The Importance of Unplugging


Filmmaking | Creativity

Gender Equity

Jewish Identity