Included on NPR's list of

"Best Commencement Speeches, Ever." 

One of Albert Einstein Foundation's

"100 Visions of the Future"

One of Newsweek's

"Women Shaping the 21st Century"


Included on NPR’s list of “Best Commencement Speeches” Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, and author of the national bestselling book 24/6: Giving up Screens One Day a Week to Get More Time, Creativity, and Connection.


Tiffany has received over 80 awards and distinctions for her films and work, including selection by the Albert Einstein Foundation’s as one of the 100 visionaries who carry on his legacy, being listed as one of Newsweek's "Women Shaping the 21st Century," and winning the Marshall McLuhan Outstanding Book Award. 


Tiffany lectures worldwide on topics including the relationship between humanity and technology; the future of work; creativity and neuroscience; transforming ideas into fruition, Jewish identity; and gender and inclusion. The Museum of Modern Art New York premiered her one-woman performance Dear Human at the start of 2020 to a sold-out crowd and standing ovation. During the pandemic she translated her stage energy to Zoom with her very popular ZoomChallahBake program that press called “one of the most engaging Zoom experiences of the pandemic.” 


Tiffany’s dynamic keynotes include stunning visuals and audience engagement, and are known for their wisdom, humor, insight, and ability to explain complicated subjects in entertaining and accessible ways. She appears regularly in The New York Times and Washington Post, and her work has been referenced on Jeopardy and in the New York Times crossword puzzle. 

Speaking topics include:

  • The Future of Work: Creating the New Work/ Life Balance in Our New Hybrid World
    A dynamic presentation with interactive components for employees and employers, together. As we reemerge from the pandemic, companies everywhere are asking: How do we work smarter? How do we maximize the benefits of technology (including remote work) while maintaining quality in-person office time? How do we create a work culture where both employers and employees can prosper? This talk offers effective answers for the new workplace.


  • 24/6 The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week
    Tiffany Shlain will explore in her inspiring talk how turning off screens one day a week can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul.  By doing this practice for over a decade, Internet pioneer and renowned filmmaker Tiffany Shlain and her family have gained more time, productivity, connection, and presence. Drawn from the ancient ritual of Shabbat, living 24/6 can work for anyone from any background. With humor and wisdom, Shlain shares her story, offers lessons she has learned, and provides a blueprint for how to do it yourself.


  • Making Things Happen: Turning an Idea into a Reality
    From creating the Webby Awards, to making award-winning films and books, to her recent show at MoMA in NYC, Tiffany illuminates her process for taking an idea into action. In this riveting and highly visual talk, Tiffany shares creating space to have new ideas, developing projects with advisory boards, fundraising and marketing projects to produce supersonic launches into the world.


  • American Jewish Identity in the 21st Century
    Known for updating Jewish ideas in creative and innovative ways, Tiffany will share through her projects (Sundance Film Festival hit film The Tribe, to Making of a Mensch and her Tech Shabbats) the ways in which Jewish wisdom and practice (including rethinking rituals for the 21st century) have transformed her life.


  • Getting to Gender Balanced World that's Better For Everyone
    Tiffany gives a rousing reframing of women and power, highlighting the importance of shifting from a perspective of scarcity to one of abundance, and how to create a gender equitable world -- one that works better for everyone: all races, all classes, all ages. She brings her film 50/50: The 10,000 Year History of Women + Power to life with this talk. 


  • Tiffany also speaks about a range of topics related to filmmaking and creativity; leadership; parenting and technology; and building the Web we want.




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Where Tiffany Speaks

Tiffany has keynoted at a wide range of places: Google, Harvard, and NASA, to being closing speaker at both TEDWomen and TEDMED, to The Chicago Ideas Festival, The Aspen Institute, and the UCBerkeley Commencement Speech. She has given over 500 keynotes around the country and world to rave reviews. Testimonials below.

What People Say

"Exceptional."  - Amy Goodman, Host of Democracy Now

"Phenomenal." - Farai Chideya, Journalist, Author, Academic

"Gobsmacked." - Rick Smolan, Author of The Good Fight

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

“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 

Other Quotes About Tiffany's Work

“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.” – Al Gore, Former Vice President

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


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



24 Hours Without My Phone.

I recommend a tech shabbat.

By David Leonhardt

In 2008, Tiffany Shlain’s father, Leonard, was diagnosed with brain cancer, and she began to change her use of technology when the two of them were together. “Some days he would have only one good hour,” she later wrote in the Harvard Business Review...”


Tiffany Shlain talks 24/6 on the TODAY Show. 

Tiffany on the TODAY show with Hoda Kobt and Jenna Bush Hager. 


A Better Week: Find Time for the Things You Care About

Long ago, your workweek ended once you left the office — or so I have been told.  

But work culture has changed a lot in the past decade. Technology has ended the physical barriers protecting a workweek, and we’re always reachable and we’re always exhausted.  


Turn Tech to Your Advantage in the New Hybrid Workplace

When the pandemic blended our professional and personal lives by forcing many of us to work from home, we learned a valuable lesson about tech. It can be an incredibly useful tool for communicating with colleagues. But when used without care, it can hurt our productivity and our relationships.


We’ve been enmeshed with our technologies. Tech Shabbat for everyone?

Krista’s been in a conversation with Tiffany Shlain for several years about her practice of “Tech Shabbat.” For more than a decade, she and her family have taken a rest from screens sundown Friday to sundown Saturday; her book 24/6 is a kind of manual to open the practice to everyone. 



24/6 was featured in People Magazine. The book explores Tiffany and her family's decade-long practice of turning off all screens for 24 hours every week for what they call their Technology Shabbat. Character Day 2019 was all about the relationship between character + screens.


In Praise of Being Unproductive

Are you productive? Efficient? Useful? More to the point, are you productive, efficient, and useful enough? These are the kinds of questions that arise when technology makes it easy to stay online and connected 24/7. But all this connectivity brings two unfortunate side effects.


Put down screens for one day a week, says author

Author Tiffany Shlain advocates for what she calls a 'technology shabbat' each week, and she joins Morning Joe to discuss the idea, which she writes about in her book '24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week.


8 Reasons Why You Should Unplug One Day A Week

In her new book 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week, Webby Award founder, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and mother of two Tiffany Shlain explores how turning off screens for 24 hours each week can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul.


How to Wean Your Kids—and Yourself—Off Screens

After more than a year of being glued to their devices, a lot of kids will have trouble easing up on the tech that brought them comfort and connection during the pandemic.


Take Control of the Devices that Have Taken Control of You

For the millions of people now working at home, and likely for most everyone else, the coronavirus pandemic hasn't done wonders for our relationship with technology. When we're not glued to screens for Zoom meetings, Slack and email, we're doom-scrolling through the latest case numbers and, the looming November presidential election. It's a cycle that Tiffany Shlain...



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